Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) December 3, 2014
The 1-11 Oakland Raiders are the team holding the AFC West back from being the toughest division in the NFL. The Broncos, Chiefs and Chargers are three solid teams in one division. Compare the AFC West's 25 total wins to the 18 wins of the AFC South or the 15 wins in the NFC South.
After looking over the current standings, I don't think the AFC West is the best division in football. But they're very good.
The AFC North has three teams with seven wins and one team with eight wins. They're not top heavy like some of the other divisions but their floor is very high. There's an argument that this is the best division in the NFL -- they're really the only division without a bad team. Although the NFC North is close.
The NFC North is also very good with the Packers at 9-3, Lions at 8-4t and the Bears and Vikings at 5-7. The Packers are as good as any team in the NFL. The Bears and Vikings aren't bad last place teams.
Then there's the NFC West. The Cardinals, Seahawks and 49ers are all good teams and all have a shot at the playoffs. The Rams are a tough 5-7 last place team. This division is probably better than the AFC West, too.
The AFC North, NFC North, NFC West and AFC West are all tight divisions. You could put those four in any order and make an argument that they're the best divisions.