NFC East poised to finish as the worst division ever

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This year’s NFC East is well on its way to earning a special place in NFL history, as the worst division ever.

The worst cumulative record in NFL history for a division was the 2008 NFC West, which went 22-42, a .344 winning percentage. The NFC East is well below that.

Currently the four teams in the NFC East are a combined 6-19-1, a .250 winning percentage. After Dallas and Washington play each other on Sunday, that record will “improve” to 7-20-1 (or 6-19-3, if Dallas-Washington ends in a tie). That’s a winning percentage of .268.

To put together a winning percentage of .268 through seven weeks of the season is stunningly bad, and there’s little reason to think it’s going to get better. In fact, it’s easy to envision six wins being enough to win the division.

That, of course, would mean a six-win team hosting a playoff game, as the NFL’s playoff seeding always gives a home playoff game to every division winner. This year’s NFC East winner may just be the worst team ever to host a postseason game.

52 responses to “NFC East poised to finish as the worst division ever

  1. It should also be noted that despite being the worst division ever, the Cardinals (9-7) made it all the way to the Super Bowl. Prime example of why regular season records mean nothing once the playoffs start.

  2. The Eagles and cowboys arent really “bad” teams. They both just got killed by injuries. In a year with basically no offseason thats not really shocking. Also dont be shocked both of those teams win more than you think. The eagles by all rights were better than the ravens and the cowboys defense is just now getting fully healthy. Id be willing to bet either one of these teams could upset a playoff or even two depending howhealthy they get by the end of the year.

  3. Will Roger finally admit the NFL playoff format is out-dated when a 5-11 dumpster fire team makes the playoffs?

  4. The Rams are 4-2. All 4 wins are against the NFC East. Let’s see if they are for real 6 weeks from now.

  5. It’s one thing for an 8-8 team or a 9-7 team to host a playoff game, that kind of team can “maybe” figure it out or get hot at the right time. A 5-11 team or a 6 win team though hosting a playoff game feels so gross. It really sucks actually and it should never happen. It’s going to feel even more gross when one of their fan bases somehow tries to justify their existence in the playoffs. I’m going to feel really bad for cardinals, bears, 49ers or packers fans when a really good team misses the playoffs because of a piece of crap division

  6. You shouldn’t include inter-division games, because that will always give a 12-12 record. 2008 NFC West was 10-30 in non-division games. 2020 NFC East is currently 2-15-1 in non-division games. Waaaayyyyyy worse!!!

  7. oh, come on, it’s 2020….what the hell did you think was going to happen? You can also make a real argument that they are the most beat up in the NFL

  8. so what? in the past 5 years only 1 NFC team has won a super bowl and that was an NFC East team (2 NFC East teams in the past 10 years actually). power ebbs and flows in this league – that’s not news.

  9. Change television income distribution formula to reflect appearances. There should be a direct and obvious cost to incompetence and torturing a fan base.

  10. But yeah, the current playoff formula is fine. No need for any changes…

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    Thats right. You dont change everything up because of an anomaly.

  11. To my brothers in Philly Was and NY let’s get together and help one team make it in at 4-12. That would be pathetically hilarious one team wins the division while the other three pick in the top 10 maybe top 5

  12. Only two teams with sub-.500 records have hosted a playoff game. Both won.

    Can we please put to rest the notion that division winners shouldn’t automatically host playoff games?

    I’d love to see the Eagles host the Bears. So many great storylines…

  13. It all goes in cycles if the people who own the teams in the east didnt share revenue then there would be no league

  14. The current system IS fine, unless you want to do away with divisions entirely. Win your division, get a home game. It isn’t the Division winner’s fault the entire division is even worse than them. If the team with the better record really is better, they should go into where ever is hosting and win. This isn’t a problem that needs to be fixed. Let it go.

  15. And yet the Cowboys still somehow seem to be penciled in for the game that get gets national coverage instead of regional coverage. The idea that the Cowboys are “America’s Team” died 10 years ago everywhere except Texas. Sorry Jerry the Kansas City Chiefs are now “America’s Team” like or not.

  16. They also have some of the worst QBs in football residing in the NFC East. Haskins, Fuller, Dalton, Jones…yuck. Dak wasn’t bad before his injury but he wasn’t great either., Nobody wins with a bootleg QB.

  17. the playoff format is not going to change…its Jerry’s best chance to field a bad team and still have a chance to get to a supabowl

  18. darthhelmut says:
    October 24, 2020 at 9:23 am
    And yet the Cowboys still somehow seem to be penciled in for the game that get gets national coverage instead of regional coverage. The idea that the Cowboys are “America’s Team” died 10 years ago everywhere except Texas. Sorry Jerry the Kansas City Chiefs are now “America’s Team” like or not.
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    National coverage is dictated by ratings and what flows from ratings – $$$. Even though the Cowboys have been mediocre to slightly average for 25 years they always dominate ratings, and thats because they have a ton of fans all over, wait for it . . . America. Thus, they always have been and always will be “America’s Team”. If you think its because the Chiefs won the SB, get in line – there are 9 teams that have more SB trophies than K.C.

  19. 2-15-1 combined outside of the division and the 3 non-losses are all against last place teams (though SF at 3-3 is pretty decent for a last place team). At that rate who knows maybe 5 wins will take the “honors”

  20. stop with the constant playoff gerrymandering. i dislike every team in nfc east, hope they go winless against react of league, but whoever wins that division deserves to ahome playoff team. no whining, just shut up go there and beat them. and no they shouldn’t have added a playoff team and taken away the second bye.

