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

The NFC South is working its way through Week 16. We break down the standings and playoff implications as we move toward Week 17.

Sam Darnold #14 of the Carolina Panthers walks off the field after defeating the Detroit Lions at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

If we didn’t know the NFC South was the worst division in football, we likely do now. The Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints still have a shot at winning the division and even if they win out, each team could only finish 8-9 at best. It isn’t unheard of to make the playoffs with a losing record, but it just doesn’t look great for a top-four seed to have a worse record than their first-round opponent.

The Saints pulled off a 17-10 win over the Cleveland Browns in a frigidly cold game. The Panthers also secured a win, but theirs was against the Detroit Lions at home. The Atlanta Falcons were eliminated from playoff contention with their 17-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on a Kyler Murray-less Arizona Cardinals and came away with a win to close out Christmas Day. The Bucs remain in first place a game up on the Panthers and Saints with two weeks remaining.

Below is a rundown of the NFC South division standings, each team’s opponent next week, and their division title odds at DraftKings Sportsbook heading toward Week 17.

2022-23 NFC South standings

NFC South Record Wk opp Week 1 Week 17 Week 18
NFC South Record Wk opp Week 1 Week 17 Week 18
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8-8 @ ATL -250 -450 OTB
Carolina Panthers 7-9 @ NO +900 +330 OTB
New Orleans Saints 6-10 vs. CAR +310 +1800 OTB
Atlanta Falcons 6-10 vs. TB +3500 OTB OTB