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Best and worst divisions

Posted by Doug on June 27, 2007

Here is a list of every division since 1970, sorted by the average of their teams' ratings according to the simple rating system. The Record column shows the division's combined record in interdivisional games.

 Yr   Division   Record  avRating      Teams (with NFL rank)
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1970 NFC Central 22-10-0   +7.4   min 1, det 2, chi 8, gnb 17
2004 AFC East    25-15-0   +6.3   nwe 1, buf 5, nyj 6, mia 18  
2005 AFC West    24-16-0   +6.2   den 2, sdg 3, kan 7, oak 20
1976 AFC Central 22-10-0   +5.5   pit 1, cin 3, cle 17, hou 18 
2002 AFC West    24-16-0   +5.2   oak 1, kan 4, den 7, sdg 20
1975 AFC Central 24- 8-0   +5.2   pit 1, cin 7, hou 9, cle 22  
1984 AFC West    31- 9-0   +5.0   sea 3, den 4, rai 5, kan 14, sdg 15
1979 AFC West    27-13-0   +4.7   sdg 2, den 6, oak 7, sea 11, kan 13  
1979 AFC Central 24-16-0   +4.5   pit 1, hou 4, cle 9, cin 18
1977 AFC Central 19-13-0   +4.4   hou 6, pit 7, cle 11, cin 12
1991 NFC West    22-18-0   +4.3   sfo 2, nor 3, atl 9, ram 24 
1991 NFC East    27-13-0   +4.3   was 1, phi 6, dal 7, nyg 13, pho 23
1998 AFC East    24-16-0   +4.2   nyj 2, mia 6, buf 7, nwe 9, ind 23   
1999 AFC West    20-20-0   +4.1   kan 3, oak 4, sea 7, den 9, sdg 20
1999 AFC East    29-11-0   +4.1   buf 2, ind 6, nyj 11, nwe 14, mia 16 
1972 NFC Central 17-13-2   +4.0   gnb 4, min 8, det 10, chi 16
2004 AFC West    22-18-0   +4.0   sdg 3, den 8, kan 10, oak 24
1974 NFC East    17-13-0   +3.9   was 1, dal 6, stl 7, phi 10, nyg 22 
2006 AFC East    23-17-0   +3.8   nwe 1, buf 12, nyj 13, mia 16
1992 NFC East    23-17-0   +3.7   dal 2, phi 3, was 7, nyg 16, pho 19  
2004 AFC North   24-16-0   +3.6   pit 4, bal 7, cin 11, cle 22
2005 NFC East    24-16-0   +3.6   nyg 6, was 8, dal 12, phi 19
1990 AFC West    23-17-0   +3.5   kan 3, rai 4, sea 11, sdg 13, den 15
1998 NFC West    20-20-0   +3.4   sfo 3, atl 4, nor 14, car 16, stl 17
2002 NFC South   25-14-1   +3.3   tam 2, atl 6, nor 12, car 24 
2002 AFC East    23-17-0   +3.2   mia 5, nwe 8, nyj 10, buf 19 
1977 AFC West    21-17-0   +3.2   den 1, oak 2, sdg 10, sea 20, kan 21
1983 NFC East    23-17-0   +3.2   was 1, dal 3, stl 16, nyg 19, phi 23
2000 AFC East    23-17-0   +3.2   ind 4, mia 6, nyj 9, buf 20, nwe 22
1992 NFC West    26-14-0   +3.2   sfo 1, nor 4, ram 18, atl 22
1983 NFC West    22-18-0   +3.1   sfo 2, ram 6, atl 10, nor 12
1976 NFC Central 17-14-1   +3.0   min 5, chi 9, det 13, gnb 20
1982 NFC East    13- 6-0   +3.0   dal 2, was 4, nyg 13, phi 15, stl 19
1970 NFC East    16-12-2   +3.0   stl 4, dal 5, was 7, nyg 9, phi 20
