On February 5 in my hometown, a new Super Bowl champion was crowned, which officially marked the end of the 2011 season. The New York Football Giants proved that a team does not have to be the best in the regular season to be the best team in the post season. But have you wondered which division is the best? Maybe I am the only one who thought about, so I went through each division and compiled a list of who I felt were the best players at each position in their respective divisions based mostly on their regular season performances in 2011. The source I used for this list is mainly from NFL.com and my best objective judgment. This blog contain the AFC conference. Based on each division's starter roster, which division do you feel is the best?
ALL AFC DIVISIONAL TEAM 2011:
-bold indicates 2012 Pro Bowl Players
QB: Tom Brady, N.E.
RB: Reggie Bush, Mia
FB: John Conner, NYJ
WR: Brandon Marshall, MIA; Wes Welker, N.E.
TE: Rob Gronkowski, N.E.
OT: D’Brickashaw Ferguson, NYJ; Jake Long, Mia
OG: Logan Mankins, N.E.; Brian Waters, N.E.
C: Nick Mangold, NYJ
DE: Andre Carter, N.E.; Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ
DT: Paul Soliai, Mia; Vince Wilfork, N.E.
OLB: Cameron Wake, Mia; Calvin Pace, NYJ
MLB: Karlos Dansby, Mia
CB: Darrelle Revis, NYJ; Kyle Arrington, N.E.
FS: Jairus Byrd, Buf
SS: George Wilson, Buf
K: Stephen Gostkowski, N.E.
P: Brandon Fields, Mia
KR: Joe McKnight, NYJ
QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Pitt
RB: Ray Rice, Bal
FB: Vonta Leach, Bal
WR: A.J. Green, Cin; Mike Wallace, Pitt
TE: Jermaine Gresham, Cin
OT: Joe Thomas, Cle; Michael Oher, Bal
OG: Ben Grubbs, Bal; Marshal Yanda, Bal
C: Maurkice Pouncey, Pitt
DE: Jabaal Sheard, Cle; Brett Keisel, Pitt
DT: Haloti Ngata, Bal; Geno Atkins, Cin
OLB: James Harrison, Pitt; Terrell Suggs; Bal
MLB: Ray Lewis, Bal
CB: Cary Williams, Bal; Lardarius Webb, Bal
FS: Ed Reed, Bal
SS: Troy Polamalu, Pitt
K: Phil Dawson, Cle
P: Sam Koch, Bal
KR: Antonio Brown, Pitt
QB: Phillip Rivers, S.D.
RB: Ryan Matthews, S.D.
FB: Le’Ron McClain, K.C.
WR: Vincent Jackson, S.D.; Dwayne Bowe, K.C.
TE: Antonio Gates, S.D.
OT: Ryan Clady, Den; Brendan Albert, K.C.
OG: Ryan Lija, K.C.; Zane Beadles, Den
C: Nick Hardwick, S.D.
DE: Elvis Dumervil, Den; Tyson Jackson, K.C.
DT: Richard Seymour, Oak; Tommy Kelly, Oak
OLB: Tamba Hali, K.C.; Von Miller, Den
MLB: Derrick Johnson, K.C.
CB: Champ Bailey, Den; Brandon Flowers, K.C.
FS: Eric Weddle, S.D.
SS: Brian Dawkins, Den
K: Sebastian Janikowski, Oak
P: Shane Lechler, Oak
KR: Jacoby Ford, Oak
QB: Matt Schaub, Hou
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jax
FB: Greg Jones, Jax
WR: Reggie Wayne, Ind; Nate Washington, Ten
TE: Jared Cook, Ten
OT: Eric Winston, Hou; Michael Roos, Ten
OG: Uche Nwaneri, Jax, Wade Smith, Hou
C: Chris Myers, Hou
DE: Dwight Freeney, IND; J.J Watt, Hou
DT: Tyson Alualu, Jax; Jurrell Casey, Ten
OLB: Connor Barwin, Hou; Daryl Smith, Jax
MLB: Pat Angerer, Ind
CB: Johnathan Joseph, HOU; Jason McCourty, Ten
FS: Antoine Bethea, Ind
SS: Dawan Landry, Jax
K: Rob Bironas, Ten
P: Brett Kern, Ten
KR: Marc Mariani