If you hoped that this would be the year when the patriots' raid on AFC East came to a crash end, you might just want to continue and give up that hope, because it does not seem like it will happen due to the fact that the patriots are likely to have zero competition 2018 due to the fact that they will play in the worst division in the NFL.
That's right, AFC East has officially reached the rock bottom, at least according to the 2018 version of our division classes. Although the patriots are expected to contend with a third straight AFC title, it is hard to show someone else in the division that does any harm in the NFL.
For each step forward, the patriots took this offseason, it seems like jets, dolphins and bills took three steps back. The biggest and most obvious difference between the patriots and the other three teams in the AFC East is that New England actually knows who their starting quarterback will be this year. With less than six weeks to go to the beginning of the regular season, it is still a total mystery about who will be at the heart of New York or Buffalo. Although the dolphins know who their quarterback will be (Ryan Tannehill), there is still a mystery about him and it's because it has been more than a year and a half since Tannehill has had a regular seasonality.
Basically, it's good that the patriots gave us all this offseason drama, because when it comes to AFC East and who will win it, it's seldom ever something in the season drama.
So did all other divisions in our rankings finish this year?
Let's find out.
8th AFC East
It's Good Tom Bradys Facebook Documentary " because if it was called "Tom vs AFC East" it would have been boring and predictable and no one would have seen it The Patriots have won an NFL record nine straight division titles, and by this time it seems that the only thing that can not be ruled is whether Brady or Bill Belichick decides to retire.
A big reason AFC East is ranked dead last in our division ranking because it feels like Patriots is the only team with a shot in the playoffs. So yes, it means six weeks before the season begins, we completely write the bills, jets and dolphins.
Even though the bills made the final season last year, it's hard to see them come back in 2018 after losing their starting quarter (Tyrod Taylor) and 60 percent of their starting offensive line (Richie Incognito, Cordy Glenn, Eric Wood). Not to mention, there is still a chance that this LeSean McCoy situationor two. These losses are ugly, but the dolphins may have actually lost more talent, with Ndamukong Suh, Mike Pouncey and Jarvis Landry who leave Miami through free agency or trade. Surprisingly, jets may be the most improved team in the division, but when you're as bad as the jets were last year, it's almost impossible not to improve.
NFL loves the idea of parity, but unfortunately for the league is the AFC East division where parity will die. RIP parity.
By the way, we will find out quite quickly if the AFC East is as bad as we think it is because the division is matched to AFC South (ranked as the second worst division) this year.
AFC East out-of-division record in 2017: 21-19 (6-10 against NFC South, 9-7 against AFC West, 2-2 against AFC North, 4- 0 vs AFC South)
2018 Out-of-Division Schedule: vs. NFC North and AFC South
7. AFC South
If there is any part of this ranking that will be thrown back in my face several times by the end of the 2018 season, it is probably the fact that AFC South is so low. However, there are several reasons why a division that sent two teams to the final game last year is ranked as the second largest division in the NFL.
For this, it's a division class and AFC South has been quite scary when she has played other divisions in recent years. In 2017, the four teams of AFC South were combined to go 15-25 in non-division games, which was the worst record for any breakdown in NFL. It was not only 2017, AFC South has had a lost record in non-divisional games almost every year in the last decade. The last time AFC South had a winning record in non-divisional games came all the way back in 2009 when Peyton Manning was still playing for Colts. To put it in perspective, since 2014, all other divisions have had at least one winning record against non-division opponents.
AFC South also has more question marks than pretty much all other divisions this season. If the Texans are good this year, their training staff should win the team's MVP prize and that is because Houston's success will depend on the health of guys like Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt. Although Watson looked good last year, he only started six career games so there is no guarantee that he will be a star in 2018. In terms of Watt, he comes from his second serious injury in two years and has not "I've been playing an entire season since 2015. Of course, Watt looks like Incredible Hulk, so it will not be surprising at all if he does it through the season and destroys everyone on his way.
As for the other three teams, Jaguars to have a goal after returning to the AFC title game last year and both Colts and Titans will handle the learning curve that accompanies hiring a new coach. Not to mention, Colts is likely to start a quarterback that has not played an ordinary season game since the 2016 season.
There are many question marks for a division that always seems to struggle. Basically, for AFC South to be good this year, everything must go
AFC South out-of-division record in 2017: 15-25 (10-6 against AFC North, 4-12 vs NFC West, 0- 4 vs AFC East, 1-3 vs AFC West)
2018 Out-of-Division Schedule: vs. NFC East and AFC East
6. AFC North
If these rankings were based on the three biggest teams in each division – or if Browns did not exist – the AFC North would probably rank much higher here. However, the burners exist (if you go 0-16 as existing), which means we must punish the AFC north accordingly.
