Posted on: October 4, 2009 1:10 am

My Mathematically Correct Power Rankings

These are a list of power rankings I came up with that have absolutely no opinion involved. Instead, I used a mathematical equation to determine them. Here's how it works...

Offensive points + total yards + passing yards + rushing yards + points allowed + rushing yards allowed + passing yards allowed + total yards allowed. Divide this total by 8. I would then look at their records and give that a rank as well. Teams that are 3-0 received a rank of 1, 2-1 a rank of 2, 1-2 a rank of 3, and 0-3 a rank of 4. I took the sum of the first equation and added the win/loss rank to their total. The team with the lowest score is the "best" team.

For example, the Ravens are the number one ranked team. Here is their equation:

Baltimore: 2+2+5+5+11+7+17+1 = 50 / 8 = 6.25 + 1 = 7.25

The Ravens are ranked 2nd in the league in offensive points, 2nd in overall yards, 5th in passing yards, 5th in rushing yards, etc.

Here's how the they all turned out:

1. Baltimore: 7.25

2. Denver: 7.625

3. New York Giants: 8.25

4. New Orleans: 8.75

5. New England: 10.875

6. Indianapolis: 11.75

7. Philadelphia: 11.75

8. New York Jets: 12.125

9. Minnesota: 12.375

10. Dallas: 15.75

11. Pittsburgh: 16.5

12. Seattle: 16.5

13. San Diego: 16.625

14. Chicago: 18

15. San Francisco: 18.625

16. Cincinnati: 18.75

17. Green Bay: 19.125

18. Washington: 19.25

19. Tennessee: 20

20. Arizona: 21.875

21. Atlanta: 22.125

22. Jacksonville: 22.125

23. Miami: 22.25

24. Buffalo: 23

25. Houston: 25

26. Detroit: 26.5

27. Oakland: 27.125

28. Carolina: 27.25

29. Kansas City: 27.875

30. Tampa Bay: 30

31. St. Louis: 30.125

32. Cleveland: 32.875

Posted on: September 30, 2009 11:53 pm

NFL Week 3 Observations

A few observations from week three of the NFL season.


Brett Favre still has plenty of magic left. Anyone who questioned why the Vikings brought Favre back should now have their answer. If Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson were leading that final drive, do you really think the Vikings would have come out on top? While he topped 300 yards on the day, his overall stat line wasn't extremely impressive based off his 46 passing attempts. The stat lines aren't why he's here, though. His ability to lead the 2 minute drill without looking to the sideline for help will tack on at least another win or two throughout the season. The Vikings also proved they can pass the ball when they need to and don't need to lean on Adrian Peterson to win (85 yards on 19 carries). Now if only their offensive line would come together...


Vernon Davis is finally starting to live up to expectations. When Vernon Davis was drafted, he was seen as being the next truly elite NFL tight end. He's a physical freak that has an unbelievable blend of size and speed. It just goes to show that you can't get by on talent alone in the NFL. With Mike Singletary having a team first approach, he seems to be ready to make the turn. Frank Gore is out the next few weeks which means this team will need to find a new superstar to rely on...Davis could be that guy.


The Philadelphia Eagles have the best stable of quarterbacks in the league. Now I'm not saying they have the best overall quarterback in the league, but it's hard to argue with three ex-pro bowl quarterbacks and a guy named Kolb who throws for over 300 yards every game. Maybe they should stop hogging all the good quarterbacks while poor teams like Cleveland can't even make up their mind on which quarterback they have is worse.


Steve Smith will have a better season than Steve Smith. Hmm...maybe I should clarify. Steve Smith of the Giants will have a better season than Steve Smith of the Panthers . While the Panthers Steve Smith will still have his huge weeks, the Giants Steve Smith will be a consistent week in and week out performer. With Jake Delhomme having the worst season of his career, it's hard to imagine Smith putting up consistent numbers this year...which might upset him. Thank God he's not the kind of player who would punch someone in the face, huh?


The Tennessee Titans are similar to my fantasy team. The team with the best record during the regular season last year has fallen to 0-3. Out of those three games, they've lost by a combined total of 13 points....or about 4 points per game. My fantasy team is 1-2 with my two losses being by two points each. At least I've won a game.


The Baltimore Ravens are scary this year. Who would have guessed that after three weeks the Ravens would have the 2 nd most points scored in the league with a 34.3 ppg average? Joe Flacco is making me think he's a better quarterback than Matt Ryan every week I watch him. While their defense isn't nearly as good as it once was, you can't argue with 17.7 ppg when your team is an offensive juggernaut. I'm looking forward to their game this week against the Patriots as both teams seem like they still have a lot to prove.


I thought I knew what ugly was... and then I saw the Seattle Seahawks glow in the dark jerseys.


