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 one week the Steelers remain the #1 team in the RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages. Right behind the Steelers are the Patriots at #2, and Giants and Eagles at 3 and 4 respectively, just like last week. In fact, there was not much movement at the top of the rankings at all. The top ten this week is composed of the same exact ten teams as last week, albeit with a slightly altered order.
The Bengals dropped 5 spots, falling from 21st to 26th after their heartbreaking loss to the Broncos, who coincidently, rose up from 26th to 21st. Also climbing up in the rankings this week are the 49ers (23rd to 18th). But the big winner of the week is the Jets, who moved up from 22nd to 14th. Sliding in the rankings this week are the Texans (18th to 24th) and the big loser, the Panthers, dropping from 15th to 22nd after their putrid performance.
Early in the season it is no surprise to see a lot of differences across the various power rankings, and there are several this year. Take for example the Cardinals, ranked as high as 10th by Fox and as low as 21st by SI. Or perhaps the largest difference, the Packers, who are ranked 3rd by SI and 16th by Covers.com. Obviously these and other differences within the rankings will gradually become smaller as the season progresses and it becomes clear which teams are for real and which teams should start looking towards 2010.
Comparing the divisions the NFC East remains the obvious #1, with an overall RCS average of 10.41. On the other coast it is another story as the NFC West has an overall average of 20.06 and the AFC West is in dead last with an overall average of 21.35.