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NFL Standings, Playoff Picture, Week 13 TV Maps

November 29, 2011

The action this weekend starts with a Thursday Night game on the NFL Network; Philadelphia @ Seattle with Brad Nessler & Mike Mayock.  Sunday afternoon the CBS affiliates in Pittsburgh & Wheeling will show Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh with Jim Nantz & Phil Simms at 1pm.  CBS Youngstown will show Baltimore @ Cleveland with Bill Macatee & Steve Tasker at 4:05pm.  On Fox at 1pm Youngstown and Wheeling will show Atlanta @ Houston with Kenny Albert, Moose & Goose.  Fox Pittsburgh cannot show a 1pm game because the Steelers are at home on the other network.  However, they will come on the air promptly at 4pm and will be routed to the end of an early game at Fox’s discretion.  At 4:15pm all local Fox affiliates will show Green Bay @ the NY Giants with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.  And the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all afternoon Sunday.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is a “flex” game this week.  Originally scheduled to show the winless Colts play the Patriots, NBC will instead show Detroit @ New Orleans with Al Michaels & Cris Collinsworth.  The Monday Night game on ESPN is San Diego @ Jacksonville with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden.  As always this info from the506.com and subject to change.  Enjoy the games.

Here is the currently conference standings & playoff picture, starting in the AFC:

Playoff Position:

1. Houston (7-2) (conference record on New England & Baltimore [head-to-head tiebreaker on Pittsburgh for division lead])

2. New England (conference record on Baltimore)

3. Baltimore

4. Oakland (7-4)

5. Pittsburgh (8-3)

6. Cincinnati (7-4)

The wildcard matchups would be Cincinnati @ Baltimore and Pittsburgh @ Oakland.  Houston would play the lowest remaining seed and New England the highest seeded winner in the divisional playoffs.

In the Hunt

7. Denver (6-5) (conference record on New York & Tennessee)

8. Tennessee (higher winning percentage in games against opponents that will be common w/ New York by end of season)

9. New York

10. Buffalo (5-6)

Playing for 2012

11. Cleveland (4-7) (conference record on Kansas City [division record tiebreaker on San Diego])

12. Kansas City

13. San Diego

14. Jacksonville (3-8) (conference record on Miami)

15. Miami

16. Indianapolis (0-11) (mathematically eliminated)

Not much has changed since last week, with the exception of Houston’s quarterback situation becoming even more dire.  Having a 2 game lead on Tennessee with 5 games to go they should be okay if they can figure out a way to finish 3-2, and 2-3 might suffice.  Of course, a middling record like that will probably drop them below New England and the North winner and force them to play on wildcard weekend.  It still looks solid for 3 teams from the North to make the playoffs, but New York, Tennessee (if they don’t catch Houston), and Denver (if they don’t catch Oakland) could grab a spot instead if they can get to 10-6 (and certainly if they win out but don’t grab their division titles).  Buffalo is still alive if they win out, but obviously in a bad spot.  They got swept by the Jets and would therefore lose a critical tie for division rank.  They must win out and have the Jets lose twice down the stretch to have any realistic shot.

NFC

Playoff Position

1. Green Bay (11-0)

2. San Francisco (9-2)

3. New Orleans (8-3)

4. Dallas (7-4)

5. Atlanta (7-4) (head-to-head on Detroit [record against opponents that will be common with Chicago by end of season for division rank])

6. Detroit

The wildcard matchups would be Detroit @ New Orleans and Atlanta @ Dallas with Green Bay hosting the lowest seed and San Francisco the higher winning seed in the divisional playoffs.

You might notice that my standings differ from what you would find on NFL.com who is ranking Chicago ahead of Detroit in the division, and therefore putting the Bears 5th (they beat Atlanta) and the Lions out.  They are doing this because the Bears have a better conference record.  However, in breaking ties within a division, the 3rd tiebreaker after head-to-head (they split) and record in division games (they are both 2-2) is record against common opponents, as within a division all but 2 games are common opponents for everyone, whereas 4 games are non-conference.  However, NFL.com is not applying this tiebreaker yet in their standings.  For the record, the Lions are currently 5-2 against opponents that will be common with the Bears while Chicago is 5-3 against opponents common with the Lions (will be common by the end of the season).  For the record I also used this procedure in the AFC standings to break the Titans/Jets tie (for non-division ties, it comes after conference record in the list), even though Tennessee has not played the minimum of 4 common games yet, because they will by the end of the season.

