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Can a NFL team win their division games and have the best record for games within the division, however not have the best overall record, and be the division champion?

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No, this is not possible.

Currently in the NFL, the standings within a division are based on overall record, not the record within the division. So a team losing every division game (0-6 in division) but winning every other game (10-6 overall) would win the division and enter the playoffs over another team that won every division game (6-0 in division) but lost all others (6-10 overall).

Division games do have more weight in the tiebreakers: The first two tie breakers are head-to-head matchups and division record. So if two teams in the division finished 10-6 overall, but one team won all division games and the other lost all of them, the team that won the division games would be the division champ and enter the playoffs.

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Yes, easily. A team could go 6-0 against the other teams in its division but 0-10 against every opponent outside its division, thus giving it a record of 6-10. Another team in the division could go 0-6 inside the division but 10-0 outside the division, giving it a record of 10-6.

Does this happen? Yes, but probably not to that level. In the 2017 AFC South, Tennessee went 5-1 within the division and 4-6 outside it, given them an overall record of 9-7 while Jacksonville went 4-2 within the division and 6-4 outside it, giving them a record of 10-6.

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    Chris seems to be asking if this situation allows them to be the division champion. (which it doesn't) – BowlOfRed Apr 13 '18 at 22:47

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