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September 10, 2008
by Jeff Briggs
After one week of play, the NFC East looks to be the top division in football yet again, placing three teams in the top-five of the RCS Power Averages, with the Cowboys and Giants coming in at No. 1 and 2, respectively.
There has been a lot of movement from last week’s preseason rankings. The team taking the biggest leap up in the rankings this week is the Bears (moving from 24th to 14th). Other teams making big moves include the Eagles (from 13th to 5th), the Panthers (from 19th to 11th), the Broncos (23rd to 16th), and the Falcons (32nd to 24th). The big drop of the week belongs to the Seahawks (falling from 9th to 21st). The Jaguars (5th to 13th), the Vikings (8th to 15th), the Browns (11th to 18th), the Redskins (15th to 22nd), and the Rams (25th to 32nd) also suffered.
It was not a good week for the top-five teams, with the Patriots, Chargers, Colts, and Jags each dropping at least six spots. Tom Brady's injury has obviously hurt the Pats’ power average, but the different rankings disagree on just how much. Dr. Z at Sports Illustrated still has the Pats ranked 2nd, while Pete Prisco at CBS dropped the Pats to 17th in his rankings.
What seems to be clear after one week of games is that, well, things are unclear. Of the 32 NFL teams, 14 of them have a rankings discrepancy of least 10 spots. So, for roughly half the league, it would seem that the “experts” are in complete disagreement (or confusion) as to how good (or bad) the teams actually are.