Dec 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL All-Division Tournament: AFC North vs. AFC South

Everyone has heard of “All-Division Teams”, but have you taken part in an “All-Division Tournament”? Each NFL team site editor on the FanSided Network teamed up to create an All-Division Team for their division, and the collaboration involved among editors yielded a team of 22 starts. We left the construction of the rosters up to each “division”, since these four members operate as a head coach, and a few divisions decided to be creative in order to maximize the talent on their squad.

This first round matchup of our tournament features the AFC North and AFC South, and both of these divisions feature strong-armed quarterbacks, powerful offensive lines, and explosive pass rushers.

First up is the AFC North’s roster, and they run a 3-4 defense that looks incredibly scary on paper. Haloti Ngata is a monster as the nose, and he’s flanked by two exceptional interior pass rushers in Cameron Heyward and the elite Geno Atkins. Behind those three are edge rushers Terrell Suggs and Jason Worilds, as well as a pair of playmaking inside linebackers in Lawrence Timmons and Vontaze Burfict. The safety duo of Donte Whitner and Troy Polamalu is dynamic, but still not quite as dynamic as a wide receivers corps of Josh Gordon, A.J. Green, and Torrey Smith. Ben Roethlisberger could have a bone to pick with some of his offensive lines in his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he certainly can’t complain about this off-the-charts group.

AFC North Offense

QB Ben Roethlisberger

RB Giovani Bernard

TE Jordan Cameron

WR Josh Gordon

WR A.J. Green

WR Torrey Smith

LT Joe Thomas

LG Andrew Whitworth

C Alex Mack

RG Marshal Yanda

RT Andre Smith

AFC North Defense

DE Geno Atkins

NT Haloti Ngata

DE Cameron Heyward

OLB Terrell Suggs

ILB Vontaze Burfict

ILB Lawrence Timmons

OLB Jason Worilds

CB Joe Haden

CB Jimmy Smith

S Donte Whitner

S Troy Polamalu

Let’s take a look at what the AFC South team has to offer. There are plenty of household names like J.J. Watt, rookie Jadeveon Clowney, Arian Foster, and Andrew Luck, but there are also a few under-the-radar guys- none more so than right guard Brandon Brooks, who quietly blossomed into one of the league’s better run blocker last year. The AFC South team’s 3-4 defense looks like a dream on paper (those linebackers are an absolute nightmare) with some intriguing fits on the defensive line, and Kendall Wright and Dwayne Allen sandwiched in between Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne helps make the passing offense a ruthlessly efficient machine.

AFC South Offense

QB Andrew Luck

RB Arian Foster

WR Andre Johnson

WR Reggie Wayne

WR Kendall Wright

TE Dwayne Allen

LT Michael Roos

LG Zane Beadles

C Chris Myers

RG Brandon Brooks

RT Duane Brown

AFC South Defense

DE J.J. Watt

NT Jurrell Casey

DE Chris Clemons

OLB Jadeveon Clowney

ILB Paul Posluszny

ILB Brian Cushing

OLB Robert Mathis

CB Vontae Davis

CB Johnathan Joseph

S Bernard Pollard

S Johnathan Cyprien

Now that you’ve had a chance to read through both rosters and analyze both matchups in your head like Peyton Manning breaks down defenses, it’s time to make a quick decision on vote on the better team. The winner of the poll below advanced to the next round, whereas the losing division has to sit home and agonizingly break down the tape. Voting closes at midnight on Tuesday.

Be sure to vote in the other NFL All-Division Team first round matchups:
NFC East vs. NFC South
AFC East vs. AFC West
NFC North vs. NFC West

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