Browns was literally the only reason why AFC North fought for non-titles last year. As a breakdown, the four teams combined to go 17-23 in non-divisional games, and Browns definitely did not help things by going 0-10 (The Steelers, Ravens and Bengals were combined to go 17-13).
Although Browns seems to get better on paper every year, someone who throws that paper in a giant bonfire seems to be improper because the improvements never seem to translate into the field. But maybe this year it will be different. Browns has added a quarterback (Tyrod Taylor), a recipient (Jarvis Landry) and a springback (Carlos Hyde). Although these movements were impressive, this "Office" spoof is still Brown's best move from 2018.
Although Browns is bad again, the rest of the division must be good. In Baltimore, Joe Flacco will play for his job, which is good news for Ravens, for the only time he seems to play well is when he is under an absurd amount of pressure (See: 2012 playoffs). As far as the Bengals are concerned, someone eventually spoke to Marvin Lewis to add some offensive lines, which means that Andy Dalton will actually have some protection. At Steel's end, with Le & Veon Bell probablyafter this season, everyone is aware that the Super Bowl window closes quickly. After struggling through 2017, it would not be surprising to see AFC North produce three playoffs in 2018.
AFC North Out-of-Division Record in 2017: 17-23 (6-10) against AFC South, 6-10 vs NFC North, 2-2 vs AFC East, 3-1 vs AFC West)
2018 Out-of-Division Schedule: vs. NFC South and AFC West
5. NFC West
NFC West can be the hardest division to rank and it's because you can make a strong argument to put it almost anywhere in those rankings. Do you want to put it higher? Well, you have a whiz-kid head coach who went 11-5 in his first year (Sean McVay), you have a quarterback who has never lost a start in his career (Jimmy Garoppolo) and you have a QB coach combination in Seattle It has been in two Super Bowls together in the last five years. NFC West also went crazy 12-4 against AFC South last season.
Of course, the argument for putting them down is that 49's defense will take lots of question marks until 2018 and Jimmy Garoppolo can not go unanswered forever, no matter how stylish he is. The Seahawks have lost players to the left and right. In fact, if you would call Seattle Defense a must of your former self, it would probably be an insult to the shell. In Arizona, the main coach and quarterback both went, which is not an ideal situation for any team.
On the other hand, Rams built an all-out team this offseason, they have no weaknesses and after winning the Super Bowl, we must probably move NFC West into the rankings next year. Currently, NFC West is in fifth place, and it is mostly according to principle: The Division did not have a winning record against any NFC division 2017.
NFC West Out of Division Record in 2017: 22 -18 (7-9 against NFC East, 12-4 against AFC South, 1-3 against NFC North, 2-2 against NFC South)
2018 Out-of-Division Schedule: vs. NFC North and AFC West
4. AFC West
AFC West is the highest ranked division in AFC and it's because it feels like a division in the conference where any team ends .500 or over, or even win it and yes it includes Broncos, who only went 5- 11 last year.
Each team in the division seemed to add at least one major upgrade. The raiders added Jon Gruden, Broncos signed Case Keenum, and chargers seemed to make all the right moves this offseason, although star recipients Keenan Allen seemed to hate some of them.
The two biggest draws from charters came in the form of signing offensive line Mike Pouncey and drafting defensive back Derwin James.
Ironically, the team with the biggest question marks in 2018 is the team that won the division last season. If you score at home, the bosses started their startback quarterback (Alex Smith), their best defensive back (Marcus Peters) and lost their offensive coordinator to Bears (Matt Nagy). You can also claim that they overpaid for Sammy Watkins. Of course, the managers have made the match in four of the last five seasons, so we'll give Andy Reid the advantage of doubting all of this and pretending he knows what he's doing.
AFC West out-of-division record in 2017: 18-22 (7-9 against AFC East, 7-9 against NFC East, 1-3 against AFC North, 3- 1 vs AFC South)
2018 Out-of-Division Schedule: vs. NFC West and AFC North
3. NFC East
If you want to start a debate that could be a fight at the weekend, just go up to a group of people and ask them who is the best quarterback in the NFC East. The only reason we rank this division so high is that it feels like NFC East has the best group of quarterbacks of any division in NFL, behind NFC South.
