The New England Patriots are the best team in football, and the Miami Dolphins are the worst. That we know. But it's a lot more competitive at the bottom than it is at the top, which makes me wonder: What's the worst division in the NFL?
You have the NFC West, the AFC West and the NFC South, and take your pick.
|The Rams and coach Scott Linehan finally taste victory after an 0-8 start. (Getty Images)|
Which takes me back to the NFC West. Once it was ruled by the 49ers and Rams, but now it's Seattle's by default. The Seahawks lead the division, but they were beaten by the Cardinals, who were beaten by the 49ers, who were beaten by the Seahawks. Twice.
I didn't mention St. Louis because the Rams didn't beat anyone until last weekend. But at least they have an alibi for their 1-8 season. The 49ers don't. Plain and simple, they stink.
If there were doubts before Monday there are none now. Their performance against Seattle was so lame you started hoping Tim Rattay or Ken Dorsey would reappear.
One first down in the first half? Are you kidding me? And that was on the last play where officials ruled a completion on a pass that really wasn't.
Anyway, it was one of the lousiest offensive jobs I've seen in a long time. Or at least since Baltimore stunk up the joint the previous Monday against Pittsburgh. If I were ESPN, I'd demand my money back. It pays to televise football games, not infomercials for sleep disorders.
Seattle should be good, and maybe its 24-0 demolition of the 49ers Monday is a sign of what's to come. Maybe. But it was San Francisco, so you just don't know. If that was New England playing the 49ers, the Patriots might have had 24 by the end of the first quarter.
But the Seahawks did what they had to do, which was win, and good for them. It makes them the only winning team in the division.
Of course, that does not make them unique. San Diego is the only winning team in the AFC West, but only because it got lucky when Adam Vinatieri -- the game's most reliable kicker -- shanked a 29-yard field goal.
The Chargers tried to blow a 23-point lead to an Indianapolis team that played without several starters before losing both their tackles and defensive end Dwight Freeney -- and they would've succeeded had Vinatieri not come to their rescue.
Yes, they're 5-4, but it's a shaky 5-4.