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NFL standings, Week 15: Breaking down the NFC West heading toward Week 16

The NFC West is wrapping up Week 15. We break down the standings and playoff implications as we move toward Week 16.

Jason Cabinda #45 of the Detroit Lions runs with the ball after the catch on his way to a receiving touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter at Ford Field on December 19, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images

The NFC West has a big game remaining on Tuesday, but the division opened with the biggest upset of Week 15 and one of the bigger this year. The Lions welcomed the Cardinals to Ford Field and proceeded to thump them. The upset was surprising enough, but how Detroit handled Arizona was something to behold.

With the loss, Arizona now waits to see if the Rams beat the Seahawks later this week. That game got moved from Sunday because of COVID-19 cases in LA, although Seattle has more COVID-19 cases of their own coming in. If LA beats Seattle, they’ll pull into a first place tie. Arizona and LA split the season series, but the Cardinals have the better divisional record to claim that tiebreaker. Arizona can still clinch a playoff berth this week with a handful of scenarios.

Sunday evening update: The 49ers beat the Falcons 31-13 to improve to 8-6. They remain 1.5 games back of the Rams for second place in the division and fifth place in the wild card standings.

Tuesday update: The Rams beat the Seahawks 20-10 to improve to 10-4 and into a tie for first place with the Cardinals. The Seahawks dropped to 5-9 and are two games out of the wild card race with three to go.

DraftKings Sportsbook provides odds to win each division. We’ll update the odds below once they are updated after Week 15.

Cardinals: TBD (was -700)
Rams: TBD (was +450)
49ers: TBD (was +10000)
Seahawks: Off the board

NFC West

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