Which division is the toughest?
Very top heavy. San Francisco and Seattle have better than 10-1 odds to win the Super Bowl, making the NFC West the only division with two such teams. But with Arizona and St. Louis in the fold, the West's average Super Bowl odds are 49-1, fourth best among the eight divisions.
I think the West's bottom dwellers could surprise some people, however. Arizona finally has a quarterback that can get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald and St. Louis is turning into a decent overall team. But I think Vegas is mostly right here. St. Louis and Arizona still have plenty of weaknesses and neither are on my personal dark horse NFC watch list.
I do love Larry Fitzgerald this year, though. He is the second best receiver in the NFL and I think he's going to remind us of that this season. If Andre Roberts or Michael Floyd (my money is on Floyd) emerge as a second option and the defense can play like they did early last year, they could give Seattle or San Francisco a few extra losses and really impact the NFC power balance.
This is the biggest mystery of them all. Denver is widely considered the best team in the AFC while Oakland is widely considered a mediocre college team. And there's always a chance--albeit an increasingly minuscule one--that Philip Rivers and the Chargers are still actually capable of playing football. But I'm not going to take that risk.
Kansas City, on the other hand, is primed for a big year. Andy Reid is going to have Alex Smith throw, throw, throw and Dwayne Bowe is going to have a monster statistical season. Reid is a proven coach and Smith, Charles, and Bowe seem to comprise a core that can keep them in most games.
This division intrigues me, but with Oakland's obvious ineptitude and the situation in San Diego, it's hard to expect too much out of the AFC West.
So, without further ado, here are my divisional power rankings:
1. NFC South
2. NFC North
3. NFC West
4. NFC East
5. AFC North
6. AFC South
7. AFC West
8. AFC East
Man, isn't speculating fun? What do you think will happen? At the end of the year, which division will prove to be the best?