Power Ranking Every Division in the NFL Heading Into 2014 Preseason Week 3

Power Ranking Every Division in the NFL

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Division power in the NFL seems to shift back and forth season after season, but the NFC West has been the NFL's most powerful division for the past three seasons. Looking forward to 2014, will this trend continue or will there be a changing of ranks? The league has some weak divisions, but some divisions in both the AFC and NFC look powerful enough to potentially send three teams to the playoffs.

8. AFC South

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8. AFC South

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The AFC South is the undisputed weakest division in the NFL; the division's best team, the Indianapolis Colts, is handed six wins each season on a silver platter. In a division full of weak offenses, the Colts' defense gets by due to the fact that six of the teams they play each year are incapable of gaining yards against anyone. The Colts will make the playoffs this year once again, and the division will not send another team to the playoffs.

7. NFC East

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7. NFC East

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Although once a dominant division in the NFL, the NFC East has become one of the weakest divisions in the league. The Philadelphia Eagles are on the rise, but they need to make the playoffs this year to prove that last year's solid play wasn't a fluke. The Giants' offense stalls week after week, the Cowboys have the worst defense in the NFL and the Redskins have problems all over. The Eagles will be the only NFC East team to make the playoffs.

6. AFC East

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6. AFC East

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The AFC East should be lower on the list, but the four teams in the division had solid years on paper last year. The Patriots have been a force for the past decade, but the Jets, Dolphins and Bills are all unproven teams that will likely miss the playoffs this year, possibly finishing with as many as eight wins. The Patriots, meanwhile, have the potential to make a Super Bowl run if Brady can find someone on the roster to throw the ball to.

5. AFC North

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5. AFC North

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If it wasn't for the Chargers' luck in Week 17 of last year, the AFC North would have sent at least two teams to the playoffs for the eighth straight year. The most underrated division in the NFL, the AFC North has fielded four Super Bowl champions since 2000, the most of any division. The Bengals, Steelers and Ravens all have playoff potential this year, but the defending division champion Bengals are the team most likely to find success.

4. NFC North

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4. NFC North

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The NFC North looks poised to have a successful year; the Packers, Bears and Lions are all capable of winning at least 10 games, while the Vikings are capable of winning eight. In fact, any of these four teams could make the playoffs, provided that the Vikings find success with whichever quarterback leads the team this year. The Packers seem to be the team most likely win the division; the Bears and/or Lions will be Wild Cards this season.

3. AFC West

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3. AFC West

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Last year, the AFC West fielded both AFC Wild Card teams, as well as the AFC Conference Champion Denver Broncos. This year, the Broncos, Chiefs and Chargers all have realistic chances to make the playoffs; the Raiders, meanwhile, could win eight games if their coaches are able to make the most of the team's new defensive acquisitions. The Broncos have realistic Super Bowl aspirations, and the Chiefs/Chargers could both win Wild Card games.

2. NFC South

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2. NFC South

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The NFC South is a tricky division; no team has been crowned division champions in back-to-back seasons since the division's establishment in the 2002 season. All four teams could realistically achieve playoff success this year, although the Saints and Panthers are the most heavily favored teams entering the 2014 season. The Falcons look to have a bounce-back season this year and could win up to 10 games, while the Bucs could win up to eight.

1. NFC West

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1. NFC West

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The NFC West is hands down the most dominant division in football. The Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals and Rams all have realistic playoff aspirations this year; each team could win up to 10 games without surprising anyone. Although the Seahawks and 49ers are the favorites, the Cardinals or Rams could realistically win the division and surprise everyone. The division could easily send three teams to the playoffs, although they will likely send two.

Connor Howe is a Cincinnati Bengals writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @CHoweSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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