In the Hunt

7. Chicago (see above)

8. New York (6-5)

Playing for 2012

9. Philadelphia (4-7) ([head-to-head tiebreaker for division rank on Washington] conference record on Tampa, conference winning percentage on Seattle [head-to-head tiebreaker on Arizona for division rank])

10. Washington (conference record drops Tampa from 3-way tie, then head-to-head on Seattle)

11. Seattle (conference record on Tampa)

12. Arizona (conference record on Tampa)

13. Tampa

14. Carolina (3-8)

15. Minnesota (2-9) (conference record on St. Louis) (mathematically eliminated)

16. St. Louis (mathematically eliminated)

It can be noted that if Dallas and New York both struggle down the stretch and Philadelphia won out they would win ties at 9-7, but that doesn’t seem likely at this point.  It looks like Green Bay and San Francisco will get the byes.  The 49ers only have a one game lead on New Orleans, but aside from a home game with Pittsburgh they play only relatively weak division foes the rest of the season.  The Saints have a 1 game lead and tiebreaking advantage on Atlanta.  Dallas and New York still have both contests with each other remaining.  The 2-4 play from the Lions after their 5-0 start, a recent surge from Atlanta, and Jay Cutler’s injury combine to have the wildcard picture less clear than it used to look.  The Giants are also in the wildcard race, but its likely that if they play well enough to be in that race they would win the East; really the only way they are a wildcard is if they go 4-1 down the stretch, the loss being to Dallas, and therefore are 10-6 and behind a Cowboys team that also goes 4-1 down the stretch, or 3-2 with tiebreaking advantage.

Green Bay and San Francisco are the only teams that can mathematically clinch a playoff spot this weekend:

NFC

CLINCHED: None
ELIMINATED: Minnesota, St. Louis.

GREENBAY PACKERS
Green Bay clinches North Division title:
1) GB win + DET loss or tie
2) GB tie + CHI loss or tie + DET loss
3) CHI loss + DET loss

Green Bay clinches a playoff spot:
1) GB win
2) GB tie + CHI loss or tie
3) CHI loss
4) ATL loss
5) DET loss
6) NO loss + ATL tie

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
San Francisco clinches West Division title:
1) SF win or tie
2) SEA loss or tie + ARI loss or tie

AFC

CLINCHED: None
ELIMINATED: Indianapolis

NFL Standings & Week 12 TV Maps for Tri-State Area

November 22, 2011

Being Thanksgiving we have a Thursday tripleheader.  At 12:30pm Fox will have Green Bay @ Detroit with Joe Buck & Troy Aikman.  At 4:15pm CBS will have Miami @ Dallas with Jim Nantz & Phil Simms.  And at 8:20 the NFL Network will have San Francisco @ Baltimore with Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock.  On Sunday afternoon CBS has the doubleheader.  At 1pm all local affiliates will show Cleveland @ Cincinnati with Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker.  All local Fox affiliates will wait until 4:05pm to show Chicago @ Oakland with Kenny Albert, Moose, & Goose.  At 4:15pm all local CBS affiliates will show New England @ Philadelphia with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf.  And of course the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all afternoon Sunday.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is Pittsburgh @ Kansas City with Al Micahels and Cris Collinsworth, and the Monday Night game on ESPN is the NY Giants @ New Orleans with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden.  As always this info from the506.com and subject to change.  Enjoy the games.

And below are the current conference standings; I will divide both conferences into the current playoff roster (teams 1-6), teams that are “in the hunt” (6 or fewer losses), and then teams playing out the schedule (7 or more losses).  Also there are a couple teams that can clinch playoff spots this weekend, and I’ll attach that info at the bottom.  So starting w/ the AFC:

Playoff Seed:

1. Houston (7-3) (conference record drops Baltimore from 3-way tie, then record against opponents common vs New England)

2. New England (conference record on Baltimore)

3. Baltimore (head-to-head tiebreaker on Pittsburgh for division rank)

4. Oakland (6-4)

5. Pittsburgh (7-3)

6. Cincinnati (6-4)

If the playoffs started today it would be Cincinnati @ Baltimore & Pittsburgh @ Oakland on wildcard weekend. New England would play the highest winner & Houston the lowest winner on divisional weekend.

