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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.

Justin Fields #1 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball for a touchdown in the game against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on December 10, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Divisional races are heating up as the 2023 NFL regular season moves toward its eventual conclusion. Week 14 has seen some races tighten up with a month of football remaining. Most notably, we now have a three-way tie atop the NFC South after the Bucs beat the Falcons.

The Lions lost a slightly unexpected one to the Bears. Divisional upsets happen, but Detroit had been playing some strong football. The Lions will likely still win the division, but they didn’t make things any easier for themselves.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division after 14 weeks of football. We’ll update with remaining records as the league moves toward Week 15.

AFC East

The Patriots beat the Steelers on Thursday Night Football to open the week. The Jets upset the Texans. The Bills upset the Chiefs in Kansas City.

  1. Miami Dolphins, 9-4
  2. Buffalo Bills, 7-6
  3. New York Jets, 5-8
  4. New England Patriots, 3-10 — eliminated

AFC North

The Steelers lost to the Patriots on Thursday to open the week. The Bengals beat the Colts with ease. The Browns beat the Jaguars and all four AFC North teams would make the playoffs if they started today. The Ravens closed things out for the division with an overtime win over the Rams.

  1. Baltimore Ravens, 10-3
  2. Cleveland Browns, 8-5
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers, 7-6
  4. Cincinnati Bengals, 7-6

AFC South

The Colts lost an ugly one to the Bengals. The Texans lost their own ugly contest to the Jets. The Jaguars lost to the Browns, which leaves the top three teams within a game of each other.

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

AFC West

The Raiders lost to the Vikings. The Broncos thumped the Chargers. The Chiefs lost to the Bills.

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

NFC East

The Cowboys defeated the Eagles to unseat Philadelphia for first in the NFC East. The Commanders were on bye. The Giants play on “MNF.”

  1. Dallas Cowboys, 10-3
  2. Philadelphia Eagles, 10-3
  3. New York Giants, 5-8
  4. Washington Commanders, 4-9

NFC North

The Bears upset the Lions. The Vikings beat the Raiders.

  1. Detroit Lions, 9-4
  2. Minnesota Vikings, 7-6
  3. Green Bay Packers, 6-7
  4. Chicago Bears, 5-8

NFC South

The Bucs beat the Falcons and the Saints beat the Panthers. We now have a three-way tie in for the division lead and Tampa is on top thanks to the common games tiebreaker.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 6-7
  2. Atlanta Falcons, 6-6
  3. New Orleans Saints, 6-7
  4. Carolina Panthers, 1-12 — eliminated

NFC West

The Rams lost in overtime to the Ravens. The 49ers beat the Seahawks to take a four-game lead in the division.

  1. San Francisco 49ers, 10-3
  2. Los Angeles Rams, 6-7
  3. Seattle Seahawks, 6-7
  4. Arizona Cardinals, 3-10