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PFW NFL Power Rankings Week 16

Patriots Football Weekly's Andy Hart offers his PFW NFL Power Rankings heading into week 16 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.

As we head toward the final two weeks of the NFL regular season, things are settling into place in the Wilson-Hart Power Index. Seattle maintains the top spot, although the gap was closed quite a bit by the Chiefs in the No. 2 position. Those two have separated themselves a decent amount from the 49ers, who moved up to No. 3.

The Panthers moved up two spots to No. 4 overall, passing a Patriots team that dropped single position to No. 5 with the loss in Miami.

The top 18 teams in the Index are still eligible for the postseason, while the Lions, at No. 21, are the lowest-ranked team still holding playoff hopes.

Slots 22 through 32 are now held by teams who've been eliminated from the postseason, with Oakland dropping a massive six slots to take over the No. 32 position that had previously been held with regularity all year by the Jaguars (31) and Texans (29).

We're coming down the stretch and the NFL cream is rising to the top, as shown in the Wilson-Hart Power Index

11sameSeattle Seahawks12-2-02.167
22sameKansas City Chiefs11-3-03.833
34up 1San Francisco 49ers10-4-07.000
46up 2Carolina Panthers10-4-07.500
54down 1New England Patriots10-4-08.833
53down 2New Orleans Saints10-4-08.833
77samePhiladelphia Eagles8-6-010.167
88sameCincinnati Bengals9-5-010.333
99sameDenver Broncos11-3-011.000
1010sameArizona Cardinals9-5-011.167
1111sameChicago Bears8-6-011.667
1213up 1Miami Dolphins8-6-012.333
1311down 2Dallas Cowboys7-7-013.833
1414sameIndianapolis Colts9-5-014.333
1515sameSan Diego Chargers7-7-014.667
1622up 6Baltimore Ravens8-6-016.167
1718up 1Pittsburgh Steelers6-8-016.333
1820up 2Green Bay Packers7-6-116.833
1821up 3St. Louis Rams6-8-016.833
2017down 3Tampa Bay Buccaneers4-10-017.167
2116down 5Detroit Lions7-7-017.833
2219down 3Tennessee Titans5-9-018.333
2323sameBuffalo Bills5-9-018.500
2428up 4Minnesota Vikings4-9-123.333
2524down 1Cleveland Browns4-10-023.500
2627up 1Atlanta Falcons4-10-023.667
2725down 2New York Giants5-9-024.833
2829up 1New York Jets6-8-026.667
2932up 3Houston Texans2-12-027.333
3030sameWashington Redskins3-11-027.500
3131sameJacksonville Jaguars4-10-028.000
3226down 6Oakland Raiders4-10-028.167

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