1981 NFC East    26-14-0   +2.9   phi 1, dal 3, nyg 8, was 16, stl 24   
1971 NFC West    17-13-2   +2.8   ram 4, sfo 6, atl 11, nor 15
1998 NFC Central 23-17-0   +2.8   min 1, gnb 8, tam 13, det 20, chi 21
1995 NFC Central 25-15-0   +2.8   det 4, gnb 5, min 7, chi 10, tam 25
1995 AFC West    26-14-0   +2.8   kan 3, den 8, oak 11, sdg 12, sea 15 
2006 AFC North   21-19-0   +2.8   bal 3, cin 7, pit 10, cle 27
1989 NFC West    25-15-0   +2.7   sfo 1, ram 6, nor 7, atl 26
1973 NFC West    19-13-0   +2.6   ram 1, atl 8, sfo 14, nor 23
1975 AFC East    14-16-0   +2.5   mia 2, bal 5, buf 6, nwe 18, nyj 23
1993 NFC East    22-18-0   +2.4   dal 2, nyg 6, pho 7, phi 13, was 24 
1985 AFC West    25-15-0   +2.4   rai 6, sea 7, den 9, sdg 11, kan 18
1987 AFC Central 19-17-0   +2.3   cle 2, hou 11, pit 12, cin 23
1984 NFC East    24-15-1   +2.2   was 6, stl 7, dal 12, nyg 13, phi 18
2003 AFC East    24-16-0   +2.2   nwe 4, mia 11, nyj 17, buf 19
1986 AFC West    23-17-0   +2.2   sea 5, den 8, kan 13, rai 15, sdg 21
1986 NFC West    23-17-0   +2.1   sfo 3, ram 11, nor 16, atl 17
1988 NFC West    23-17-0   +2.1   ram 3, sfo 6, nor 11, atl 24
1991 AFC West    22-18-0   +2.0   kan 5, den 10, rai 11, sea 12, sdg 18
1997 AFC Central 23-16-1   +1.9   jax 4, pit 6, ten 11, bal 17, cin 19
1989 AFC West    20-19-1   +1.9   den 2, kan 12, rai 13, sdg 16, sea 19
2006 AFC South   22-18-0   +1.9   jax 5, ind 6, ten 18, hou 26
1985 AFC East    21-19-0   +1.9   nyj 2, mia 4, nwe 5, ind 21, buf 27
1996 NFC Central 20-20-0   +1.8   gnb 1, min 16, chi 17, det 22, tam 24
2004 AFC South   21-19-0   +1.8   ind 2, jax 12, hou 14, ten 25
1987 AFC East    18-17-0   +1.7   ind 4, nwe 8, mia 10, buf 14, nyj 17 
1987 NFC West    23-15-0   +1.7   sfo 1, nor 3, ram 19, atl 28
1999 NFC Central 23-17-0   +1.7   min 8, tam 13, det 15, gnb 17, chi 22
1996 AFC West    24-16-0   +1.7   den 3, oak 8, kan 10, sea 20, sdg 21
1990 NFC East    25-15-0   +1.7   nyg 2, phi 6, was 7, dal 20, pho 25
1993 AFC West    24-16-0   +1.7   den 4, kan 9, sdg 10, rai 18, sea 20 
1982 AFC East    10-10-1   +1.6   nyj 1, mia 3, buf 11, nwe 18, bal 26
1988 AFC East    24-15-1   +1.6   buf 4, ind 8, nyj 12, nwe 14, mia 17
1978 NFC East    21-19-0   +1.6   dal 1, phi 9, was 14, nyg 21, stl 22
1971 NFC Central 17-14-1   +1.6   min 5, det 9, gnb 14, chi 16
1970 NFC West    15-16-1   +1.5   ram 3, sfo 6, atl 18, nor 23 
1972 AFC West    16-16-0   +1.5   oak 3, kan 12, den 17, sdg 20
1986 NFC East    23-17-0   +1.4   nyg 1, was 7, dal 10, phi 20, stl 25
2005 AFC North   22-18-0   +1.4   pit 5, cin 11, bal 18, cle 23
1984 NFC West    24-16-0   +1.4   sfo 1, ram 11, nor 19, atl 24
2000 NFC Central 24-16-0   +1.4   tam 5, gnb 12, min 14, det 15, chi 26
