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Breaking down the NFL standings coming out of Week 14

The NFL is almost finished with Week 14. We break down the standings as the league starts to look to Week 15.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs the ball for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on December 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

The NFL is working its way through Week 14 and we’re starting to get into critical divisional matchups. The NFC East has the busiest final five weeks of divisional matchups, but we saw quite a few big divisional matchups across the league this weekend.

We came into the weekend with the Buccaneers holding a chance to clinch the NFC South. That won’t happen after the Saints won. The Packers had a chance to clinch the NFC North coming into Week 14, but the Vikings win removes that possibility for this week. The Cardinals are the only team remaining with a clinching scenario. If they win they clinch the first playoff berth in the league.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division after 14 weeks of football. We’ll update after the 4:05/4:25 p.m. games and Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.

AFC East

The Jets lost to the Saints and were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. The Bills lost to the Bucs in overtime.

  1. New England Patriots, 9-4
  2. Buffalo Bills, 7-6
  3. Miami Dolphins, 6-7
  4. New York Jets, 3-10 — eliminated

AFC North

The Steelers lost to the Vikings on Thursday to open the week. The Browns held off a wild Ravens comeback to tighten up the division. The Bengals lost to the 49ers in overtime.

  1. Baltimore Ravens, 8-5
  2. Cleveland Browns, 7-6
  3. Cincinnati Bengals, 7-6
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers, 6-6-1

AFC South

The Titans beat the Jaguars to mathematically eliminate them from playoff contention. The Texans lost to the Seahawks.

  1. Tennessee Titans, 9-4
  2. Indianapolis Colts, 7-6
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars, 2-11 — eliminated
  4. Houston Texans, 2-11 — eliminated

AFC West

The Chiefs thumped the Raiders. The Chargers beat the Giants and the Broncos beat the Lions.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs, 9-4
  2. Los Angeles Chargers, 8-5
  3. Denver Broncos, 7-6
  4. Las Vegas Raiders, 6-7

NFC East

The Cowboys held off a Washington comeback to take a three-game lead. The Giants lost to the Chargers.

  1. Dallas Cowboys, 9-4
  2. Washington Football Team, 6-7
  3. Philadelphia Eagles, 6-7
  4. New York Giants, 4-9

NFC North

The Vikings beat the Steelers on TNF to open the week. The Lions lost to the Broncos. The Packers beat the Bears on Sunday Night Football.

  1. Green Bay Packers, 10-3
  2. Minnesota Vikings, 6-7
  3. Chicago Bears, 4-9
  4. Detroit Lions, 1-11-1

NFC South

The Saints beat the Jets and the Falcons beat the Panthers. The Bucs beat the Bills in overtime.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 10-3
  2. Atlanta Falcons, 6-7
  3. New Orleans Saints, 6-7
  4. Carolina Panthers, 5-8

NFC West

The Seahawks had trouble early against the Texans but pulled away in the second half to win. The 49ers beat the Bengals in overtime. The Rams beat the Cardinals on Monday Night Football.

  1. Arizona Cardinals, 10-3
  2. Los Angeles Rams, 9-4
  3. San Francisco 49ers, 7-6
  4. Seattle Seahawks, 5-8