  21. National coverage is dictated by ratings and what flows from ratings – $$$. Even though the Cowboys have been mediocre to slightly average for 25 years they always dominate ratings, and thats because they have a ton of fans all over, wait for it . . . America. Thus, they always have been and always will be “America’s Team”. If you think its because the Chiefs won the SB, get in line – there are 9 teams that have more SB trophies than K.C.

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    Actually there are 12 teams with more wins than KC but who’s counting?

  22. National coverage is dictated by ratings and what flows from ratings – $$$. Even though the Cowboys have been mediocre to slightly average for 25 years they always dominate ratings, and thats because they have a ton of fans all over, wait for it . . . America. Thus, they always have been and always will be “America’s Team”. If you think its because the Chiefs won the SB, get in line – there are 9 teams that have more SB trophies than K.C.

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    Are they always on national TV because they dominate ratings or do they dominate ratings because they are always in National TV?

  23. If your division leader can’t get to .500 even with 6 games versus bad division opponents you should not qualify fo the playoffs.

    The NFC East has been called the NFC Least off and on for the last decade while the NFC West is a bloodbath.

  24. I have never understood why the NFL hasn’t done the smart thing and set up the divisions by geographical location. Having the Cowboys in the NFC East is ridiculous. I think the NFL needs to change everything.
    How is Miami in the AFC East with the Bills, the Pats, and the Jets? They should be in a division with the Jags and Bucs. Houston and Dallas should be in the same division, too,
    and so should the Giants and Jets.
    There is no reason why the NFL shouldn’t rearrange the divisions so it’s easier for fans to travel to road games if they want to.
    Geographical divisions is the way it should be set up. But it will never happen.
    I don’t want to hear about ruining long time rivalries, either. New rivalries are created every year.
    Can you imagine how much better it would be if teams in the same states had to play each other twice a year? Talk about rivalries!

  25. If Howie knew how to draft the Eagles would have a winning record . And if they had a really good reliable kicker it would make winning easier.

  26. How said this division has become at one time they were the elite division they were the prime time teams.

  27. Daddy Batz says:
    October 24, 2020 at 5:55 am
    But yeah, the current playoff formula is fine. No need for any changes…

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    If the hosting team is as bad as you’re implying, then the opponent with the superior record should be able to brush them aside with relative ease, no? No excuses. While I’m sure teams get a rush getting a playoff victory in front of their home crowd (pre-COVID), tearing the hearts out of the home team’s fans on the road has to be just as sweet, if not even more so

  28. Realignment? Do what the English Football League (EFL, with Premier League, Championship, etc.) does using relegation and promotion: One league, four conferences or divisions (1, 2, 3, 4…depending on previous year record), 8 teams in each with bottom 2 getting relegated except in Division 4 and top 2 getting promoted except in Division 1, and the Super Bowl and playoffs being between all the teams in Div. 1 with top team playing team 8, team 2 playing team 7, team 3 playing team 6, and team 4 playing team 5 with home field advantage. If this sounds harsh on lower divisions, think back to early 70s when Leeds United went from Division 4 to Division 1 and FA Cup win in 5 years!

  29. Rules are rules. Everyone agreed.
    Too late to change them now. At least for this season. So no reason to complain

  30. I get the argument that the best teams in each conference should make the playoffs, but I also get that division winners also are rewarded..

    If there are only 7 of the top winners from each conference regardless of division then there really is no reason to even have a divisional layout..

    and then the next complaint will be that teams 8 and 9 in one conference had better records than teams 6 and 7 in the other

    I really think for the most part the best teams end up at the end of the tournament anyways as the worst teams get weeded out, with a few exceptions through the years, and who doesn’t like a massive underdog slaying the dragon in the biggest game of all like say Giants over N.E. twice…..priceless

  31. Jags owner Shad Khan might want to ask Roger if he can change conferences. He likes to be associated with things like worst ever…

  32. It’s the only division where all 4 teams are in top 10 media markets and it’s the only division where every team has a Lombardi trophy. Realignment will never happen because it’s a cash cow.

  33. smoothrobinva says:
    October 24, 2020 at 8:55 am
    It all goes in cycles if the people who own the teams in the east didnt share revenue then there would be no league

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    Amen!

    All 4 NFC teams are perennially the richest teams in the league.
    1. Cowboys
    3. Giants
    7. The team from D.C.
    10.Eagles
    Some years these teams are all in the top 5 richest.
    That means they are also among the most popular teams.
    The NFC East also owns the most Super Bowl rings.
    A few years ago the NFC West was a trainwreck.
    The AFC East minus the Patriots was a trainwreck for 20 years.
    The NFC East will be back in a couple of years.

  34. The eagles are decimated with injuries and so are the cowboys. I hate both teams but the boys entire starting o line are injured. And so was their starting linebacker and their starting QB. And the eagles have no healthy starting receivers and peters is on IR as always ..

  35. Well, since 2008 was brought up, you had the 9-7 Cardinals hosting the 9-6-1 Eagles in the NFC Championship game…Those two teams took out the Giants, Panthers, Vikings and Falcons who had a combined 45-19 record and all four went one and done. Just saying that when the playoffs start everyone goes back to 0-0…

  36. The Cowboys did lose 4 starters on their offensive line, three starters on defense and their starting quarterback. They’re bad, no question but I think if this team was healthy they would be over .500. Eagles are kind of the same thing. I think either Philly or Dallas does get to 8 wins this year

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