Picking the Best Rivalry in Each NFL Division

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Picking the Best Rivalry in Each NFL Division
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Sports as a whole are often defined by rivalries, and the NFL is no exception. It's always the most fun to get a big win against the team you hate the most, particularly in a game that has playoff implications or even in playoff games. Even in years when one team is playing terrible, beating a rival and hurting their playoff chances can re energize a losing team in way unlike any other.

NFL fans are lucky because many of the NFL's best rivalries come from teams in the same division. Because of this many rivals get to face each other twice a year, sometimes three times if both teams make the playoffs.

There are a lot of factors that go into determining the NFL's biggest rivalries. Success is one, as rivals fighting for first in the division is way more compelling than seeing bottom-feeders fight for third place. It's also important that the teams genuinely hate each other and that there have been devastating losses on both ends.

After going through each NFL division, I have picked two top rivalries. One is the top historical rivalry that has survived and stayed intense through the years. The other is the top current rivalry going into 2012 based on recent success over the last couple years. 

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