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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 15

As Week 15 of the NFL season comes to a close, we break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 16.

Matt Breida #22 and Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins celebrate a touchdown by Salvon Ahmed #26 against the New England Patriots during the third quarter in the game at Hard Rock Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Week 15 is underway with three games getting underway in the 4:05/4:25 p.m. time slot. We have huge games coming up, including a pair of huge inter-conference matchups. The Saints and Chiefs square off this afternoon and the Browns and Giants meet on Sunday Night Football. Playoff positioning is going to be at a premium in the coming hours.

We’ll be updating the standings throughout the rest of this afternoon, Sunday Night Football, and Monday Night Football.

AFC East

The Bills clinched the AFC East, while the Dolphins have knocked the Patriots out of playoff contention.

  1. Buffalo Bills, 11-3
  2. Miami Dolphins, 9-5
  3. New England Patriots, 6-8
  4. New York Jets, 1-13

AFC North

The Browns handled their business against the Giants while the Steelers lost a shocker in Cincinnati. Cleveland still has a shot at the division title, with the Ravens one game back of the Browns.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers, 11-3
  2. Cleveland Browns, 10-4
  3. Baltimore Ravens, 9-5
  4. Cincinnati Bengals, 3-10-1

AFC South

The Titans and Colts trade wins and Tennessee maintains the division lead thanks to head-to-head tiebreaker.

  1. Tennessee Titans, 10-4
  2. Indianapolis Colts, 10-4
  3. Houston Texans, 4-10
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-13

AFC West

The Chiefs held off the Saints to continue their march toward the No. 1 seed. They can clinch it next week.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs, 13-1
  2. Las Vegas Raiders, 7-7
  3. Denver Broncos, 5-9
  4. Los Angeles Chargers, 5-9

NFC East

Washington lost to Seattle and could slip out of first place if the Giants beat the Browns Sunday night. The Cowboys beat the 49ers and are now within a game of the division lead.

  1. Washington Football Team, 6-8
  2. Dallas Cowboys, 5-9
  3. New York Giants, 5-9
  4. Philadelphia Eagles, 4-9-1

NFC North

The Packers handled Carolina Saturday night and remains on track for the No. 1 seed. Chicago beat Minnesota to take over second place.

  1. Green Bay Packers, 11-3
  2. Chicago Bears, 7-7
  3. Minnesota Vikings, 6-8
  4. Detroit Lions, 5-9

NFC South

The Bucs beat the Falcons, while the Saints lost to the Chiefs. The division remains up for grabs for another week.

  1. New Orleans Saints, 10-4
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-5
  3. Atlanta Falcons, 4-10
  4. Carolina Panthers, 4-10

NFC West

The Seahawks beat Washington and got a huge boost with the Rams losing a stunner to the Jets.

  1. Seattle Seahawks, 10-4
  2. Los Angeles Rams, 9-5
  3. Arizona Cardinals, 8-6
  4. San Francisco 49ers, 5-9