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What's the best non-division rivalry?

11/17/2010

I was listening to ESPN’s "SportsCenter" while I worked this morning and it was said that New England and Indianapolis, which meet this weekend, is the best non-division rivalry in the NFL. I can’t argue with that. Those teams have had some great battles in the past decade.

Still, the topic got me thinking: What are the best non-divisional rivalries for each AFC West team? I want you to voice your opinions in the comments section at the bottom of this post. Let me give you some candidates for each team:

Denver

  • New England: Josh McDaniels loved beating his old team last season.

  • Cleveland: We know Cleveland still hates Denver.

  • Chicago: The Jay Cutler-McDaniels feud will never be forgotten.

Kansas City

  • St. Louis: The battle of Missouri is always a big deal.

  • Dallas: Roots are deep.

  • New England: The Chiefs have a huge Patriots influence.

Oakland

  • San Francisco: Losing to the 49ers sickens Raider Nation.

  • Pittsburgh: This matchup was the AFC story of the 1970s.

  • New England: The memory of the Tuck Rule game will never die.

San Diego

  • New England: These two teams have never liked each other.

  • Indianapolis: There’s been some great battles between the Chargers and Colts.

  • New York Jets: There are a lot of connections here.

What do you think? Are there other non-divisional rivalries in the AFC West that make your blood boil?