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Why the NFC West Is the Best Division in the NFL
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I know, I know. It's only been two weeks.

But doesn't the NFC West look pretty darn good? 

In fact, I'll go so far as to say that it's the best division in the NFL right now. 

If I haven't lost you yet, let me make the case for the NFC West.

1) Most Wins

If winning football games matter to you, then you should know that the NFC West's four teams have combined to go 6-2 over the first two weeks of the season.

Those six combined wins are the most of any division. In fact, only one other division (NFC East) has even five wins. Every other division in the NFL has an aggregate record of .500 or worse.

2) Point Differential

The NFC West has a total point differential of +37. That's the highest among the eight divisions in the NFL. The St. Louis Rams have the lowest point differential in the division (-1). That's better than 12 other teams in the NFL.

The NFC West has also given up the least number of points (157) among its four teams.  No other division is within 20 points of that total. 

3) Schedule

In Week 1, the San Francisco 49ers went on the road and defeated the Green Bay Packers (15-1 in 2011). They did so with relative ease.

In Week 2, all four NFC West teams won. No other division can say that this year.

Last Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Patriots in Foxboro, while the 49ers, Rams and Seahawks all won home games against three pretty good quarterbacks (Matthew Stafford, Robert Griffin III and Tony Romo, respectively).

4) Best Team in the NFL

There is very little argument to be made. The 49ers are the best team in football.

Coming off a 13-win season last year, the 49ers look even better this year. I mentioned the dismantling they put on the Packers in Green Bay. Last week, they basically let Stafford and the Lions do nothing in a relatively easy win against Detroit.

The 49ers held two of the most prolific QBs in the NFL (Aaron Rodgers and Stafford) to combined totals of 493 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. 

Rodgers and Stafford last year averaged almost 625 passing yards combined per game.

5) Best Pound-For-Pound Wide Receiver in the NFL

The Rams' Danny Amendola needs your respect.

He leads the NFL in receptions (20). He's third in receiving yards (230) and he's tied for second in both targets (25) and receiving first downs (11).

At 5'11" and 183 pounds, Amendola is doing yeoman's work over the middle of the field. 

The Sam Bradford to Amendola combination is working at an 80 percent success rate, which is second only to Percy Harvin and Michael Crabtree among wide receivers with more than 15 targets.

I should mention that Amendola missed 15 games last season with serious triceps and elbow injuries.

 

There is a lot to be impressed with about the NFC West. 

They don't have the bling, the sizzle or the sexiness, but every team in this division is rock solid. They've defeated four of the five inter-divisional games on their schedule so far.

This weekend's schedule brings another round of difficult games. The Seahawks host the Packers, and the Cardinals host the Eagles. The Rams travel to Chicago, and the 49ers visit Minnesota.

Things may change, but right now, the NFC West is the best division in the NFL. 

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