NFL standings, Week 8: Patriots take 2-game lead in AFC East

Jim Rogash

Through eight weeks, most NFL division races are still too tough to call.

With the NFL at the midway point, the NFL standings are starting to take shape.

Though most games in Week 8 were between teams on the opposite end of the division standings, there were a few games that swayed division races on Sunday.

Most notably, the New England Patriots beating the Miami Dolphins helped solidify them as the favorites in the AFC East. Here's an updated list of the NFL standings through eight weeks.

AFC West Standings

Kansas City 8 0 0 192 98
Denver 7 1 0 343 218
San Diego 4 3 0 168 144
Oakland 3 4 0 126 150

(updated 10.21.2013 at 12:09 AM PDT)

The Chiefs now hold a one-game advantage over the Broncos with the NFL season heading to the midway point. Denver is still in great position for the playoffs at 7-1, getting back on track against the Redskins after a loss to the Colts in Week 7. The Chargers are off to a solid start at 4-3, but they are a distant third behind the top two. Oakland is the only team in the division with a negative point differential.

AFC South Standings

Indianapolis 5 2 0 187 131
Tennessee 3 4 0 145 146
Houston 2 5 0 122 194
Jacksonville 0 8 0 86 264

(updated 10.21.2013 at 12:09 AM PDT)

With its win against Denver, Indianapolis improved to 5-2 on the season and has a two-game lead in the AFC South. Even more impressive, three of the Colts' five wins came against Denver, Seattle and San Francisco, three Super Bowl favorites heading into the season.

The Titans lost their third straight on Sunday, dropping them another game behind the Colts. Houston has lost five straight and also lost Brian Cushing for the year. The Jaguars remain in search of their first win of the season.

AFC North Standings

Cincinnati 6 2 0 197 144
Baltimore 3 4 0 150 148
Cleveland 3 5 0 148 179
Pittsburgh 2 5 0 125 153

(updated 10.21.2013 at 12:09 AM PDT)

Cincinnati won its first game by more than 10 points on Sunday, improving to 6-2 in the process. With the Ravens on a bye week, the Bengals are in control of the AFC North. Baltimore started the season 3-2 but has now dropped under .500 with back-to-back losses heading into the bye week. Cleveland lost its third straight game, putting them at 3-5. Pittsburgh's two game winning streak came to and end, and they fall to 2-5.

AFC East Standings

New England 6 2 0 179 144
New York Jets 4 4 0 143 211
Miami 3 4 0 152 167
Buffalo 3 5 0 176 213

(updated 10.21.2013 at 12:09 AM PDT)

Entering the week with a slim lead in the AFC East, the New England Patriots gave themselves some breathing room on Sunday, beating the Dolphins to improve to 6-2. Meanwhile, the Jets got blown out by the Bengals, giving the Patriots a two-game division lead. Buffalo fell further out of the picture with a loss to the New Orleans Saints, though they again remained competitive.

NFC West Standings

Seattle 7 1 0 191 116
San Francisco 6 2 0 218 145
Arizona 4 4 0 160 174
St. Louis 3 5 0 87 132

(updated 10.21.2013 at 12:09 AM PDT)

Seattle improved to 4-1 on the road with a close win over the St. Louis Rams. San Francisco has now won five in a row after a 1-2 start. Like Seattle, the 49ers picked up a nice win on the road, beating the Jaguars in London. St. Louis is 3-5, losing its first game without Sam Bradford.

NFC South Standings

New Orleans 6 1 0 196 120
Carolina 4 3 0 170 96
Atlanta 2 5 0 166 184
Tampa Bay 0 7 0 100 163

(updated 10.21.2013 at 12:09 AM PDT)

The Carolina Panthers got themselves over .500 for the first time since 2008 after a thorough win against the Buccaneers. But the Saints victory over the Bills shows that they are still dominating the division. The Falcons lost again, falling farther out of contention for the division lead.

NFC North Standings

Green Bay 5 2 0 212 158
Detroit 5 3 0 217 197
Chicago 4 3 0 213 206
Minnesota 1 6 0 163 225

(updated 10.21.2013 at 12:09 AM PDT)

The Packers keep on rolling despite all of their injuries, and their four-game winning streak has them atop the NFC North. Detroit and Chicago are right behind Green Bay at 4-3. Detroit's dramatic win over the Cowboys helped them to keep pace and remain a half game back of the Packers.

NFC East Standings

Dallas 4 4 0 230 186
Philadelphia 3 5 0 176 211
Washington 2 5 0 173 229
New York Giants 2 6 0 141 223

(updated 10.21.2013 at 12:09 AM PDT)

The New York Giants looked dead in the water with an 0-6 record two weeks ago, but consecutive wins, including Sunday's 15-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, have them sitting at 2-6 and only two games out of the NFC East division lead. The Cowboys lost a tough one but still sit atop the NFC East.

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