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A five-game winning streak with a marquee victory over the 49ers has Carolina on the rise. Joe Fortenbaugh

November 12, 2013
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Last week we discussed how a win doesn’t necessarily translate to a move north in our power rankings, while a loss won’t always signify a drop. It’s all about the situation. For example, we moved the Miami Dolphins from a power ranking of 82.0 to 81.0 last Tuesday despite the fact that the team had just defeated the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night football, 22-20.

The move was the result of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin controversy/distraction which, to the surprise of nobody, carried over into Miami’s Monday loss at previously winless Tampa Bay.

The Dolphins dropped again this week, as did the Green Bay Packers. But Green Bay’s plummet has more to do with the loss of Aaron Rodgers than the team’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Without Rodgers, the Packers are a much different football team and, despite a 5-4 record, required a readjustment to their power number to more accurately reflect the state of the roster.

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. Denver Broncos [90.0]
Record:
8-1 (Won 28-20 at San Diego)
Previous ranking: 90.0 (1)

2. Seattle Seahawks [89.5]
Record:
9-1 (Won 33-10 at Atlanta)
Previous ranking: 89.5 (2)

3. New Orleans Saints [88.5]
Record:
7-2 (Won 49-17 vs. Dallas)
Previous ranking: 88.0 (4)

T4. Carolina Panthers [88.0]
Record:
6-3 (Won 10-9 at San Francisco)
Previous ranking: 84.5 (T9)

T4. San Francisco 49ers [88.0]
Record:
6-3 (Lost 10-9 vs. Carolina)
Previous ranking: 88.5 (3)

6. New England Patriots [87.5]
Record:
7-2 (Bye)
Previous ranking: 87.5 (5)

7. Kansas City Chiefs [86.5]
Record:
9-0 (Bye)
Previous ranking: 86.5 (T6)

T8. Detroit Lions [86.0]
Record:
6-3 (Won 21-19 at Chicago)
Previous ranking: 84.5 (T9)

T8. Indianapolis Colts [86.0]
Record:
6-3 (Lost 38-8 vs. St. Louis)
Previous ranking: 86.5 (T6)

10. Cincinnati Bengals [85.5]
Record:
6-4 (Lost 20-17 at Baltimore)
Previous ranking: 86.0 (8)

11. Dallas Cowboys [83.5]
Record:
5-5 (Lost 49-17 at New Orleans)
Previous ranking: 84.0 (12)

12. Chicago Bears [83.0]
Record:
5-4 (Lost 21-19 vs. Detroit)
Previous ranking: 83.0 (T13)

T13. New York Jets [82.0]
Record:
5-4 (Bye)
Previous ranking: 81.5 (16)

T13. Baltimore Ravens [82.0]
Record:
4-5 (Won 20-17 vs. Cincinnati)
Previous ranking: 80.5 (19)

T13. Arizona Cardinals [82.0]
Record:
5-4 (Won 27-24 vs. Houston)
Previous ranking: 81.0 (T17)

T13. San Diego Chargers [82.0]
Record:
4-5 (Lost 28-20 vs. Denver)
Previous ranking: 82.5 (15)

T17. Philadelphia Eagles [81.5]
Record:
5-5 (Won 27-13 at Green Bay)
Previous ranking: 80.0 (20)

18. Green Bay Packers [81.0]
Record:
5-4 (Lost 27-13 vs. Philadelphia)
Previous ranking: 84.5 (T9)

T19. New York Giants [80.0]
Record:
3-6 (Won 24-20 vs. Oakland)
Previous ranking: 79.0 (T22)

T19. Cleveland Browns [80.0]
Record:
4-5 (Bye)
Previous ranking: 79.0 (T22)

21. Washington Redskins [79.5]
Record:
3-6 (Lost 34-27 at Minnesota)
Previous ranking: 83.0 (T13)

T22. Pittsburgh Steelers [79.0]
Record:
3-6 (Won 23-10 vs. Buffalo)
Previous ranking: 77.5 (T26)

T22. Miami Dolphins [79.0]
Record:
4-5 (Lost 22-19 at Tampa Bay)
Previous ranking: 81.0 (T17)

T24. St. Louis Rams [78.5]
Record:
4-6 (Won 38-8 at Indianapolis)
Previous ranking: 77.5 (T26)

T24. Atlanta Falcons [78.5]
Record:
2-7 (Lost 33-10 vs. Seattle)
Previous ranking: 79.0 (T22)

T26. Houston Texans [78.0]
Record:
2-7 (Lost 27-24 at Arizona)
Previous ranking: 78.0 (25)

T26. Minnesota Vikings [78.0]
Record:
2-7 (Won 34-27 vs. Washington)
Previous ranking: 77.0 (T28)

28. Tennessee Titans [77.5]
Record:
4-5 (Lost 29-27 vs. Jacksonville)
Previous ranking: 79.5 (21)

T29. Oakland Raiders [77.0]
Record:
3-6 (Lost 24-20 at NY Giants)
Previous ranking: 77.0 (T28)

T29. Buffalo Bills [77.0]
Record:
3-7 (Lost 23-10 at Pittsburgh)
Previous ranking: 77.0 (T28)

T29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers [77.0]
Record:
1-8 (Won 22-19 vs. Miami)
Previous ranking: 76.5 (31)

32. Jacksonville Jaguars [73.0]
Record:
1-8 (Won 29-27 at Tennessee)
Previous ranking: 72.5 (32)

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