For weeks, the Denver Broncos were considered Super Bowl favorites. Coming out of Week 7, when the Broncos suffered their first loss of the season at the hand of the Colts, the questions were about which direction the team was heading.
It's tough to get a clear picture of the NFL standings after seven weeks, but things are starting to take form as midseason approaches.
Here's a look the division-by-division standings through seven weeks:
AFC East Standings
New England still sits atop the division even after a loss to the Jets on Sunday. The Dolphins surprisingly dropped a game to the Bills, missing a chance to close the gap on the Patriots.
AFC North Standings
The AFC North, once considered one of the best divisions in all of football, appears to have taken a step back this season. The Bengals are running away with the lead after another win on Sunday. The Ravens and Steelers had another tough game but both are still on the outside looking in on the division title race.
AFC South Standings
The Colts made a big statement on Sunday Night Football, defeating the Denver Broncos and improving to 5-2 on the season. Meanwhile, the Texans showed some life but ultimately lost to the Chiefs, falling even farther out of the race for the AFC South division crown.
The Jaguars continued their dreadful season, getting thrashed by the Chargers at home and maintaining their spot at the bottom of the division.
AFC West Standings
The Kansas City Chiefs now have sole possession of first place in the AFC West. After holding off the Houston Texans, the Chiefs improved to 7-0. With the Broncos' loss on Sunday night, Kansas City takes a one-game lead.
NFC East Standings
The NFC East has been a messy division in 2013. The Cowboys started to give it some clarity in Week 7, beating the Philadelphia Eagles to take a one-game lead in the division. The Redskins kept pace, though, beating the Chicago Bears in a shootout.
NFC North Standings
(updated 9.30.2013 at 8:51 PM PDT)
The Green Bay Packers are back atop the NFC North standings after an easy win against the Cleveland Browns. With the Bears and Lions both losing in Week 7, the Packers are in first place of the North for the first time in 2013.
NFC South Standings
New Orleans had a bye week in Week 7 and still sits atop the NFC South Standings. The Panthers had an impressive showing against the Rams, but still sit two games behind. The Falcons beat the Buccaneers convincingly, but that only gave them bragging rights at the bottom of the standings.
NFC West Standings
Seattle continues to have slight control over the NFC West after a convincing win over the Cardinals on Thursday night. The 49ers kept pace, though, beating the Titans by 14 points.
While the Seahawks and 49ers continue to push forward, the Rams took a big step back, losing to the Panthers and losing Sam Bradford to a knee injury.