Thursday night's Saints-Panthers game was a festival of failure, which is what we all should have expected from two teams in the NFC South — that's par for the course in that division.
But it sure seems like you can say that about a lot of NFL divisions this season. We don't know what to attribute it to, but there's a lot of condensed stink around the league this year.
In fact, determining the NFL's worst division — usually a straightforward answer (pick a South) — is a challenge in 2016.
But we were able to do it.
Here's the definitive, locked in, unimpeachable ranking of the NFL's divisions from the best (there are two good ones) to worst (this is where things became difficult).
[All rankings subject to change...]
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By far the best division in football in 2016, the AFC West should have three playoff teams in the Raiders, Chiefs, and — Trevor Siemian willing — Broncos.
The Chargers, who have been in last place for 20 straight weeks, have a positive point differential and would probably win four other divisions. Poor Chargers...
The NFL's premier division is finally pulling its weight. Led by the owners of the NFL's best record, the Dallas Cowboys, every team in the NFC East is above .500 and contending for the playoffs this season.
The division only has one Super Bowl contender through — and the last-place Eagles might be the second-best team in the group — so it won't be overtaking the AFC West anytime soon.
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The Patriots have won this division 12 of the last 13 years and are going to win it again in 2016, but the Dolphins and Bills are playing good football and the Jets aren't the worst last-place team in the league.
There's pretty good football in the AFC East, so long as you're OK with knowing the end-of-season outcome.
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There is a precipitous drop between No. 7 and No. 6 in these rankings, but the gap between the AFC East and NFC West this season is as distant as the teams.
If not for the Seahawks getting their act together, this division would be much closer to No. 1.
It's been a shocking fall from grace for the division which used to be considered the best in football.
The 49ers are bad and seemingly getting worse — they might end the season with one win — the Cardinals, who entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations, are a mess that refuses to get its act together, and the Rams are a one-dimensional team whose offense is going to start a rookie quarterback for the final seven games of the season.
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What happened here?
The Ravens have been enigmatic — are they really good? — for a while now, but we expected a lot better from the Bengals and Steelers this year.
This ranking could go a lot lower, but there's still some optimism in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh — it's not like the pressure is on to get it together because of a fierce competition.
Oh yeah, the Browns might not win a game this year. This once-proud division is all sorts of bad right now.
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There's a real chance that every team in this division finishes .500 while giving up close to 400 points — the NFC South is a cartel of bad defenses.
Heading into their Week 11 game, the Falcons are the only team in the division with a positive point differential, and theirs seems tenuous at best.
When people say quality and parity aren't necessarily linked, they're referring to the NFC South.
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But the NFC South isn't even the worst of the Souths — that distinction belongs to the now perennially terrible AFC South, where the only thing that is consistent is bizarre play.
The Texans lead the division despite averaging 17 points per game and having the second-worst point differential in the division and seventh worst in all of football.
The Colts are a talentless mess surrounding Andrew Luck, who might not make it to 30 behind this offensive line (he's been sacked a league-leading 33 times so far this season).
This division is so bad that the Titans, at 5-5, might be considered the favorites to win it. The Titans might as well be a spin-off of the Saints, but they might just make the playoffs this year.
Then there's the Jaguars, who somehow found a way to get worse — if that was at all possible — this past offseason.
This division should be the worst in the NFL, but it isn't, because over the last three weeks, a new champion has emerged...
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A true underdog story — the NFC North has gone from one of the best divisions in football this season to being the new worst division in the league.
How did this happen?
Well, the Bears have remained a tire fire, the Packers have been exposed by injuries as a fundamentally flawed and imbalanced team that is more prone to in-fighting than winning at the moment, and the Vikings have sustained so many injuries to their offensive line that they might not win another game this season.
The best team in this division right now is the Detroit Lions.
The Lions who have trailed in the fourth quarter of every game they've played this year. The only other team that can also claim that is the Cleveland Browns. Give that factoid a moment to sink in.
Do you really think the Lions' luck will continue the rest of the season?
That's the NFC North's torchbearer heading into Week 11's full slate of games.