The RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages combine five* 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 New England Patriots edged out the Pittsburgh Steelers to start the season at #1 in the RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages.
Looking at the last rankings, made in late July at the start of training camp, it is interesting to see which teams have moved up or down the rankings because of their preseasons. Unsurprisingly, the Bills fell from 19th to 23rd after the initial TO excitement wore off and they fired their offensive coordinator, who in turn said coach Dick Jauron wanted to run a 'pop-warner' offense. Falling in the rankings due to a poor preseason performance are the Panthers, who dropped from 11th to 16th, and the Cardinals, who slipped from 9th to 13th. Both playoff teams from last year struggled throughout the preseason, calling for prognosticators to worry and slot them in a lower power ranking spot.
Shooting up the rankings over the course of the preseason are the Packers, who moved up from 16th to 10th, including a ranking of 3rd overall from Don Banks at SI, who cited their impressive preseason performance. It's nice for Packers fans to get excited, but just remember, as great as the Pack looked, so too did Steve Spurrier's Redskins team look great in preseason.
To no one's surprise, the NFC East looks to be the strongest division in football with an combined RCS Power Ranking Average of 10.9. On the other end of the spectrum is the AFC West, with an abysmal RCS Power Ranking Average of 22.9.
Will these rankings hold true for this season? Of course not, so check back every Tuesday to see how the various power rankings across the web shift each week.
*In future rankings we hope to use from 7 to 9 different sets of Power Rankings to determine the RCS Averages, but several sites do not have updated rankings prior to week 1.
UPDATE: Fox and NFL.com came out with its rankings and now the Steelers are #1 in the RCS Averages.