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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 4

The NFL is almost finished with Week 4. We break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 5.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a touchdown pass against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Daryl Worley in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is into the back half of Week 4 Sunday with Colts-Bears and Bills-Raiders the big games on the card. We’re reaching the end of the first quarter of the season for most of the league, and we’re starting to draw some conclusions. Plenty will change the final 12 games for some of these teams, but we’re getting a better handle on good and bad teams.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division after two weeks of football. We’ll update with remaining results as Week 4 comes to a close.

AFC East

Buffalo continues to roll along and with Cam Newton out for one game and maybe a second due to Covid-19, the AFC East is the Bills’ division to lose. Meanwhile, the Jets and Dolphins have shown nothing to indicate they’ll be competitive in the AFC East. Miami is at least a fun team to watch for extended stretches. The Jets are awful.

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

AFC North

The Ravens got back on track after losing to Kansas City, but more interesting is that the Browns are suddenly surging. Beating Dallas is a step up from Cincinnati and Washington. Congrats to Joe Burrow for his first win as a pro!

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

AFC South

It was a rough Sunday for the bottom half of the division and it’s hard to see either righting the ship. The big question right now is when the Titans will play their next game.

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

AFC West

This is the Chiefs division and the Raiders are the only team seemingly in the mix for second. They’re hosting the unbeaten Bills and this is their biggest test of the year.

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

NFC East

The NFC East hasn’t been good for a while, but this is the worst it’s been in a while. We are on pace for a sub-.500 division winner with the Eagles on top at 1-2-1.

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

NFC North

The Vikings finally got off the schneid. They came into the year with high expectations, but can they build off a win over a bad Texans squad?

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

NFC South

Tampa Bay looked like they were going to embarrass themselves against LA only to come back in a huge way. More interesting might be the Panthers handling Arizona and now sitting at 2-2.

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

NFC West

Seattle is rolling right now and even an ugly win over Miami is a good thing. The Rams won a tough one against the Giants, while Arizona and San Francisco are struggling.

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