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October 22, 2008
by Jeff Briggs
The RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages combine nine other sites' power rankings to make the most balanced and unbiased grade possible, and to offer the most accurate look at the state of the NFL on a weekly basis.
No surprise, the only remaining undefeated team is the unanimous No. 1 in the RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages.
The top-ten saw little change from last week. The Cowboys and Colts fell out of the top-ten, with Dallas dropping from 7th to 14th, and Indy sliding from 8th all the way to 17th. Taking their place in the top-ten are the Eagles, rising from 13th to 9th (somehow during their bye week), and the Patriots, moving up from 19th to 10th after their impressive win over the Broncos on Monday night.
The Patriots were not the only team that shot up the rankings this week: the Packers also moved up nine spots, from 20th to 11th after dismantling the Colts, who hold the dubious honor of dropping the most spots this week, plummeting nine places.
Last week helped to align the different ranking sites opinions on some teams, but certainly not all of them. The Falcons and Chargers still have standard deviations among their rankings of over four, and the Jaguars have a standard deviation of more than five rankings. The Chargers rankings vary from 7th (Covers) to 20th (CBS and Yahoo!); the Falcons range from 7th (WhatIfSports) to 21st (Covers); and the Jags are ranked as high as 6th (Covers) and 7th (Yahoo!), but as low as 23rd (WhatIfSports). Hopefully (for the sake of Gamblor), these teams will finally show themselves as good or bad in the coming weeks.
The NFC East is still the dominant division in football, but not to the extent they were thought to be a few weeks ago. The teams in the East rank 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 14th. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the NFC West no longer has a stranglehold on the title of worst division in football. When looking at the RCS Averages for each division, the NFC West still comes out on the bottom, with an average of 22.778, but the AFC West is not far behind, with an average of 22.025, and its four teams ranked 16th, 18th, 27th, and 30th.