It is nearing the end of the National Football League regular season, and there are many teams trying to make a final push into the playoffs. This often leads to very exciting games and finishes in the coming weeks.
However, with exciting pushes for division titles come dull and boring games with no implications in the division. So, which division race has been the
most exciting and which has been the most boring to pay attention to? Stay tuned.
There are many division races that are very close and have been very entertaining to watch this year. So which one do I believe is the top one? Is it the AFC East, where Jets fans have endured quite the roller-coaster ride throughout the season?
Or the Tom Brady-less Patriots have fallen considerably from last year, or the most surprising team, the Miami Dolphins, coming back from a horrendous season last season to be right in the midst of taking a playoff spot?
How about the NFC East, where the every team is above .500 and still fighting for a wild-card spot?
No, I am going with the very impressive NFC South, which contains four very good teams, all capable of making a statement come playoff time. What makes this divisional race so exciting is that no team has taken both games from their division rivals this year, as every team has split their series.
Another thing is that every single one of these teams knows what home-field advantage means, as they boast the best home record out of all divisions with an impressive 24-2.
When the season began, this division was not projected to be one the divisions that would have such a good playoff race, as the Atlanta Falcons had a rookie quarterback, Matt Ryan, taking over, and a first-year starter, Michael Turner, at running back. The New Orleans Saints have had a solid season, despite losing a considerable amount of time from their top wide receiver and running back.
I believe the most impressive thing in the division is the Carolina Panthers’ running tandem of DeAngelo Williams and rookie Jonathan Stewart. Both of these backs have really turned it up midseason to help their team win six of their last seven games. These are just a few of the things that have made this division the most exciting this season.
Now, let’s take a step backwards and pick out the dullest and most boring division in the league. This is a little bit easier of a choice, as it is really between two divisions, the AFC West and the NFC West.
Both the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals have not exactly had rough roads to the division titles this year. Arizona has already clinched with three games remaining and the Broncos are ahead of San Diego by three games.
So, if I had to choose one division to be less exciting, I would have to go with the AFC West. This is due to them having the dreadful Oakland Raider’s offense and pitiful Kansas City defense. It really amazes me that those teams have five wins combined.
One team that has been a big disappointment in this division is the San Diego Chargers. Five of their eight losses have been by a combined 13 points. I would imagine that would be very demoralizing to a team with such promise, but the loss of Shawne Merriman, the disappearance of their pass defense from last year, and the downgraded play of their star running back LaDainian Tomlinson have made this team into a great disappointment.
Overall, this division is not one that has had much attention paid to throughout the season as it is a one-team race.
These two divisions are basically opposites in every way. The NFC South is full of exciting teams with many good offenses and defenses, and the AFC West has limited offensive production and poor defenses.
So, over the next few weeks, I would suggest that the television should be locked on the NFC South games as there will no doubt be many good ones to view with actual implications as opposed to the AFC West that is basically wrapped up and the bottom three will be looking towards next season.