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Power Rankings after Week 4

After what has seen some teams already have an up and down 4 weeks, and most teams having 4 games in the record books, it was time for our quarterly Power Rankings.

Power Rankings are not an exact science, and after 4 weeks there is likely to be a lot of differences in opinion. This time the Rankings have come in from 4 people in the team, who you will recognise from the Podcast.

We’ll start of by showing you the rankings how we averaged them out, then we can get into the raw data.

1 – Los Angeles Rams

2 – Kansas City Chiefs

3 – Jacksonville Jaguars

4 – New Orleans Saints

5 – Baltimore Ravens

6 – Cincinnati Bengals

7 – Chicago Bears

8 – Carolina Panthers

9 – New England Patriots

10 – Green Bay Packers

11 – Tennessee Titans

12 – Philadelphia Eagles

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13 – Washington Redskins

14 – Los Angeles Chargers

15 – Minnesota Vikings

16- Miami Dolphins

17 – Atlanta Falcons

18 – Dallas Cowboys

19 – Pittsburgh Steelers

20 – Denver Broncos

21 – Seattle Seahawks

22 – Detroit Lions

23 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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24 – Houston Texans

25 – Indianapolis Colts

26 – Cleveland Browns

27 – New York Giants

28 – New York Jets

29 – San Francisco 49ers

30 – Oakland Raiders

31 – Buffalo Bills

32 – Arizona Cardinals

Okay, now let’s get into the raw data and see how we got here.

This is broken by person (JT is Johnny Thrash, the rest are pretty evident) and by team, and the columns on the right show the average, which made the list above, as well as the highest position they were picked at, the lowest they were picked at, and the differences between the two.

Team Division JT Jim G-Lo Griff  Average Highest Lowest Max Diff
Arizona Cardinals NFC West 32 32 32 31 31.75 32 31 1
Atlanta Falcons NFC South 15 16 17 20 17.00 20 15 5
Baltimore Ravens AFC North 5 4 5 4 4.50 5 4 1
Buffalo Bills AFC East 30 30 29 32 30.25 32 29 3
Carolina Panthers NFC South 6 5 9 12 8.00 12 5 7
Chicago Bears NFC North 7 10 6 7 7.50 10 6 4
Cincinnati Bengals AFC North 8 7 8 6 7.25 8 6 2
Cleveland Browns AFC North 24 24 26 28 25.50 28 24 4
Dallas Cowboys NFC East 20 20 16 14 17.50 20 14 6
Denver Broncos AFC West 19 19 24 18 20.00 24 18 6
Detroit Lions NFC East 22 23 22 24 22.75 24 22 2
Green Bay Packers NFC North 10 8 10 11 9.75 11 8 3
Houston Texans AFC South 25 25 25 19 23.50 25 19 6
Indianapolis Colts AFC South 23 27 23 23 24.00 27 23 4
Jacksonville Jaguars AFC South 3 3 4 5 3.75 5 3 2
Kansas City Chiefs AFC West 2 2 2 3 2.25 3 2 1
Los Angeles Chargers AFC West 12 13 15 17 14.25 17 12 5
Los Angeles Rams NFC West 1 1 1 1 1.00 1 1 0
Miami Dolphins AFC East 18 17 13 16 16.00 18 13 5
Minnesota Vikings NFC North 16 14 21 10 15.25 21 10 11
New England Patriots AFC East 9 9 7 9 8.50 9 7 2
New Orleans Saints NFC South 4 6 3 2 3.75 6 2 4
New York Giants NFC East 27 26 27 27 26.75 27 26 1
New York Jets AFC East 29 28 28 30 28.75 30 28 2
Oakland Raiders AFC West 31 29 30 29 29.75 31 29 2
Philadelphia Eagles NFC East 11 15 11 13 12.50 15 11 4
Pittsburgh Steelers AFC North 17 18 19 22 19.00 22 17 5
San Francisco 49ers NFC West 28 31 31 26 29.00 31 26 5
Seattle Seahawks NFC West 21 21 20 21 20.75 21 20 1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC South 26 22 18 25 22.75 26 18 8
Tennessee Titans AFC South 13 11 12 8 11.00 13 8 5
Washington Redskins NFC East 14 12 14 15 13.75 15 12 3

What does this tell us?

  • Nobody is quite sure on the Minnesota Vikings, they had the biggest difference between highest and lowest pick, with an 11 place swing between the two.
  • Everyone is very sure on Los Angeles Rams, number 1 across the board.
  • Philadelphia Eagles are struggling with the Superbowl hangover, be interesting to see where they are after week 8 with a fitter Carson Wentz and his receiver back to a full compliment.
  • Those poor Joshs! Josh Rosen and Josh Allen have both already been promoted to starter after being picked in the first round of the draft, and they occupy teams in 31st and 32nd place.
  • The Patriots started slow last year, and ended up in the Superbowl. They were 12th at this stage last year, and 9th. Is that because they are better, because I doubt that, or is it more a grudging acceptance that Bill Belichick will get it right sooner rather than later after a thrashing of Miami.
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  • At this stage last year Jacksonville Jaguars were 21st, this year they sit at 3rd. It’s not the biggest jump though.
  • Chicago Bears were 31st this stage last year, and sat at 28th the rest of the year. This time they came up 7th! The power of a new coach, way of thinking, receivers and an elite pass rusher.
  • Not all new coaches are succeeding. New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts are all languishing lower than would be hoped.
  • Growing signs of hope in Cleveland. They were dead bottom throughout all of last year, and now sit above both New York teams and some big name, established franchises, albeit ones in transition.
  • The value in the quarterback. You going to tell me 49ers would be this low if they had Jimmy G under centre. 3 of the bottom 5 have rookie QBs, whilst  the top 2 still have young QBs, but have at least a year in the league, slightly more for Goff, to learn their trade, as well as being tied to creative Head Coaches.
  • The Panthers are creating confusion amongst the numbers, albeit I think that depends on whether you like/trust Cam Newton or not.
  • The Buccs are sinking. All four of us expected them to suck this year, but even after 3 games, nobody could’ve seen a performance like they did against the Bears. Confidence in FitzMagic wasn’t high, he was always going to have a game or more where he sucked, but confidence in Winston is not any higher, seeing as to they have the second highest difference between picks. Not just QB though, that defence is bad…they have probably reached their season peak already.
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