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The NFC West is bad

Posted by Doug on December 13, 2008

Pacifist Viking points out (and I'm sure he's not the only one; he's just the one I happened to read) that the Cardinals are 5-0 in the division and 3-5 outside the division.

Only two teams since the merger have had a greater discrepancy between their divisional and non-divisional winning percentage. The 1998 Tennessee Oilers were 7-1 in the division and 1-7 outside the division. The 1998 Cowboys were 8-0 in the division and 2-6 in interdivisional games. Somehow, they managed to lose in the playoffs to a divisional opponent, the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cards obviously play in a weak division. It looks at this point like the weakest division in post-merger NFL history. And look who's second-weakest:

+------------+----------+------+------------------+--------------+
| conference | division | year | Inter_div_record | inter_div_wp |
+------------+----------+------+------------------+--------------+
| NFC        | West     | 2008 | 8-26-0           | 0.235        |
| AFC        | West     | 2008 | 8-24-0           | 0.250        |
| NFC        | Central  | 1984 | 11-28-1          | 0.288        |
| NFC        | West     | 1982 | 7-15-0           | 0.318        |
| NFC        | West     | 1999 | 13-27-0          | 0.325        |
| NFC        | West     | 2004 | 13-27-0          | 0.325        |
| NFC        | West     | 1979 | 13-27-0          | 0.325        |
| AFC        | Central  | 1984 | 13-27-0          | 0.325        |
| NFC        | North    | 2002 | 13-27-0          | 0.325        |
| NFC        | West     | 1976 | 12-25-1          | 0.329        |
| NFC        | North    | 2008 | 11-22-0          | 0.333        |
| NFC        | West     | 1975 | 11-21-0          | 0.344        |
| AFC        | East     | 1989 | 14-26-0          | 0.350        |
| NFC        | Central  | 1979 | 14-26-0          | 0.350        |
| AFC        | West     | 2007 | 14-26-0          | 0.350        |
| AFC        | Central  | 1995 | 14-26-0          | 0.350        |
| NFC        | Central  | 1986 | 14-26-0          | 0.350        |
| NFC        | West     | 2007 | 14-26-0          | 0.350        |
| AFC        | Central  | 1971 | 11-20-1          | 0.359        |
| AFC        | Central  | 1970 | 11-20-1          | 0.359        |
+------------+----------+------+------------------+--------------+

Meanwhile, the NFC South has a chance to match the best interdivisional record since the merger:

+------------+----------+------+------------------+--------------+
| conference | division | year | Inter_div_record | inter_div_wp |
+------------+----------+------+------------------+--------------+
| AFC        | West     | 1984 | 31-9-0           | 0.775        |
| AFC        | Central  | 1975 | 24-8-0           | 0.750        |
| AFC        | South    | 2007 | 30-10-0          | 0.750        |
| NFC        | South    | 2008 | 24-9-0           | 0.727        |
| AFC        | East     | 1999 | 29-11-0          | 0.725        |
| NFC        | East     | 2008 | 24-9-1           | 0.721        |
| NFC        | East     | 2007 | 28-12-0          | 0.700        |
| AFC        | Central  | 1976 | 22-10-0          | 0.688        |
| NFC        | Central  | 1970 | 22-10-0          | 0.688        |
| NFC        | East     | 1982 | 13-6-0           | 0.684        |
| AFC        | West     | 1979 | 27-13-0          | 0.675        |
| NFC        | East     | 1991 | 27-13-0          | 0.675        |
| AFC        | West     | 1995 | 26-14-0          | 0.650        |
| NFC        | West     | 1992 | 26-14-0          | 0.650        |
| NFC        | East     | 1981 | 26-14-0          | 0.650        |
| AFC        | South    | 2008 | 22-12-0          | 0.647        |
| NFC        | South    | 2002 | 25-14-1          | 0.638        |
| NFC        | Central  | 1997 | 25-15-0          | 0.625        |
| AFC        | West     | 1985 | 25-15-0          | 0.625        |
| AFC        | Central  | 1988 | 25-15-0          | 0.625        |
+------------+----------+------+------------------+--------------+

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