Aggregate NFL Power Rankings, Hawks vs Vikings this week’s best game


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 9 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

Here are the rankings as we move into Week #13:

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

Next: Keith's full Week 13 Power Index


  • Carolina takes over the top spot for the first time this year, ending up first on 8 of the 9 lists. Keith’s metric-based formula has them sixth.
  • The Insane Year Of NFL Parity continues, as there are 20 teams with four to six wins.
  • The game featuring the two highest ranked teams this week is…… Seattle (#7) vs. Minnesota (#6). The next best matchup pits Indianapolis (#12) against Pittsburgh (#10).
  • The biggest snoozers of the week? #1 Carolina faces #24 New Orleans, while #5 Denver travels to #29 San Diego.
  • The average rating of the five remaining opponents for the Seahawks is 18th.


"“A handful of uninspiring outings combined with the Seahawks’ defensive domination in recent years might be clouding judgment on the 2015 team. Even after surrendering 538 yards and 30 points to Pittsburgh, Seattle still ranks top 10 in points allowed, yards allowed, passing defense and rushing defense. Oh, and it picked off four passes Sunday.”  Chris Burke, SI"