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November 12, 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.
The Titans and Giants remain #1 and #2 in the RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages respectively for the third straight week. After the top two teams, there seems to be some confusion, however. Four teams garnered third place rankings between the nine sites used, and five different teams were ranked 4th.
The top-10 sees three new teams in this week. Falling out are the Eagles (dropping from 6th to 11th), the Bears (9th to 14th), and the Packers (10th to 18th). Replacing them in the top-ten are the Patriots (rising from 12th to 8th), the Colts (14th to 9th), and the Ravens (15th to 10th).
The Packers dropped the most spots in the rankings this week, followed closely by the Bills, who fell from 11th into a tie with the Packers at 18th. The Colts and the Ravens were the biggest climbers this week.
As a sign that the NFL continues to be unpredictable and unexplainable, several teams have a large discrepancy in their various rankings from the different sites used here at RCS. A staggering 11 teams have a range of nine or more ranking spots.
Another note of interest: the Buccaneers must have had a better bye week than the Redskins. Despite both teams not playing, the Bucs moved up from 7th to 4th, while the Redskins dropped from 5th to 6th.
The week marks the first time since the preseason that the NFC East has failed to put three teams in the top-10, but they continue to be the strongest division with teams ranked 2nd, 6th, 11th, and 15th. Meanwhile, both West divisions continue to be horrible, but the AFC West remains the worst with a power ranking average of 24.67 as compared to the NFC West's 22.95 average.