NFL All-Division Tournament: NFC North vs. NFC West


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. In fact, you’ll see a prime example of that in our first battle, which pits the NFC West against the NFC North.

The NFC West is almost universally regarded as the pearl of all of the NFL divisions, but the NFC North has plenty of talent in its own right, especially after an active offseason on the part of all four of its teams.

Below is the NFC North squad, which features four wide receivers and no tight ends in front of the best QB and RB in the NFL. While I’m sure Kyle Rudolph wouldn’t be too pleased about that, the fact of the matter is that this division is incredibly stacked at receiver, and their wideouts are so big that they can effectively be used as TEs. I mean, Brandon Marshall can probably block better than a number of tight ends. The NFC North defense features a standard 4-3 front, with a DE tandem that features the old guard (Jared Allen) and the new (Ziggy Ansah). In the secondary, the Chicago Bears cornerbacks team up behind a formidable pass rush and in front of a versatile safety duo (both can play at SS or FS interchangeably).

NFC North Offense

QB Aaron Rodgers

RB Adrian Peterson

WR Calvin Johnson

WR Brandon Marshall

WR Jordy Nelson

WR Alshon Jeffery

LT Riley Reiff

LG Josh Sitton

C John Sullivan

RG Larry Warford

RT Phil Loadholt

NFC North Defense

DE Jared Allen

DT Ndamukong Suh

DT Linval Joseph

DE Ziggy Ansah

OLB Clay Matthews

MLB Stephen Tulloch

OLB DeAndre Levy

CB Charles Tillman

CB Tim Jennings

S Harrison Smith

S Glover Quin Jr.

Meanwhile, the NFC West offense lines up with an All-Seahawks backfield and a stout offensive line that features No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson as one of the starting guards. The defense is, of course, incredibly scary, and even Rodgers, Megatron, AP, and the rest of the NFC North squad could find it difficult to score on a beyond stacked secondary and an elite group of All-49ers LBs. Another St. Louis Rams rookie makes the cut on the defensive side of the ball, as Aaron Donald is nestled comfortably in between elite teammate Robert Quinn and Arizona Cardinals vet Darnell Dockett.

NFC West Offense

QB Russell Wilson

RB Marshawn Lynch

WR Larry Fitzgerald

WR Michael Crabtree

WR Percy Harvin

TE Vernon Davis

OT Joe Staley

G Greg Robinson

C Max Unger

G Mike Iupati

OT Russell Okung

NFC West Defense

DE Robert Quinn

DT Aaron Donald

DT Darnell Dockett

DE Michael Bennett

OLB Aldon Smith

MLB Patrick Willis

OLB NaVorro Bowman

CB Patrick Peterson

CB Richard Sherman

FS Earl Thomas

SS Kam Chancellor

Now that you’ve checked out both rosters and have had some time to mull over this tantalizing matchup, it’s your turn to vote. Which of these two teams would win if pitted against each other? Fill out the poll below, and we’ll see who moves on to the next round of our tournament. Voting closes at midnight on Tuesday.

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