2023 NFL Season: Ranking the divisions from worst to best
#6 – NFC North
The NFC North has the potential to be a great division when the 2023 NFL season begins, but there’s a lot of unproven teams and players that occupy it now. I think the best team in this division is the Detroit Lions, but they won just nine games last year. I don’t believe the Minnesota Vikings are going to recreate their 2022 season, so I think they end up being and eight or nine win team.
The Green Bay Packers have no clue what Jordan Love will do, and many are hyping up the Chicago Bears after a fine offseason even though Justin Fields has not proven to be an adequate passer in the NFL. By season’s end, we could be looking at this division housing three playoff teams, though.
#5 – NFC West
Each team in this division has massive question marks. The Arizona Cardinals simply have a bad roster and a new regime in town, so I don’t think they’ll win five games. They are a team to watch for the Caleb Williams saga. Could they move off of Kyler Murray already for the chance to draft Williams?
The Los Angeles Rams bottomed out last year with a slew of injuries and an inefficient Matthew Stafford. With Stafford’s lengthy injury history and his age getting up there, along with the aging Cooper Kupp and Aaron Donald, is this even a .500 win team anymore? Besides their core three, the rest of the roster is missing a ton of talent.
The San Francisco 49ers are likely going to end up back in the divisional round at least in the 2023 NFL season, but who the heck is playing quarterback for them? Will Brock Purdy be ready for week one? If not, who holds the fort down in the meantime, and was Purdy’s 2022 season just a stroke of luck?
The Seattle Seahawks better hope the newly-extended Geno Smith does not fall into a historical trend of backup-caliber QBs shockingly playing well one year before crashing back down to Earth the next year. If this is who Smith is now, the Seahawks might win another game or two if their defense can take a step forward.