Tuck: NFC Dominating AFC
The NFC looked like the better, deeper conference coming into the 2012 season. Two weeks in, that is exactly how it has played out. The NFC is 7-1 against the AFC to date. The lone AFC victory came off Adam Vinatieri’s right leg at the gun for Indianapolis in their 23-20 win over Minnesota.
Of the 6 winless teams in the NFL, 5 of them reside in the AFC. 4 of the 6 unbeaten teams play in the NFC. Oddly, New Orleans is the lone winless team in the NFC, and their +/- is -16, is not surprisingly the worst in the conference. But what is glaring is that the AFC has SIX teams with worse +/- to this point. Only 5 NFC teams are in the red compared to 8 AFC teams.
Even the much maligned NFC West is off to a 6-2 start (5-1 outside the division) and is the only division featuring two unbeaten teams, San Francisco, and Arizona.
It is a trend expect to stick, although mitigating circumstances can intervene like injuries or even AFC bottom-feeders beating NFC bottom-feeders. The AFC’s lone victory is just that to date. Last season the NFC looked superior, especially at the top, but managed just a 33-31 edge against the AFC. I’d expect a more decisive margin this season. The NFC is just deeper and more talented, especially at the top.