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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.


With the final undefeated team going down and a meeting between two top-five teams on the schedule, it was clear that last weekend's NFL action was going to shake things up atop the Wilson-Hart Power Index.

As such, the Bears loss to the Texans dropped Chicago from No. 1 to No. 4, while Houston jumped up one spot back into the top spot. Despite their first loss of the season, Atlanta slid into the No. 2 slot.

The 49ers also move up one place after a tie with the Rams, while Green Bay remained at No. 5 to round out the top five.

The Ravens and Broncos both jumped up three positions to No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. That leaves a pair of teams coming off lackluster wins – the Patriots and Steelers — tied at No. 8. New England snuck by Buffalo, while Pittsburgh needed overtime to beat the Chiefs in a game in which the team lost Ben Roethlisberger to injury.

The Bengals had the biggest move up the Index this week, plowing up six spots to No. 15 after beating up on the Giants. New York, on the other hand, was one of two teams (along with the Dolphins) to fall six spots, dropping to No. 12.

As has been the case virtually all season, Scott Pioli's Chiefs have a stranglehold on the bottom of the Wilson-Hart Power Index, well behind the 31st ranked Jaguars.

This WeeksRankLast WeeksRankMovementTeamCurrent RecordWilson-Hart Power Index
12up 1Houston Texans8-1-04.667
23up 1Atlanta Falcons8-1-05.667
34up 1San Francisco 49ers6-2-16.333
41down 3Chicago Bears7-2-06.500
55sameGreen Bay Packers6-3-06.833
69up 3Baltimore Ravens7-2-08.167
710up 3Denver Broncos6-3-09.000
87down 1New England Patriots6-3-09.333
88samePittsburgh Steelers6-3-09.333
1011up 1Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-4-010.333
1112up 1Seattle Seahawks6-4-010.500
126down 6New York Giants6-4-011.667
1313sameSan Diego Chargers4-5-015.500
1416up 2Arizona Cardinals4-5-016.000
1521up 6Cincinnati Bengals4-5-016.500
1617up 1New Orleans Saints4-5-017.167
1719up 2Minnesota Vikings6-4-017.500
1817down 1Washington Redskins3-6-017.667
1915down 4Detroit Lions4-5-018.667
2014down 6Miami Dolphins4-5-018.833
2124up 3Dallas Cowboys4-5-019.333
2227up 5Indianapolis Colts6-3-020.333
2323sameSt. Louis Rams3-5-120.833
2420down 4New York Jets3-6-021.333
2525sameCleveland Browns2-7-022.167
2622down 4Oakland Raiders3-6-023.333
2731up 4Tennessee Titans4-6-023.500
2826down 2Philadelphia Eagles3-6-024.000
2928down 1Buffalo Bills3-6-024.500
3028down 2Carolina Panthers2-7-024.833
3130down 1Jacksonville Jaguars1-8-025.333
3232sameKansas City Chiefs1-8-030.667

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