2001 NFC Central 21-19-0   +1.3   chi 2, gnb 6, tam 8, min 26, det 29
1978 AFC West    21-19-0   +1.3   den 4, sdg 6, oak 8, sea 12, kan 25
1989 AFC Central 23-16-1   +1.3   cin 3, cle 8, hou 18, pit 21
2003 AFC South   22-18-0   +1.3   ind 3, ten 5, jax 22, hou 28
1988 NFC Central 16-24-0   +1.2   min 1, chi 2, gnb 19, det 22, tam 23  
1985 NFC Central 19-21-0   +1.2   chi 1, gnb 13, min 16, det 19, tam 24
1997 NFC Central 25-15-0   +1.2   gnb 3, det 8, tam 10, min 16, chi 29
1978 AFC Central 24-16-0   +1.1   pit 2, hou 13, cin 16, cle 19
1988 AFC Central 25-15-0   +1.1   cin 5, hou 9, cle 13, pit 25
1997 AFC West    21-19-0   +1.0   den 1, kan 2, sea 15, oak 26, sdg 30
1973 NFC East    12-17-1   +1.0   dal 3, was 6, stl 16, phi 18, nyg 21
1980 AFC West    22-18-0   +1.0   sdg 6, oak 7, den 14, kan 16, sea 24
1980 NFC East    19-21-0   +0.9   phi 1, dal 2, was 17, stl 20, nyg 27
1982 NFC Central 12-12-1   +0.9   gnb 5, det 10, min 12, tam 14, chi 24 
2001 AFC Central 19-17-0   +0.8   pit 4, bal 10, jax 12, cle 16, ten 20, cin 21
2006 NFC East    20-20-0   +0.8   dal 9, phi 11, nyg 17, was 23
2006 AFC West    22-18-0   +0.7   sdg 2, den 14, kan 15, oak 32
2000 AFC West    17-23-0   +0.7   oak 1, den 7, kan 19, sea 23, sdg 27
1974 AFC Central 16-15-1   +0.7   pit 3, cin 11, hou 16, cle 20
1994 AFC East    21-19-0   +0.7   mia 6, nwe 8, buf 13, ind 14, nyj 18
1994 NFC Central 23-17-0   +0.7   gnb 4, min 9, det 10, chi 17, tam 26
1977 AFC East    15-15-0   +0.6   mia 5, bal 8, nwe 9, nyj 22, buf 25  
1974 AFC West    17-14-1   +0.6   oak 2, den 13, kan 17, sdg 21
1983 AFC West    22-18-0   +0.6   rai 5, kan 8, sea 9, den 21, sdg 25  
1979 AFC East    19-21-0   +0.6   nwe 3, mia 5, buf 15, nyj 21, bal 22
1980 AFC Central 25-15-0   +0.5   pit 9, cle 10, hou 12, cin 21
1980 AFC East    20-20-0   +0.4   nwe 5, buf 8, bal 18, mia 19, nyj 23 
2003 NFC North   19-21-0   +0.4   gnb 2, min 13, chi 24, det 27
1981 AFC West    22-18-0   +0.4   sdg 6, kan 9, den 14, sea 21, oak 22 
1992 AFC Central 21-19-0   +0.4   hou 6, pit 9, cle 13, cin 24
2003 AFC West    19-21-0   +0.4   kan 1, den 8, oak 25, sdg 29
1972 AFC Central 18-14-0   +0.4   pit 2, cin 11, cle 14, hou 24
2001 NFC West    21-19-0   +0.3   stl 1, sfo 5, atl 25, nor 27, car 30
1981 NFC Central 18-22-0   +0.3   det 5, tam 10, gnb 17, min 18, chi 20 
1978 AFC East    20-20-0   +0.3   mia 3, nwe 5, nyj 10, buf 23, bal 27
1996 AFC Central 19-21-0   +0.3   pit 5, hou 12, cin 15, jax 18, bal 23
1974 AFC East    16-14-0   +0.2   mia 4, nwe 8, buf 12, nyj 18, bal 24
1997 AFC East    17-23-0   +0.1   nwe 5, nyj 9, mia 13, ind 24, buf 25
2003 NFC West    21-19-0   +0.1   stl 7, sea 10, sfo 12, ari 32
1994 NFC East    19-21-0   +0.1   dal 2, phi 12, nyg 16, ari 19, was 25
