The NFL has finally reached the final week of the regular season, which brings us to the conclusion of the divisional power rankings for the year. Interdivisional games have come to an end as the league schedules all divisional matchups for Week 18.
The NFC West was challenged throughout the year, yet the preseason No. 1 ended the year on top. A dominant Week 17 sealed the top spot for the NFC West, which has an opportunity to get three teams from its division into the postseason (the AFC West is the only other division that can accomplish this). The AFC South staked its claim as the worst division in football, even though it may get two teams in the postseason. The NFC East wasn’t as bad as we predicted and the AFC East ended up being much better than the preseason rankings indicated.
The final edition of the divisional power rankings is here. Football out west ended up ruling the league in 2021.
8. AFC South
Final interdivisional record: 16-28 (.364)Last week’s ranking: 8
The AFC South is hurt by the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars having two of the worst records in the AFC, yet the division is a win away from having the No. 1 seed in the conference (Tennessee Titans). The Indianapolis Colts are also a win away from a playoff spot, but could have locked up that spot if they beat the Las Vegas Raiders at home.
The Titans were the only team in the division to win last week, as the AFC South is 26-38 (.406 win percentage) with one week to play. The AFC South wasn’t the worst division in NFL history, but it was poor throughout 2021.
7. NFC North
Final interdivisional record: 18-25-1 (.420)Last week’s ranking: 7
The NFC North wasn’t a good division all year either, but the Green Bay Packers having the best record in football hid that from the rest of the league. Three teams are going to finish with a losing record, one of which (Detroit Lions) has the worst record in the…