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October 01, 2008
by Jeff Briggs
The RCS NFL Power Averages combine eight other sites' power rankings to make the most balanced and unbiased rankings possible, and to offer the most accurate look at the state of the NFL on a weekly basis.
With the Cowboys loss last week there is a new number-one team in the RealClearSports NFL Power Averages: the NY Giants.
The Giants and Cowboys (No. 3) are joined by the rest of the NFC East in the top-ten, which remains by far the strongest division overall with teams ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 10th. New to the top-ten this week is the 5th ranked Redskins (up from 11th) and the 8th ranked Buccaneers (up from 12th). Dropping out is the Broncos (6th to 11th) and the Packers (8th to 13th).
In addition to Denver and Green Bay, the other teams suffering the most in the rankings this week were the Eagles (from 3rd to 10th) and the Cardinals (16th to 21st). The team who jumped up the most was the Bears, going from 19th to 12th.
The two teams causing the most confusion as to how good they really are from one ranker to another are the Patriots, whose rankings range from 7th to 22nd; and the Jaguars, who range from 6th to 23rd.
As impressive as the NFC East is with all four teams in the top-ten, the NFC West is as equally unimpressive, with teams ranked 21st, 23rd, 24th, and 32nd. Coincidentally, these two divisions play one another throughout the season.