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The NFC South is at the top of the NFL food chain

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Gregg Rosenthal certainly seems to think so.

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Over the last couple of years, the NFC South has made the steady climb to the top of the NFL mountain and can now legitimately claim to be the league’s toughest division. What other division has 4 top 15 quarterbacks (yes, Jameis Winston is a top 15 quarterback) under center? Besides the revamped and upgraded Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the division features three potent teams. The New Orleans Saints boast a Hall of Fame quarterback and a lethal offense. The Carolina Panthers have one of NFL’s best defenses, and the Atlanta Falcons are absolutely loaded to the teeth on offense. That is the definition of stacked and the NFC South was the only division to put three teams in the 2017 playoffs.

Rosenthal breaks down his reasoning for putting the NFC South #1 here:

If you look at the rankings from top to bottom, it’s hard to find an argument against Rosenthal’s list. The NFC North comes in at #2 and is a very good division, but there are a lot of questions surrounding the Chicago Bears, and the Detroit Lions have been just above avg the last two seasons.

I’d personally put the AFC South at #3 over the NFC West, as I think the Seattle Seahawks are a bit on the decline, the Arizona Cardinals are in transition with a rookie quarterback, and the fact that the AFC South has four teams primed for big years.

So, what do you think of the rankings? How would you rank the eight divisions? Can you make an argument for another division to leapfrog the mighty NFC South? Sound off in the comments.