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End of Season Power Rankings

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The regular season has come and gone and we are left with 12 teams in a dog fight for the ultimate prize. The other 20, well better luck next year.

It was the first year doing these rankings and I must say numbers were pretty true to how the teams stacked up. The top 9 teams all made the playoffs and all 12 resided in the top 14. The 2 teams that missed out were Detroit and Arizona.

If you compare the rankings to the teams record there are a few that seem out of position. Houston, Detroit, Washington seem too high while the Jets, Giants and Baltimore stats are worse than their records. I put these differences on the coaches and how they influenced games. It is fitting the teams that the 3 teams that under achieved fired their coaches while the 3 that did better than expected with what they were given are safe.

With that said I think the 3 teams that fired their coach will be more likely to turn things around next season. If 49er fans know anything its that finding the right coach can change a team overnight. The league proves it all the time. New Orleans losses Sean Payton for a year and they fell off the face of the earth, Kansas City had 6 pro bowlers on a 2 win team, get Andy Reid win 11 games. It happens, in a league separated by inches a single piece here or there can change everything.

As for your San Francisco 49ers, they have the right pieces on the field, sideline, in the front office and a owner who has done a heck of a job putting it together while staying out of the way all at the same time. The 49ers finished tied for 4th in the league and are ready for a postseason run. Here are the final rankings for the 2013 season.

 

Rank Last Wk Team Off YPG Def YPG Points scored Points Allowed Turnover Dif Yards Per play Net points TOP Total
1 2 New Orleans Saints 4 4 10 4 14 6 7 3 52
2 1 Seattle Seahawks 17 1 8 1 1 9 2 14 53
3 3 Cincinnati Bengals 10 3 6 5 13 13 4 2 56
4 4 San Francisco 49ers 24 5 11 3 4 12 3 13 75
4 5 Denver Broncos 1 19 1 22 14 2 1 15 75
6 6 Carolina Panthers 26 2 18 2 6 23 4 5 86
7 7 Kansas City Chiefs 21 24 6 5 2 20 4 7 89
7 8 San Diego Chargers 5 23 12 11 20 5 12 1 89
7 9 New England Patriots 7 26 3 10 8 11 8 16 89
10 12 Arizona Cardinals 12 6 16 7 17 16 10 9 93
11 10 Philadelphia Eagles 2 29 4 17 4 1 9 32 98
12 11 Detroit Lions 6 16 13 15 28 8 13 4 103
13 14 Indianapolis Colts 15 20 14 9 3 15 10 22 108
14 15 Green Bay Packers 3 25 8 24 19 4 16 10 109
15 13 Chicago Bears 8 30 2 30 11 3 21 8 113
16 16 Pittsburgh Steelers 20 13 16 14 20 19 14 10 126
17 17 Dallas Cowboys 16 32 5 26 9 7 15 26 136
18 19 Tennessee Titans 22 14 19 16 14 21 19 19 144
19 18 St. Louis Rams 30 15 21 13 9 24 17 25 154
20 22 Buffalo Bills 19 10 22 20 12 29 22 27 161
21 20 Washington Redskins 9 18 23 30 25 17 30 10 162
22 24 Houston Texans 11 7 31 24 32 22 31 6 164
23 21 Baltimore Ravens 29 12 25 12 22 32 20 16 168
24 27 Atlanta Falcons 14 27 20 27 24 14 25 18 169
25 23 Miami Dolphins 27 21 26 8 18 26 18 28 172
26 29 Minnesota Vikings 13 31 14 32 28 10 23 30 181
27 28 Cleveland Browns 18 9 27 23 25 25 27 29 183
28 30 New York Jets 25 11 29 19 30 27 26 20 187
29 31 New York Giants 28 8 28 18 31 28 23 24 188
30 25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32 17 30 21 7 31 28 23 189
31 26 Oakland Raiders 23 22 24 29 27 18 29 21 193
32 32 Jacksonville Jaguars 31 27 32 28 23 30 32 31 234

The Saints stole the top spot in the final week from Seattle who finished 2nd. Cincinnati led the way in the AFC thanks in large part to them being the only team that knows how to play defense in the conference. Out of the 5 other teams in the AFC playoff bracket Denver, yes that’s right Denver is the closest to them in total defense. Please note that total offense and defense is figured by yards per game. It has widely been used by the league as the main measuring stick for teams. If used on this year’s teams on both sides of the ball Houston had a better season than Denver.

Stats can be used to tell the story, but can be misleading if not used properly. When choosing these statistical categories I wanted to make sure it was balanced. Yards and points on each side of the ball, turnover differential, and then not only just time of possession, but a teams yard per play so teams that scored quickly weren’t penalized for their big plays. Net points I have always felt told the story on where teams stand.  All these added together ended with this result.

If you have any comments please leave them below. I will consider adding a few categories for next year to more accurately depict the league’s standings.

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