Although Eli Manning has fought in recent years, the giants have been able to succeed in 2018 by developing a back and suffocating its offensive line. If Manning can not find things this year, it probably means it's time to retire.
At Redskins end, they added Alex Smith, which is good news for coach Jay Gruden because Smith is basically a more gifted version of Andy Dalton. It's only remarkable, because the Gruen spent three years with Dalton in Cincinnati (2011-13) and made him a useful quarterback. If the horror can make Dalton a playoff quarterback, he does not say what he will be able to do with Smith.
In the case of Dak Prescott, he is in the toughest position this year, and it is because he does not really have anyone to throw the ball on. Even though the cowboys have added Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin, they definitely still have no true no. 1 receiver, which is not good news for Prescott.
With Carson Wentz, the guy just won a Super Bowl and the eagles rewarded him by adding Mike Wallace. Of course, Wentz is not quite healthy yet, so it's hard to decide who's the best NFC East quarterback going into 2018 (We can also throw Nick Foles into the conversation, but we will not).
Although NFC East did not take the top in our ranking, it feels like the only NFC division to legally win any team. Unfortunately, Bucs, we give you no chance at NFC South and sorry Cardinals, we do not give you a chance at NFC West).
NFC East out-of-division record in 2017: 20-20 (9-7 against NFC West, 9-7 against AFC West, 1-3 against NFC North, 1- 3 vs NFC South)
2018 Out-of-Division Schedule: vs. NFC South and AFC South
2. NFC North
NFC North probably has the best quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) and the best defense in NFL (Minnesota), which instantly puts it into the best division conversation.
The only thing that keeps this division down Over the past few years, there have been Bears, and once again they seem to be ready to turn things around. Not only did the bears hired an offensive-mad food scientist as his coach (Matt Nagy), but he hired another angry scientist to help him run the crime (former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich). This would basically be the same as putting Guy Fiery and Gordon Ramsey on the same cooking show. I have no idea what would happen in that situation, but I would definitely like to look at.
As for the lion, although you can not buy a Super Bowl, they did the next closest: They wrote under LeGarrette Blount. Blount has won two Super Bowls in a row – with New England (2016) and Philadelphia (2017) – and would probably not have written with Lions if at least he did not think they were playoff contenders. The employment of Matt Patricia also gives a serious Super Bowl experience to Detroit.
At Packers & # 39; End, they also made some rather high profile extensions. Not only did Packer Jimmy Graham sign, but they finally made a replacement by defensive coordinator by hiring Mike Pettine. And then we have the vikings, who signed Kirk Cousins and Sheldon Richardson.
If we ranked divisions based on who had the best offseason, NFC North would probably have peaked. Unfortunately, this is not how we rank things here, so they have to settle for the second place.
NFC North Out-of-Division record 2017: 22-18 (6-10 against NFC South, 10-6 against AFC North, 3-1 against NFC East, 3- 1 vs NFC West )
2018 out-of-division schedule: vs. NFC West and AFC East
1. NFC South
After sending three teams to the final in 2017, NFC South will basically be the top song by default. Sending three teams to the playoffs is almost unbelievable in the NFC: Before last year, no NFC division had been deducted from the performance since 2007 (NFC East).
The crazy thing about NFC South's performance last season is that the division basically came two gigs away from sending two teams to the NFC championship. Ifin the Saints Vikings game and Falcons from the Eagles two-yard line in the final minute of that game, then we get de Saints who host Falcons for the NFC title.
Also, let's not forget that this division has produced NFC Super Bowl teams for two of the last three years. Oh, and this division also has two of the last three MVP players (Matt Ryan and Cam Newton) and a quarterback (Drew Brees) clearer for MVP times than anyone else in this century (three times).
Although this will be difficult to outdo what this division did last season, it may actually happen, and it's because you can argue that all three of these teams became better. The Saints added(Marcus Davenport). Cam Newton finally (Torrey Smith) and Falcons finally begins to feel comfortable in the system carried out last year by the new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Of course, if Julio Jones lacks you can only forget about all the nice things we said about the Falcons and continue and write them up.
You may or may not have noticed that we do not mention Buccaneers yet, and it is through design. Withand it will probably be Tampa's failure if NFC South does not end the 2018 season as the best division in football.
NFC East Out-of-Division record in 2017: 25-15 (10-6 against NFC North, 10-6 against AFC East, 3-1 against NFC East, 2- 2 vs NFC West)
2018 Out-of-Division Schedule: vs. NFC East and AFC North