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December 24, 2008 2:00 PM

Titans Back to #1 in RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages

nfl%20ranks17.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.

The Titans and Giants reclaimed their spots as the top two teams in the RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages. Two teams fell out of the top ten this week, with the Vikings dropping from 8th to 11th and the Bucs falling from 10th to 12th. Rising into the top ten are the Patriots, up from 11th to 9th, and the Dolphins, up from 14th to 10th.

There is a lot of discrepancy in this weeks rankings, and most all of it comes by way of the What If Sports rankings. What If Sports runs their rankings in a unique way, as they simulate every possible NFL matchup 100 times and chart the teams’ winning percentages. The simulations are based on strength of schedule, adjusted stats, and they use up-to-date rosters, so a lot of weekly changes are possible, and that was seen this week more than ever. What If Sports has the Colts all the way down at 17th, while no other ranking has them lower than 7th. Other noticeable differences; they have the Ravens ranked 2nd, the Steelers down at 8th, Redskins 12th, Chargers 10th, and Broncos 27th.

The NFC South looks to be the best division, with teams ranked 3rd, 7th, 12th, and 16th, but the NFC East is close with teams ranked 2nd, 8th, 13th, and 18th. The NFC West takes home the worst division title this week, with an average ranking of 24.88, slightly worse than the AFC West and its 23.22 average ranking.

*No rankings from Dr. Z as he continues to recover.

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