NFL Division Reassignment Logic Puzzle Walkthrough

The most important rule of the game is that every team moved to a different division from the one it is actually in. For example, the Patriots will not be in the AFC East. Throughout the quiz and the walkthrough, the word “former” essentially means “actual.” Also, there is no geographical rhyme or reason to the new divisions. Many of them will make no sense at all. Here is a list of the actual NFL divisions and here are the NFL teams on a map (but note that it has the Rams in St. Louis; they have recently moved back to Los Angeles)

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Minnesota tells you that the remaining corners are Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, and Green Bay Packers. It also tells you that all ‘B’ nicknames are listed 1st, so the Chicago Bears are NFC-W-1.

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The Arizona Cardinals are a former NFC West team, so according to Chicago they must go in AFC-W-3.

The Cincinnati Bengals must be listed first, according to Minnesota, so according to Chicago, they are in AFC-W-1.

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The Miami Dolphins were formerly in the AFC East, so they cannot go there. According to Cincinnati, this leaves AFC-N-1 and AFC-N-2. But Arizona also tells you that no ‘B’ nickname team will go in the NFC South. Since there are six total ‘B’ nickname teams, you know that besides Minnesota Vikings and NFC-S-1, all the other 1st positions must be ‘B” nickname teams. So the Miami Dolphins cannot go in the first position, but belong in AFC-N-2.

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There are exactly two teams from Ohio: Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. According to Miami, they are not adjacent. Both must be listed first according to Minnesota. Cleveland Browns also cannot go in the AFC North, since that is their former division. NFC-S-1 is reserved for a former NFC East team or the San Diego Chargers or the Jacksonville Jaguars. So the only place left for the Cleveland Browns is NFC-N-1.

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You know from Minnesota that NFC-W-4 is either Green Bay Packers or Detroit Lions. According to Cleveland, then, it must be Green Bay Packers, since Detroit is in Eastern Time. This, of course, puts the Detroit Lions in AFC-E-4.

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Detroit tells you that Buffalo Bills are not in the AFC North. They are also not in the NFC South, according to Arizona. So the Buffalo Bills are either AFC-S-1 or NFC-E-1. According to Green Bay, the Buffalo Bills are not adjacent to the Tennessee Titans, whom you know are in the AFC West from Chicago. Both options for the Buffalo Bills are adjacent to AFC-W-2, so the Tennessee Titans cannot go there, but must go in AFC-W-4.

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According to Chicago, the Baltimore Ravens must be in AFC-W-2.

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Cincinnati tells you that the NFC East has at least one of the following: Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers. Tennessee rules out the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. Green Bay rules out Seattle Seahawks, since they are in 3rd position, according to Chicago and that would put them adjacent to the Tennessee Titans. The San Diego Chargers are in the NFC South, according to Arizona, so the NFC East must have the Los Angeles Rams. Since the Los Angeles Rams are a former NFC West team, they must be listed 3rd, according to Chicago, so the Los Angeles Rams are in NFC-E-3.

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Los Angeles essentially tells you that the Atlanta Falcons are in the AFC North, AFC South, or NFC East. Baltimore tells you that the Dallas Cowboys are in the AFC East and the New York Jets are in the NFC East. This means, according to Detroit, that the New York Giants must be in the NFC North, since the Buffalo Bills must be listed 1st and the Cleveland Browns are already 1st in the NFC North. So all of that means that the two teams mentioned by Arizona are definitely the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. Cincinnati tells you that all bird teams are adjacent to at least one other bird team. So if the Atlanta Falcons are in one of the top five divisions and the Philadelphia Eagles are in the NFC South and the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals are already placed, which bird team can possibly be adjacent to the Philadelphia Eagles? There’s only one bird team left, the Seattle Seahawks. They must be adjacent to the Philadelphia Eagles, who are somewhere in the NFC South. The Seattle Seahawks were formerly in the NFC West, so they cannot go there. They cannot go in the NFC South because all its teams are known (Arizona). So the Seattle Seahawks must go in the NFC North, and they must be listed 3rd, according to Chicago: NFC-N-3.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the NFC South, according to Arizona. They cannot be adjacent to the Seattle Seahawks, according to Green Bay. So the Jacksonville Jaguars are in NFC-S-1.

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The Buffalo Bills are not in the AFC North, according to Detroit, so they must be in AFC-S-1, according to Jacksonville and Minnesota.

