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From the Hart: PFW NFL Power Rankings

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As the season rolls toward a finish, things are getting very interesting near the top of the Wilson-Hart Power Index. Thanks to a victory in New England, the 49ers have moved into a tie for the No. 1 overall spot with the Texans.

For the Patriots, Sunday night's loss dropped Bill Belichick's boys five positions to No. 7 overall.

One very interesting team that's been on the rise, and now finds itself at No. 4, is Seattle.

Things are also settling in near the bottom of the Index, as the bulk of the teams that have been eliminated from the postseason are near the basement of the rankings. The lone exception is Indianapolis, with Andrew Luck's squad closer to the bottom of the league than the team's nine wins might otherwise warrant. But the numbers never lie!

This Weeks Rank Last Weeks Rank Movement Team Current
Record
Wilson-Hart
Power Index
1 1 same Houston Texans 12-2-0 5.000
1 2 up 1 San Francisco 49ers 10-3-1 5.000
3 2 down 1 Atlanta Falcons 12-2-0 5.500
4 6 up 2 Seattle Seahawks 9-5-0 5.833
5 2 down 3 Denver Broncos 11-3-0 6.667
6 7 up 1 Green Bay Packers 10-4-0 7.667
7 2 down 5 New England Patriots 10-4-0 8.667
8 9 up 1 Chicago Bears 8-6-0 9.333
9 10 up 1 Baltimore Ravens 9-5-0 10.500
9 11 up 2 Washington Redskins 8-6-0 10.500
11 11 same Cincinnati Bengals 8-6-0 10.833
12 8 down 4 New York Giants 8-6-0 11.333
13 14 up 1 Pittsburgh Steelers 7-7-0 16.167
14 19 up 5 New Orleans Saints 6-8-0 16.500
15 13 down 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-8-0 17.333
16 19 up 3 Minnesota Vikings 8-6-0 17.500
17 17 same Dallas Cowboys 8-6-0 17.833
18 23 up 5 Arizona Cardinals 5-9-0 18.167
19 22 up 3 Carolina Panthers 5-9-0 19.000
19 16 down 3 Cleveland Browns 5-9-0 19.000
19 15 down 4 San Diego Chargers 5-9-0 19.000
22 26 up 4 Miami Dolphins 6-8-0 19.167
22 18 down 4 St. Louis Rams 6-7-1 19.167
24 21 down 3 New York Jets 6-8-0 21.333
25 24 down 1 Detroit Lions 4-10-0 21.833
26 24 down 2 Buffalo Bills 5-9-0 22.333
27 27 same Indianapolis Colts 9-5-0 22.500
28 29 up 1 Tennessee Titans 5-9-0 24.167
29 28 down 1 Jacksonville Jaguars 2-12-0 25.833
30 31 up 1 Oakland Raiders 4-10-0 26.000
31 30 down 1 Philadelphia Eagles 4-10-0 28.167
32 32 same Kansas City Chiefs 2-12-0 30.333

* Team has clinched a playoff spot.
Teams in italics are out of the playoff hunt.

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