1986 AFC Central 21-19-0   +0.1   cle 9, cin 12, pit 18, hou 22
1971 AFC West    17-13-2   +0.0   kan 8, oak 10, sdg 18, den 21
2001 AFC West    18-22-0   -0.0   oak 9, sdg 14, den 15, kan 17, sea 19
2003 AFC North   17-23-0   -0.0   bal 6, pit 20, cin 21, cle 23
1979 NFC East    23-17-0   -0.1   dal 8, phi 10, was 12, stl 19, nyg 23
1995 NFC West    21-19-0   -0.1   sfo 1, atl 14, nor 22, car 23, stl 27
1977 NFC East    18-12-0   -0.2   dal 4, was 14, phi 15, stl 16, nyg 23
1970 AFC West    16-14-2   -0.2   kan 10, oak 11, sdg 15, den 19
1975 NFC East    18-12-0   -0.2   dal 10, stl 11, was 12, phi 19, nyg 21
1993 AFC Central 19-21-0   -0.2   hou 3, pit 11, cle 19, cin 27
1971 NFC East    15-14-1   -0.3   dal 2, was 7, stl 19, phi 20, nyg 25
1973 AFC West    14-14-4   -0.3   oak 7, den 10, kan 12, sdg 25
1994 NFC West    19-21-0   -0.4   sfo 1, nor 22, atl 23, ram 24
1972 NFC East    16-14-0   -0.4   was 6, dal 7, nyg 9, stl 21, phi 25 
1989 NFC East    19-21-0   -0.4   nyg 4, phi 5, was 11, pho 25, dal 28
1987 NFC East    18-17-0   -0.4   was 7, nyg 15, stl 16, phi 18, dal 20
1976 NFC East    18-12-0   -0.4   dal 10, was 12, stl 14, nyg 19, phi 23
1981 NFC West    18-22-0   -0.4   sfo 2, atl 7, ram 19, nor 27
1990 NFC West    20-20-0   -0.5   sfo 5, nor 17, atl 19, ram 23
2005 AFC South   20-20-0   -0.5   ind 1, jax 10, ten 29, hou 30
1994 AFC Central 16-24-0   -0.5   cle 3, pit 5, cin 27, hou 28 
1980 NFC West    18-22-0   -0.6   atl 3, ram 4, sfo 25, nor 28
1995 NFC East    17-23-0   -0.6   dal 2, nyg 18, phi 19, was 21, ari 28
2000 AFC Central 18-18-0   -0.6   ten 2, bal 3, pit 8, jax 16, cin 29, cle 30
1996 AFC East    19-21-0   -0.7   nwe 6, buf 7, mia 14, ind 19, nyj 30
1981 AFC Central 20-20-0   -0.7   cin 4, pit 12, hou 25, cle 26
1973 NFC Central 15-16-1   -0.8   min 5, det 11, gnb 19, chi 24
1994 AFC West    22-18-0   -0.8   sdg 7, kan 11, rai 15, den 20, sea 21
1991 AFC Central 15-25-0   -0.9   hou 4, cle 16, pit 20, cin 25
1976 AFC East    13-17-0   -0.9   bal 4, nwe 6, mia 15, buf 24, nyj 26
2002 NFC East    22-18-0   -1.0   phi 3, nyg 16, was 26, dal 28
1977 NFC West    13-19-0   -1.0   ram 3, atl 13, sfo 19, nor 27
1993 NFC Central 20-20-0   -1.0   gnb 8, min 14, chi 15, det 16, tam 25
1992 NFC Central 15-25-0   -1.0   min 5, gnb 14, det 17, chi 21, tam 23
1983 AFC East    22-18-0   -1.0   mia 4, nwe 14, nyj 17, buf 24, bal 26
1982 AFC West    12-11-0   -1.0   sdg 6, rai 7, kan 16, sea 23, den 27
1987 AFC West    17-19-1   -1.0   den 5, sea 9, rai 13, sdg 24, kan 26
1973 AFC East    14-16-0   -1.0   mia 2, buf 13, nyj 17, nwe 20, bal 22 
1989 NFC Central 18-22-0   -1.1   min 10, chi 14, gnb 17, det 20, tam 23
2001 AFC East    21-19-0   -1.1   nwe 7, mia 11, nyj 13, ind 23, buf 31
