Which Division is Best?: AFC North vs. AFC South

Paul Augustin, Jr.Senior Analyst IMay 7, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 21:  Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is hit hard by Cortland Finnegan #31 of the Tennessee Titans as he scores a touchdown during their game on December 21, 2008 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

I continue my quest to find the best division.  In part one of my series, I introduced my bracket-style tournament by pitting the NFC North against the NFC South. 

Now, I am looking at the AFC's version of the civil war.  The AFC South posted a 10-6 edge against the AFC North in the regular season, but the playoffs were a different story.

The Baltimore Ravens avenged a regular season loss to the Tennessee Titans by upsetting them in an AFC Divisional playoff game.  The North sent two teams, including the eventual Super Bowl champions Pittsburgh, to the AFC championship game.

The South, on the other hand, didn't win a playoff game.

Each division's top teams are pretty even, but the bottom of the AFC South seems to be a little bit stronger than the AFC North's cellar dwellers.

NFC North






AFC North


NFC South






NFC South






AFC South








NFC East






AFC East








NFC West






AFC West

All-AFC North Team

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Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger

Wide Receivers: Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, and Derrick Mason

Running Backs: Jamal Lewis and Le'Ron McClain

Tight End: Heath Miller

Tackles: Joe Thomas and Willie Anderson

Guards: Eric Steinbach and Chris Kemoeatu

Center: Matt Birk


Defensive Ends: Aaron Smith and Trevor Pryce

Defensive Tackles: Shaun Rogers and Haloti Ngata

Outside Linebackers: James Harrison and Terrell Suggs

Inside Linebackers: Ray Lewis and James Farrior

Cornerbacks: Brandon McDonald and Leon Hall

Strong Safety: Troy Polamalu

Free Safety: Ed Reed

Special Teams

Placekicker: Phil Dawson

Punter: Sam Koch

Kick Returner: Josh Cribbs

Punt Returner: Josh Cribbs

All-AFC South Team


Quarterback: Peyton Manning

Wide Receivers: Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, and Kevin Walter

Running Backs: Maurice Jones-Drew and Chris Johnson

Tight End: Owen Daniels

Tackles: Michael Roos and Tra Thomas

Guards: Jake Scott and Chester Pitts

Center: Kevin Mawae


Defensive Ends: Mario Williams, Dwight Freeney

Defensive Tackles: John Henderson, Tony Brown

Outside Linebackers: Keith Bullock, Justin Durant

Inside Linebackers: DeMeco Ryans, Gary Bracket

Cornerbacks: Cortland Finnegan, Rasheen Mathis

Strong Safety: Bob Sanders

Free Safety: Michael Griffin

Special Teams

Placekicker: Rob Bironas

Punter: Hunter Smith

Kick Returner: Chris Carr

Punter Returner: Jacoby Jones