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What if the divisions were set up by geography?

It’s Thanksgiving weekend so let’s have some fun.  I reshuffled the divisions strictly by geography.  Of course this would never happen because of the TV contracts and such. Still it’s fun to see how the teams could end up being grouped. Here’s what I came up with……

AFC – East

  1. New England Patriots
  2. New York Jets
  3. New York Giants
  4. Buffalo Bills

Pretty straight forward here.  The two New York teams playing twice a year would be fun.  Not to mention the New York-Boston rivalry.

AFC – Mid-Atlantic

  1. PhiladelphiaEagles
  2. Washington Redskins
  3. Baltimore Ravens
  4. Carolina Panthers

Totally new division here.  Gets the natural rivalry between Baltimore and DC in play.

AFC – Central

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers
  2. Cleveland Browns
  3. Cincinnati Bengals
  4. IndianapolisColts

Gave some thought to putting the Bills here, but Indianapolis ended up fitting better.  The Browns and Steelers have some old rivalries they can rekindle with the Colts.

AFC – Southeast

  1. Atlanta Falcons
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  3. Miami Dolphins
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Let’s take all three Florida teams in the same division right? Throw the Falcons in and you have a nice Deep South grouping.

NFC – Midwest

  1. Minnesota Vikings
  2. Green Bay Packers
  3. Detroit Lions
  4. Chicago Bears

Classic division is perfect as is. No need to tinker with it whatsoever.

NFC Southwest

  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. Houston Texans
  3. New Orleans Saints
  4. Tennessee Titans

Another completely new grouping here. Getting the two Texas teams together is the big bonus.

NFC Northwest

  1. Denver Broncos
  2. Seattle Seahawks
  3. Las Vegas/Oakland Raiders
  4. Kansas City Chiefs

Reuniting the old AFC West in this scenario, minus the Chargers. It’s a division that shouldn’t have been broken up in the first place.

NFC West

  1. Los Angeles Rams
  2. San Francisco 49ers
  3. Arizona Cardinals
  4. Los Angeles Chargers

Just like the case in Florida, all the remaining California teams get in the same division. Perhaps an L.A. rivalry can develop at some point.

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