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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 13

The NFL is almost finished with Week 13. We break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 14.

Tyreek Hill #10 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates with teammate Tua Tagovailoa #1 after catching a pass for a touchdown against the Washington Commanders during the second quarter of the game at FedExField on December 03, 2023 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The 2023 NFL regular season has reached December and the playoff picture is heating up. Week 13 featured only one divisional matchup, but some critical games across the league.

The Cowboys opened the week with a rather wild win over the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. The Dolphins had no problems against the Commanders and now have a three-game lead on the Bills with five weeks remaining. The Dolphins and Bills face off in Week 18, but Miami will probably clinch the division before then.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division after 13 weeks of football. We’ll update with remaining records as the league moves toward Week 14.

AFC East

The Patriots lost an ugly one to the Chargers with Bailey Zappe starting at QB. The Dolphins crushed the Commanders to take a three-game lead in the division. The Jets lost to the Falcons.

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

AFC North

The Steelers lost to the Cardinals after Kenny Pickett injured his ankle. The Browns lost to the Rams. The Bengals upset the Jaguars in overtime.

  1. Baltimore Ravens, 9-3
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers, 7-5
  3. Cleveland Browns, 7-5
  4. Cincinnati Bengals, 6-6

AFC South

The Texans made an end zone interception to hold off the Broncos. The Titans lost to the Colts. The Jaguars lost to the Bengals in overtime and lost Trevor Lawrence to an ankle sprain.

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

AFC West

The Chargers beat the Patriots in Foxboro. The Broncos came up short against the Texans.

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

NFC East

The Cowboys beat the Seahawks to open the week. The Commanders lost an ugly one to the Dolphins. The Eagles lost an ugly one to the 49ers.

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

NFC North

The Lions held off the Saints to add a half game on their division lead.

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

NFC South

The Falcons beat the Jets while the Saints lost to the Lions. That moves Atlanta a full game up on New Orleans. The Bucs beat the Panthers, which eliminated Carolina from playoff contention.

  1. Atlanta Falcons, 6-6
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 5-7
  3. New Orleans Saints, 5-7
  4. Carolina Panthers, 1-11 — eliminated

NFC West

The Seahawks lost to the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. The Cardinals beat the Steelers. The Rams beat the Browns. The 49ers thumped the Eagles.

  1. San Francisco 49ers, 9-3
  2. Los Angeles Rams, 6-6
  3. Seattle Seahawks, 6-6
  4. Arizona Cardinals, 3-10