Overhyped? Absolutely. But that's what you get when all 4 teams are from the top 10 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas... Top 7 actually. No other division comes close.
Overrated? I would say no since most don't consider the East to be the best. But I would agree that the NFCW is strongest division as of now.
But as many have already stated, there is not another division nearly as balanced. Has the best mix of competitive balance of Talent, Coaching, and Elements. The teams themselves are some of the most balanced in the NFL and when healthy and 'on', the 4 teams can compete with anyone because of it.
Historically, it's hard to argue. 12 Super Bowls in the division (a full 1/4 of the total), 20 Super Bowl appearances (almost 1/2 of the total)... Today, here and now, it's arguable. Aside from the Giants winning 2 in the last several years, the Eagles are 10 years removed from an appearance, the Cowboys are coming up on 20 years, and the Redskins on 25 years.
The division is competitive, at least with each other.
Lets see, last 10 championships by divison:
Year: Winner (Loser)
2003: AFC East (NFC South)
2004: AFC East (NFC East)
2005: AFC North (NFC West)
2006: AFC South (NFC North)
2007: NFC East (AFC East)
2008: AFC North (NFC West)
2009: NFC South (AFC South)
2010: NFC North (AFC North)
2011: NFC East (AFC East)
2012: AFC North (NFC West)
NFC East: 2-1
NFC North: 1-1
NFC South: 1-1
NFC West: 0-3
AFC East 2-2
AFC North 3-1
AFC South 1-1
AFC West 0-0
AFC West is by far the worst over the past decade. The NFC West has had 3 different teams in the SB but all lost, and remember the Rams won before that. AFC North is clearly the best divison IMO, sitting at 3-1 in the SB with the Ravens 1-0 and Steelers 2-1. The AFC East is ALL PATRIOTS so that hurts them even with 4 appearences. Id say the NFC East is probably the 3rd or 4th best divison in the NFL. The Eagles had a nice run for a while even though they never won a SB but the Skins and Cowboys really hurt the division.
Originally Posted by TheAnalyst
The AFCW hasn't held up its end at all.
The East always has great story lines, year in year out. There have been better years but we usually send two to the playoffs and it's not strange to see us get both wildcard spots I've seen it here and there. Some years it's top heavy with two good teams, some years it's a runaway but most years there's always a battle at the bottom that somehow has playoff implications.
Let's see, playoff-quality teams the past few years:
NFC North: GB, MAYBE MIN on a good day
NFC South: NO, ATL
NFC West: SF, SEA
AFC East: NE
AFC South: IND, HOU
AFC North: BAL, CIN
AFC West: DEN
Whereas in the NFC East, any team could make it. Hell, there were 3 teams still competing for division champion in week 16... in both 2011 and 2012. Maybe they don't have one strongest team in the NFL, but put them all together than they're the strongest division. No team gets double gift-wraps like Oakland, Jets, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Arizona, or Detroit provide to their respective divisions, which explains why the division champion often sports a 10-win record.
Calling a division that has Arizona and St. Louis in it the strongest is laughable. They just have two powerful teams in SF and SEA, nothing more... I'm sure that if you shuffled the NFC East rosters together and drew 4 teams out of it, you could create two teams on that same level as SF/SEA and two crap teams...
Of course, by that logic, the NFC North would be rolling with Rodgers, AP, and Megatron, so they would most likely be the most powerful...
Funny, that's the Giants' record in super bowls over the past 10 years...
Originally Posted by TheAnalyst
That said, super bowls don't really mean anything with how good a team is. We've put up with crap about, well, ALL of our super bowl victories, since each of them had fanbases of either Joe Montana or Tom Brady crying foul about it, about how we were supposed to just lie down and take it...
No it isnt. Giants lost in 2000, 13 years ago. Yeah, I know, it still seems like yesterday Ray Lewis and company beat us down. We do have the 2 wins in the division, but the loss belongs to the Eagles in 2004 vs the Pats.
Originally Posted by Toadofsteel