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NFL standings, Week 16: Breaking down the NFC West heading toward Week 17

The NFC West is wrapping up Week 16. We break down the standings and playoff implications as we move toward Week 17.

Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after a Rams rushing touchdown in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

The NFC West has a new leader coming out of Week 16. The Rams beat the Vikings on Sunday and that coupled with the Cardinals loss to the Colts on Saturday means LA now has a one game lead. The Rams can clinch the division in Week 17 with a win and a Cardinals loss as Arizona still holds the divisional record tiebreaker edge on LA.

The 49ers lost to the Titans on Thursday Night Football to drop to 8-7. That formally eliminated them from the NFC West title race, and has them scrambling for a playoff berth. They hold key tiebreakers, but likely will need at least one win in their final two games to ensure they’re not hoping for some help.

The final two weeks will see the Rams travel to Baltimore and host San Francisco while Arizona travels to Dallas and hosts Seattle. San Francisco hosts Houston before heading to Southern California to close the season.

DraftKings Sportsbook provides odds to win each division. Here’s the latest odds coming out of Week 16.

Rams: -330 (was -190)
Cardinals: +250 (was +145)
49ers: Off the board
Seahawks: Off the board

NFC West

  1. Los Angeles Rams, 11-4
  2. Arizona Cardinals, 10-5
  3. San Francisco 49ers, 8-7
  4. Seattle Seahawks, 5-9