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Ranking the 2023 NFL: NFC Divisions

The NFL is in their ranking season, the 6 week lull before camps begin, and this is when fans and media outlets love to do rankings. Here at FFSN we wanted to get in on the fray, and start by ranking the divisions, based on conference. Today, we look at the National Football Conference (NFC).

You can see the AFC rankings, and it is now time to tackle the NFC side of the docket. Which division tops the list? When looking at both the AFC and NFC next to one another, you can see how competitive the AFC is vs. the NFC. Nonetheless, let’s take a look, and feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below this article!

1. NFC East

Washington Commanders
New York Giants
Dallas Cowboys
Philadelphia Eagles

Some might scoff at the thought of the NFC East topping the list, but to me it is the most complete division in the NFC. The Commanders will be better in 2023, and the Giants, Cowboys, and Eagles were playoff teams in 2022. The Eagles won the NFC last year, and when you look at the defenses in the division, you can see why they top the list.

2. NFC West

San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals
Seattle Seahawks
Los Angeles Rams

This was a tough call for the second spot in the NFC rankings, but I went with the NFC West for a couple reasons. I think the 49ers are going to be good, Seattle will be much improved and the Rams could see a big bounce back in 2023 if Matthew Stafford/Cooper Kupp are healthy for the season. Arizona is a dumpster fire, but the other three teams propel the West to No. 2 on the list.

3. NFC North

Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
Chicago Bears

Let’s take a look at the quarterbacks in the NFC North.

Jared Goff, Jordan Love, Kirk Cousins, Justin Fields.

Not really a who’s who of elite signal callers. With that said, Detroit remains one of the most intriguing teams in the entire league, and I think the Vikings will be another consistently good team. The Bears can’t get worse, can they? Still, they are the anchor which keeps the NFC North from rising higher in these rankings.

4. NFC South

New Orleans Saints
Carolina Panthers
Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Derek Carr arrives in New Orleans, and suddenly the Saints are favorites to win the division. Just look at the quarterback play throughout the rest of the division. Desmond Ridder in Atlanta, Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask in Tampa Bay, and Bryce Young in Carolina. Again, not really a murderer’s row of quarterbacks there. Between the NFC South and AFC South, the south makes up the worst divisions in football.

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