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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 6

The NFL is almost finished with Week 6. We break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 7.

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The NFL is chugging along through Week 6 and heads into the late slate with Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football still to come. The Bucs got the week going by holding off the Eagles on Thursday Night Football and then the Jaguars stunned the Dolphins in London early Sunday morning.

The biggest game of the morning saw the Ravens pummel the Chargers. LA was in the discussion for best team in the AFC and they showed they are not quite ready for prime time players. The Packers got a big road win over the Bears to extend their division lead to two games and get a key tiebreaker edge.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division after six weeks of football. We’ll update with results following the rest of Sunday and Monday’s schedule of games.

AFC East

The Dolphins lost an embarrassing one to the Jaguars in London. The Patriots play Sunday afternoon, the Bills play on Monday Night Football, and the Jets are on a bye.

PM update: The Patriots lost in overtime to the Cowboys and Buffalo can now take firm control of the division with a Monday win.

MNF update: The Bills lost a thriller to the Titans after Josh Allen slipped trying to convert a 4th and 1 near the end zone.

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

AFC North

The Ravens crushed the Chargers with a heck of a statement game while the Bengals handled their business in Detroit against the Lions. Cleveland plays Sunday afternoon and Pittsburgh plays on Sunday Night Football.

PM update: The Browns were thumped by the Cardinals and lost Kareem Hunt to a leg injury in a rough day.

SNF update: The Steelers beat the Seahawks in overtime.

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

AFC South

The Jaguars got on the board with a stunning last second win over the Dolphins. The Colts crushed the Texans. The Titans play on Monday Night Football.

MNF update: The Titans won a thriller over the Bills after Josh Allen slipped trying to convert a 4th and 1 near the end zone.

  1. Tennessee Titans, 4-2
  2. Indianapolis Colts, 2-4
  3. Houston Texans, 1-5
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-5

AFC West

The Chargers got a lesson in what it takes to be a contender in the AFC as the Ravens thumped them. The Chiefs struggled early but pulled away late to win by double digits in Washington. The Raiders and Broncos play in the Sunday afternoon slate.

PM update: The Raiders impressed with a road win over the Broncos to move into a tie for first place.

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

NFC East

The Rams destroyed the Giants in the Meadowlands. Washington gave the Chiefs a tough game, but ran out of steam and lost big. The Cowboys play in the Sunday afternoon slate.

PM update: Dallas beat the Patriots in overtime and have firm control of the NFC East.

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

NFC North

The Packers held off the Bears 24-14 to extend their division lead. The Vikings beat the Panthers in overtime. Detroit got beat badly by the Bengals to remain winless.

  1. Green Bay Packers, 4-1
  2. Chicago Bears, 3-3
  3. Minnesota Vikings, 3-3
  4. Detroit Lions, 0-6

NFC South

The Bucs opened the week with a tough win over the Eagles. The Panthers lost in overtime to the Vikings. The Falcons and Saints are on bye this week.

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

NFC West

The Rams had no trouble at all in New Jersey, thumping the Giants. Arizona is playing in the afternoon, Seattle is on Sunday Night Football, and the 49ers are on a bye.

PM update: Arizona thumped the Browns on the road to remain undefeated.

SNF update: The Seahawks lost to the Steelers in overtime.

  1. Arizona Cardinals, 6-0
  2. Los Angeles Rams, 5-1
  3. San Francisco 49ers, 2-3
  4. Seattle Seahawks, 2-4