Ranking the toughest NFL divisions

08 DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks through smoke as he waits in the tunnel during player introductions against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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The NFC West's rise from weakest division in football to strongest gives any division hope that it can turn it around quickly. It wasn't hard for you to guess the NFC West, with the top two teams in football, is the best division in the NFL, but where do the other seven rank?
— Frank Schwab

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