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From the Hart: PFW Power Rankings

Posted Oct 1, 2013

The first edition of the Wilson-Hart Power Index is finally here!

Patriots Football Weekly has created a weekly Power Ranking based on the proprietary Wilson-Hart Power Index. The system uses the most important statistics in the game — those most closely associated to winning and losing — to rank all 32 NFL teams based on their performance to date this season.

The first Wilson-Hart Power Index of the 2013 season doesn’t bring too many surprises, other than maybe the fact that the Denver Broncos aren’t quite as high as some superficial onlookers might have expected. It’s another, bit more balanced undefeated team, the Seattle Seahawks that takes to top spot in the opening rankings.

The top three spots go to undefeated teams, with the Colts coming in at No. 4 as the top one-loss squad.

Patriots fans are probably a bit disappointed and dubious to see their team as low as the No. 8 spot overall despite the undefeated start to the season coming off Sunday night’s impressive win in Atlanta. Even more so given that the one-loss Titans and Lions come in higher on the Index.

The bottom of the rankings has some teams unfamiliar with that area. But as Bill Parcells would say, you are what your record (and your statistics) says you are. While not strange to see the Jaguars in the No. 32 slot, almost shocking to see that the winless Giants and Steelers aren’t too far ahead of Jacksonville.

Regardless, the first Wilson-Hart Power Index is in the books. Check back every week to see how the weekend’s games alter our proprietary stat-based rankings!

1 Seattle Seahawks 4-0-0 3.167
2 New Orleans Saints 4-0-0 4.333
3 Kansas City Chiefs 4-0-0 4.833
4 Indianapolis Colts 3-1-0 6.333
5 Denver Broncos 4-0-0 6.833
6 Tennessee Titans 3-1-0 8.167
7 Detroit Lions 3-1-0 8.500
8 New England Patriots  4-0-0 9.333
9 Dallas Cowboys 2-2-0 11.667
10 Chicago Bears 3-1-0 12.833
11 Carolina Panthers 1-2-0 13.167
12 Buffalo Bills 2-2-0 14.500
12 Miami Dolphins 3-1-0 14.500
14 San Diego Chargers 2-2-0 15.833
15 Cleveland Browns 2-2-0 16.000
16 Cincinnati Bengals 2-2-0 16.167
17 Green Bay Packers 1-2-0 17.500
18 Atlanta Falcons 1-3-0 17.667
19 Baltimore Ravens 2-2-0 18.333
19 Minnesota Vikings 1-3-0 18.333
21 Houston Texans 2-2-0 18.667
22 Arizona Cardinals 2-2-0 18.833
22 San Francisco 49ers 2-2-0 18.833
24 Philadelphia Eagles 1-3-0 20.333
24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-4-0 20.333
26 Washington Redskins 1-3-0 20.500
27 Oakland Raiders 1-3-0 20.833
28 New York Jets  2-2-0 21.000
29 St. Louis Rams 1-3-0 24.000
30 Pittsburgh Steelers 0-4-0 25.167
31 New York Giants 0-4-0 28.833
32 Jacksonville Jaguars 0-4-0 29.333

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