Historically, have the Super Bowl teams been more likely to have played the worst division in the league (for example: 2020 NFC East)?
They get four easy games to pad their record. Four games can be the difference between missing the playoffs and earning a bye week...
I’m not referring to teams within a bad division. I’m referring to teams whose division happens to be playing a bad division.
For example, this year, the AFC East is playing the NFC West and the AFC West.
- MadDogSousa21Lv 62 weeks ago
No, they have not.
- conley39Lv 74 weeks ago
No, they haven't been. "Worst division" is often subjective between a couple of divisions anyway..
- NickLv 44 weeks ago
For that to work 1 of the 4 teams has to be very good. So not the 2020 NFC East, but the 2019 AFC West and the Chiefs, the 2018 AFC East and the Pats, both of them only had 1 team over 500.
- EntropyLv 74 weeks ago
Without having done any research, there is something to the idea that a weak division seems to be an asset to a championship quality team.
The 49ers of the 80s had a weak division. The Patriots throughout the Belichick era feasted on one of the consistently worst division in football (outside themselves).
There are example going the other way though. The Giants and Redskins of the 80s won 5 super bowls from the HARDEST division in the game. By the time the Cowboys rose in the early 90s the division was already in hardcore decline, but certainly wasn't awful...yet.
But the current NFC East is a level of awful that won't produce anything good. The eventual winner probably won't have more than 6 wins. And even that assumes a team gets hot compared to it's recent performances.
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- Anonymous4 weeks ago
Yes. It's like when Joe Biden went up against 12 brain-dead morons in the democrat primary. He got the nomination and is the worst candidate in history. Next week he gets annihilated by Trump.
- Aster RhoidsLv 74 weeks ago
What kind of analogy is that?