A Look at the 2023 NFL Standings as Week 9 Approaches

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) celebrates a first down reception against Green Bay Packers safety Rudy Ford (20) and cornerback Keisean Nixon (25) during their football game Sunday, October 29, 2023, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.

While some divisions in the NFL have separated out through the first eight weeks of the season, there are plenty of others that are still a mess.

Three separate divisions right now have at least three teams within 1.5 games of each other at the top. As the trade deadline approaches, there should be teams shuffling to improve their rosters for a second half push for the playoffs.

Heading into Week 9, here is a look at where all eight divisions currently stack up in the 2023 NFL standings.

2023 NFL Standings: Week 9

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AFC East

  1. Miami Dolphins (6-2)
  2. Buffalo Bills (5-3)
  3. New York Jets (4-3)
  4. New England Patriots (2-6)

Miami remains on top of the AFC East through eight weeks. They earned a dominant victory over the New England Patriots to maintain that spot. Once again, New England was actually the only team to lose in this division during Week 8.

The Bills defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, avoiding a late-game collapse, while New York snuck out of MetLife with a victory against the Giants to push them back over .500.

AFC North

  1. Baltimore Ravens (6-2)
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)
  3. Cleveland Browns (4-3)
  4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-3)

The AFC North continues to look like one of the better divisions in football with all four teams being above .500 after the Bengals beat the 49ers over the weekend for their third win in a row. However, Baltimore was able to pull away a bit and stretch their lead at the top. They beat the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday while both Cleveland and Pittsburgh fell in tightly contested games.

AFC South

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-2)
  2. Houston Texans (3-4)
  3. Tennesssee Titans (3-4)
  4. Indianapolis Colts (3-5)

The Jaguars have taken a comanding lead in the AFC South, now sitting 2.5 games above their counterparts. Jacksonville earned a big win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and their defense is playing the best football its played all year.

Meanwhile, both Houston and Indy lost, which allowed the Tennessee Titans to move into a tie for second place in the division with their win over the Atlanta Falcons.

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AFC West

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (6-2)
  2. Los Angeles Chargers (3-4)
  3. Las Vegas Raiders (3-4)
  4. Denver Broncos (3-5)

The AFC West now looks exactly like the AFC South. The Chargers were able to pick up a game on the Chiefs with their Sunday night win over the Chicago Bears while Kansas City lost to the Broncos. Las Vegas’ offense remains a mess, though, and they fall down the list after losing to the Lions on Monday.

NFC East

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (7-1)
  2. Dallas Cowboys (5-2)
  3. Washington Commanders (3-5)
  4. New York Giants (2-6)

Philadelphia was able to maintain their 1.5-game lead over the Dallas Cowboys with their victory over Washington, but it was not without a hard fight. Sam Howell seems like the guy for the Commanders moving forward, so despite the loss, they at least have that going for them. That cannot be said for the Giants who were relying on Tommy DeVito by the end of their loss to the Jets.

NFL Standings
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NFC North

  1. Detroit Lions (6-2)
  2. Minnesota Vikings (4-4)
  3. Green Bay Packers (2-5)
  4. Chicago Bears (2-6)

The big story in the NFC North is Kirk Cousins’ injury. His season is over after suffering a torn Achilles, but not before helping the Vikings get back to .500 with a dominant win over the Green Bay Packers. Detroit holds a comfortable two-game lead over Minnesota, though.

NFC South

  1. Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
  2. New Orleans Saints (4-4)
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)
  4. Carolina Panthers (1-6)

The NFC South is still competitive, but in the worst way possible. No team has a winning record right now, but the trio of Atlanta, New Orleans, and Tampa Bay are all separated by just half a game. The Panthers also earned their first win of the season which is exciting for them.

NFC West

  1. Seattle Seahawks (5-2)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (5-3)
  3. Los Angeles Rams (3-5)
  4. Arizona Cardinals (1-7)

All of sudden, we’re heading towards the second half of the season in a world where the Seattle Seahawks lead the NFC West. Seattle defeated Cleveland behind a strong performance from their defense while San Francisco lost their third consecutive game. The Rams and Cardinals fell further behind the back with losses this weekend.

NOTE: This article originally appeared on our sister-site, PurplePTSD.com.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. 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.