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Can We Really Not Do Better Than The NFC East?

It might be time for another rule change in the NFL. The NFC East continues to prove it doesn’t have a team that deserves to make the playoffs. And yet, there will still be a team representing that division, regardless of how poor the record turns out to be.

Two of those contenders for the NFC East “crown” took the field on Thursday night. The majority of the game was a struggle to watch, but at least it finished in exciting fashion.

The Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1) scored two late touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure a 22-21 come-from-behind win over the New York Giants. The best play of the evening came on the final score when quarterback Carson Wentz hit running back Boston Scott for an 18-yard touchdown.

Unfortunately, most of the game didn’t bring that same level of flare. Things looked worse for the Giants, but neither team looked like a competitor. Philadelphia did show a pulse late, but it still wasn’t enough to garner much attention.

Once again, it was revealed that the NFC East continues to be a mess.

But where do we go from here? Where does the NFC go from here? This is how the playoff picture currently stands:

  • NFC West: Seattle Seahawks (5-0)
  • NFC North: Chicago Bears (5-1)
  • NFC South: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2)
  • NFC East: Dallas Cowboys (2-4)
  • Wildcard spots: Green Bay Packers (4-1), Los Angeles Rams (4-2), Arizona Cardinals (4-2)

Do any of those teams stand out for any reason? The easy answer is yes.

There is no justifiable reason for the Cowboys to be an automatic playoff team right now, except “that’s the rule.” Boring and lame. The NFC East is terrible across the board, and there isn’t a team in that division that will look remotely competitive in the playoffs, at least not from what we’ve seen.

Is this really the best we can do? The argument could be made for at least two, maybe three, more-deserving teams from stronger divisions.

The New Orleans Saints (3-2) and Carolina Panthers (3-3) are better football teams, especially once Michael Thomas and Christian McCaffrey return from injuries. The San Francisco 49ers (3-3) aren’t great, but they’re better than anything we’ve seen from the NFC East.

It’s unfortunate that the league sacrifices better football for division rules. It is rare that the truly top teams make it into the playoffs, and that’s unfortunate. It’s a broken system that should be addressed as soon as possible.

Playoff expansion was an important step, but it shouldn’t be the only step. Eliminate the divisions and take the top seven teams from the NFC and AFC.

It’s not that hard.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. I don’t mind the current rules – once you get to the dance anything can happen. The majority of Americans root for the underdogs anyway. It keeps winning the division relevant.

    Everyone was hype when the 7-9 Seahawks beat the Saints a few years back.

  2. Hey Clint,
    Ever watch a whole Bears game (pre Foles) with Mitch Trubisky? LMAO
    You can’t even enjoy a good beer buzz.
    Check ProFootballDoc’s presentation…both teams have almost no weapons, and defensive side of the ball is also a mess…so I agree it’s bad football, but pretty sure the horse has been beaten to death lol.

  3. With regards to the Cowboys,, they are like the University of Texas players. There is no problem getting the cream of the crop players, neither one recruits or drafts, they select! Once selected these players think all the work is done and they don’t need to put in the work anymore because they were selected and everyone who plays against them should just fold up and let them win. Well all the hype and facilities in the world don’t make you a champion, the work still has to be done, and probably more work because nobody would like more than to beat these two prima donnas azszsz. I was born and bred in Texas watched it all my life, the two most aggravating teams to watch because there is no excuse not to be good! But they each find a way to shoot them selves in the foot, year in and year out!

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