We're two weeks into the season, almost, and there are eight teams sitting at 2-0. There will be eight teams winless at 0-2 after Monday night's game between the Steelers and Bengals, both 0-1. It's probably best not to read too much into the standings at this point in the season ... unless your team is 0-2, in which case you're totally sunk.
Just kidding about that last part. Historical precedent says 0-2 teams since 1990 have a 12 percent chance of making the playoffs. So there's totally nothing to worry about. Nothing. The 2007 Giants lost their first two games, and went on to win the Super Bowl. Ron Rivera will spend the week thinking of the least awkward way he can ask Tom Coughlin about that on Sunday.
As for the undefeated teams, they have a 63 percent shot at the postseason. And with eight teams at 2-0, that means the playoffs are pretty much set, right? I kid.
Here are the divisional standings as of Monday morning.
AFC East Standings
Miami's not supposed to challenge New England for the AFC East title, not this year anyway. But preseason narratives have a way of breaking apart by October. New England won an ugly one against the Jets on Thursday. If Tom Brady and Co. had to play the Dolphins in Week 3, the order might get reshuffled here.
But they don't. The Patriots play the Buccaneers next week.
AFC North Standings
Toughest division in the NFL, right? Uh, maybe not. We'll see what happens on Monday night. Right now, the Bengals look like the best team in the AFC North.
AFC South Standings
Last year it was Andrew Luck leading the Colts to last-minute wins. Now, the Texans are taking that route. Houston gets Baltimore next week. The Colts travel to San Francisco.
Watch out for the Titans, a much better team than anyone expected.
AFC West Standings
This is still Denver's division to lose, but I'm looking forward to their first meeting with the Chiefs in Week 11. Also, Denver's defense without Von Miller doesn't look half bad so far.
NFC East Standings
The NFC East is why you can't write off the 0-2 teams yet. Someone has to win this division by default. And it's just too crummy from top to bottom to rule out anyone from being the NFL's next 7-9 entrant to the playoffs.
NFC North Standings
The Bears get Pittsburgh next week, on the road. Green Bay is in Cincinnati. The dog fight for the NFC North should be a fun one this year. Minnesota has a Christian Ponder problem.
NFC South Standings
Tampa Bay's defense played a great game against the Saints on Sunday. Of course, New Orleans ultimately won because the Buccaneers lead the league in self-inflicted wounds, each and every year. Are the Saints really better than the Falcons? Not on paper, but they're playing like it to start the season At some point, New Orleans' defense is going to look down and remember that it can't actually fly. Right?
NFC West Standings
Pete Carroll is just a man with some questions. One of those questions might have to do with the 49ers being a false flag. Alex Jones is probably coming to speak to the team ahead of next week's game against Jacksonville.
Wait, the Seahawks host the Jaguars next week? Hello, 3-0.
Seattle won't see the 49ers again until Week 14. Assuming each team stays relatively healthy -- already an iffy proposition after Sunday night -- I still expect a home-home split to the season series. However, I'm not as convinced the 49ers are better than the Seahawks.
Arizona and St. Louis will battle for a distant third place. The Cardinals are at a disadvantage because of an awful offensive line. St. Louis' defense, after six months being hyped as one of the best in the league, might be the most overrated unit in the league right now.