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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.


Things continue to get tight atop the Wilson-Hart Power Index and that includes the Patriots. While Houston's overall work this season keeps the team in the top spot despite Monday night's loss in New England, the Patriots, Falcons, 49ers and Broncos all sit in a four-way tie for the No. 2 spot. If that's not parity, or a display of the fact that there are plenty of good but not great teams in the NFL this year, then I don't know what is.

It also certainly sets up an intriguing matchup Sunday night at Gillette Stadium between two of those four teams – the Patriots and 49ers.

The Broncos were actually the highest riser of the week in the Index, moving up seven spots to the logjam at No. 2. In the other direction, the Arizona Cardinals fell nine places to No. 23, one of the eight teams near the bottom of the Index that have already been eliminated from postseason contention.

This Weeks
Last Weeks
Power Index
11sameHouston Texans11-2-05.333
22sameAtlanta Falcons11-2-06.833
23up 1New England Patriots10-3-06.833
23up 1San Francisco 49ers9-3-16.833
29up 7Denver Broncos10-3-06.833
67up 1Seattle Seahawks8-5-07.167
78up 1Green Bay Packers9-4-07.500
85down 3New York Giants8-5-08.667
96down 3Chicago Bears8-5-08.833
1010sameBaltimore Ravens9-4-09.167
1111sameWashington Redskins7-6-012.167
1115up 4Cincinnati Bengals7-6-012.167
1312down 1Tampa Bay Buccaneers6-7-013.667
1413down 1Pittsburgh Steelers7-6-015.000
1518up 3San Diego Chargers5-8-017.000
1617up 1Cleveland Browns5-8-017.167
1722up 5Dallas Cowboys7-6-018.833
1823up 5St. Louis Rams6-6-119.167
1921up 2New Orleans Saints5-8-019.500
1924up 5Minnesota Vikings7-6-019.500
2126up 5New York Jets6-7-019.667
2216down 6Carolina Panthers4-9-019.833
2314down 9Arizona Cardinals4-9-020.500
2418down 6Buffalo Bills5-8-020.833
2420down 4Detroit Lions4-9-020.833
2625down 1Miami Dolphins5-8-021.333
2727sameIndianapolis Colts9-4-021.500
2828sameJacksonville Jaguars2-11-024.833
2930up 1Tennessee Titans4-9-026.167
3031up 1Philadelphia Eagles4-9-026.500
3129down 2Oakland Raiders3-10-026.667
3232sameKansas City Chiefs2-11-030.667

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