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October 21, 2009
by Jeff Briggs
The RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages combine eight* 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.
After beating last week's top team, the Giants, the Saints have taken over the number one spot in the RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages. The top five is composed of the same five teams from last week, with New York’s loss dropping them from first to fifth.
Moving the most spots in the rankings this week was the Jets, who, after losing three straight games have dropped from 10th to 17th. By virtue of their win over the Eagles on Sunday, the Raiders jumped up the most spots this week, from 30th to 25th.
At the bottom of the rankings, three teams received votes for 32nd place: the Rams, Buccaneers, and Titans, with the Rams holding down the last spot for yet another week.
Game of the Week by Rankings: #3 Minnesota Vikings @ #8 Pittsburgh Steelers
Division Overall average rankings:
1. NFC North - 13.82
2. AFC North - 14.57
3. NFC East - 14.82
4. NFC South - 15.19
5. AFC East - 16.38
6. AFC South - 18.00
7. AFC West - 18.32
8. NFC West - 20.94
It appears the dominance of the NFC East may be over, as for the first week this season they are not the strongest division in the RCS Averages. An overall stronger group of teams has propelled both the NFC and AFC North division above the once heralded NFC East.