1985 NFC West    18-22-0   -1.1   sfo 3, ram 10, nor 23, atl 25
1993 NFC West    17-23-0   -1.1   sfo 1, nor 21, atl 23, ram 26
1971 AFC East    13-16-1   -1.2   bal 1, mia 3, nwe 22, nyj 23, buf 26
1988 NFC East    17-23-0   -1.2   phi 7, nyg 10, was 16, pho 18, dal 27
1998 AFC West    22-18-0   -1.4   den 5, sea 12, kan 18, oak 25, sdg 28
1996 NFC East    22-18-0   -1.4   dal 9, was 11, phi 13, nyg 25, ari 27
1990 NFC Central 15-25-0   -1.4   chi 10, min 12, det 18, gnb 22, tam 26
1973 AFC Central 16-14-2   -1.4   pit 4, cin 9, cle 15, hou 26 
1997 NFC East    15-24-1   -1.5   nyg 12, was 14, dal 18, phi 20, ari 27
1982 AFC Central 10-10-0   -1.6   pit 8, cin 9, cle 22, hou 28
1972 NFC West    12-19-1   -1.6   sfo 5, ram 15, atl 18, nor 23
2001 NFC East    18-22-0   -1.6   phi 3, nyg 18, was 22, ari 24, dal 28
1995 AFC Central 14-26-0   -1.6   pit 6, hou 13, cin 20, cle 24, jax 29 
1978 NFC Central 16-24-0   -1.6   min 11, gnb 15, det 18, chi 20, tam 24
2002 AFC South   19-21-0   -1.7   ten 13, ind 15, jax 18, hou 30
1992 AFC West    18-22-0   -1.7   kan 10, sdg 11, rai 15, den 20, sea 27
1996 NFC West    16-24-0   -1.7   sfo 2, car 4, stl 26, nor 28, atl 29
2006 NFC North   18-22-0   -1.7   chi 4, min 24, gnb 25, det 28
2003 NFC South   19-21-0   -1.8   tam 14, nor 15, car 18, atl 30
1974 NFC Central 15-17-0   -1.8   min 5, gnb 14, det 15, chi 25
1990 AFC Central 18-22-0   -1.8   hou 8, pit 14, cin 16, cle 27
2000 NFC West    17-23-0   -1.9   stl 10, nor 18, car 21, sfo 24, atl 28
1990 AFC East    19-21-0   -1.9   buf 1, mia 9, ind 21, nyj 24, nwe 28
1993 AFC East    18-22-0   -2.0   buf 5, nyj 12, mia 17, nwe 22, ind 28
1999 NFC East    16-24-0   -2.0   dal 10, was 12, nyg 24, phi 25, ari 27
1976 AFC West    17-21-0   -2.0   oak 7, den 8, sdg 16, kan 21, tam 28
2005 NFC South   21-19-0   -2.1   car 9, tam 16, atl 17, nor 31
2002 AFC North   16-23-1   -2.2   pit 11, cle 14, bal 22, cin 32
1975 NFC Central 15-17-0   -2.2   min 4, det 13, gnb 16, chi 25
1984 NFC Central 11-28-1   -2.2   gnb 8, chi 9, tam 20, det 23, min 25
1985 NFC East    22-18-0   -2.3   nyg 8, dal 12, was 20, phi 22, stl 28
1980 NFC Central 16-24-0   -2.3   det 11, chi 13, min 15, tam 22, gnb 26
1986 AFC East    16-24-0   -2.3   nwe 6, mia 14, nyj 19, buf 24, ind 27
2004 NFC East    19-21-0   -2.4   phi 9, was 21, nyg 23, dal 30
2006 NFC South   17-23-0   -2.4   nor 8, car 19, atl 20, tam 30
2005 AFC East    16-24-0   -2.5   nwe 13, mia 15, buf 26, nyj 27
1975 AFC West    12-20-0   -2.6   oak 8, den 14, kan 17, sdg 24
1983 NFC Central 15-25-0   -2.6   det 7, chi 15, gnb 18, min 22, tam 27
2003 NFC East    19-21-0   -2.6   phi 9, dal 16, was 26, nyg 31
