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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 14

The NFL is almost finished with Week 14. We break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 15.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Zach Pascal (3) during the first half against New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is working its way through the Week 14 slate and we have our first playoff team of the 2022 NFL season. The Eagles thumped the Giants in New Jersey and that has clinched them a spot in the 2023 NFL Playoffs. There will be 13 more teams joining them, and we’ll be tracking over the course of the final month of the regular season.

In the meantime, the Bills, Ravens, Bengals, and Cowboys all got much-needed wins. We nearly saw Dallas lose a shocker to the Texans, but they drove down the field in the final two minutes and secured a critical win. They remain two games back of the Eagles, but they are firming up their playoff case as the season progresses.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division after 14 weeks of football. We’ll update as the rest of the schedule wraps and we move toward Week 15.

AFC East

The Bills beat the Jets in a game that wasn’t remotely pretty, but got the job done. The Patriots beat a Kyler Murray-less Cardinals. The Dolphins lost to the Chargers on Sunday Night Football.

  1. Buffalo Bills, 10-3
  2. Miami Dolphins, 8-5
  3. New England Patriots, 7-6
  4. New York Jets, 7-6

AFC North

The Ravens lost Tyler Huntley to injury but held on to beat the Steelers. The Bengals handled their business against the Browns.

  1. Baltimore Ravens, 9-4
  2. Cincinnati Bengals, 9-4
  3. Cleveland Browns, 5-8
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers, 5-8

AFC South

The Texans nearly shocked the Cowboys but came up short. The Jaguars thumped the Titans and are not going away in the playoff race. The Colts were on a bye.

  1. Tennessee Titans, 7-6
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars, 5-8
  3. Indianapolis Colts, 4-8-1
  4. Houston Texans, 1-11-1 — eliminated

AFC West

The Raiders lost to the Rams in the closing seconds of Thursday Night Football. The Chiefs beat the Broncos, which eliminated Denver from playoff contention. The Chargers beat the Dolphins on Sunday Night Football.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs, 10-3
  2. Los Angeles Chargers, 7-6
  3. Las Vegas Raiders, 5-8
  4. Denver Broncos, 3-10 — eliminated

NFC East

The Eagles crushed the Giants and clinched a playoff berth with the win. The Cowboys barely edged out the Texans in the closing minute. The Commanders were on a bye.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles, 12-1 — clinched playoff berth
  2. Dallas Cowboys, 10-3
  3. Washington Commanders, 7-5-1
  4. New York Giants, 7-5-1

NFC North

The Lions beat the Vikings in fairly emphatic fashion to prevent Minnesota from clinching the NFC North title. Green Bay and Chicago were on byes.

  1. Minnesota Vikings, 10-3
  2. Detroit Lions, 6-7
  3. Green Bay Packers, 5-8
  4. Chicago Bears, 3-10 — eliminated

NFC South

The Bucs lost to the 49ers while the Panthers stunned the Seahawks in Seattle. Carolina moves into second place with the win.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 6-7
  2. Carolina Panthers, 5-8
  3. Atlanta Falcons, 5-8
  4. New Orleans Saints, 4-9

NFC West

The Rams got the week started with a comeback win over the Raiders in the closing seconds of Thursday Night Football. The 49ers crushed the Bucs, and with the Seahawks’ upset loss at home to the Panthers, they can clinch the NFC West title this coming Thursday. The Cardinals look like they lost Kyler Murray for the year and the game against the Patriots.

  1. San Francisco 49ers, 9-4
  2. Seattle Seahawks, 7-6
  3. Arizona Cardinals, 4-9
  4. Los Angeles Rams, 4-9