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September 23, 2009 1:55 PM

Giants Rise to Top of RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages

week%203.jpg.jpgThe 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.

The NY Giants are the new number one team in the RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages in a week that saw a lot of shakeups in the rankings overall.

This week's number-two team, the Saints, climbed nine spots, from 11th; the Jets moved all the way up from 14th to fourth. Also improving their rankings were the 49ers, who moved from 18th to 11th after their 2-0 start.

Last week's number one, the Steelers, dropped to seventh, while last week’s number two, the Pats, slipped to 9th place. Falling the most this week was the Titans, who dropped from seventh all the way down to 18th. Also slipping, the Seahawks, who moved from 15th to 22nd.

There is a lot of variation in the rankings this week as some sites seem to put more value on this seasons results while others are still focused more on offseason expectations. The rankings that are by far the least in line with the other power rankings are those from Covers. Covers has the undefeated Falcons (6th overall) ranked 23rd, claiming an easy schedule as part of the reason for the low ranking. At the same time, Covers seems to overvalue the Broncos wins by rankings them fourth, compared to their average ranking of 17th.

The League continues to be strong in the East and weak in the West. The NFC East is the strongest division, with an overall RCS Average of 11.53, followed by the AFC East at 13.97. The AFC West is the weakest division with an overall average of 20.6, but the NFC West is not far ahead of them at 19.91.

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