The National Football League has long stressed parity as one of its cornerstones.
Everybody gets about the same amount of money from the gigantic TV deals the NFL keeps striking and everybody has a chance to compete.
Well, looking at the relative strengths of the eight NFL division, parity is all over the place.
The real issue here is that it’s hard to tell where parity ends and mediocrity begins.
There are only two divisions with a cumulative winning record. There are four divisions within a game or two of .500. There are two divisions that can’t keep from tripping over themselves.
The cumulative won-loss record isn't the only judge of a division’s strength—factors like strength of schedule, the quality of the four starting quarterbacks, the ferocity of the home field factor and the division’s depth (or lack of same)—have to be considered.
Here’s what we have come up with: