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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 18

The NFL is almost finished with Week 18. We break down the standings as the league starts to look toward the playoffs.

Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills and Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins after a game at Highmark Stadium on October 1, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The NFL is wrapping up the 2023-24 regular season on Sunday with 14 games to finalize the playoff field. Nine teams entered the final week with a playoff berth, and the remaining five teams are being finalized as the weekend progresses.

The Texans were the first of the remaining teams to punch their tickets when they beat the Colts on Saturday evening. The Steelers beat the Ravens on Saturday afternoon, but will need a Bills or Jaguars loss to clinch a wild-card berth.

Four division titles are on the line on Sunday. The Bills and Dolphins will meet on Sunday Night Football with the winner claiming the AFC East title. The Jaguars will win the AFC South if they beat the Titans, while the Texans would clinch the division with a Jaguars loss. The Cowboys will win the NFC East with a win or Eagles loss, while the Eagles would claim it with a win and a Cowboys loss. Finally, the Bucs will clinch the NFC South with a win while the Saints or Falcons would clinch with a win and a Bucs loss.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division as the season comes to a close in Week 18.

AFC East

The Jets beat the Patriots. The Bills beat the Dolphins to win the AFC East title.

  1. Buffalo Bills, 11-6 — clinched division title
  2. Miami Dolphins, 11-6 — clinched playoff berth
  3. New York Jets, 7-10 — eliminated
  4. New England Patriots, 4-13 — eliminated

AFC North

The Steelers beat the Ravens but need help to clinch a playoff berth. The Browns lost to the Bengals.

  1. Baltimore Ravens, 13-4 — clinched division title and No. 1 seed
  2. Cleveland Browns, 11-6 — clinched playoff berth
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers, 10-7 — clinched playoff berth
  4. Cincinnati Bengals, 9-8 — eliminated

AFC South

The Texans beat the Colts to clinch a playoff berth and eliminate the Colts. The Titans defeated the Jaguars to eliminate Jacksonville.

  1. Houston Texans, 10-7 — clinched division title
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars, 9-8 — eliminated
  3. Indianapolis Colts, 9-8 — eliminated
  4. Tennessee Titans, 6-11 — eliminated

AFC West

The Raiders beat the Broncos while the Chiefs defeated the Chargers.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs, 11-6 — clinched division title
  2. Denver Broncos, 8-9 — eliminated
  3. Las Vegas Raiders, 8-9 — eliminated
  4. Los Angeles Chargers, 5-12 — eliminated

NFC East

The Cowboys beat the Commanders to clinch the NFC East while the Eagles got blown out by the Giants.

  1. Dallas Cowboys, 12-5 — clinched division title
  2. Philadelphia Eagles, 11-6 — clinched playoff berth
  3. New York Giants, 5-11 — eliminated
  4. Washington Commanders, 4-13 — eliminated

NFC North

The Lions beat the Vikings. The Packers defeated the Bears to clinch a playoff spot.

  1. Detroit Lions, 12-5 — clinched division title
  2. Green Bay Packers, 9-8 — clinched playoff berth
  3. Minnesota Vikings, 7-10 — eliminated
  4. Chicago Bears, 7-9 — eliminated

NFC South

The Bucs shut out the Panthers. The Saints blew out the Falcons.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-8 — clinched division title
  2. New Orleans Saints, 9-8 — eliminated
  3. Atlanta Falcons, 7-10 — eliminated
  4. Carolina Panthers, 2-15 — eliminated

NFC West

The Rams beat the 49ers. The Seahawks edged out the Cardinals.

  1. San Francisco 49ers, 12-5 — clinched division title and No. 1 seed
  2. Los Angeles Rams, 10-7 — clinched playoff berth
  3. Seattle Seahawks, 8-8 — eliminated
  4. Arizona Cardinals, 4-12 — eliminated