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From the Hart: PFW 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 NFL teams begin to hit midseason form, the Wilson-Hart Power Index is also starting to stabilize a bit. The top five teams remain the same from a week ago, although there was some movement within the group.

While Atlanta retains the top spot as the NFL's only unbeaten team, the Houston Texans jumped back into the No. 2 slot thanks to the convincing win over the Ravens. That pushed the Bears down one spot to No. 3 despite Chicago's win over Detroit. Rounding out the top five, the Giants and 49ers hold onto the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

In terms of the Patriots, New England holds steady at No. 7, but was actually leapfrogged by a Packers team that is now the highest-rated three-loss squad as Green Bay has turned it on in recent weeks.

The rest of the top 10 includes the Ravens, Vikings and Cardinals.

No team moved more than four spots in either direction this week, with the Saints leading the way moving up to No. 19, while the Seahawks and Rams both slid four spots.

Scott Pioli's Kansas City Chiefs, who benched starting quarterback Matt Cassel this week, retain the basement in the Index. Interestingly the teams that picked No. 1 overall in the last two drafts, and selected quarterbacks, are now tied for 30th in the Wilson-Hart Power Index as Cam Newton's Panthers and Andrew Luck's Colts are in the rear. That said, both teams are far closer to moving well up the standings, less than three Index points from being top 25 teams, than they are to competing for the last spot.

This WeeksRankLast WeeksRankMovementTeamCurrent RecordWilson-Hart Power Index
11sameAtlanta Falcons6-0-04.667
23up 1Houston Texans6-1-05.000
32down 1Chicago Bears5-1-06.500
44sameNew York Giants5-2-07.167
55sameSan Francisco 49ers5-2-07.500
68up 2Green Bay Packers4-3-08.500
77sameNew England Patriots4-3-010.500
85down 3Baltimore Ravens5-2-011.000
99sameMinnesota Vikings5-2-011.667
1012up 2Arizona Cardinals4-3-012.167
1114up 3Denver Broncos3-3-012.667
1215up 3Pittsburgh Steelers3-3-013.000
1310down 3Washington Redskins3-4-013.500
1416up 2Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-4-014.500
1511down 4Seattle Seahawks4-3-014.667
1616sameSan Diego Chargers3-3-016.333
1713down 4St. Louis Rams3-4-016.667
1718up 1Miami Dolphins3-3-016.667
1919sameNew York Jets3-4-018.167
1923up 4New Orleans Saints2-4-018.167
2121samePhiladelphia Eagles3-3-018.667
2224up 2Dallas Cowboys3-3-019.167
2320down 3Cincinnati Bengals3-4-020.500
2426up 2Buffalo Bills3-4-021.833
2522down 3Detroit Lions2-4-022.000
2624down 2Cleveland Browns1-6-022.333
2728up 1Oakland Raiders2-4-023.333
2829up 1Jacksonville Jaguars1-5-023.833
2931up 2Tennessee Titans3-4-024.333
3027down 3Carolina Panthers1-5-024.667
3030sameIndianapolis Colts3-3-024.667
3232sameKansas City Chiefs1-5-030.333

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