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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 6

The NFL is working its way through Week 6. We break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 7.

Kyle Pitts #8 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a touchdown while Samuel Womack III #26 of the San Francisco 49ers defends during the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 16, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The NFL is working its way through Week 6 midway through October, and it’s a big week for teams to make statements. Bills-Chiefs and Cowboys-Eagles are two of the big matchups, but the Sunday slate features a host of huge inter-conference matchups as well. They won’t implicate tiebreakers all that much, but they’re going to give us an idea of who might be for real and who might be a pretender.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division after six weeks of football. We’ll update as the league wraps up this weekend and moves toward Week 7.

AFC East

The Jets went into Lambeau and stunned the Packers with relative ease. The Dolphins couldn’t stop the Vikings in the fourth and lost in a comeback attempt. The Patriots crushed the Browns to get back to .500. The Bills closed out Sunday afternoon with a big win over the Chiefs.

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

AFC North

The Ravens were stunned in New York as the Giants put up 14 points in the fourth quarter to get the 24-20 win. The Bengals won a shootout in the Big Easy, beating the Saints on a 60-yard Chase score in the final two minutes. The Steelers stunned the Bucs in spite of losing Kenny Pickett to a concussion. The Browns were thumped at home by the Patriots.

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

AFC South

The Colts evened up the season series with the Jaguars, scoring a game-winning touchdown with 17 seconds left.

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

AFC West

The Chiefs came up just short against the Bills and drop back closer to the AFC West pack after the Chargers beat the Broncos on MNF.

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

NFC East

The Commanders opened the week with an ugly comeback win over the Bears on Thursday Night Football. The Giants continue to impress, beating the Ravens 24-20. The Eagles closed Sunday holding off the Cowboys to remain undefeated.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles, 6-0
  2. New York Giants, 5-1
  3. Dallas Cowboys, 4-2
  4. Washington Commanders, 2-4

NFC North

The Bears blew a chance at a must-win game with a 12-7 loss to the Commanders on Thursday Night Football. The Packers embarrassed themselves at home in a 27-10 loss to the Jets. The Vikings now have a two-game lead after holding off a Dolphins comeback attempt.

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

NFC South

The Falcons scored a huge home win over the 49ers, winning by two scores. The Bucs found themselves shocked in a road game against the Steelers. The Panthers lost an ugly won to the Rams that saw Robbie Anderson kicked off the field.

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

NFC West

The 49ers lost in Atlanta and this division is turning into an ugly mess with nobody over .500 coming out of Week 6. The Rams struggled early against the Panthers but pulled away late to get the win. The Seahawks won an ugly one over the Cardinals to close out the week for the division.

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