Here's this week's GMC Playbook question from Marshall Faulk:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Time for a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ProfessionalGrade?src=hash">#ProfessionalGrade</a> assessment on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GMCPlaybook?src=hash">#GMCPlaybook</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/SBNation">@SBNation</a>: Which division is the toughest in the league? <a href="http://t.co/sLQQEMugLB">http://t.co/sLQQEMugLB</a></p>— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) <a href="https://twitter.com/marshallfaulk/status/540149229503934464">December 3, 2014</a></blockquote>
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The best division in the NFL this year? Oh, the NFC South — no question.
Just kidding, of course. Even though this can be written off as divisional bias, I think it's hard to disagree with the notion that the AFC North has been the best division in the NFL this year, from top to bottom. It's the only division where four teams have winning records. The freakin' Cleveland Browns are 7-5. How many people saw that happening?
I can see the counter-argument though. The AFC North got to play the NFC South this year and is 11-2-1 in games. At the same time, it's hard to argue with results. Regardless of who is playing who, the AFC North, for the most part, has been competitive regardless of the opponent.
The AFC East, AFC West and NFC West all have legitimate arguments too. But the AFC North gets the nod due to having four teams above .500. We'll have to see if this remains to be the case over the final quarter of the season, though.