NFL Football: What are the NFL Divisions
Like the NBA, MLB, NHL, and other major American sports leagues, the NFL is split into divisions. There are 8 NFL Divisions with 4 teams each, split between two conferences. Divisions are important because the winners of each division automatically make the playoffs. Divisions also contain unique rivalries due to teams in each division playing each other twice a season.
What divisions are in the AFC & NFC?
Each Conference has four major divisions. They are split up by geographical location. The four division types are North, South, East, and West. This allows for rival teams to be in close proximity for divisional matchups.
Who is in the AFC East Division?
The four teams in the AFC East are the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, & New York Jets. The division was founded during the inaugural AFL season in 1960. Since then, the New England Patriots have won the most AFC East titles with 22. As of 2023, the Buffalo Bills are the most recent champions having won three in a row.
Who is in the AFC North Division?
The four teams in the AFC North are the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, & the Pittsburgh Steelers. This division evolved from the AFC Central which was founded in 1970. Since the AFC Central days, the Steelers have the most divisional titles with 24 titles. As of 2023, the Bengals are the most recent champion after winning it by three games over the Ravens
Who is in the AFC South Division?
The four teams in the AFC South division are the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, & the Tennessee Titans. This is the NFL's newest division having been founded in 2002. It was created after the expansion to 32 teams which led to the creation of the Houston Texans. The Colts have won the most division titles with nine. The Jaguars most recently won the division, snagging their second win in 2023.
Who is in the AFC West Division?
The four teams in the AFC West are the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, & the Los Angeles Chargers. The division was founded in 1960 along with the AFC East during the AFL era. All four teams are tied in division titles with 15 and has sent teams to the Super Bowl 18 times. The Chiefs most recently won the AFC West after winning their seventh consecutive title in 2023.
Who is in the NFC East Division?
The four teams in the NFC East Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, & the Washington Commanders. The division was founded in 1967 as the NFC Capital Division due to its close proximity to D.C. The most divisional titles is held by the Cowboys with 24. The Eagles most recently won the division in 2023.
Who is in the NFC North Division?
The four teams in the NFC North are the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, & the Minnesota Vikings. It was founded in 1967 as the NFC Central. The most titles belong to the Minnesota Vikings with 21 who also won the most recent one in 2023.
Who is in the NFC South Division?
The teams in the NFC South are the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, & the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The division was founded in 2002 to help rectify a very inaccurate NFC West. The most titles belong to the New Orleans Saints with seven. The most recent title went to the Tom Brady led Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Who is in the NFC West Division?
The teams in the NFC West are the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, & the Seattle Seahawks. It was founded in 1967 as the NFL Coastal division. The San Francisco 49ers own the most divisional titles with 21 and most recently won the division in 2023.
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