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|
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.