How can a team currently outside the AFC playoff bracket land in the league’s top five this week, and how can a six-win team reside in the basement? All things are possible in Power Rankings.

By Chris Burke
December 16, 2015

The latest Power Rankings update is a reminder that this exercise is not meant to regurgitate the standings, nor to predict future victories, but rather to figure out how teams stack up in the present.

That’s how a team currently outside the AFC playoff bracket lands in the top five, and how a six-win team resides in the basement.

Three weeks of the regular season remain to sort everything out before the playoffs begin. For now, this is how it is:

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