In the Hunt

7. Denver (5-5) (conference record on New York [ head-to-head on Buffalo for divisional rank] & Tennessee)

8. Tennessee (conference record on New York)

9. New York

10. Buffalo

11. San Diego (4-6) [record vs opponents common for division rank on Kansas City], then strength of victory on Cleveland

12. Cleveland (conference record on Kansas City)

13. Kansas City

Playing Out the String

14. Jacksonville (3-7) (conference record on Miami)

15. Miami

16. Indianapolis (0-10)

As you can see using the rubric of including all the teams that can theoretically end up 10-6 or better fully 13 of the 16 teams in the AFC are still alive as we enter Thanksgiving, and it could be noted that Jacksonville and Miami are both also technically alive should a playoff spot fall to 9-7.  With Cincinnati, New York, Buffalo, Tennessee, San Diego, and Kansas City all losing in Week 11 its a possibility, though not a likelihood.  New England is in excellent shape to win the East at this point, and Houston is in a strong position in the South if they can maintain with Matt Leinart at quarterback.  The North figures to be a dog fight to the end with the 2nd and quite possibly the 3rd team looking great for wildcards.  Its an important game in Cincinnati Sunday; the Bengals need a win to make sure they maintain a solid playoff position, and the Browns need to string together wins to stay in the playoff hunt.  Out west Oakland is obviously in the best shape having the game lead on Denver, and last week’s losing does mean that 2nd place in the West has more of a chance for a wildcard than it has looked in weeks, though its still not likely.

And in the NFC:

Playoff Seeds

1. Green Bay (10-0)

2. San Francisco (9-1)

3. New Orleans (7-3)

4. Dallas (6-4) (division record on New York for division lead)

5. Detroit (7-3) (division record on Chicago for division rank)

6. Chicago

If the playoffs started right now it would be Chicago @ New Orleans and Detroit @ Dallas on wildcard weekend, with Green Bay hosting the lowest winner and San Francisco the highest winner divisional weekend

In the Hunt

7. Atlanta (6-4)  (conference record on New York)

8. New York

9. Seattle (4-6) (conference record on Philadelphia & Tampa Bay)

10. Philadelphia (conference record on Tampa Bay)

11. Tampa Bay

Playing Out the String

12. Washington (3-7) (head-to-head on Arizona)

13. Arizona

14. Minnesota (2-8) (conference record on Carolina & St. Louis)

15. St. Louis (strength of victory on Carolina)

16. Carolina

11 teams still listed as in the hunt, but with 3 teams at 4-6 and the #6 seed currently being 7-3, it looks more realistically like 8 teams for 6 spots, though it can be noted Philadelphia is still very alive in the division race.  Currently 3-1 in division games they would be in strong position to hold tiebreakers if they can catch the Giants and Cowboys who they currently trail by two games each.  Chicago was dealt a blow this week with the injury to Jay Cutler; they hold good tiebreakers and a 1 game lead so a 3-3 finish might be enough.  San Francisco & Green Bay actually have ways they can clinch a playoff spot this week:

San Francisco clinches the NFC West:

1) win & Seattle loss or tie OR

2) tie & Seattle loss

Green Bay clinches a playoff spot:

1) win & Dallas loss or tie & Atlanta loss OR

2) win & Dallas loss or tie & New Orleans loss OR

3) win & New York loss or tie & Atlanta loss

Thanks for reading!

NFL Playoff Picture & Week 11 TV Maps for Tri State Area

November 15, 2011

*UPDATE* Fox Wheeling will now be showing Dallas @ Washington at 1pm. Kenny Albert, Moose, and Goose on the call.

First here is the TV schedule for this coming weekend:  The action starts on Thursday Night on the NFL Network with the NY Jets @ Denver.  On Fox all local affiliates are scheduled to show at 1pm Tampa Bay @ Green Bay with Joe Buck & Troy Aikman.  On CBS at 1pm both Pittsburgh and Wheeling will show Cincinnati @ Baltimore with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf while Youngstown will show Jacksonville @ Cleveland with Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker.  At 4:15pm all local CBS affiliates will show San Diego @ Chicago with Jim Nantz & Phil Simms.  And of course the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all afternoon Sunday.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is Philadelphia at the NY Giants and the Monday Night game on ESPN is Kansas City @ New England.  As usual this info from the506.com and subject to change.