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The New York Giants must be in the NFC North (Detroit + Baltimore), but they cannot be in NFC-N-2, according to Buffalo, so the New York Giants are in NFC-N-4.

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Denver Broncos must be listed 1st, according to Minnesota. Kansas City Chiefs must be listed 2nd, according to Buffalo. So according to the New York Giants, both the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers must be listed 2nd (not 1st because they are not ‘B’ nicknames). So you know that the San Diego Chargers must go in NFC-S-2, according to the Cardinals.

Cleveland tells you that no NFC West team is based in Eastern Time. This rules out many of the remaining teams: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins. (Some of them are ruled out for other reasons as well.) You also know from Minnesota that the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are listed 1st. The New Orleans Saints are in the AFC, according to Jacksonville. The Dallas Cowboys are in the AFC East, according to Baltimore. The Kansas City Chiefs cannot be all the way down in the NFC West, according to Buffalo. The San Francisco 49ers were formerly in the NFC West, so cannot be now. So you ruled out 14 of the remaining 16 teams for the final two spots in the NFC West. That means those spots belong to the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders, and according to the New York Giants, it’s the Oakland Raiders in NFC-W-2 and the Houston Texans in NFC-W-3.

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The New Jork Jets are in the NFC East, according to Baltimore. According to Oakland and Minnesota, then, they are in NFC-E-2.

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The New York Jets tell you they are not adjacent to the Denver Broncos. This means, according to Minnesota, that the Denver Broncos are in AFC-N-1 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in NFC-E-1.

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Tampa Bay tells you that the Washington Redskins are listed 4th in their division. Therefore you know from Arizona that they go in NFC-S-4 and the Philadelphia Eagles go in NFC-S-3.

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Follow San Diego’s hypothetical. Dallas Cowboys are in the AFC East, according to Baltimore, so if the Indianapolis Colts are in the AFC East, it’s full. Then where would the Pittsburgh Steelers go? Not in the AFC North because that’s their former division. Not in the AFC South, according to Seattle. Not in NFC-E-4, according to the hypothetical itself. That would leave only NFC-N-2 for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they cannot go there either, according to Miami. So the Indianapolis Colts cannot go in the AFC East. They also cannot go in NFC-N-2, according to the New York Jets, and they cannot go in the AFC South because that’s their former division. Lastly, they cannot be listed 4th, according to Houston. So the hypothetical does not work, meaning the Indianapolis Colts cannot go in the AFC East. And they cannot go anywhere else except AFC-N-3.

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Indianapolis tells you that the Tampa bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and Atlanta Falcons are in two total divisions. Tampa Bay Buccaneers are already placed in the NFC East. The other three could all go in the AFC South. In that case the New Orleans Saints would be listed second because of what Oakland says. Or one of the three remaining former NFC South teams could go in NFC-E-4. Then the other two would have to go in the same division. two must go in the same division but it would still have to be the AFC South because the AFC East has the Dallas Cowboys, according to Baltimore. You know that the Saints are in the AFC, according to Jacksonville, so they cannot be in NFC-E-4. So whether it’s 3 and 1 or 2 and 2, the New Orleans Saints have to go in the AFC South. And they cannot be adjacent to the Tennessee Titans, according to Oakland. So the New Orleans Saints definitely go in AFC-S-2.

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The Kansas City Chiefs must go in NFC-N-2, according to Buffalo.

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The Dallas Cowboys are in the AFC East, according to Baltimore. The Pittsburgh Steelers cannot be in the AFC North because that is their former division. The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons are in the AFC South or NFC East. the San Francisco 49ers must be listed 3rd, according to Chicago. This means that the only remaining team that can go in AFC-N-4 is the New England Patriots.

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New England tells you that the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers cannot both be in the AFC South, since the New Orleans Saints already are. The Dallas Cowboys are in the AFC East, according to Baltimore. The Pittsburgh Steelers cannot be in the AFC South, according to Seattle. So the only remaining team that can go in AFC-S-3 is the San Francisco 49ers.

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The Los Angeles Rams are adjacent to the Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks. So according to San Francisco, NFC-E-4 cannot be the Atlanta Falcons. So according to Indianapolis, AFC-S-4 is the Atlanta Falcons and NFC-E-4 is the Carolina Panthers.

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The Falcons or the Panthers tell you that the Dallas Cowboys are in AFC-E-3 and the Pittsburgh Steelers are in AFC-E-2, adjacent to the Broncos.

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