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From the Hart: PFW NFL Power Rankings

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.


Thanks to a season-ending shutout of the Dolphins, a win that clinched the Patriots a first-round playoff bye, New England shot up four spots in the final Wilson-Hart Power Index to close the year at No. 3 overall.

The final 2012 Wilson-Hart Power Index also has an interesting new No. 1 team to cap the regular season as Pete Carroll's red-hot, upstart Seahawks slipped past the slipping Falcons with a late season surge.

The Broncos and 49ers hit the postseason tied for No. 4 in the Index, followed by Houston and Green Bay.

The Bears are an interesting team as they missed the postseason, fell off the map after a 7-1 start and got their head coach fired, but finish the year ranked No. 8 overall in the Wilson-Hart Power Index as the highest rated non-playoff team.

On the other end of that postseason spectrum, the Vikings and Colts both earned spots in the playoffs despite lackluster rankings in our Index. Minnesota hits January ranked No. 21 overall thanks in large part to Adrian Peterson's super-human efforts, while 23rd-ranked Colts are playoff bound thanks mostly to Andre Luck and an emotional drive.

While this is the final Wilson-Hart Power Index of the season, it will be interesting to watch the playoffs in the coming weeks to see if the teams play to their rankings and regular season statistical analysis. If so, look for the Patriots going to the Super Bowl to take on the Seahawks!

This WeeksRankLast WeeksRankMovementTeamCurrentRecordWilson-HartPower Index
12up 1Seattle Seahawks11-5-04.667
21down 1Atlanta Falcons13-3-06.167
37up 4New England Patriots12-4-07.333
45up 1Denver Broncos13-3-08.167
46up 2San Francisco 49ers11-4-18.167
64down 2Houston Texans12-4-08.333
73down 4Green Bay Packers11-5-09.833
88sameChicago Bears10-6-011.500
99sameWashington Redskins10-6-012.000
1011up 1Cincinnati Bengals10-6-012.167
1112up 1New York Giants9-7-012.333
1210down 2Baltimore Ravens10-6-013.833
1313sameNew Orleans Saints7-9-014.500
1417up 3St. Louis Rams7-8-115.500
1514down 1San Diego Chargers7-9-015.833
1614down 2Carolina Panthers7-9-016.500
1714down 3Pittsburgh Steelers8-8-016.667
1822up 4Arizona Cardinals5-11-017.833
1926up 7Buffalo Bills6-10-018.167
1923up 4Cleveland Browns5-11-018.167
2117down 4Minnesota Vikings10-6-018.333
2220down 2Tampa Bay Buccaneers7-9-018.667
2324up 1Indianapolis Colts11-5-019.500
2427up 3Detroit Lions4-12-019.833
2519down 6Miami Dolphins7-9-021.333
2525sameNew York Jets6-10-021.333
2721down 6Dallas Cowboys8-8-021.667
2829up 1Jacksonville Jaguars2-14-022.500
2928down 1Tennessee Titans6-10-024.333
3029down 1Oakland Raiders4-12-024.667
3131samePhiladelphia Eagles4-12-028.667
3232sameKansas City Chiefs2-14-030.333

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