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NFL standings, Week 9: Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 8

The NFL is almost finished with Week 8. We break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 9.

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 31, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

The NFL is headed into the late Sunday slate for Week 8 with Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football still to come. In the meantime, it’s been a busy week for some divisional rivalries to go along with some big blowouts.

The 1 p.m. ET slate saw the Rams and Eagles each win big. Maybe the Lions and Texans can play a postseason game for the No. 1 pick — or to just avoid getting relegated to the new XFL.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division after eight weeks of football. We’ll update with Giants and Chiefs records after Monday Night Football.

AFC East

The Jets stunned the Bengals in the early slate and the Bills beat the Dolphins with a big fourth quarter. The Patriots went into LA and stunned the Chargers.

  1. Buffalo Bills, 5-2
  2. New England Patriots, 4-4
  3. New York Jets, 2-5
  4. Miami Dolphins, 1-7

AFC North

The Steelers got a huge road win over the Browns to climb out of last place in the division. Meanwhile, the Bengals blew it against the Jets.

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

AFC South

The Texans got blown out at home against the Rams. The Titans won a wild one over the Colts, coming back to win 34-31 in overtime. They now have a three-game lead in the division. The Jaguars lost big to Seattle in the late afternoon slate.

  1. Tennessee Titans, 6-2
  2. Indianapolis Colts, 3-5
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-6
  4. Houston Texans, 1-7

AFC West

The Broncos held off Washington to get back to .500 while the Chargers blew a big chance at home against the Patriots. The Chiefs beat the Giants to close out the week.

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

NFC East

The Eagles opened the week for the NFC East with an impressive thumping of the Lions. Washington lost a close one at home to Denver. The Cowboys beat the Vikings on Sunday Night Football, doing so with Cooper Rush starting in place of an injured Dak Prescott. The Giants lost a close one to the Chiefs to close out Week 8.

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

NFC North

The Packers moved into the top spot in the NFC with a win over the previously unbeaten Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. Detroit had their worst performance of the year in a loss to the Eagles. The Bears lost 33-22 at home to the 49ers. The Vikings blew a huge opportunity on Sunday Night Football, losing to Cooper Rush and the Cowboys.

  1. Green Bay Packers, 7-1
  2. Minnesota Vikings, 3-4
  3. Chicago Bears, 3-5
  4. Detroit Lions, 0-8

NFC South

The Panthers moved out of the cellar with a win in Atlanta over the Falcons. The Saints got a huge home win over the Bucs to pull to within a half game of the division lead.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 6-2
  2. New Orleans Saints, 5-2
  3. Carolina Panthers, 4-4
  4. Atlanta Falcons, 3-4

NFC West

The Cardinals lost their zero, losing in the closing minutes to the Packers on Thursday Night Football. The Rams crushed the Texans in Houston while the 49ers snapped their losing streak with a win over the Bears. The Seahawks wrapped up the week for the division with an easy win over the Jaguars.

  1. Arizona Cardinals, 7-1
  2. Los Angeles Rams, 7-1
  3. San Francisco 49ers, 3-4
  4. Seattle Seahawks, 3-5