How did Patriots romp affect the latest NFL Power Rankings?

9:30 AM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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There are new teams at the top and bottom of the NFL pack with just three weeks left to play in the regular season.

After a 42-14 stomping of the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots replaced them at the top of the latest USA TODAY Sports NFL Power Rankings.

Suffering the fourth worst shutout in the NFL since 1940 didn't do the Arizona Cardinals any favors, as the Birds sunk four spots to the 32nd and final slot on the list.

The Seahawks, Browns and Panthers were the biggest risers, each moving up four spots from last week, while the Steelers, Dolphins, Bills and Lions dropped that many spots after Week 14 losses.

The NFL Power Rankings are voted on by editors and writers from USA TODAY Sports' NFL desk.

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