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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 3

The NFL is almost finished with Week 3. We break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 4.

Ronnie Bell #10 of the San Francisco 49ers completes a pass for a touchdown against Deonte Banks #25 of the New York Giants during an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants at Levi’s Stadium on September 21, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images

The NFL is working its way through a critical week on the regular season calendar. We’re in Week 3 and dating back to 1970, 74% of teams that start 3-0 have reached the playoffs that season. Meanwhile, only four teams out of 158 teams have made the playoffs after an 0-3 start dating back to 1990.

The 49ers opened the week with a 30-12 win over the Giants on Thursday Night Football. With that win, the 49ers improved to 3-0 and are heavy favorites to win the NFC West. On Sunday, the Dolphins crushed the Broncos to improve to 3-0 while the Colts stunned the Ravens in overtime to take their zero.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division after three weeks of football. We’ll update with remaining records as the league moves toward Week 4.

AFC East

The Dolphins destroyed the Broncos to remain undefeated. The Bills handled the Commanders with ease. The Patriots beat the Jets, escaping a late hail mary attempt.

  1. Miami Dolphins, 3-0
  2. Buffalo Bills, 2-1
  3. New York Jets, 1-2
  4. New England Patriots, 1-2

AFC North

The Browns impressed with a 27-3 win over the Titans. The Ravens lost a tough one to the Colts in overtime. The Steelers held off a late Raiders comeback to win 23-18.

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

AFC South

The Titans lost an ugly one to the Browns in Cleveland. The Texans embarrassed the Jaguars in Jacksonville. The Colts upset the Ravens in Baltimore with an overtime field goal.

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

AFC West

The Broncos were destroyed in Miami to remain winless on the season. LA got on the board with their first win after picking off Kirk Cousins in the red zone to close out their 28-24 win over the Vikings. The Chiefs demolished the Bears thanks to a 27-point second quarter. The Raiders lost 23-18 to the Steelers.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs, 2-1
  2. Las Vegas Raiders, 1-2
  3. Los Angeles Chargers, 1-2
  4. Denver Broncos, 0-3

NFC East

The Giants lost to the 49ers 30-12 on TNF to open the week. The Commanders were crushed at home by the Bills to lose their zero. The Cowboys lost a stunner to the Cardinals, never really looking like they were in it.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles, 3-0
  2. Dallas Cowboys, 2-1
  3. Washington Commanders, 2-1
  4. New York Giants, 1-2

NFC North

The Lions got back on the winning track, taking down the previously unbeaten Falcons. The Packers came back from a 17-0 deficit to edge the Saints. Minnesota blew a late drive in the red zone as Kirk Cousins threw a game-ending pick in the closing seconds of the game. The Bears lost an ugly one to the Chiefs.

  1. Detroit Lions, 2-1
  2. Green Bay Packers, 2-1
  3. Chicago Bears, 0-3
  4. Minnesota Vikings, 0-3

NFC South

The Falcons lost their undefeated record, losing 20-6 to the Lions. The Saints blew a 17-point lead and lost 18-17 to the Packers. The Panthers gave the Seahawks a fight, but came up short in the 37-27 loss.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2-1
  2. New Orleans Saints, 2-1
  3. Atlanta Falcons, 2-1
  4. Carolina Panthers, 0-3

NFC West

The 49ers opened the week with 30-12 win over the Giants on Thursday Night Football. The Cardinals pulled off a shocker, upsetting the heavily favored Cowboys. The Seahawks held off a difficult Panthers squad to win 37-27.

  1. San Francisco 49ers, 3-0
  2. Seattle Seahawks, 2-1
  3. Los Angeles Rams, 1-2
  4. Arizona Cardinals, 1-2