Over the last 3 years, teams in the NFC East have averaged 7.75 wins. That’s not awful, but it’s obviously just below the league average of 8. The NFC East ranks 5th among the 8 NFL division in wins during that span.
The NFC East also ranks 5th over the last 3 years in point differential, which makes sense. Again, the NFC East isn’t awful here, especially compared to the AFC West and the AFC South, who combined for a point differential of -864 over the last 2 years.
But here’s where the NFC East gets really mediocre. Over the last 3 years, the division champ has averaged just 9.7 wins. That is the lowest total in the NFL among the 8 divisions.
When teams with 9 or 10 wins are winning the NFC East, there’s a very good chance they won’t be very well represented as wildcard playoff teams. Sure enough, the NFC East is one of just two divisions not to have a wildcard team in the playoffs the last 3 years.
Conversely, the worst team in the division the last 3 years hasn’t been terrible, with the exception of the 2012 Eagles. The NFC East division cellar dweller has averaged the 2nd most wins among the 8 divisions.
And that’s probably what the NFC East will be again this year. No great teams, and probably no awful ones either. For a division that was involved in 10 of the top 20 most watched TV shows of the 2012 fall schedule (which is not limited to just football), the NFC East is extraordinarily mediocre. Frankly, if it weren’t for the Giants’ surprise Super Bowl run following the 2011 season, the NFC East would almost be irrelevant, in terms of dominating football teams.
Yesterday, I had my daughter pick the NFC East winner. Her take was dead on. She pushed all the helmets aside, as if she didn’t really want to pick any of them, then settled on the one she sees the most.