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NFL standings, Week 13: Breaking down standings heading to Week 14

The NFL has opened Week 13. We break down the standings as the league works through Sunday and Monday as it heads toward Week 14.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) gestures after a touchdown in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is officially into December. Week 13 got underway on Thursday with the Cowboys beating the Saints 27-17. The Cowboys had lost three of their past four, and while they should be able to win the NFC East with relative ease, they needed a win to get back on track. Meanwhile, the Saints have now lost five straight and dropped from second and breathing down the Bucs necks to last place and lacking direction.

We head into the main slate on Sunday with some significant matchups. Chargers-Bengals is the biggest for wild card positioning. Washington-Raiders is big as well, but Chargers-Bengals will implicate the head-to-head tiebreaker. We also get huge divisional matchups in primetime, with the Chiefs hosting the Broncos on Sunday night and the Bills hosting the Patriots on Monday night. Neither will determine the division this week, but they’ll be critical, especially for the home teams looking to hold serve.

1 p.m. schedule results: The biggest upset of the early slate saw the Lions beat the Vikings and get their first victory. Detroit improves to 1-10-1. The Chargers thumped the Bengals to take the head-to-head matchup, which could be huge for playoff tiebreaker purposes. The Texans lost to the Colts and became the first team eliminated from playoff contention.

4 p.m. schedule results: We had four games on the slate and three of the four were significant. Washington beat the Raiders to move into one of the NFC wild card spots while the Raiders are now in last place in the AFC West. The Ravens couldn’t convert a late two-point attempt and lost to the Steelers to drop out of the No. 1 seed. The Seahawks made a goal line stand to beat the 49ers in Seattle.

SNF result: The Chiefs beat the Broncos 22-9 to maintain their division lead over the Chargers.

MNF result: The Patriots beat the Bills 14-10 in the gusty winds of Buffalo.

Below are the eight divisional standings, along with some quick thoughts about each division as we move through Week 13 and into Week 14. We’ll update with results following the 1 p.m. slate, again after the 4:05/4:25 p.m. slate, and then after Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.

AFC East

The Dolphins beat the Giants and the Jets lost to the Eagles. The Patriots beat the Bills 14-10 on Monday Night Football.

  1. New England Patriots, 9-4
  2. Buffalo Bills, 7-5
  3. Miami Dolphins, 6-7
  4. New York Jets, 3-9

AFC North

The Bengals lost to the Chargers. The Steelers beat the Ravens after stopping Baltimore on a last-second two-point conversion attempt.

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

AFC South

The Colts beat the Texans, eliminating Houston from playoff contention. The Jaguars lost to the Rams and will be eliminated from playoff contention if the Bills win on Monday.

  1. Tennessee Titans, 8-4
  2. Indianapolis Colts, 7-6
  3. Houston Texans, 2-10
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars, 2-10

AFC West

The Chargers beat the Bengals. The Raiders lost to Washington. The Chiefs beat the Broncos on SNF.

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

NFC East

The Cowboys opened the week with a 27-17 win over the Saints on Thursday Night Football. The Eagles beat the Jets and the Giants lost to the Dolphins. Washington beat the Raiders.

  1. Dallas Cowboys, 8-4
  2. Washington Football Team, 6-6
  3. Philadelphia Eagles, 6-7
  4. New York Giants, 4-8

NFC North

The Bears lost to the Cardinals. The Lions stunned the Vikings.

  1. Green Bay Packers, 9-3
  2. Minnesota Vikings, 5-7
  3. Chicago Bears, 4-8
  4. Detroit Lions, 1-10-1

NFC South

The Saints opened the week with a 27-17 loss to the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. The Bucs beat the Falcons.

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

NFC West

The Cardinals beat the Bears. The Rams beat the Jaguars and the Seahawks made a goal line stand to beat the 49ers.

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