1971 AFC Central 11-20-1   -2.6   cle 12, cin 13, pit 17, hou 24
2000 NFC East    19-21-0   -2.7   phi 11, nyg 13, was 17, dal 25, ari 31
1981 AFC East    16-24-0   -2.7   mia 11, nyj 13, buf 15, nwe 23, bal 28
2004 NFC South   19-21-0   -2.8   car 15, atl 17, tam 19, nor 28
1997 NFC West    18-22-0   -2.8   sfo 7, car 21, stl 22, atl 23, nor 28
1985 AFC Central 15-25-0   -2.8   pit 14, cin 15, cle 17, hou 26
1986 NFC Central 14-26-0   -3.0   chi 2, min 4, det 23, gnb 26, tam 28
2005 NFC West    16-24-0   -3.0   sea 4, ari 24, stl 25, sfo 32
1978 NFC West    18-22-0   -3.0   ram 7, nor 17, atl 26, sfo 28
1972 AFC East    13-16-1   -3.1   mia 1, nyj 13, bal 19, buf 22, nwe 26
2005 NFC North   17-23-0   -3.1   chi 14, min 21, gnb 22, det 28
1991 NFC Central 18-22-0   -3.2   det 14, chi 15, min 17, gnb 22, tam 27
1995 AFC East    17-23-0   -3.2   mia 9, buf 16, ind 17, nwe 26, nyj 30
1999 AFC Central 17-19-0   -3.3   jax 5, ten 18, bal 19, pit 23, cin 29, cle 31
1975 NFC West    11-21-0   -3.3   ram 3, atl 15, sfo 20, nor 26
1983 AFC Central 16-24-0   -3.3   cin 11, pit 13, cle 20, hou 28
1984 AFC Central 13-27-0   -3.4   pit 10, cin 17, cle 21, hou 27
1984 AFC East    16-24-0   -3.4   mia 2, nwe 16, nyj 22, ind 26, buf 28 
1976 NFC West    12-25-1   -3.5   ram 2, sfo 11, nor 22, atl 25, sea 27 
2002 NFC West    17-23-0   -3.5   sfo 17, sea 21, stl 25, ari 31
2002 NFC North   13-27-0   -3.5   gnb 9, min 23, chi 27, det 29
1987 NFC Central 14-24-1   -3.5   chi 6, min 21, gnb 22, tam 25, det 27
1998 AFC Central 15-25-0   -3.5   jax 11, ten 15, pit 22, bal 24, cin 29
1989 AFC East    14-26-0   -3.6   buf 9, ind 15, mia 22, nwe 24, nyj 27
2004 NFC North   17-23-0   -3.7   gnb 13, min 16, det 27, chi 31
1992 AFC East    17-23-0   -3.8   buf 8, mia 12, nyj 25, ind 26, nwe 28
1970 AFC Central 11-20-1   -3.9   cle 12, cin 13, pit 22, hou 24
1999 NFC West    13-27-0   -3.9   stl 1, car 21, atl 26, sfo 28, nor 30
1979 NFC West    13-27-0   -4.0   ram 16, nor 17, atl 24, sfo 26
1982 NFC West     7-15-0   -4.0   sfo 17, nor 20, atl 21, ram 25
1988 AFC West    14-25-1   -4.1   sea 15, den 20, rai 21, kan 26, sdg 28
1974 NFC West    12-20-0   -4.6   ram 9, sfo 19, nor 23, atl 26
1998 NFC East    16-24-0   -5.5   dal 10, nyg 19, ari 26, was 27, phi 30
1979 NFC Central 14-26-0   -5.7   chi 14, tam 20, gnb 25, min 27, det 28
1991 AFC East    16-24-0   -5.8   buf 8, nyj 19, mia 21, nwe 26, ind 28
2006 NFC West    17-23-0   -5.8   sea 21, stl 22, ari 29, sfo 31
1977 NFC Central 14-24-0   -6.4   min 17, chi 18, det 24, gnb 26, tam 28
1970 AFC East    11-19-0   -6.8   bal 14, mia 16, nyj 21, buf 25, bos 26
2004 NFC West    13-27-0   -6.8   sea 20, ari 26, stl 29, sfo 32

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