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PFW NFL Power Rankings Week 16

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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

THIS WEEK'S RANK LAST WEEK'S RANK MOVEMENT TEAM CURRENT RECORD WILSON-HART POWER INDEX
1 1 same Seattle Seahawks 12-2-0 2.167
2 2 same Kansas City Chiefs 11-3-0 3.833
3 4 up 1 San Francisco 49ers 10-4-0 7.000
4 6 up 2 Carolina Panthers 10-4-0 7.500
5 4 down 1 New England Patriots 10-4-0 8.833
5 3 down 2 New Orleans Saints 10-4-0 8.833
7 7 same Philadelphia Eagles 8-6-0 10.167
8 8 same Cincinnati Bengals 9-5-0 10.333
9 9 same Denver Broncos 11-3-0 11.000
10 10 same Arizona Cardinals 9-5-0 11.167
11 11 same Chicago Bears 8-6-0 11.667
12 13 up 1 Miami Dolphins 8-6-0 12.333
13 11 down 2 Dallas Cowboys 7-7-0 13.833
14 14 same Indianapolis Colts 9-5-0 14.333
15 15 same San Diego Chargers 7-7-0 14.667
16 22 up 6 Baltimore Ravens 8-6-0 16.167
17 18 up 1 Pittsburgh Steelers 6-8-0 16.333
18 20 up 2 Green Bay Packers 7-6-1 16.833
18 21 up 3 St. Louis Rams 6-8-0 16.833
20 17 down 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-10-0 17.167
21 16 down 5 Detroit Lions 7-7-0 17.833
22 19 down 3 Tennessee Titans 5-9-0 18.333
23 23 same Buffalo Bills 5-9-0 18.500
24 28 up 4 Minnesota Vikings 4-9-1 23.333
25 24 down 1 Cleveland Browns 4-10-0 23.500
26 27 up 1 Atlanta Falcons 4-10-0 23.667
27 25 down 2 New York Giants 5-9-0 24.833
28 29 up 1 New York Jets  6-8-0 26.667
29 32 up 3 Houston Texans 2-12-0 27.333
30 30 same Washington Redskins 3-11-0 27.500
31 31 same Jacksonville Jaguars 4-10-0 28.000
32 26 down 6 Oakland Raiders 4-10-0 28.167

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