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2011 NFL Standings Update Week 5: Only 2 Unbeaten Teams Left In The NFL

A first look at the standings in the NFL

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Fans listen to the national anthem prior to the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Fans listen to the national anthem prior to the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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After only four weeks of action in the NFL, only two teams remain unbeaten: The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, who happen to share the same division -- the NFC North.

Welcome to the first of a weekly series of looks at the standings in each conference. Right now it will be a little generic, just telling you where teams stand and who is on the upcoming schedule for the week. As time goes by I will get more "tie-breaker-centric" and it may develop over time into something that resembles mathematical equations.

But that is what makes things fun when the snow begins to fly, yes?

So, without further ado, here is a look at the standings after four weeks, as the NFL gets ready for its first week of byes.

I am going to show the records for each conference from top to bottom. If two or more teams are tied, right now we will just show them alphabetically. In time that will change.

Please note that there will be three sets of "standings": the first will be the overall record, the second will be the division record, and the third will be the conference record. Then, when all of the standings are done, look for the coming week's schedule at the bottom of the article.

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American Conference --

Tie-1st

Tie-7th

Tie-12th

Tie 15th

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And now for a look at the NFC:

National Conference

Tie-1st

  • Detroit Lions (North) 4-0-0 1-0-0 3-0-0
  • Green Bay Packers (North) 4-0-0 1-0-0 3-0-0

Tie-3rd

Tie-8th

Tie-11th

Tie-15th

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Now for a look at the action in the NFL this coming Sunday and Monday:

  • Tennessee Titans (3-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)
  • New Orleans Saints (3-1) at Carolina Panthers (1-3)
  • Oakland Raiders (2-2) at Houston Texans (3-1)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) at Buffalo Bills (3-1)
  • Arizona Cardinals (1-3) at Minnesota Vikings (0-4)
  • Seattle Seahawks (1-3) at New York Giants (3-1)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) at Indianapolis Colts (0-4)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) at San Francisco 49ers (3-1)
  • San Diego Chargers (3-1) at Denver Broncos (1-3)
  • New York Jets (2-2) at New England Patriots (3-1)
  • Green Bay Packers (4-0) at Atlanta Falcons (2-2)
  • Chicago Bears (2-2) at Detroit Lions (4-0) (Monday Night)

The Browns, Dolphins, Ravens, Cowboys, Rams and Redskins all have byes this week.

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Be sure to check back next Tuesday for the next update. And if you see ways that this could be tweaked or improved, please feel free to let me know.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.