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.
The San Diego Chargers end the season as the top team in the RCS NFL Power Ranking Averages. This is the first time this season that the Chargers have been number one. The Colts finished just a shade behind them in second.
The Broncos took the biggest tumble in the final week, dropping from 13th to 18th following their loss to the Chiefs.
At the bottom of the rankings the Rams finished as a unanimous dead last, and the Lions a unanimous 31st.
Looking back at the rankings prior to week 1 quite a lot has changed over the season. The Steelers came into the season as the top team, but finished at 13th. The Giants were the biggest disappointment, starting out ranked 3rd, but ending up 20th. The biggest surprises were the Bengals, who began at 21st and ended at 10th; and the Jets, who started at 22nd and ended up 12th.
Division Overall Average Rankings:
1. AFC South - 13.50
2t. NFC East - 14.75
2t. AFC North - 14.75
4. NFC North - 15.71
5. NFC South - 16.37
6. AFC East - 16.50
7. AFC West - 18.42
8. NFC West - 22.00
The AFC South ends the season as the top division according to the power rankings, thanks mostly to the Giants late season collapse knocking the NFC East out of the top spot. And, as it was for most of the season, both western divisions, particularly the NFC West, are the weakest in the NFL.
*Only six sites' rankings were used for the final week, as Yahoo! and Sports Illustrated only ranked the 12 remaining playoff teams