Let’s start this blog with a quiz:
Can you name the four NFL teams that have not won a division title this century (since 2000)?
With three weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, none of the division champions have clinched a title, although two teams, New England and Seattle, each have three-game leads with three games to play. The AFC South, NFC South and AFC West each have a tie for the top spot, and the other three division leaders have either a one or two-game lead.
While perennial divisions champs like the Patriots and the Seahawks are ready to claim another title, there are a few new teams challenging for a division title. Three teams in particular, the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Bucs and Oakland Raiders, each are right in the thick of things and could win their first titles in a long time.
Speaking of waiting a long time for a divisional title, the hapless Cleveland Browns, now nursing an 0-13 record, will certainly not win the AFC North this season (or maybe anytime in the near future). In fact, they have not won a division crown since 1989, the longest drought of any NFL team for a division championship.
Here’s a look at the last time each NFL team won a divisional title.
2002: New York Jets, Oakland
2003: Los Angeles Rams
2007: Tampa Bay
2008: Miami, Tennessee
2009: San Diego
2010: Chicago, Kansas City
2011: New Orleans, New York Giants
2012: Atlanta, Baltimore, San Francisco
2014: Dallas, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Seattle
2015: Arizona, Carolina, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Minnesota, New England, Washington
(Did you get the four teams (Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo and Jacksonville) correct?
Note: There has been only one division where each of the four teams has won a crown since 2010… the NFC East (Dallas-2014, NY Giants-2011, Philadelphia-2013 and Washington-2015).
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