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NFL Power Rankings: Looking for real contenders as playoffs near

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The NFL season has just four weeks remaining, and a clear crop of Super Bowl contenders appear to be emerging. It just might not be exactly what the standings show.

Remember the Power Rankings are not designed to mirror the standings or playoff projections. Insted, it's to show the best NFL teams right now. Consider that some mess of a team from the AFC South will make the playoffs, but undoubtedly, many teams will be better than the eventual winner of that division. 

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The Cowboys have the best record in the NFL, but they don't top the Power Rankings. While Dallas is near the top, two teams in the AFC North might make the rest of the NFL quite nervous if they end up making the playoffs.

As for the Redskins, Jay Gruden's squad looked like a dangerous Wild Card team two weeks ago. Now, the 'Skins are outside the 12-team playoff, but there is plenty of football left.

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