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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
NFC West is best in 2013

By Terry Blount

Go west young man, if you want to be where the best teams are in the NFL. Specifically, the NFC West.

The 12-2 Seahawks lead the best division in the league with two weeks remaining in the regular season. The combined record for the four NFC West teams is 37-19, a .661 winning percentage.

The NFC West is the only division that has three teams with at least nine victories -- Seattle, San Francisco (10-4) and Arizona (9-5). It's also the only division where the worst team has six wins. The St. Louis Rams are 6-8.

And the NFC West is going to stay on top this season. Factoring in games against each other, the worst the division can do is 40-24. No other division can reach that win total.

It's quite a turnaround in three years. The Seahawks won the division in 2010 with a 7-9 record. The combined record of the NFC West that season was 25-39, a .390 winning percentage.

Second best on that division list in 2013 is the AFC West, thanks to the top two teams at 11-3 -- Denver and Kansas City. San Diego is 7-7, and Oakland has the only losing record in the division at 4-10. But the AFC West is 33-23, a .589 winning percentage.

No other division in the NFL is better than two games over .500 entering this weekend's games. The AFC East is 29-27 and the NFC South is 28-28.