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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.


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 RankLast Weeks RankMovementTeamCurrent
Power Index
11sameHouston Texans12-2-05.000
12up 1San Francisco 49ers10-3-15.000
32down 1Atlanta Falcons12-2-05.500
46up 2Seattle Seahawks9-5-05.833
52down 3Denver Broncos11-3-06.667
67up 1Green Bay Packers10-4-07.667
72down 5New England Patriots10-4-08.667
89up 1Chicago Bears8-6-09.333
910up 1Baltimore Ravens9-5-010.500
911up 2Washington Redskins8-6-010.500
1111sameCincinnati Bengals8-6-010.833
128down 4New York Giants8-6-011.333
1314up 1Pittsburgh Steelers7-7-016.167
1419up 5New Orleans Saints6-8-016.500
1513down 2Tampa Bay Buccaneers6-8-017.333
1619up 3Minnesota Vikings8-6-017.500
1717sameDallas Cowboys8-6-017.833
1823up 5Arizona Cardinals5-9-018.167
1922up 3Carolina Panthers5-9-019.000
1916down 3Cleveland Browns5-9-019.000
1915down 4San Diego Chargers5-9-019.000
2226up 4Miami Dolphins6-8-019.167
2218down 4St. Louis Rams6-7-119.167
2421down 3New York Jets6-8-021.333
2524down 1Detroit Lions4-10-021.833
2624down 2Buffalo Bills5-9-022.333
2727sameIndianapolis Colts9-5-022.500
2829up 1Tennessee Titans5-9-024.167
2928down 1Jacksonville Jaguars2-12-025.833
3031up 1Oakland Raiders4-10-026.000
3130down 1Philadelphia Eagles4-10-028.167
3232sameKansas City Chiefs2-12-030.333

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

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