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NFL Division Power Rankings: AFC West still dominating at midseason

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

This sign might need a checkbox for the Chiefs and Chargers. (USATSI)
This sign might need a checkbox for the Chiefs and Chargers. (USATSI)

With Week 8 now in the bag, that means it's officially midseason and midseason at CBSSports.com means the Midseason Midtacular. Be sure to check out all of our spectacular midtacular content here.

What does the Midseason Midtacular mean for the division rankings? Not much will change here, but we are going to take a brief look at where each division stood in the preseason rankings published back in July. Then we'll all laugh together at how wrong I was.

Anyway, here's the preseason division rankings. I'm going to republish what I wrote about the AFC South because I think I was really right about them. I'll also republish what I wrote about the AFC West because I couldn't have been any more wrong.

1. NFC West

2. AFC North

3. NFC North

4. NFC South

5. NFC East

6. AFC South: The AFC South might be the weirdest division in the NFL. It's not ranked last in our rankings, but it is the one division that doesn't feel like it has a team capable of winning the Super Bowl. Honestly, is anyone driving to Las Vegas this week and betting on the Texans, Colts, Jaguars or Titans to win Super Bowl XLVIII? No. No one is.

7. AFC East

8. AFC West: The AFC West should be ranked closer to 12th, but we only have eight spots in these rankings, so it had to go here at eight. The division went 5-11 last season against the NFC South -- with three of the wins coming from Denver -- and it probably won't be much prettier this season for the AFC West going up against the NFC East.

Now lets get to the current rankings.

NFL Division Power Rankings after Week 8

1. AFC West: The AFC West is the 'Sixth Sense' division this year. I thought I knew it was horrible, then bam, surprise! I actually had no clue at all. I had the AFC West eighth in the preseason rankings, its in first now. Not even a kid who sees dead people could've seen this coming. Last week's ranking: 1. (3-0 vs. AFC North, 7-4 vs. AFC South, 9-1 vs. NFC East)

2. NFC West: The NFC West has been the Denny Green division this year as in 'they are who we thought they were.' Speaking of Denny Green, all the NFL owners need to make a pact and agree to hire him where ever the next open job is. Last week's ranking: 2. (2-0 vs. NFC North, 4-3 vs. NFC South, 8-2 vs. AFC South, 0-1 vs. NFC East)

3. NFC North: This is the 'our division all-star team could beat your division all-star team' division. Seriously, would a team with Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson even need an offensive line? Probably, but it wouldn't have to be a good one. Last week's ranking: 3. (6-3 vs. AFC North, 0-2 vs. NFC West, 4-2 vs. NFC East, 0-2 vs. NFC South)

An NFC North all-star team would never lose. (USATSI)
An NFC North all-star team would never lose. (USATSI)

4. AFC North: This is the Walking Dead division because that basically describes the season the Ravens, Steelers and Browns are all having. The Bengals are Rick, you know, the guy who's taken charge and doesn't answer to anyone. If you've never seen the Walking Dead, Rick's the guy who's taken charge and doesn't answer to anyone. Last week's ranking: 4. (6-2 vs. AFC East, 0-3 vs. AFC West, 1-1 vs. AFC South 3-6 vs. NFC North)

5. AFC East: This is the Royal Family division. I know what you're thinking, 'What a timely reference since the NFL was just in London last week!' Anyway, the Patriots are the queen. You know, the queen who's been reigning forever, and every year, everyone in England thinks it's her last year on the throne, but every year she somehow lives five more years. Unfortunately for the rest of the AFC East, the reign of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will never end. God save the Jets. And the Bills. And the Dolphins. Last week's ranking: 5. (2-6 vs. AFC North, 7-2 vs. NFC South, 1-1 vs. AFC South)

6. NFC South: This is the Murphy's Law division. Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong for the Buccaneers and Falcons. It's actually kind of surprising that Greg Schiano's last name isn't Murphy. You want me to bring the Panthers and Saints into this? Ask Carolina about its Week 2 loss to the Bills and ask New Orleans about its Week 6 loss to the Patriots. Murphy's Law. Last week's ranking: 6. (2-7 vs. AFC East, 3-4 vs. NFC West, 1-1 vs. NFC East, 2-0 vs. NFC North)

7. AFC South: The AFC South is the Entourage division this year. The Colts are Vinny Chase and the Jaguars, Texans and Titans are the other three guys that no one talks about, cares about or wants to watch on TV because they combined to go 0-10 in October. To be fair though, the Titans would probably be E, because at least they're trying. And of course, the Jaguars would be Turtle. Fine, that means the Texans would be Johnny Drama. Oh, and I only brought Entourage up because they finally decided to make it into a movie. Last week's ranking: 7. (4-7 vs. AFC West, 1-1 vs. AFC North, 1-1 vs. AFC East, 2-8 NFC West)

8. NFC East: Back in August, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen called the NFC East the SEC of the NFL. Either Allen doesn't watch college football or he was talking about the Securities and Exchange Commission. I'm voting for the second one. Last week's ranking: 8. (2-4 vs. NFC North, 1-1 vs. NFC South, 1-9 vs. AFC West, 1-0 vs. NFC West)

We'll be back to normal descriptions of the divisions next week when it's not the midseason midtacular.

 
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