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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 8

The NFL is working its way through Week 8 to close out October. We break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 9.

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks with Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens after an NFL football game at Raymond James Stadium on October 27, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images

The NFL is playing its final weekend of October football as the league works its way through Week 8 and prepares for Week 9. We’re still several weeks away from teams clinching playoff berths, but there’s plenty of key games impacting division standings this week.

The biggest win of the week is already looking like it will be the Patriots over the Jets. The Bills are the runaway favorite in the AFC East, but all three of their division mates remain in the thick of the wild card chase. The Eagles crushed the Steelers to remain undefeated, but they can’t pull away in their division.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division after eight weeks of football. We’ll update as the weekend wraps and we move toward Week 9.

AFC East

The Dolphins came back against a tough Lions squad to get the win. The Patriots beat the Jets and we now have one game separating second and fourth place. The Bills continued apace with an easy win over the Packers.

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

AFC North

The Ravens opened the week with a win over the Bucs and are guaranteed at least a share of first place heading into November. The Steelers lost an ugly one in Philadelphia. The Browns stunned the Bengals on Monday with a big win.

  1. Baltimore Ravens, 5-3
  2. Cincinnati Bengals, 4-4
  3. Cleveland Browns, 3-5
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers, 2-6

AFC South

The Jaguars have completely gone off the rails, losing to the Broncos in the closing minutes in London to extend their losing streak to five. The Titans had to start Malik Willis with Ryan Tannehill injured and ill, and Derrick Henry helped them roll over the Texans. The Colts lost a home game to the Commanders.

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

AFC West

The Broncos got a key neutral site win, beating the Jaguars in London to open Sunday. The Raiders lost a game they absolutely needed and have dropped three full games back of the Chiefs in the division.

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

NFC East

The Eagles keep rolling, thumping the Steelers to remain undefeated. The Cowboys maintained pace as well, crushing the Bears. The Commanders got a big road win over the Colts. The Giants lost in Seattle to drop into a tie with the Cowboys.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles, 7-0
  2. Dallas Cowboys, 6-2
  3. New York Giants, 6-2
  4. Washington Commanders, 4-4

NFC North

The Bears could not build on last week’s win, losing to the Cowboys. The Lions gave the Dolphins trouble, but once again came up short and continue losing. The Vikings held off the Cardinals and built on their division lead as the Packers lost in Buffalo.

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

NFC South

The Bucs’ struggles continue as they have now lost three straight and are out of first place in a woeful NFC South. The Saints shut out the Raiders to remain in the thick of the division race. The Falcons had to go to overtime against the Panthers, but they won a wild one and are now in sole possession of first place.

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

NFC West

The Cardinals struggle to find consistency and came up short against the Vikings. The 49ers went into LA and a big second half gave them a huge win and season sweep of the Rams. Seattle closed the week with a win over the Giants and has a one-game lead on the 49ers.

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