Week 1 Power Rankings

Go around the web, and you’re likely to find a bunch of power rankings, most of which have very little to do with the performance of every team, and are much more based on a “gut feel”.  We won’t be doing that here.  After piling together the scores for each week, I’ll be publishing power rankings in as unbiased a manner as I can.  My rankings will be based purely on the scores that teams put up compared against the scores that they allowed.  There’s then a formula to compare each team’s performance against the opposition’s average for the year which should help adjust for ease or difficulty of the opponent.

For the first four weeks, since there will be little to no opponent difficulty averages to compare against, the rankings will be leaning on each team’s strengths from last year.  As more data is collected, lest year will be given less weight to the numbers and the teams will have an accurate grade for the current year.

With that said, here’s the current Power Rankings of the NFL:

Week 1 RANK TEAM Change From Last Year
1 SEAHAWKS 1
2 BRONCOS -1
3 49ERS 0
4 PANTHERS 0
5 BENGALS 0
6 SAINTS 0
7 EAGLES 5
8 CARDINALS 1
9 CHIEFS -2
10 PATRIOTS -2
11 LIONS 2
12 CHARGERS -1
13 COLTS -3
14 TITANS 5
15 DOLPHINS 2
16 STEELERS -1
17 VIKINGS 9
18 COWBOYS -4
19 BILLS 3
20 BEARS 1
21 RAVENS -1
22 FALCONS 1
23 PACKERS -5
24 RAMS -8
25 JETS 2
26 BUCCANEERS -1
27 BROWNS 1
28 TEXANS 3
29 GIANTS -5
30 RAIDERS -1
31 REDSKINS -1
32 JAGUARS 0

I’m sure some of you are saying that some teams, like the Packers, are way too far down on the list.  And, if they are able to keep everybody on the team healthy for the entire year, you’re probably right.  But partially because of injuries last year, they performed poorly, and there is no reason to assume this year is going to be any better for them in that regard.  So we’ll just have to wait and cringe as the inevitable happens and they start climbing up the list, right behind the Vikings the entire way.  

96 comments on “Week 1 Power Rankings

  1. The numbers say that the Vikes win this game 33.5-13. But since things were outside the scope of what was expected of both teams last week, I’m going to bring that prediction a bit closer to reality and say that the final score is 31-24 in favor of the home team.

  2. Vikes face some serious competition this Sunday. Rams’ backup and backup backup actually threw for some yardage. Thank God for a combination of self-destruction and a disruptive Dline.

    Brady will pile up yards, and Vikes won’t be able to hold them to FGs this weekend.

    However, our offense will shift another gear. AP will get some correction this week – his stutter-stepping threw him off-balance and proved ineffective, he’ll do more North-South running and find his stride. CP84 and Jennings will provide Cassel with ample scoring opportunities. Walsh’s leg is the deciding factor, giving Minnesota the 3-pt victory. 30-27

  3. Can the Patriots beat the Vikings? From what I saw they couldn’t do shit. QB got beat up, their O line is a mess. Their OT’s struggle with speed, their TE’s gave them no hope. Brady couldn’t get a receiver open (because he doesn’t have any). Their only big gains were Julian Edelman sweeps. Don’t even start with their defense the Vikings WILL beat the Patriots.

    Vikings 33- Patriots 19

    • I’m thinking we should be shooting for a DB this year. Zimmer doesn’t seem pleased with the options he has to stand next to Smith, so the draft should be a good way to fix that problem. After that, I’m probably looking for the guy who’s going to be Greenway’s replacement. He’s been a reliable LB for us, but his days are numbered.

      • I could see a CB, but I think Blanton will surprise everyone with his play beside Smith. OLine only if Yankey doesn’t prove himself and replace Johnson.

        LB is still a spot of concern, but between Hodges, Cole, and Mauti I’m pretty sure one will stick. More than likely Cole will replace Brinkley in the middle before mid season.

  4. Titus I’ve been back and forth lately as my mother is having some health issues. I’ve spoke to numerous people within the healthcare system (Mayo) and I’m so happy she’s in Minnesota. There is such a thing as “Minnesota Nice”, there’s many things I miss about living there.

    • A switch is a long flexible shaft. Generally a twig, or small tree branch. Its primary use is disciplining children who misbehave, but it became unpopular in the hippie generation, and taboo shortly after. Some parents still use it, but are generally viewed as corrupt wardens, lording their power over the children they hold prisoner because bad children are supposed to be punished with hugs and kisses and should never know what pain is until they are too old to learn anything from it.

  5. My father used a belt on me when ‘necessary’….This ‘corrupt warden’ never believed in hugs and kisses. I have 2 daughters, both who grew up in a house that did not accept that.
    Parody, until you have kids, ….remember that there is NO excuse for hitting a child,,NONE,

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