NFL Preview Week: Ranking the NFL’s toughest divisions

The NFL officially returns on Thursday, and Shutdown Corner is rolling out the red carpet, previewing everything to come for the 2013 season. We’ll finish it off by picking our individual awards and the Super Bowl winner on Thursday before the Ravens and Broncos kick off the season.

It wasn't that long ago that the NFC West was the worst division in football.

The division bottomed out in 2010, when the Seahawks won the division with a 7-9 record. All four teams were pretty bad.

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Then the 49ers turned things around under Jim Harbaugh, the Seahawks built a fantastic roster, the Rams had a division-best 4-1-1 record in NFC West games and even Arizona should be a little more competitive with Carson Palmer at quarterback.

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 figuring out the order of the other seven divisions isn't quite as easy.

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