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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 15

The NFL is almost finished with Week 15. We break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 16.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire #25 and Jerick McKinnon #1 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrate after Edwards-Helaire’s receiving touchdown during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The NFL is moving through Week 15 and some of the division races are starting to sort themselves out. There is plenty to be figured out in the final three weeks, but Week 15 results are offering a little bit of clarity.

The 49ers entered the week as the only team with a division-clinching scenario. They will clinch the NFC West title with a win or a Rams loss. The Eagles, Cowboys, and Ravens can all clinch a playoff berth with a win, while the Lions can clinch a playoff berth with a Seahawks loss.

The NFL had its first of three straight weeks of Saturday football. The Bengals beat the Vikings, the Colts beat the Steelers, and the Lions beat the Broncos. All six teams entered the weekend above .500 and in playoff position.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division after 15 weeks of football. We’ll update with remaining records as the league moves toward Week 16.

AFC East

The Dolphins crushed the Jets. The Patriots lost to the Chiefs. The Bills destroyed the Cowboys.

  1. Miami Dolphins, 10-4
  2. Buffalo Bills, 8-6
  3. New York Jets, 5-9 — eliminated
  4. New England Patriots, 3-11 — eliminated

AFC North

The Bengals beat the Vikings in overtime on Saturday. The Steelers lost an ugly one ot the Colts on Saturday. The Browns beat the Bears on a last-second field goal.

  1. Baltimore Ravens, 11-3 — clinched playoff berth
  2. Cleveland Browns, 9-5
  3. Cincinnati Bengals, 8-6
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers, 7-7

AFC South

The Colts rolled over the Steelers on Saturday. The Texans beat the Titans and remain tied with the Colts.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars, 8-6
  2. Indianapolis Colts, 8-6
  3. Houston Texans, 8-6
  4. Tennessee Titans, 5-9 — eliminated

AFC West

The Raiders thumped the Chargers on Thursday Night Football. The Broncos lost badly to the Lions on Saturday evening. The Chiefs beat the Patriots to take a two-game lead in the division.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs, 9-5
  2. Denver Broncos, 7-7
  3. Las Vegas Raiders, 6-8
  4. Los Angeles Chargers, 5-9

NFC East

The Giants lost to the Saints. The Cowboys and Eagles both lost their matchups.

  1. Dallas Cowboys, 10-4 — clinched playoff berth
  2. Philadelphia Eagles, 10-4 — clinched playoff berth
  3. New York Giants, 5-9
  4. Washington Commanders, 4-10 — eliminated

NFC North

The Vikings lost in overtime to the Bengals on Saturday. The Lions crushed the Broncos on Saturday night. The Packers lost to the Bucs and the Bears lost to the Browns on Sunday.

  1. Detroit Lions, 10-4
  2. Minnesota Vikings, 7-7
  3. Green Bay Packers, 6-8
  4. Chicago Bears, 5-9

NFC South

The Bucs beat the Packers to maintain their hold on first place in the division. The Saints beat the Giants to remain tied for first while the Falcons lost a stunner to the Panthers to drop a game back.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7-7
  2. New Orleans Saints, 7-7
  3. Atlanta Falcons, 6-8
  4. Carolina Panthers, 2-12 — eliminated

NFC West

The 49ers beat the Cardinals while the Rams defeated the Commanders. The Seahawks pulled off the upset of the Eagles on MNF.

  1. San Francisco 49ers, 11-3 — clinched playoff berth
  2. Los Angeles Rams, 7-7
  3. Seattle Seahawks, 7-7
  4. Arizona Cardinals, 3-11 — eliminated