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Despite a dramatic come-from-behind win, New England falls after losing tight end Rob Gronkowski for the season. Joe Fortenbaugh

December 10, 2013
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Sunday afternoon marked the fourth consecutive week in which the New England Patriots played a game that was decided by four or fewer points. After falling short at Carolina 24-20 back in Week 11, New England rattled off two straight three-point victories against Denver and Houston before coming from behind in the final seconds to knock off the Cleveland Browns 27-26 on Sunday.

Normally, a three-game winning streak would be cause for a rise in our power rankings, but the season-ending knee injury suffered by Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski on Sunday has the Patriots slipping from third (89.0) to sixth (87.5) this week.

In the six contests the Patriots have played without Gronkowski this season, the offense has averaged 20.8 points and 348.8 total yards per game. In the seven outings with Gronkowski on the field, New England has averaged 32.0 points and 417.7 total yards per game.

So while the loss of a tight end might not mean all that much to some teams around the league, in New England, it could signal the end of the Patriots’ Super Bowl chances.

The numbers in brackets indicate each team’s Power Ranking, which is based on a scale of 1-100. These numbers can be used as a baseline to determine the point spread between any two teams on the list. Keep in mind that these numbers do not account for home field advantage, situational analysis (extra rest, back-to-back road games, divisional rivalries, etc), injuries, weather or public perception. They are merely to be used as a baseline for your initial analysis.

NFP POWER RANKINGS

1. Seattle Seahawks [90.0]
Record:
11-2 (Lost 19-17 at San Francisco)
Previous ranking: 90.0 (1)

2. Denver Broncos [89.5]
Record:
11-2 (Won 51-28 vs. Tennessee)
Previous ranking: 89.5 (2)

3. New Orleans Saints [89.0]
Record:
10-3 (Won 31-13 vs. Carolina)
Previous ranking: 88.5 (T4)

4. Carolina Panthers [88.5]
Record:
9-4 (Lost 31-13 at New Orleans)
Previous ranking: 88.5 (T4)

5. San Francisco 49ers [88.0]
Record:
9-4 (Won 19-17 vs. Seattle)
Previous ranking: 87.5 (6)

6. New England Patriots [87.5]
Record:
10-3 (Won 27-26 vs. Cleveland)
Previous ranking: 89.0 (3)

7. Cincinnati Bengals [87.0]
Record:
9-4 (Won 42-28 vs. Indianapolis)
Previous ranking: 86.0 (7)

8. Kansas City Chiefs [85.0]
Record:
10-3 (Won 45-10 at Washington)
Previous ranking: 84.0 (9)

9. Philadelphia Eagles [84.5]
Record:
8-5 (Won 34-20 vs. Detroit)
Previous ranking: 83.5 (T10)

T10. Baltimore Ravens [83.5]
Record:
7-6 (Won 29-26 vs. Minnesota)
Previous ranking: 82.5 (T14)

T10. Arizona Cardinals [83.5]
Record:
8-5 (Won 30-10 vs. St. Louis)
Previous ranking: 83.0 (T12)

12. Indianapolis Colts [83.0]
Record:
8-5 (Lost 42-28 at Cincinnati)
Previous ranking: 84.5 (8)

13. Detroit Lions [82.5]
Record:
7-6 (Lost 34-20 at Philadelphia)
Previous ranking: 83.0 (T12)

T14. Miami Dolphins [82.0]
Record:
7-6 (Won 34-28 at Pittsburgh)
Previous ranking: 81.5 (16)

T14. Dallas Cowboys [82.0]
Record:
7-6 (Lost 45-28 at Chicago)
Previous ranking: 83.5 (T10)

16. San Diego Chargers [81.5]
Record:
6-7 (Won 37-14 vs. NY Giants)
Previous ranking: 81.0 (17)

T17. Chicago Bears [81.0]
Record:
7-6 (Won 45-28 vs. Dallas)
Previous ranking: 80.5 (T18)

T17. Pittsburgh Steelers [81.0]
Record:
5-8 (Lost 34-28 vs. Miami)
Previous ranking: 82.5 (T14)

T19. Green Bay Packers [80.0]
Record:
6-6-1 (Won 22-21 vs. Atlanta)
Previous ranking: 79.0 (T21)

T19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers [80.0]
Record:
4-9 (Won 27-6 vs. Buffalo)
Previous ranking: 80.0 (20)

21. New York Giants [79.5]
Record:
5-8 (Lost 37-14 at San Diego)
Previous ranking: 80.5 (T18)

22. St. Louis Rams [79.0]
Record:
5-8 (Lost 30-10 at Arizona)
Previous ranking: 79.0 (T21)

23. New York Jets [78.5]
Record:
6-7 (Won 37-27 vs. Oakland)
Previous ranking: 78.0 (T23)

T24. Tennessee Titans [78.0]
Record:
5-8 (Lost 51-28 at Denver)
Previous ranking: 78.0 (T23)

T24. Minnesota Vikings [78.0]
Record:
3-9-1 (Lost 29-26 at Baltimore)
Previous ranking: 78.0 (T23)

T26. Atlanta Falcons (77.5)
Record:
3-10 (Lost 22-21 at Green Bay)
Previous ranking: 77.5 (T26)

T26. Cleveland Browns [77.5]
Record:
4-9 (Lost 27-26 at New England)
Previous ranking: 77.5 (T26)

T28. Jacksonville Jaguars [77.0]
Record:
4-9 (Won 27-20 vs. Houston)
Previous ranking: 76.0 (31)

T28. Buffalo Bills [77.0]
Record:
4-9 (Lost 27-6 at Tampa Bay)
Previous ranking: 77.0 (T29)

T28. Oakland Raiders [77.0]
Record:
4-9 (Lost 37-27 at NY Jets)
Previous ranking: 77.0 (T29)

31. Washington Redskins [76.5]
Record:
3-10 (Lost 45-10 vs. Kansas City)
Previous ranking: 77.5 (T26)

32. Houston Texans [75.5]
Record:
2-11 (Lost 27-20 at Jacksonville)
Previous ranking: 75.5 (32)

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