Saints running back Mark Ingram jumps into the stands with fans to celebrate a touchdown against the New York Jets during Sunday’s game in New Orleans. (Scott Clause/Associated Press)

The New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles won last week, yet each found themselves in a different slot of the power rankings. That’s because, unlike other power rankings, these take into account a team’s actual record, what its record should be based on points scored and allowed — also known as its Pythagorean win percentage — and how much better or worse its opponents are in relation to a .500 team. A good team playing against good opponents will be near the top, while one that struggles against mediocre or poor teams will trend toward the bottom. A more detailed description of the method can be found in the Week 1 rankings.

To give you a sense of how close the rankings are at the top, I used three decimal places for the Patriots, Eagles and Rams. When there is this slim a margin separating teams, they are virtually interchangeable in terms of order.

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Rank Team Power Rank (1 to 100) Change from last week
1 New Orleans Saints (10-4) 76 1
2 Minnesota Vikings (11-3) 75 2
3 New England Patriots (11-3) 73.271 -2
4 Philadelphia Eagles (12-2) 73.270 -1
5 Los Angeles Rams (10-4) 73.234 0
6 Carolina Panthers (10-4) 70 1
7 Jacksonville Jaguars (10-4) 66 1
8 Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) 66 -2
9 Atlanta Falcons (9-5) 66 0
10 Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) 57 3
11 Baltimore Ravens (8-6) 56 1
12 Dallas Cowboys (8-6) 55 2
13 Seattle Seahawks (8-6) 55 -3
14 Detroit Lions (8-6) 54 2
15 Los Angeles Chargers (7-7) 54 -4
16 Green Bay Packers (7-7) 50 -1
17 Buffalo Bills (8-6) 47 1
18 Tennessee Titans (8-6) 46 -1
19 Washington Redskins (6-8) 43 2
20 Oakland Raiders (6-8) 42 -1
21 Miami Dolphins (6-8) 39 6
22 New York Jets (5-9) 38 -2
23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10) 36 1
24 Arizona Cardinals (6-8) 36 -1
25 Chicago Bears (4-10) 35 0
26 Houston Texans (4-10) 34 -4
27 Denver Broncos (5-9) 33 1
28 Cincinnati Bengals (5-9) 32 -2
29 San Francisco 49ers (4-10) 30 0
30 Indianapolis Colts (3-11) 21 0
31 New York Giants (2-12) 20 0
32 Cleveland Browns (0-14) 8 0

The Ravens aren’t in the playoff picture yet, but with remaining games against the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals, teams with a combined 8-20 record, they have a 93 percent chance of getting in.

The Dallas Cowboys get an offensive boost with the return of all-pro running back Ezekiel Elliott this week.

Elliott missed the past six weeks serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, but he was ranked the fourth-best running back in the league by the game charters at Pro Football Focus during the first nine weeks of the season.

The Eagles’ defense, meanwhile, hasn’t looked good these past three weeks and appears to struggle against the better offensive teams in the NFL.

2017 Eagles defense vs. Points allowed per drive
Team ranked in the top 15 for Offensive DVOA 2.1
Team ranked 16th or worse 1.4
NFL average 1.8

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-5.5)
Winner: Saints, 68 percent
Pick: Saints -5.5

The Saints are allowing an 80.7 passer rating against, seventh-best mark in the NFL, with a 59.5 rating allowed on passes traveling 20 or more yards through the air, the ninth-best pass defense this season.

Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles (-9)
Winner: Eagles, 79 percent
Pick: Raiders +9

The Eagles defense has been shaky, but the Raiders offense — which is second in red-zone efficiency (64.5 percent) and leads the league in goal-to-go offense (88.9 percent) — should be able to put some points on the board to keep it close.

Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys (-5)
Winner: Cowboys, 56 percent
Pick: Seahawks +5

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has accounted for 33 of the team’s 34 touchdowns. He is the 11th-most-valuable passer per ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (58.6) and the second-most-valuable quarterback when looking at an individual’s impact on the running game. Only Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys has been better.

Remaining games

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (-12)
Winner: Patriots, 81 percent
Pick: New England Patriots -12

Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears (-6.5)
Winner: Bears, 87 percent
Pick: Bears -6.5

Denver Broncos at Washington Redskins (-3.5)
Winner: Redskins, 63 percent
Pick: Redskins -3.5

Detroit Lions (-5) at Cincinnati Bengals
Winner: Lions, 66 percent
Pick: Lions -5

Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (-13.5)
Winner: Ravens, 89 percent
Pick: Ravens -13.5

Jacksonville Jaguars (-4.5) at San Francisco 49ers
Winner: Jaguars, 87 percent
Pick: Jaguars -4.5

Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5) at New York Jets
Winner: Chargers, 64 percent
Pick: Chargers -6.5

Los Angeles Rams (-6.5) at Tennessee Titans
Winner: Rams, 71 percent
Pick: Rams -6.5

Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs (-10)
Winner: Chiefs, 77 percent
Pick: Chiefs -10

Minnesota Vikings (-9) at Green Bay Packers
Winner: Vikings, 73 percent
Pick: Vikings -9

New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals (-4)
Winner: Cardinals, 75 percent
Pick: Cardinals -4

Pittsburgh Steelers (-9.5) at Houston Texans
Winner: Steelers, 80 percent
Pick: Steelers -9.5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (-10)
Winner: Panthers, 83 percent
Pick: Panthers -10

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