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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 12

As Week 12 of the NFL season comes to a close, we break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 13.

New York Giants wide receiver C.J. Board (18) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson (55) and linebacker Josh Bynes (56) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Week 12 is underway with four games getting underway in the 4:05/4:25 p.m. time slot. We’ve got some critical matchups that could shake up divisional standings as we wrap up the Thanksgiving weekend and head into the final stretch of the regular season. We already have some standings movement, with plenty to go the rest of the day.

We’ll be updating the standings throughout the rest of the today and Monday evening and maybe Tuesday if Ravens-Steelers happens this week.

AFC East

The Dolphins beat the Jets to maintain pace with the Bills beat the Chargers. The Patriots won to hang around the division and wild card races.

  1. Buffalo Bills, 8-3
  2. Miami Dolphins, 7-4
  3. New England Patriots, 5-6
  4. New York Jets, 0-11

AFC North

It wasn’t pretty, but the Browns took care of business against the Jaguars. The Steelers and Ravens finally played and Pittsburgh held off a depleted Baltimore.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers, 11-0
  2. Cleveland Browns, 8-3
  3. Baltimore Ravens, 6-5
  4. Cincinnati Bengals, 2-8-1

AFC South

The Titans beat the Colts to take sole possession of first place. The Jaguars continue hanging a game back of the Jets in draft order.

  1. Tennessee Titans, 8-3
  2. Indianapolis Colts, 7-4
  3. Houston Texans, 4-7
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-10

AFC West

The Raiders got crushed by Atlanta and drop to four games back of the Chiefs with five games to go. The Chargers lost in Buffalo while Denver looked as bad as expected without a traditional quarterback.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs, 10-1
  2. Las Vegas Raiders, 6-5
  3. Denver Broncos, 4-7
  4. Los Angeles Chargers, 3-8

NFC East

The Giants barely beat the Bengals, but it’s enough to get them into first place for the time being. Washington the Cowboys but loses the head-to-head tiebreaker to the Giants. The Eagles lost to the Seahawks and remain back of the Giants and Washington.

  1. New York Giants, 4-7
  2. Washington Football Team, 4-7
  3. Philadelphia Eagles, 3-7-1
  4. Dallas Cowboys, 3-8

NFC North

The Packers have all but settled the NFC North, beating the Bears to take a three-game lead with five remaining. Minnesota is hanging around the wild card race with a big late comeback win over the Panthers.

  1. Green Bay Packers, 8-3
  2. Minnesota Vikings, 5-6
  3. Chicago Bears, 5-6
  4. Detroit Lions, 4-7

NFC South

The Saints got their second win with Taysom Hill at QB while the Panthers wild card chances are likely over after a late loss to the Vikings. The Bucs lost to the Chiefs and now sit 2.5 games back of the Saints headed into their bye week.

  1. New Orleans Saints, 9-2
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7-5
  3. Atlanta Falcons, 4-7
  4. Carolina Panthers, 4-8

NFC West

Arizona lost a stunner to the Patriots and dropped two games back of first place in the division. The 49ers upset the Rams in LA and Seattle has a full game division lead with a win over the Eagles on Monday.

  1. Seattle Seahawks, 8-3
  2. Los Angeles Rams, 7-4
  3. Arizona Cardinals, 6-5
  4. San Francisco 49ers, 5-6