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From the Hart: PFW Power Rankings

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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 WeeksRank Last WeeksRank Movement Team Current Record Wilson-Hart Power Index
1 1 same Atlanta Falcons 6-0-0 4.667
2 3 up 1 Houston Texans 6-1-0 5.000
3 2 down 1 Chicago Bears 5-1-0 6.500
4 4 same New York Giants 5-2-0 7.167
5 5 same San Francisco 49ers 5-2-0 7.500
6 8 up 2 Green Bay Packers 4-3-0 8.500
7 7 same New England Patriots 4-3-0 10.500
8 5 down 3 Baltimore Ravens 5-2-0 11.000
9 9 same Minnesota Vikings 5-2-0 11.667
10 12 up 2 Arizona Cardinals 4-3-0 12.167
11 14 up 3 Denver Broncos 3-3-0 12.667
12 15 up 3 Pittsburgh Steelers 3-3-0 13.000
13 10 down 3 Washington Redskins 3-4-0 13.500
14 16 up 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-4-0 14.500
15 11 down 4 Seattle Seahawks 4-3-0 14.667
16 16 same San Diego Chargers 3-3-0 16.333
17 13 down 4 St. Louis Rams 3-4-0 16.667
17 18 up 1 Miami Dolphins 3-3-0 16.667
19 19 same New York Jets 3-4-0 18.167
19 23 up 4 New Orleans Saints 2-4-0 18.167
21 21 same Philadelphia Eagles 3-3-0 18.667
22 24 up 2 Dallas Cowboys 3-3-0 19.167
23 20 down 3 Cincinnati Bengals 3-4-0 20.500
24 26 up 2 Buffalo Bills 3-4-0 21.833
25 22 down 3 Detroit Lions 2-4-0 22.000
26 24 down 2 Cleveland Browns 1-6-0 22.333
27 28 up 1 Oakland Raiders 2-4-0 23.333
28 29 up 1 Jacksonville Jaguars 1-5-0 23.833
29 31 up 2 Tennessee Titans 3-4-0 24.333
30 27 down 3 Carolina Panthers 1-5-0 24.667
30 30 same Indianapolis Colts 3-3-0 24.667
32 32 same Kansas City Chiefs 1-5-0 30.333

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