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PFW NFL Power Rankings for Week 8

Patriots Football Weekly's Andy Hart offers his PFW NFL Power Rankings heading into week eight based off of the Wilson-Hart power index.


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.

A crazy season in the NFL is making for a lot of fun – and change – each week in the Wilson-Hart Power Index. That's certainly the case this week.

With the Broncos being bounced from the ranks of the unbeatens, Denver dropped down four spots to No. 10 overall. That Indianapolis win kept Andrew Luck's team at No. 4 overall, established as one of the top teams in the game at this point.

The top of the rankings stay pretty firm, with Seattle holding onto the No. 1 overall slot. The Saints and Chiefs swapped positions, with New Orleans getting back to No. 2 overall.

The Patriots tough loss in New York pushed New England down just a single spot to No. 8.

The most interesting riser of the week was the Carolina Panthers, a team led by its defense that despite a 3-3 record leapt from No. 12 all the way up to No. 5.

While there is plenty of movement in the middle of the Index, things remain pretty settled at the bottom. Jacksonville remains dead last, and the Giants first win of the year wasn't enough to lift Eli and Co. out of No. 31 overall.

11sameSeattle Seahawks6-1-03.500
23up 1New Orleans Saints5-1-05.000
32down 1Kansas City Chiefs7-0-06.167
44sameIndianapolis Colts5-2-06.667
512up 7Carolina Panthers3-3-09.000
67up 1San Francisco 49ers5-2-09.333
710up 3Dallas Cowboys4-3-09.667
87down 1New England Patriots5-2-010.667
95down 4Detroit Lions4-3-010.833
106down 4Denver Broncos6-1-011.667
1117up 6Green Bay Packers4-2-012.000
129down 3Chicago Bears4-3-012.333
1314up 1Cincinnati Bengals5-2-013.000
1411down 3Tennessee Titans3-4-014.000
1519up 4San Diego Chargers4-3-015.000
1620up 4Buffalo Bills3-4-015.167
1716down 1Miami Dolphins3-3-016.500
1813down 5Philadelphia Eagles3-4-017.333
1923up 4Atlanta Falcons2-4-018.333
2017down 3Cleveland Browns3-4-018.833
2121sameBaltimore Ravens3-4-019.333
2115down 6St. Louis Rams3-4-019.333
2325up 2Pittsburgh Steelers2-4-020.167
2423down 1Oakland Raiders2-4-020.667
2528up 3New York Jets4-3-020.833
2622down 4Arizona Cardinals3-4-021.000
2729up 2Washington Redskins2-4-021.333
2827down 1Tampa Bay Buccaneers0-6-023.167
2926down 3Minnesota Vikings1-5-024.667
3030sameHouston Texans2-5-025.667
3131sameNew York Giants1-6-027.167
3232sameJacksonville Jaguars0-7-030.833

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