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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.


The Patriots were one of the biggest risers this week as the win in Miami, combined with the other action around the league, propelled New England up four spots to a tie at No. 3 overall in this week's Wilson-Hart Power Index.

That sets up an impressive No. 1 vs. No. 3 matchup on Monday Night Football, as Houston held onto the top spot in the Index as the Texans head to Foxborough.

The Falcons also moved up, back to No. 2 overall, as the two one-loss teams top the rankings through 12 games.

San Francisco's loss to the Rams dropped the 49ers into the No. 3 tie with the Patriots, while the Giants round out the top 5.

Three of the four teams who clinched a playoff berth this weekend are atop the rankings, while the Broncos remain at No. 9 after locking up a spot in the postseason.

At the other end of things, the three teams that have been eliminated from the postseason reside in the bottom five in the Index.

This Weeks
Last Weeks
Power Index
11sameHouston Texans11-1-04.333
24up 2Atlanta Falcons11-1-05.333
37up 4New England Patriots9-3-07.500
32down 1San Francisco 49ers8-3-17.500
59up 4New York Giants7-5-09.167
65down 1Chicago Bears8-4-09.833
710up 3Seattle Seahawks7-5-010.500
88sameGreen Bay Packers8-4-011.000
95down 4Denver Broncos9-3-011.333
103down 7Baltimore Ravens9-3-011.833
1112up 1Washington Redskins6-6-012.167
1211down 1Tampa Bay Buccaneers6-6-012.833
1314up 1Pittsburgh Steelers7-5-013.667
1417up 3Arizona Cardinals4-8-013.833
1513down 2Cincinnati Bengals7-5-015.000
1624up 8Carolina Panthers3-9-016.167
1720up 3Cleveland Browns4-8-016.500
1826up 8Buffalo Bills5-7-017.667
1816down 2San Diego Chargers4-8-017.667
2022up 2Detroit Lions4-8-017.833
2115down 6New Orleans Saints5-7-018.167
2223up 1Dallas Cowboys6-6-018.333
2319down 4St. Louis Rams5-6-119.000
2418down 6Minnesota Vikings6-6-020.167
2521down 4Miami Dolphins5-7-020.500
2624down 2New York Jets5-7-021.500
2727sameIndianapolis Colts8-4-022.000
2828sameJacksonville Jaguars2-10-024.667
2930up 1Oakland Raiders3-9-025.667
3029down 1Tennessee Titans4-8-026.167
3131samePhiladelphia Eagles3-9-028.000
3232sameKansas City Chiefs2-10-030.833

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