And now for the conference standings & playoff picture, starting in the AFC:

1. Houston (7-3) (head-to-head tiebreaker with Pittsburgh)

2. Pittsburgh

3. New England (6-3)

4. Oakland (5-4)

5. Baltimore (6-3) (division record on Cincinnati)

6. Cincinnati

7. New York (5-4) (head-to-head w/ Buffalo for divisional rank, tiebreaking on Tennessee)

8. Buffalo (conference record on Tennessee)

9. Tennessee

10. San Diego (head-to-head-to-head tiebreaking on Denver & Kansas City)

11. Denver (head-to-head tiebreaking on Kansas City)

12. Kansas City

13. Jacksonville (3-6) (conference record on Cleveland)

14. Cleveland

15. Miami (2-7)

16. Indianapolis (0-10)

In the AFC North the Steelers currently lead the division by a half game, but Baltimore and Cincinnati actually control their destiny for winning the division while the Steelers do not.   The Steelers currently have 7 wins and have games remaining with St. Louis and Cleveland (2) so they are in solid position to at least make the playoffs.  The Ravens have 3 losses, with 2 of them being the week after playing the Steelers; they don’t have that hurdle to overcome down the stretch.  The Bengals still have 3 of their 4 games with Baltimore and Pittsburgh ahead of them; its an obvious opportunity, but if those games go poorly it could imperil even their wildcard chances.  Cleveland still has 5 division games remaining & can therefor impact this race; they could’ve been in the playoff race but this past Sunday’s loss to the Rams really hurts their chances.

Having completed a sweep of the Jets, the Patriots are in great shape to win the East assuming the Bills don’t rebound and complete a sweep of the Pats later in the season.  If New York and Buffalo do have to rely on getting a wildcard, their losses to Baltimore and Cincinnati respectively could haunt them.  Matt Schaub’s injury puts Houston at some risk of losing the South to Tennessee, but if they can get to 10 or 11 wins that will probably be enough.  The Titans, if they can’t catch Houston, are also alive in the wildcard race and their Week 2 win against Baltimore could prove useful.  As for the Colts, I am not sure glancing at the numbers, and the NFL doesn’t officially release this sort of thing until after Thanksgiving, but they may already be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.  They are eliminated from their division race.  In the West all 4 teams are currently 2-2 in division games, with Oakland having the current advantage of a 1 game lead.   However, the Raiders still have to play all 4 teams in the NFC North which isn’t easy.

And now for the NFC:

1. Green Bay (9-0)

2. San Francisco (8-1)

3. New Orleans (7-3)

4. New York (6-3)

5. Detroit (6-3) (division record tiebreaking on Chicago)

6. Chicago

7. Dallas (5-4) (conference record tiebreaking on Atlanta)

8. Atlanta

9. Tampa Bay (4-5)

10. Seattle (3-6) (head-to-head tiebreaking on Arizona for divisional rank, conference record on Philadelphia [head-to-head tiebreaking on Washington for divisional rank])

11. Arizona (head-to-head tiebreaking on Philadelphia)

12. Philadelphia

13. Washington

14. Minnesota (2-7) (conference record on Carolina & St. Louis)

15. St. Louis (tiebreaking on Carolina)

16. Carolina

Chicago has pulled even with Detroit for 2nd in the North but is still behind the Lions because of one more loss in division games.  Of course, the Lions haven’t played Green Bay yet; Thanksgiving Day is the 1st meeting.  Something that could actually help the Lions is that their trip to Lambeau is Week 17; the Packers could very well have the #1 seed clinched by then and treating the game as a glorified preseason game (unless they are 15-0 and care more about history than the Colts did a few seasons ago).  The Bears will spend the next 5 weeks playing the AFC West of my youth; the next 4 playing the current AFC West, followed by a game with Seattle.  At this point the Bears and Lions are in great shape to get the two wildcards, but the loser of the New York-Dallas race and/or Atlanta could still be factors.  Other teams are alive but will need to put together winning streaks.  The Cowboys still have both games remaining with the Giants, so they fully control their destiny for winning that division.  Coach Smith’s decision to be John Cooper stupid and go for a 4th down at his own 29 in overtime has put the Falcons in a weakened position trying to win the South.  Everyone winning in the NFC West last week means the 49ers cannot clinch the division mathematically this weekend; but a good Sunday followed by winning the Harbaugh Bowl Thanksgiving Night could give them a playoff spot to feast on.  Once that formality is taken care of, their win over the Giants served to fortify them being in great shape for getting the #2 seed in the playoffs and a 1st round bye.

