AFC Power Rankings

NFL Power Rankings: Ravens, Patriots reign supreme in AFC

NFL Power Rankings: Ravens, Patriots reign supreme in AFC

In four of the last five seasons, the Super Bowl champion has come from the AFC, and it could very well happen again at Super Bowl LIV.

The Ravens and Patriots are the two favorites to win the title this year, both in Las Vegas odds and ESPN's FPI projections

So when assessing the AFC with five weeks to go in the regular season, the drama isn't so much the two teams at the top, but the crowded field of playoff contenders behind New England and Baltimore.

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NFL Power Rankings: Have Ravens jumped over Patriots in AFC?

NFL Power Rankings: Have Ravens jumped over Patriots in AFC?

Despite their litany of offensive issues, the Patriots have been holding firm atop Tom E. Curran's AFC Power Rankings this season.

But New England doesn't have much margin for error in the AFC playoff race. 

The Patriots lost to the Ravens in Week 9, so Baltimore owns the tiebreaker edge. Lamar Jackson and Co. are also in the midst of an NFL-high six-game win streak, including wins over three teams in playoff position (Seattle, New England, Houston), and a +87 point differential over the last three weeks.

So despite the Ravens trailing the Patriots by one game in the race for the AFC's top seed, does that mean they've supplanted New Engand as the AFC's best?

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NFL Power Rankings: AFC hierarchy taking shape after Week 10

NFL Power Rankings: AFC hierarchy taking shape after Week 10

Ten weeks down, seven to go.

The playoff picture is slowly coming into focus, and the red-hot Ravens are continuing to make a push to oust the Patriots from the top spot in the AFC Power Rankings, following up their statement Week 9 win with a 49-13 laugher over the woeful Bengals.

But while Baltimore keeps rolling along, other playoff contenders suffered surprising defeats in Week 10, creating a lot of flux in this week's Power Rankings.

Adam Vinatieri cost the Colts again as they fell at home to the cellar-dwelling Dolphins. Despite Patrick Mahomes returning to action, the Chiefs lost for the fourth time in six games. Meanwhile, the Bills couldn't extend Cleveland's four-game losing streak.

So what does that mean in terms of how the contenders — and pretenders — in the AFC stack up?

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