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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.

Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills and teammate Lee Smith of the Buffalo Bills celebrate after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Bills Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

The NFL is into the back half of Week 3 Sunday with Cowboys-Seahawks the big game on the card. Next weekend marks the close of the first quarter of the season, and so we’re starting to draw some conclusions. We have a lot of questions, but we’re starting to see that some surprises are for real good, and some really are bad.

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 3 comes to a close.

AFC East

The Bills went from looking legit to looking not so much to getting just enough done. The Rams have been solid, so it’s a big win even if they blew a 28-3 lead. The Raiders gave the Patriots some trouble early, but the Patriots took care of business and this division is a two-team race.

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

AFC North

Pittsburgh had trouble against Houston but grinded it out in the fourth quarter. Cleveland quietly is back above .500 for the first time in a long time and while their wins are over Cincinnati and Washington, they all count the same! and how about the Bengals getting a tie?

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

AFC South

The Titans looked lifeless for much of Week 3, but they made some big plays late and just edged out the Vikings. Meanwhile, the Texans just can’t catch a break. They’ve played three good teams, but Houston they’re also just not all that good.

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

AFC West

The Raiders answered the bell early in Foxborough, but things went south and they were no match for the Patriots.

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

NFC East

The NFC East is kinda brutal. The Cowboys nearly upended Seattle, but came up short. They’re now tied with Washington at 1-2 atop the division. I don’t know if the Eagles actually wanted to win that game against Cincy. And the Giants got beat by a lot of 49ers backups.

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

NFC North

The Bears somehow did it again. They still seem like a paper champion, but wins and wins. At the bottom of the division, the Vikings are abysmal. They looked like they would knock off the Titans, but blew it in the second half.

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

NFC South

How does Atlanta keep blowing these leads?

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

NFC West

Seattle came back with a late score and then held off the Cowboys for a key win. The Rams looked like they would pull off a huge comeback, but came up short at the end. The 49ers second stringers filling in for numerous injuries had zero trouble with the Giants.

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