Why the NFC West Is Still the Best Division in the NFL
I used some basic statistical benchmarks, mixed in with a few bold statements, to make my argument.
Now that the NFL season is six weeks old, we have more evidence to shift through. It's only making the case even stronger: The NFC West is still the best division in the NFL.
Here are four reasons why.
1. Most Wins
Just as after Week 2, the NFC West still has the best combined record in the NFL. The four NFC West teams have combined to go 15-9 (.625 winning percentage).
The closest any division is to the NFC West are the 13 wins (against nine losses) the NFC North teams have.
You can blame the presence of the bye weeks all you want, but the NFC West leads all NFL divisions in winning percentage.
2. Point Differential
As it has been at the end of every week this NFL season, the NFC West is near the top of the NFL in aggregate point differential. At this point in the season, the four teams have combined for plus-87 points, second only to the NFC North (two less games played).
The Rams have the lowest point differential in the division (negative-one), but that's where they were after Week 2. That's still better than almost half of the teams in the NFL.
The NFC West teams have combined to allow 395 points over 24 games (16.5 average points allowed).
The NFC West is all over the list of the best defenses in the NFL in terms of points allowed. In fact, all four teams can be found within the NFL's top five.
And remember, none of the NFC West teams have been able to benefit from the luxuries of a bye week. That's pretty amazing.
Which division is the best in the NFL?
The NFC West teams have more than held their own against teams outside of their own division. They are 12-6 in inter-divisional games.
That's also the best of the eight NFL divisions.
Other "powerhouse" divisions, such as the NFC East, are a combined 10-9 against the rest of the NFL. The NFC North is a respectable, but still slightly inferior, 11-7.
So it's not like the division has been piling up wins against cupcake opponents.
4. Best Overall Balance
But there is no division in the NFL with as much top-to-bottom balance as the NFC West. Three of the four teams have winning records. No other division can say that.
In fact, the NFC West has more teams above .500 than the entire AFC does, as a conference.
You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone coming into this season predicting that.
How will the NFC West teams do in Week 7? (Rams vs. Packers; Cardinals @ Vikings)
What will we be saying about the NFC West come Monday morning?
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