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December 17, 2008 11:50 AM

Steelers New #1 in RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages

nfl%20ranks16.jpgThe 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.

With losses by both the Titans and Giants on Sunday, the RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages have a new #1 team for the first time since Week 4. With a near unanimous vote, the Pittsburgh Steelers take over that number-one spot. The only site that did not rank the Steelers at the top was Covers, who still has the Giants first, despite consecutive losses. The Giants dropped to third overall, and the Titans fell to #2, setting up a battle between the top-two teams in the power ranking averages this Sunday, when the Steelers visit Tennessee.

Just two new teams enter the top-ten this week. The Vikings moved up from 11th to 8th, and the Falcons rose from 13th to 9th. Falling out of the top-ten are the Cardinals, who dropped the most spots of any team this week, falling from 10th to 16th, and the Eagles, who dropped from 9th to 12th, despite throttling the Browns on Monday night. Fox Sports in particular decidde to punish the Eagles for their blowout win, by dropping them from 8th to 14th in their rankings.

In the unexplainable of all unexplainable ranking movements, the Lions are no longer the 32nd ranked team – somehow the Rams have managed to drop below them. Covers, What If Sports, and Yahoo did not rank the Lions as the last place team in the NFL, with Yahoo ranking the Lions all the way up at 29th. I understand the Lions have played some relatively competitive games, but they are 0-14; they deserve to be ranked last.

The Rams, and their worst ranking average in the NFL, help the NFC West reclaim their place as the worst division in football, with an average ranking of 24.38, slightly worse than the AFC West and its average of 23.88. The NFC East and NFC South continue to do battle for the title of best division in football. The NFC East has an average ranking of 10.13, slightly ahead of the NFC South’s 10.25.

* Dr. Z continues to recover and will not be making any Power Rankings this week; as a result, the RCS Power Ranking Averages will be composed of eight sites, not nine.

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