NFC South helping make history

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

We've heard plenty about the strength of the NFC East since the preseason. But that division is not alone in its power. The NFC East has lived up to its hype, but the NFC South and AFC East are doing their parts to make this an exceptional season.

For the first time since the NFL realigned in 2002, there are three divisions in which all teams are .500 or better after Week 9. In fact, there only have been two seasons in which a single division had all its teams at .500 or better at this point. Here's a look:

  • 2008: 3 (AFC East, NFC East, NFC South)

  • 2007: 0

  • 2006: 0

  • 2005: 1 (NFC East)

  • 2004: 0

  • 2003: 0

  • 2002: 1 (AFC East)