As of today, the NFC East is arguably the worst division ever and arguably the most competitive division ever, at the same time. Here is a look at the current standings:
There’s an argument for any team in the NFC East to win the division right now. When was the last time we saw a 0.5 game difference between the first place team and the last place team this late into the season?
The combined record of the NFC East sits at 12-27-1, with only 4 of those 12 wins coming from outside of the division. If, or should I say when, any team in the division loses one more non-division game, the division as a whole will clinch a sub-.500 record.
A user on reddit by the name of u/figment1979 in the subreddit r/nfl broke it down week by week.
In week 12, the division can go 3-1 at best since WAS plays DAL. A combined 15-28-1 record at best after week 12.
In weeks 13, 14, and 15, the division can go 12-0 at best because no two teams play eachother. That would make it 23-28-1 at best.
In week 16, the division can go 3-1 at best since DAL plays PHI, making it 30-29-1 at best.
In week 17, division can go 2-2 at best since NYG plays DAL and PHI plays WAS. That would end the season with a 32-31-1 record.
If an NFC East team loses one non-divisional game, they would guarantee themselves to finish under .500 as a division. In order to eliminate the possibility of becoming the worst combined division record in NFL history, the NFCE would have to finish the rest of season with a 9-13 record, beating the 2014 NFC South’s record of 22-41-1.
Don’t forget, one of these teams will be making the playoffs. As of now, there’s a scenario in which a 4-11-1 Eagles team will HOST a 12-4 Buccaneers team.
And from the way this year has gone so far, they’ll probably win…