As always, the cream is rising to the top across the NFL. That makes some of the divisional races look to be pretty cut and dry at this early juncture, but we can’t say the same about several others. At least four of the divisions look to be wide open, as valid cases can be made for several teams in each of them.
Let’s take a look at where all eight divisions stack up from both a standings and an
odds perspective as we get ready for Week 6.
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|New England Patriots||3-2||133||108||-1000||-300|
|New York Jets||2-3||123||105||+2500||+1600|
- The Patriots look to be rounding into form, and that’s bad news for the rest of the AFC. A date with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football looms large for both squads.
- After starting 3-0, The Dolphins have dropped two straight. One was a mauling at the hands of the Patriots, while the other saw the Bengals come back from 17 points down.
- The Bills continued their Jekyll and Hyde ways on Sunday with a big win a week after pulling a disappearing act the previous week. We’ll see which side shows up when they face off with the Texans on Sunday.
- The Jets have been behaving erratically as well, with two impressive wins book ending three listless efforts. A division crown is out of reach for both, but the Bills and Jets look to be vying for 2018’s most unpredictable team.
- The AFC North is one of the aforementioned divisions that look to be wide open. The Bengals currently have as good aa claim as any of the four teams, and the current odds reflect that.
- The Ravens were expected to roll over the Browns on Sunday, but the hosts had different ideas. Let’s hold off on anointing them as the class of the division until we see more.
- The Browns have been competitive in each of their five games. That’s more than we could say over the past two seasons, so that’s clear progress.
- The Steelers needed a big win on Sunday, and they delivered by manhandling the Falcons. Next up is a tussle with the Bengals, a game which should tell us volumes about the state of the division.
- The Titans were riding high after a win over the Eagles, but they fell flat while hitting all the wrong notes against the Bills. It was a disappointing loss, to say the least.
- The Jaguars are familiar with disappointing losses, with the latest version coming this past Sunday against the Chiefs. If the game was a measuring stick on the balance of power in the AFC, then the Jaguars have lots of work to do.
- The Texans have come back to life with two consecutive wins. The AFC South race is tighter as a result, and that’s further evidenced by taking a gander at the divisional odds.
- The Colts look to be the also rans of the division after being thoroughly whupped by the Patriots on Thursday Night. A few pieces are in place on both sides of the ball, but not enough to mount a playoff run.
|Kansas City Chiefs||5-0||175||129||-600||-225|
|Los Angeles Chargers||3-2||137||130||+450||+350|
- Patrick Mahomes has passed all of his tests so far, but a big one is on the docket this week in the form of the Patriots. If he passes that one with flying colors as well, then we should really look out for what’s to come.
- The Chargers delivered their best performance of the season in a victory over the Raiders. Can we expect the squad to play up to its capabilities from here on out?
- The Broncos were embarrassed by the Jets on Sunday, and the Rams are coming to town this week. The mood in Denver could turn very sour in the absence of an inspired effort on Sunday.
- It’s off to London for the 1-4 Raiders, as they take a trip across the pond to take on the Seahawks. One of the two teams has been coming to play each and every week. It’s not the Raiders.
|New York Giants||1-4||104||128||+1000||+650|
- While the Redskins were dominated by the Saints on Monday Night Football, they can still easily mount a run for the division crown. There’s simply no top team in the NFC East at this time, and that points a wide open race that could stretch into December.
- The Cowboys are offensively challenged. Ezekiel Elliott can still take over a game when he has room to operate, but we can’t say the same for the rest of the offense. Do we have to remind Cowboys coaches that Dak Prescott was 2016’s Offensive Rookie of the Year?
- The Eagles rallied late to make it respectable, but the club’s 23-21 loss to the Vikings wasn’t as close as the score indicates. The already struggling offense has suffered another blow as Jay Ajayi is now lost for the year with an ACL injury.
- The offense of the Giants finally woke up in the second half against the Panthers, but Graham Gano’s game-winning field goal put the kibosh on a comeback win. Problems abound on both sides of the ball, and time is running short for fixes.
|Green Bay Packers||2-2-1||115||114||+250||+210|
- Inconsistent play from the perceived division heavyweights put the Bears squarely in the mix for the NFC North. The fact that the club is playing well on offense and lights out on defense isn’t hurting their case either.
- Mason Crosby had one of the worst days you could imagine against the Lions, but that was far from the only reason the Packers lost. The team’s divisional odds have dropped, but that opens up a value opportunity for those who envision an emphatic turnaround.
- The Vikings delivered their most impressive win of the season over the defending Super Bowl champions. A date with the Cardinals is up next, and the squad has a chance to show it won’t be falling through any additional trap doors like it did against the Bills earlier this year.
- The Lions head into their bye on a positive note after taking down the rival Packers, but there’s plenty of work to be done before they have any hope of being included in the divisional race conversation.
|New Orleans Saints||4-1||180||140||-175||+140|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2-2||112||139||+1400||+375|
- The Saints started off the season looking like a troubled squad, but they have quickly evolved into a legitimate NFC contender. That’s being reflected in their odds to take down the division.
- The Panthers hung for a win against the Giants, and they currently look like the second-best team in the division behind the Saints. Next up is a tricky road game against the Redskins.
- The Buccaneers had an early bye week to right the ship, so we’ll have to wait and see what they came up with when they hit the road to take on the Falcons. Jameis Winston will be at the helm for a game that could devolve into a shootout.
- Speaking of the Falcons, they suffered their worst loss of the season at the hands of the Steelers. Injuries on defense have piled up, and a once promising season is in danger of being considered lost.
|Los Angeles Rams||5-0||173||198||-10000||-1500|
|San Francisco 49ers||1-4||118||146||+10000||+1800|
- The Rams faced their stiffest test of the season in the form of the Seahawks, and they were able to escape with a two-point victory. Both Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp were lost to concussions, and their availability for this week is up in the air as a result.
- The Seahawks were impressive in a losing effort against the Rams. London is calling this week for a 1 PM EST kickoff against the Raiders. We’ll see which of these west coast squads is up to the task.
- It took five weeks, but the Cardinals are no longer winless. The team has actually turned it around after two dreadful performances to start the year, as they have been competitive ever since.
- The Cardinals first victory came at the expense of the 49ers, a club which the injury bug has not been kind to. Next up is a Monday Night road game against the Green Bay Packers.
- W-L: Win – loss record
- PF: Total points for
- PA: Total points allowed
- Odds: Current odds to win division
- LW Odds: Last week’s odds to win division