NFL Conference Standings & Tri State TV Maps Week 10

November 8, 2011

*UPDATE* A couple changes to the local Fox map.  At 1pm Wheeling will be showing St Louis @ Cleveland.  And at 4:15pm Youngstown will show Detroit @ Chicago.

The action starts this week with our first NFL Network Thursday Night game of the season with Oakland @ San Diego.  As for Sunday afternoon all local CBS affiliates will do a 1pm game Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts.  Fox has the doubleheader and at 1pm the 3 local markets are scheduled for 3 different games.  Pittsburgh has New Orleans @ Atlanta with Kenny Albert, Moose, and Goose.  Youngstown has St. Louis @ Cleveland with Ron Pitts and Jim Mora, Jr.  Wheeling has Washington @ Miami with Chris Myers and Tim Ryan.  At 4:15pm all local Fox affiliates are scheduled to show the NY Giants @ San Francisco with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.  And of course the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all afternoon.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is New England @ NY Jets with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth and the Monday Night game on ESPN is Minnesota @ Green Bay with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden.  As usual this info from the506.com and subject to change.

And now for the current conference standings, with records and explanations for tiebreaking, starting with the AFC:

1. Baltimore (6-2) (division record on Cincinnati)

2. Houston (6-3)

3. New England (5-3) (division record ranks them and New York ahead of Buffalo, then head-to-head on New York)

4. San Diego (4-4) (division record ranks them and Kansas City ahead of Oakland, then record against opponents that will be common by end of season ranks them ahead of Kansas City)

5. Cincinnati (6-2)

6. Pittsburgh (6-3)

7. New York (5-3) (head-to-head on Buffalo)

8. Buffalo

9. Kansas City (4-4) (head-to-head on Oakland for division rank, then record against opponents common on Tennessee)

10. Tennessee (record against opponents common on Oakland)

11. Oakland

12. Denver (3-5) (conference record on Cleveland)

13. Cleveland

14. Jacksonville (2-6)

15. Miami (1-7)

16. Indianapolis (0-9)

The simple assumption to currently make is that the 3 top teams in the East and the North are fighting for a total of 4 playoff spots, with Houston winning the South and someone winning the West.  That’s entirely too simple something will probably come along to change things.  For starters Tennessee could still certainly win the South or enter the wildcard picture, although head-to-head losses to both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati could certainly hurt them.  Its hard to see 2nd place in the West getting a wildcard, as it would take two teams most likely going 6-2 or better down the stretch, and even that might not be enough.  This coming Thursday night game is probably somewhat more important for Oakland just because they already have two division losses.  Denver is technically still very alive in the West being only 1 game behind the other 3 teams.  In the East the 3 good teams all have 1 win and 1 loss playing each other, with a difference being that Buffalo’s record is not (yet?) padded with a win against Miami.  In the North all 3 teams have 6 wins; the Steelers haven’t taken their bye yet and in order to win the division they’ll need Baltimore to lose two more games down the stretch (and of course be ahead of Cincinnati).  For the Bengals 4 of their 8 remaining games are with the Steelers and Ravens, so they obviously have their destiny in their hands.

And the NFC:

1. Green Bay (8-0)

2. San Francisco (7-1)

3. New York (6-2)

4. New Orleans (6-3)

5. Detroit (6-2)

6. Chicago (5-3) (head-to-head on Atlanta)

7. Atlanta

8. Dallas (4-4) (conference record on Tampa)

9. Tampa

10. Philadelphia (3-5) (head-to-head on Washington)

11. Washington

12. Seattle (2-6) (head-to-head on Arizona for divisional rank, then conference record on Minnesota & Carolina)

13. Minnesota (head-to-head victories over both Carolina & Arizona)

14. Arizona (head-to-head over Carolina)

15. Carolina

16. St. Louis (1-7)

As I said last week Chicago is in a remarkably strong position for a 3rd place team because they have beaten a large number of the teams they would potentially be in the wild card queue with, and last night’s win against the Eagles simply grew that list.  Finishing ahead of Detroit would obviously strengthen their position greatly, but being in a losing tie with the Lions could actually make things worse.  I didn’t check the vagaries of the schedule to see if this is literally true, but theoretically the 49ers could mathematically clinch the West before the Thanksgiving night Harbaugh Bowl.  The Giants are in a strong position to win the East but Dallas also controls their destiny having both games with New York remaining to be played.  The South is very competitive again this season; I have a sneaking suspicion it could be decided, at least in part, by who fails to avoid getting tripped up by a Carolina team that is playing better than their 2-6 record would indicate.

