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From the Hart: PFW Power Rankings

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At the quarter pole of the 2012 season – with most team's having four games of action under their belts – it's time to unveil the first edition this year of the Wilson-Hart Power Index!

There aren't too many surprises in the seasonal debut, as the NFL's three undefeated teams all rank in the top-5. Houston, which was atop the Wilson Hart-Power Index for much of last season, debuts in the same spot in 2012 thanks to their first 4-0 start in team history.

The upstart undefeated Atlanta Falcons have the No. 2 slot. But it's the one-loss Ravens and 49ers who are tied in the No. 3 position with a bit of a drop-off from the clear top two teams. New England fans can take solace in the fact that the Patriots are the top-ranked two-loss team, coming in at No. 7 overall four games into the year.

Things are a little more interesting on the bottom of the Index. The two winless teams at this point – the Saint and Browns – rank 25th and 28th, respectively. Rather, Scott Pioli's downtrodden Kansas City Chiefs find themselves in the Wilson-Hart basement. Be sure to check back next Tuesday to see how the Wilson-Hart Power Index gets shaken up by a weekend of games in what could be one of the more competitive (or mediocre) NFL seasons in some time!

This WeeksRank 2011 FinalRank Team Current Record Wilson-Hart Power Index
1 3 Houston Texans 4-0-0 2.500
2 7 Atlanta Falcons 4-0-0 3.167
3 5 Baltimore Ravens 3-1-0 7.667
3 1 San Francisco 49ers 3-1-0 7.667
5 24 Arizona Cardinals 4-0-0 8.167
6 15 Chicago Bears 3-1-0 8.333
7 4 New England Patriots 2-2-0 9.500
8 19 San Diego Chargers 3-1-0 9.667
9 28 Minnesota Vikings 3-1-0 10.833
10 10 New York Giants 2-2-0 11.333
11 28 Washington Redskins 2-2-0 12.333
12 27 Denver Broncos 2-2-0 13.833
12 2 Green Bay Packers 2-2-0 13.833
14 30 St. Louis Rams 2-2-0 14.667
15 15 Cincinnati Bengals 3-1-0 14.833
15 11 Seattle Seahawks 2-2-0 14.833
17 9 Pittsburgh Steelers 1-2-0 16.000
18 17 Philadelphia Eagles 3-1-0 17.000
19 26 Buffalo Bills 2-2-0 17.500
20 31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-3-0 18.000
21 14 New York Jets 2-2-0 19.333
22 18 Miami Dolphins 1-3-0 20.500
23 25 Jacksonville Jaguars 1-3-0 21.000
24 6 Detroit Lions 1-3-0 21.167
25 7 New Orleans Saints 0-4-0 22.000
26 12 Dallas Cowboys 2-2-0 22.167
27 21 Carolina Panthers 1-3-0 22.500
28 22 Cleveland Browns 0-4-0 23.667
29 32 Indianapolis Colts 1-2-0 24.000
29 20 Oakland Raiders 1-3-0 24.000
31 13 Tennessee Titans 1-3-0 26.167
32 23 Kansas City Chiefs 1-3-0 27.333

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