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Power Ranking By The Numbers


In honor of the BCS coming out with their own rankings to shake up the top of college football, I decided what if the NFL had the same looks. Now of course records should play a share in it, along with strength of schedule, but this is a straight by the numbers only look at the NFL.

Rank Team Offensive YPG Defensive YPG Points Scored Points Allowed Turnover +/- Yards Per Play Net Points TOP Total
1 Seattle Seahawks 10 2 5 3 2 10 3 7 42
2 New Orleans Saints 6 11 6 4 6 8 4 2 47
3 Kansas City Chiefs 19 5 12 1 1 25 2 6 71
4 Green Bay Packers 2 15 4 12 20 2 9 14 78
5 Indianapolis Colts 14 17 7 6 2 13 5 15 79
6 Carolina Panthers 23 3 15 2 6 22 6 3 80
7 San Francisco 49ers 17 8 11 7 12 14 8 13 90
8 Dallas Cowboys 13 29 3 16 6 9 7 11 94
9 Denver Broncos 1 30 1 27 20 1 1 16 97
10 San Diego Chargers 5 23 14 9 27 4 11 4 97
11 Cincinnati Bengals 12 9 22 7 20 12 13 8 103
12 Detroit Lions 7 31 8 21 6 11 12 9 105
13 Chicago Bears 11 26 2 28 2 6 14 23 112
14 New England Patriots 16 18 20 5 6 27 10 21 123
15 Atlanta Falcons 9 20 9 23 20 5 17 20 123
16 Tennessee Titans 28 10 23 10 5 23 16 22 137
17 Washington Redskins 4 25 10 30 17 7 27 17 137
18 New York Jets 15 4 24 19 30 20 24 5 141
19 Houston Texans 8 1 30 25 30 16 30 1 141
20 Philadelphia Eagles 3 32 12 26 14 3 22 31 143
21 Oakland Raiders 24 12 29 13 15 18 23 12 146
22 Baltimore Ravens 21 14 21 11 20 26 15 19 147
23 Pittsburgh Steelers 20 6 28 13 29 15 21 18 150
24 Buffalo Bills 18 24 16 22 6 29 19 27 161
25 Cleveland Browns 26 7 26 17 17 30 20 24 167
26 Miami Dolphins 27 21 17 20 17 19 18 29 168
27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 13 31 13 15 31 28 10 172
28 Arizona Cardinals 29 16 25 18 20 24 25 25 182
29 St. Louis Rams 30 22 18 24 13 28 26 26 187
30 Minnesota Vikings 25 27 19 29 20 21 29 32 202
31 New York Giants 22 19 27 31 32 17 31 28 207
32 Jacksonville Jaguars 32 28 32 32 28 32 32 30 246

Some notable mishaps in these rankings include Carolina and Denver. Carolina as the 6th best team in the league is a joke. Of course when you play 4 of the 5 bottom teams in the rankings, your stats should be skewed. That probably won’t change that much playing the Buccaneers in week 8.

As for Denver, it might just be the high octane offense putting up some many points quickly that teams have to throw the ball on the defense. They’ve given up just over 7 points in the fourth quarter mainly in junk time after the game has been decided. One interesting thing with Denver is they really haven’t been dominate against a good team. They lost to number 5 Indianapolis and beat number 8 Dallas on a last second field goal. Other than that they’ve played no one above 20, which begs the question are they really as good as everyone thinks.

As for our 49ers they check in at 7th which is about right for this team. There is plenty of room for improvement, especially if the team can ever find a way to get healthy this season. Injuries happen every season in the NFL, but avoiding major players and a next man up mentality is a must if you want to avoid an off year. If you need an example, just look at Atlanta and see how things can just go wrong really quickly.

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