Three weeks remain in the 2016 NFL regular season, and the playoff races in the NFC and AFC are coming into sharp focus. And some surprises have emerged in that group.

There is still some time for the standings to change, and we’ll learn whether or not this season’s surprise teams carry their breakout success into the playoffs. However, the NFL always comes down to this simple hierarchy: If any two given teams played, who would win? That’s what fans really want to know, that’s what power rankings are all about, and that’s how the 32 NFL teams are slotted here each week.

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32. Cleveland Browns
Browns fans are getting history for Christmas.

31. San Francisco 49ers
Separating the bottom few teams is all but impossible at this point, but the 49ers have officially lost all momentum towards respectability. It’s so bad there are reports the owner is about to get fired.

30. Los Angeles Rams
Good night, sweet prince. Jeff Fisher is spared the ignominy of being the NFL’s undisputed loss king, at least for now, and Jared Goff gets to muddle through one of the worst-managed quarterback debuts in NFL history under special teams coordinator John Fassel.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars keep piling up respectable losses. Losing 25-16 to a team that’s now 7-6 and boasting the league’s No. 1 scoring defense is far from an embarrassment.

Now, a 2-11 season? That’s an embarrassment.

28. New York Jets
The Bryce Petty Project is going about as well as anyone could have hoped, which is not necessarily all that great. Nevertheless, he was able to get a win against the league’s second-worst team — which at least proves the Jets aren’t the league’s second-worst team.

27. Indianapolis Colts
Watching Andrew Luck lay on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf after his 4th-and-1 pass fell incomplete was almost as painful for us as it was for him. But even more painful was knowing one of the league’s most talented quarterbacks still doesn’t have enough around him to beat a team that ranks in the league’s bottom six in both offense and defense in a must-win home game.

About Ty Schalter

Ty Schalter is thrilled to be part of The Comeback. A member of the Pro Football Writers of America, Ty also works as an NFL columnist for Bleacher Report and VICE Sports, and regular host for Sirius XM’s Bleacher Report Radio. In another life, he was an IT cubicle drone with a pretentious Detroit Lions blog.