The 2023 NFL Standings Heading into Week 5

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Folks, we’re basically a quarter of the way through the 2023 NFL regular season already.

Through the first four weeks of the season, we’ve seen some surprise teams emerge from the shadows while some contenders from 2022 have gotten off to sluggish starts.

With about 25% of the 2023 NFL season behind us, here is an updated look at the 2023 NFL standings.

2023 NFL Standings

2023 NFL Standings
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AFC East

  1. Buffalo Bills (3-1)
  2. Miami Dolphins (3-1)
  3. New England Patriots (1-3)
  4. New York Jets (1-3)

The Bills dominated a home matchup against the Dolphins this weekend, thus vaulting themselves into first-place in the AFC East with a head-to-head tiebreaker. The two teams will meet again in Week 18, which could end up being a fight for the division at this rate.

Meanwhile, the Jets and Patriots continue to fall behind the pack as both teams lost in Week 4. New England suffered its worst defeat in the Bill Belichick coaching era while New York came just short against the Chiefs.

AFC North

  1. Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
  2. Cleveland Browns (2-2)
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)
  4. Cincinnati Bengals (1-3)

Baltimore got a big win on the road against Cleveland, but it comes with the caveat of Deshaun Watson being out. Dorian Thompson-Robinson made his first career regular season start, and he couldn’t hold up against the Ravens defense.

Cleveland should be fine moving forward, but confidence in both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh is waning quickly because of their offensive struggles.

AFC South

  1. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
  2. Houston Texans (2-2)
  3. Jacksonvilee Jaguars (2-2)
  4. Tennessee Titans (2-2)

We’ve got a four-horse race in the AFC South through four weeks. Nothing has changed as everyone sits at 2-2. It’s impossible to make anything of the Titans results, which are filled with really great wins but also some bizarre losses.

The biggest surprise of this division is Houston. The Texans offense has been terrific with C.J. Stroud, and he should be the front-runner for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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AFC West

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

The Chargers have been the big risers in the AFC West with back-to-back wins to cancel out their 0-2 start. Los Angeles pulled ahead of the Las Vegas Raiders in the standings with a victory over their division rivals on Sunday.

The Broncos finally got their first win of the year as well despite falling into a 21-point deficit against the Chicago Bears early in the game.

NFC East

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (4-0)
  2. Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
  3. Washington Commanders (2-2)
  4. New York Giants (1-3)

The NFC East picture remains largely the same through four weeks. The Eagles narrowly escaped against Washington with an overtime victory. The Commanders won’t be pushovers this year and could make some noise in the division at some point.

Meanwhile, Dallas left no question against the Patriots with a 38-3 victory, and the Giants offense continues to fizzle out.

NFC North

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

Detroit made a big statement with a 34-20 road win over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, pulling into sole possession of the NFC North lead. The Vikings also got on the board with their first win of the season against Carolina.

Then, there’s Chicago. Justin Fields looked incredible for about 2.5 quarters of this game, but then, things completely went off the rails for both the offense and the defense. The Bears fell to 0-4 after blowing a 28-7 lead.

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NFC South

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

Much like Detroit, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a massive statement by securing a dominant road victory over the New Orleans Saints. They shut down the Saints offense, even despite Alvin Kamara coming back from his suspension, and Baker Mayfield was able to throw all over New Orleans’ defense.

Atlanta and Carolina continue to have offensive struggles with their young QBs, though. The Falcons scored seven points against Jacksonville in London while the Panthers were unable to muster an offensive touchdown versus the Vikings defense.

NFC West

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

The 49ers continue to look like the best team in the league with yet another double-digit victory to start the year. This one came against the Arizona Cardinals, who upset the Dallas Cowboys one week earlier.

Seattle and Los Angeles didn’t lose any ground in the race either with their own victories this week. This divisional race is setting up to be a tight one, but we should get more clarity following Week 5. San Francisco has a game against the Dallas Cowboys while Los Angeles faces off against Philadelphia.

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Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.