NFL Power Rankings 2011: Ranking Every Division from Worst to First

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NFL Power Rankings 2011: Ranking Every Division from Worst to First
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Last season, we saw a team from the miserable NFC West make the playoffs by default, while other 10-win teams were left in the cold. The whole thought of Super Bowl contenders sitting at home during the postseason while a team with a losing record remained alive had some crying foul.

While Seattle's wild-card victory over the Saints put the realignment murmurs to rest, we learned that now more than ever, which division your favorite team plays in can make all the difference in the world.

This isn't college football. A win, is a win, is a win and every victory is a good one. Being in a competitive division doesn't do anything for a team except make it harder to infiltrate the playoffs.

Just ask the 2008 New England Patriots, who went 11-5 and missed the playoffs.

The criteria for this list is simple. The projected sum of total wins from all four teams is the only factor that will weigh into this slideshow. The best division will have the most total projected wins as a whole, the worst will have the least.

An elite team can't carry a division, just as one miserable division can't bring it down. Being well-rounded helps, but having the most tightly knit division certainly doesn't make it the best.

Here are the rankings for every division in football, starting with the bottom of the barrel.

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