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 EaglesEmbed from Getty Images
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 BuccaneersEmbed from Getty Images
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.
|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.
- 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.