NFL Conference Standings & TV Map for Tri State Area Week 9

November 1, 2011

*UPDATE* There have been modifications to the Fox maps in this area.  Per my speculation Fox Youngstown will show San Francisco @ Washington at 1pm.  However Pittsburgh will be showing Tampa Bay @ New Orleans with Dick Stockton and John Lynch at 1pm.  At 4:15 Youngstown has been switched to do Green Bay @ San Diego with Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick.

On CBS at 1pm Pittsburgh will show the NY Jets @ Buffalo with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms while Youngstown and Wheeling will show Cleveland @ Houston with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts.  Fox has the doubleheader and at 1pm Wheeling is showing San Francisco @ Washington with Kenny Albert, Moose, and Goose.  Pittsburgh and Youngstown are actually currently listed as “to be announced” but looking at the list of options I would be rather surprised if they don’t both also show the 49ers v Redskins game.  At 4:15 all local affiliates are scheduled to show the NY Giants @ New England with Joe Buck (back from baseball) and Troy Aikman.  And the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all afternoon Sunday.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is Baltimore @ Pittsburgh with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth and the Monday Night game on ESPN is Chicago @ Philadelphia with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden.  As always this info from the506.com and subject to change.

And now for the conference standings, starting in the AFC:

1. Pittsburgh

2. Buffalo

3. Houston

4. San Diego

5. Cincinnati

6. New England

7. Baltimore

8. Kansas City

9/10. Tennessee/Oakland

11. New York

12. Cleveland

13. Denver

14. Jacksonville

15. Miami

16. Indianapolis

And the NFC

1. Green Bay

2. San Francisco

3. New York

4. New Orleans

5. Detroit

6. Chicago

7. Tampa Bay

8. Atlanta

9. Philadelphia

10. Dallas

11. Washington

12. Seattle

13. Minnesota

14. Carolina

15. St. Louis

16. Arizona

A couple facts that may interest only me:

The AFC North went 4-0 against the AFC East in their power matchings, with the Steelers beating the Patriots, the Ravens beating the Jets, the Bengals beating the Bills, and the Browns beating the Dolphins

Perhaps more surprisingly, the hapless NFC West went 3-1 in its power matchings against the NFC South.  The Rams shocked the Saints, the 49ers beat the Buccaneers, and the Cardinals beat the Panthers.  Its the only win to date for the Rams and Cardinals each.  The only negative is the Seahawks losing to the Falcons.

There have been 22 cross-conference games played thus far, with the AFC and the NFC winning 11 each.

Despite their being no net positive or negative from non-conference action, the AFC has 11 teams above .500 while the NFC has only 8.  This is because the AFC only has one team at 3 wins, 2 with only 2 wins, and 2 teams still winless, while the NFC has 3 teams nearly .500 with 3 wins, another 3 teams with 2 wins, and no winless teams.  Also the best 2 records in the NFL both belong to NFC teams, as Green Bay is the only undefeated and San Francisco the only team with just 1 loss.

The St. Louis Rams are the only team in the NFL that has not played a division game yet.  Six of their last 9 games are division games, starting with this Sunday against Arizona.  They have also only played 1 non-conference game; their 3 remaining non-division games are also non-conference games.

San Diego and Kansas City have already played both of their games against each other within their first 7 games.  Pittsburgh/Baltimore, Oakland/Denver, and New Orleans/Tampa Bay will play their second meetings this coming weekend.

After 4 straight weeks of 6 teams taking byes each week, only 25% of the NFL still needs to take their bye.  4 teams will do so this weekend which will leave 4 teams still needing to do so.  Interestingly, no teams will take their bye in Week 10 as those last 4 will have to wait until Week 11, the weekend before Thanksgiving, to do so.