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 Akeem Davis-Gaither (59), Logan Wilson (55), and Sam Hubbard (94) of the Cincinnati Bengals tackle Evan Engram of the New York Giants

Akeem Davis-Gaither (59), Logan Wilson (55), and Sam Hubbard (94) of the Cincinnati Bengals tackle Evan Engram of the New York Giants

Akeem Davis-Gaither (59), Logan Wilson (55), and Sam Hubbard (94) of the Cincinnati Bengals tackle Evan Engram of the New York Giants

Just five weeks remain in the 2020 NFL regular season, and it is do-or-die for teams hoping to stay in the race for Super Bowl LV.

But the geographical nature of American sports has left one division battling to have the least-worst of four torrid seasons. The NFC East is the only one of the NFL's eight four-team divisions led by a losing side: the New York Giants' win over Washington keeping them on top on a head-to-head basis as both teams have a 4-7 record, followed closely by the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys on 3-7 and 3-8 respectively. The winner of the division is guaranteed a playoff berth.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the league's only unbeaten side as they defend their 11-0 record against Washington on Monday. The Steelers could have clinched their place in the post-season by then, depending on tomorrow's results.

Among the other teams vying to be among the seeded teams in the playoffs from the AFC are reigning champions Kansas City Chiefs, who, after scraping past Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week 27-24, host AFC West rivals the Denver Broncos. With a 10-1 record, the race for the No 1 seed in the AFC - which guarantees home advantage throughout the playoffs - looks set to be between the Chiefs and Steelers.

Meanwhile, the NFC top seed battle is a wide-open race with the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers among five teams still in contention for the top spot.

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