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2021 NFL Divisional Power Rankings entering Week 12: AFC North stays on top while NFC North sinks to new low

There have been eight such wins this season, tied with the 1974 campaign for the most wins by teams over an opponent who had at least four more wins on the season through Week 11.

Since Week 9, there have been 11 wins by teams with a .500-or-lower winning percentage against division leaders, the most such wins to occur during Weeks 9-11 of a single season since the merger in 1970.

The Minnesota Vikings upsetting the Green Bay Packers certainly showed Green Bay won’t run away with this bad division — one that actually has two teams in the NFC playoffs through 11 weeks.

The Buffalo Bills getting trounced by the Indianapolis Colts did not help this division showcase why it should move up this week, even with the division-leading New England Patriots shutting out the Atlanta Falcons.

The Houston Texans beating the division-leading Tennessee Titans was the upset of the year — and actually helped the division showcase that it is more than top heavy.

The Colts’ blowout win over the Bills showed the AFC South has two strong teams, both of which could be contenders for deep playoff runs.

This division currently has the Buccaneers and Saints in the playoffs, but that could change with all the injuries in New Orleans.

Even with the Dallas Cowboys losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, the NFC East deserves to leapfrog the NFC South after the Eagles beat the Saints and Washington upset Carolina.

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The NFC East can stay in the top four if Washington and Philadelphia can continue their strong play on the field.

Arizona is the best team in the NFC, which certainly keeps this division at the top of its conference peers.

Kansas City taking care of Dallas in a battle of division leaders certainly showed the power of the AFC West, a division that had a strong week.

Another week the AFC North stays on top after a strong performance by the division.

The only loss in the division was by the Steelers, who rallied in the fourth quarter against the Chargers to take a late lead.

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