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PFW NFL Power Rankings Week 5

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The initial Wilson-Hart Power Index has the Patriots probably right where they should be at this point in the lackluster start to the 2014 – very much a middle-of-the-pack team. New England is tied for 14th overall following Monday night's embarrassing loss in Kansas City. Interestingly three of the four teams from last January's title games – the Patriots, Broncos and Seahawks – are tied for the No. 14 spot in the Index.

The top of the rankings belong to a couple AFC playoff contenders, both future Patriots opponents. Cincinnati and San Diego tie for the No. 1 spot, with the Bengals coming off a bye prior to this Sunday night's trip to Foxborough.

There's actually a pretty sizeable difference through four weeks of action between the top-ranked teams and the Lions and Colts, who are tied for No. 3 in the Index.

Down the bottom of the Index there aren't many surprises as the winless Jaguars are in the basement, just behind a pretty bad Bucs team and a Raiders squad that just fired its coach.

It will be interesting to see how things shake out in the coming weeks as the supposed elite teams work to distance themselves from the pretenders, while teams mired in early mediocrity attempt to work their way up the charts.

RANK TEAM RECORD WILSON-HART POWER INDEX
1 Cincinnati Bengals 3-0-0 5.833
1 San Diego Chargers 3-1-0 5.833
3 Detroit Lions 3-1-0 9.833
3 Indianapolis Colts 2-2-0 9.833
5 Baltimore Ravens 3-1-0 10.167
6 Arizona Cardinals 3-0-0 11.167
7 Green Bay Packers  2-2-0 11.500
8 Houston Texans 3-1-0 12.167
9 Dallas Cowboys 3-1-0 12.667
9 San Francisco 49ers 2-2-0 12.667
11 New York Giants 2-2-0 14.000
12 Kansas City Chiefs 2-2-0 14.333
12 Philadelphia Eagles 3-1-0 14.333
14 Denver Broncos 2-1-0 14.500
14 New England Patriots 2-2-0 14.500
14 Seattle Seahawks 2-1-0 14.500
17 Carolina Panthers 2-2-0 14.667
18 Miami Dolphins 2-2-0 15.167
18 Pittsburgh Steelers 2-2-0 15.167
20 Chicago Bears 2-2-0 15.500
21 Minnesota Vikings 2-2-0 16.167
22 Atlanta Falcons 2-2-0 16.333
23 Buffalo Bills 2-2-0 16.833
24 Cleveland Browns 1-2-0 17.833
25 Washington Redskins 1-3-0 18.833
26 St. Louis Rams 1-2-0 19.500
27 New Orleans Saints 1-3-0 21.667
27 New York Jets 1-3-0 21.667
29 Tennessee Titans 1-3-0 23.500
30 Oakland Raiders 0-4-0 24.000
31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-3-0 28.667
32 Jacksonville Jaguars 0-4-0 29.833

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