NFL Power Rankings: Do Patriots fall in AFC after loss to Texans?

NFL Power Rankings: Do Patriots fall in AFC after loss to Texans?

After the Ravens, it’s starting to get a little complicated. By record and reputation, the Patriots belong at No. 2.

The Texans are 8-4 – same as the Chiefs and one game behind the Bills and they just beat the Patriots and also beat KC. But they also got hammered 41-7 by Baltimore two weeks ago. Could put them ahead of KC but KC just blasted the formerly decent Ravens.

And can I just keep ignoring Buffalo is 9-3?

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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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