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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 5

As Week 5 of the NFL season comes to a close, we break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 6.

Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders attempts a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

UPDATE: Week 6 standings updated here.

Week 5 of the NFL season has officially come to a close following the Bills vs. Titans matchup on Tuesday Night Football — yes, the other TNF. 2020’s been an odd one.

There were several NFL games postponed and rescheduled in the COVID-19 shuffle this week following eight new confirmed positive tests among players and seven new confirmed cases among team personnel. However, closing out the week, all signs point to a full slate of Week 6 games to keep the ball rolling.

The NFC North and AFC West continue to be the league’s most competitive divisions ahead of Week 6, combining for a record of 26-11-1. However, with some divisional matchups ahead of us in Week 6 between the Steelers and Browns, Titans and Texans, and Rams at 49ers, we’ll continue to see the NFL standings take form.

AFC East

The Bills lose their zero while the Patriots are delayed due to Covid-19 issues. The Jets still stink and we have to wonder when Adam Gase will get fired.

  1. Buffalo Bills, 4-1
  2. New England Patriots, 2-2
  3. Miami Dolphins, 2-3
  4. New York Jets, 0-5

AFC North

The Bengals impressed recently, but reality set in this week. With the Steelers holding off the Eagles, the Browns huge win over the Colts leaves this a three-team race.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4-0
  2. Baltimore Ravens, 4-1
  3. Cleveland Browns, 4-1
  4. Cincinnati Bengals, 1-3-1

AFC South

Houston gets off the schneid with a win over Jacksonville. Tennessee won in their first game played since Week 3 after a COVID-19 breakout within the Titans facility.

  1. Tennessee Titans, 4-0
  2. Indianapolis Colts, 3-2
  3. Houston Texans, 1-4
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-4

AFC West

Well, well, well. KC leads the division, but the Raiders stunned them in Arrowhead and this division is suddenly a whole lot more interesting.

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

NFC East

Philly and Washington lost while Dallas beat New York to take over first place. The likely season-ending injury to Dak Prescott though is brutal.

  1. Dallas Cowboys, 2-3
  2. Philadelphia Eagles, 1-3-1
  3. Washington Football Team, 1-4
  4. New York Giants, 0-5

NFC North

The Bears got a big win to open the week while the Vikings lost a heartbreaker in Seattle. Green Bay and Detroit were on bye.

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

NFC South

The Panthers beat the Falcons, and while Atlanta is clearly not good, Carolina might be decent. They will walk out of Week 5 tied for first and Teddy Bridgewater is really impressing. Will Dan Quinn survive the weekend?

  1. New Orleans Saints, 3-2
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3-2
  3. Carolina Panthers, 3-2
  4. Atlanta Falcons, 0-5

NFC West

LA and Arizona got wins over bad teams. Meanwhile, the 49ers were embarrassed by the Dolphins and find themselves in uncertain times with a struggling roster. The Seahawks won a wild one over Minnesota to retain their division lead.

  1. Seattle Seahawks, 5-0
  2. Los Angeles Rams, 4-1
  3. Arizona Cardinals, 3-2
  4. San Francisco 49ers, 2-3