Statsational Week 7 Power Rankings

By | October 23, 2012

After week 7 we really have no clear favorite to win the Super Bowl and really that is the way the NFL likes it.  As we have seen in the recent past being the best team now does not mean you will be the best team in January.

This week we still have San Francisco as the top ranked team on the list.  The Niners have played the 5th most difficult schedule and are now 5-2.  There are certainly some who argue, and I might be one of them, that the Niners did not look like the best team when they were blown out at home by the Giants. That loss, however, makes a bigger impression on humans than it does on the computers.  The fact remains the Niners are the top defense by a large margin and are a top ten offense.  Mainly because they can run the ball better than every team but Washington, who get a lot of yards from their QB.

Just 3 AFC teams find the top 10.  Denver, Houston, and New England.  There probably wont be too much of an argument that these are the 3 best AFC teams but their ranks ay be arguable.  Denver is 2nd overall and 1st in the AFC.  A little over a point behind and in 3rd overall is Houston with New England 7th.  Denver ranks 3rd in offense while ranking 6th in defense.  They have played the 8th overall toughest schedule and are the 3rd most prolific passing team.

The biggest surprise on the downside is probably Baltimore.  Baltimore has played a relatively easy schedule so far (19th) and while having a winning record they have not performed well.  Baltimore is the 12th best offense and 21st ranked defense.  Their inability to stop the run (25th) is really hurting this defense although the passing defense (21st) is not much better.

The best matchup this weekend is the NFC East battle between Dallas and New York.  The Giants come in at 6th overall and 1st in the NFC East.  Dallas is 9th overall and 2nd in the NFC East.  Dallas’ win over the Giants in week 1 is helping keep them in the top 10 but they will need a repeat performance to stay up there.  The Cowboys strength has been passing defense (4th) and the strength of the Giants is their ability to pass it (7th)

Byes
Baltimore, Buffalo, Houston, Cincinnati

Rank Teams Power Rating
1 San Francisco 29.81
2 Denver 28.90
3 Houston 27.79
4 Chicago 27.73
5 Green Bay 27.01
6 NY Giants 26.81
7 New England 25.10
8 Detroit 24.68
9 Dallas 24.38
10 Atlanta 24.23
11 Seattle 23.81
12 Pittsburgh 23.29
13 Washington 22.49
14 Philadelphia 22.05
15 St. Louis 21.78
16 Minnesota 21.59
17 NY Jets 21.09
18 Arizona 21.06
19 Baltimore 20.96
20 Miami 20.90
21 San Diego 19.69
22 Tampa Bay 19.21
23 Carolina 18.23
24 New Orleans 18.10
25 Cincinnati 17.17
26 Indianapolis 16.63
27 Oakland 16.49
28 Cleveland 15.23
29 Kansas City 14.56
30 Tennessee 14.49
31 Buffalo 13.63
32 Jacksonville 11.20
NFC East 23.93 W L
NY Giants 26.81 5 2
Dallas 24.38 3 3
Washington 22.49 3 4
Philadelphia 22.05 3 3
NFC North 25.25 W L
Chicago 27.73 5 1
Green Bay 27.01 4 3
Detroit 24.68 2 4
Minnesota 21.59 5 2
NFC South 19.94 W L
Atlanta 24.23 6 0
Tampa Bay 19.21 2 4
Carolina 18.23 1 5
New Orleans 18.10 2 4
NFC West 24.12 W L
San Francisco 29.81 5 2
Seattle 23.81 4 3
St. Louis 21.78 3 4
Arizona 21.06 4 3
AFC East 20.18 W L
New England 25.10 4 3
NY Jets 21.09 3 4
Miami 20.90 3 3
Buffalo 13.63 3 4
AFC North 19.16 W L
Pittsburgh 23.29 3 3
Baltimore 20.96 5 2
Cincinnati 17.17 3 4
Cleveland 15.23 1 6
AFC South 17.53 W L
Houston 27.79 6 1
Indianapolis 16.63 3 3
Tennessee 14.49 3 4
Jacksonville 11.20 1 5
AFC West 19.91 W L
Denver 28.90 3 3
San Diego 19.69 3 3
Oakland 16.49 2 4
Kansas City 14.56 1 5
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