To ascertain cover32’s power rankings, statistics such as points per game, yards per game, points allowed per game, and yards allowed per game were averaged and compiled with power rankings from the top sports authorities and analysts from around the industry to arrive at the current projection.
Power rankings have been updated for every NFL team heading into Week five of the 2016 regular season.
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1. New England Patriots (12-2)
Even with Tom Brady failing to throw for a touchdown, the Patriots were still able to get by the Broncos in week 15. With the victory, New England secures an NFL record eighth consecutive division title and their 14th since the 2000 season. The win also clinches a first round bye and the Patriots’ eighth straight playoff berth.
2. Dallas Cowboys (12-2)
A week after their 11-game winning streak came to an end the Cowboys rebounded with a convincing victory over the Buccaneers. Dallas has clinched a playoff berth but is still fighting to wrap up the division and clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
3. Oakland Raiders (11-3)
The Cowboys weren’t the only team to bounce back in week 15 as the Raiders too, got a much-needed win on Sunday. The victory seals Oakland first playoff appearance since 2002 and with the Chiefs losing, the Raiders were able to claim sole possession of first place in the AFC West.
4. New York Giants (10-4)
The Giants continue to be one of the league’s best teams over the second half of the season and have now won eight of their past nine as they chase Dallas in the NFC East. With a 10-4 record, New York is currently projected as the fifth seed in the playoffs and have all but wrapped a wild card position.