We've now seen five weeks of the NFL season, and it's time for me to update my predictions for how I think each division will shake by the end of the year. There have been some teams thus far that have vastly exceeded initial expectations, while there are others who have looked much worse than anticipated.
Surprisingly, my predictions I made in the preseason still hold up pretty well in my opinion, especially for the NFC. While I do, of course, take into account how each team has fared in their first five contests, I also am still looking at each team with more of a longer-term viewpoint to determine whether or not some teams will either continue their early season trends or shift one way or the other. In general, however, if it's close, I'll stay with my initial picks for now rather than jump to alternate conclusions too early.
Let's go ahead and take a look at my predictions for where each team will finish in their division standings and playoff picture over the next 13 weeks.
x - clinch division
y - clinch wildcard
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