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NFL Division Races Heating Up

The NFL division races are heating up with only the Minnesota Vikings enjoying a three-game lead in the NFC North. No other division front-runner has more than a one-game advantage.

Both the AFC North and the NFC South have two teams tied atop the division. Baltimore and Cincinnati will battle for bragging rights in the AFC North, while Tampa Bay and Atlanta are fighting for NFC South supremacy.

Below are the favorites to win their respective divisions and advance to the playoffs.


The Buffalo Bills (5-1) are the favorites to capture their third consecutive division title. Josh Allen & Co. are on a mission to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history. The Miami Dolphins (4-3) will battle for a wild-card playoff spot if Tua Tagvailoa stays healthy, while the New York Jets (5-2) remain a year away from competing for the postseason.


The Baltimore Ravens (4-3) and the Cincinnati Bengals (4-3) are in a two-horse race for the division crown. The Bengals have a well-balanced squad and should claim their second straight division title. The Cleveland Browns (2-5) remain a dark horse candidate for a wild card berth with quarterback DeShaun Watson returning in Week 12.


The Tennessee Titans (4-2) have reeled off four wins in a row and seem poised to capture their third straight division championship. The Indianapolis Colts (3-3-1) remain in the hunt for the division title but have replaced veteran Matt Ryan with second-year quarterback Sam Ehlinger. The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) have dropped four consecutive games but have the division’s best offensive unit.

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The Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) remain the measuring stick in the AFC West but feature one of the league’s worst defenses. The Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) also have serious issues on the defensive side of the ball, while the Las Vegas Raiders (2-4) are winless on the road in three outings. The Chiefs will earn their seventh consecutive division title.


The unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles (6-0) find themselves in a dogfight with the New York Giants (6-1) and Dallas Cowboys (5-2) for the NFC East crown. The Eagles are slight favorites but the Cowboys boasts an elite defense and remain in the race for the division title. The Giants have gotten off to a fast start but will fade down the stretch with an uninspiring roster.


The Minnesota Vikings (5-1) have won four straight games and are on the verge of running away with the division title. The Green Bay Packers (3-4) have lost three games in a row, while the Chicago Bears (3-4) upset the New England Patriots in Week 7 and are also three games out of first place. Minnesota will claim its first division crown since 2017.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) and the Atlanta Falcons (3-4) are tied atop the division, while the New Orleans Saints (2-5) and Carolina Panthers (2-5) are just one game back of the division leaders. The Buccaneers are the favorites to win the division title, but after seven weeks of play, every team still has a shot at earning a playoff berth.


The surprising Seattle Seahawks (4-3) are in sole possession of first place with the reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams (3-3) in second place. However, both the San Francisco 49ers (3-4) and the Arizona Cardinals (3-4) are only one game behind the Seahawks in a wide-open NFC West race. The 49ers are the best bet to win their first division title since 2019.

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