NFL Power Ranking roundup for week 12


The Seattle Seahawks move back into the Top 10 in our aggregate look at this week’s top NFL Power Rankings lists.

NFL Power Rankings have definitely become a thing. All season I’ve been providing a weekly update of the top national lists and showing where the Seattle Seahawks stand in each one. But I want something better. Something that helps mitigate some of the extremes you see from one poll to the next, and something that provides a balanced look at the overall national viewpoint on where the Seahawks stand relative to the rest of the league.

Enter….. the Aggregate NFL Power Rankings!

Thanks to all the polls out there (with a huge helping hand from Microsoft Excel) there is enough information to compile a comprehensive look at the overall rankings. Most of these polls are subjective, driven by sheer opinion, while a few are created using statistical metrics (such as strength of schedule, offensive and defensive ratings etc.).

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Overall I will use 10 different rankings, from the following sources (the first three rankings are statistics based, objective, numbers plugged into a spreadsheet and spit out for our enjoyment. The rest are opinion polls)

  1. Keith Myers*
  2. ESPN Power Poll: John Clayton*
  3. Pro Football Focus: Nathan Jahnke*
  4. Fox Sports: Dan Schneier
  5. CBS Sports: Pete Prisco
  6. Sports Illustrated: Chris Burke
  7. Elliott Harrison
  8. USA Today: Staff
  9. Yahoo Sports: Frank Schwab

And here are this week’s rankings….

They got back on track against the 49ers, a perfect tonic to heal their ailing ways. Now comes a real challenge with the Steelers coming to town. —CBS’ Pete Prisco on the Seahawks

  1. New England Patriots (10-0)
  2. Carolina Panthers (10-0)
  3. Arizona Cardinals (8-2)
  4. Cincinnati Bengals (8-2)
  5. Denver Broncos (8-2)
  6. Green Bay Packers (7-3)
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)
  8. Minnesota Vikings (7-3)
  9. Seattle Seahawks (5-5)
  10. Kansas City Chiefs (5-5) 
  11. Buffalo Bills (5-5)
  12. New York Giants (5-5)
  13. Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
  14. Indianapolis Colts (5-5)
  15. Houston Texans (5-5)
  16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5)
  17. New York Jets (5-5)
  18. Oakland Raiders (4-6)
  19. Dallas Cowboys (3-7)
  20. Chicago Bears (4-6)
  21. St. Louis Rams (4-6)
  22. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)
  23. Washington Redskins (4-6)
  24. Miami Dolphins (4-6)
  25. New Orleans Saints (4-6)
  26. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)
  27. Detroit Lions (3-7)
  28. Baltimore Ravens (3-7)
  29. Tennessee Titans (2-8)
  30. San Diego Chargers (2-8)
  31. San Francisco 49ers (3-7)
  32. Cleveland Browns (2-8)

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  • Wow, the most parity-driven league in the world is having it’s most parity-filled season ever. Eight teams have 5-5 records, with another eight at 4-6. That’s half the league combined! Only 9 winning records at this point…… NINE!
  • Seattle was a big mover this week, jumping up seven spots to 9th overall after their win against San Francisco, but the biggest improvement was seen by the Cowboys. They moved up 10 spots to #19.
  • The biggest loser? The Rams, falling six spots to #21 overall.
  • The Seattle vs. Pittsburgh game features two of the highest ranked teams, #9 vs. #7, but there’s an even better matchup of top ten teams, with #1 New England travelling to 5th ranked Denver.
  • The worst matchup of the week? Clearly Baltimore at Cleveland. #28 vs. #32. Ouch.
  • The team the polls disagree on the most? Atlanta. The Falcons are seen as high as 6th with Pro Football Focus, and as low as #21 on SI’s poll. Understandable, as they’ve lost four out of five games after a 5-0 start.