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AFC Playoff Standings through Week 15: Browns top muddy wild card picture

Browns continue to control their own NFL playoff destiny

NFL: Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns keep on winning, somehow. In Week 15, neither the Chicago Bears or Browns looked like a quality team on the field until Cleveland’s Joe Flacco had a historic fourth quarter. The new Kardiac Kids moved the Browns record to 9-5 with three games remaining.

A lot of winners and losers coming out of Week 15’s win off the shores of Lake Erie.

While Cleveland started Week 16 as an underdog against the Houston Texans, the Browns have three winnable games to close the season. They also control their playoff destiny as the AFC playoff picture shows:

This week, we wanted to share the entire AFC standings to provide the big picture of the conference. Three teams have been eliminated from playoff contention while three other teams, including two in the AFC North, no longer have a shot at winning their division.

The AFC playoff standings show the Browns tied for the third-best record in the conference but two games behind the Baltimore Ravens for the division crown and top seed.

Cleveland fans can’t feel safe, despite the 92% chance of making the playoffs, as four teams sit a game behind them in the Wild Card race. That includes the surging Buffalo Bills that look like a team no one will want to face come playoff time.

A win in Week 16 against the Texans will all but lock up a playoff spot for the Browns. Given the number of injuries piling up, nothing is certain right now for the team except for the fact that they continue to scratch and claw their way to wins.

Given the above standings, what do you think Cleveland’s chances of making the playoffs are? What is your biggest concern for the rest of the regular season?