Matt Forte is looking more like Cedric Benson . While he was a Bear, that is. Everyone thought this was going to be the week Forte broke out of his slump against a Seahawks team that just gave up over 200 yards rushing to Frank Gore. He still had his best game of the season with 66 yards rushing and 40 yards receiving, but these are still no where near the statistics a top 5 running back should be putting up. The good news? Forte's next five opponents are Detroit, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Arizona. If he doesn't produce during that span, there's no hope left.


Fred Jackson is Buffalo's biggest offensive threat. With both Terrell Owens and Lee Evans falling out of fantasy relevance, there's only one player on that team worth starting on a regular basis: Fred Jackson. Marshawn Lynch is scheduled to return this week, but it'd be a mistake for the Bills to start him over Jackson. He is for them what Matt Forte was for the Bears last season. It seems their entire offense revolves around him. It will be nice having Lynch back to give Jackson a breather here and there, but until he slows down, there's no reason to have him out of the game.


Detroit is no longer the worst team in the league. In fact, they're not even in the bottom five of the league anymore. They have a solid young quarterback in Matthew Stafford , one of the leagues best receivers in Calvin Johnson , and a great young running back in Kevin Smith . They still have a long ways to go, but at least they finally seem to be headed in the right direction.


The Houston Texans will disappoint again this season. The Texans are one of those teams that seems to have high expectations coming into every season no matter how terrible their previous season was. It's hard to win games when you rank 30 th in rush yards and 32 nd in rush yards allowed per game. With the Colts playing their usual dominant football, the best they could hope for is a wild card spot...which the 11-5 Patriots missed out on last season.


The Bengals are the most improved team of 2009. Being a Vikings fan, all I wanted to do was laugh at Packer fans for their team losing to the embarrassing Cincinnati Bengals. Then they had to go out and beat the defending world champions. Well...there goes that idea. The Bengals are a circus catch away from being 3-0 and are suddenly a team that's worth paying attention to. It'll still be hard for them to make the playoffs because of their tough division and being in the AFC, but it's at least attainable this year.


Don't get too excited, Broncos fans. Last season the Broncos started out 3-0 as well and ended the season 8-8. Now they have Kyle Orton instead of Jay Cutler , have beaten teams with a combined record of 3-6, and have pushover Josh McDaniels instead of Mike Shanahan. At least they're still in the AFC West.


That's all for this week. Look for more observations next week.

Posted on: September 22, 2009 10:07 pm

NFL Week 2 Observations

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A few observations from week two of the NFL season.


Brett Favre will have the highest completion percentage of his career. Mistake free football is the name of the game in Minnesota and the record holder for career interceptions has done exactly that. Through two games, Favre has a 77% completion percentage and zero turnovers. Once Favre plays some tougher opponents that will likely change, but the Vikings game plan will stay the same: short, high percentage passes with the (very) occasional deep ball. Favre will never be a fantasy stud again, but he will win a lot of football games.


The Minnesota Vikings are halfway to being a Superbowl team. Through two games, the Vikings have been outscored 23-17 in the first half by the awful Browns and Lions. In the second half, however, they have outscored their opponents by an incredible 44-10. If coach Brad Childress can start giving his halftime speech at the beginning of their games, this will be a very scary team.


The two biggest wide receiver sleepers this year are both Giants. Throughout the whole off season, one of the biggest questions around the NFL was, “Who is going to replace Plaxico Burress?” Turns out, there were two people up to the task. After two weeks, the number one fantasy wide receiver in the league isn't Larry Fitzgerald...it isn't Randy Moss, Andre or Calvin Johnson. Instead, it's that guy who's available on waivers in most leagues named Mario Manningham. Then there's Steve Smith, who also went undrafted in a lot of leagues, who is 6 <sup>th </sup> overall in points and ahead of the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Wayne, Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings, and Randy Moss...to name a few.


The Packers offensive line is worse than we thought. We knew their offensive line was bad after seeing what Ogunleye did to them in week one, but this was awful. Antwan Odom had 5 sacks this week....FIVE. In 12 games last season, he had a total of 3 sacks. It's to the point where Packer fans not only have to worry about making the playoffs this season, but they have to be concerned with the health of their franchise quarterback. Isn't Chad Clifton supposed to be the anchor of that squad?


Norv Turner will be fired this off season. Every year there are lofty expectations for the Chargers...and why not? They have a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. You know where they don't have talent? The sidelines. The Chargers will limp into the playoffs this year due to a terrible division and get the boot in the first round. Turner has already been in hot water in the past and this season certainly won't help his case.


LaDainian Tomlinson isn't immune to red flags. Tomlinson had tons of red flags coming into this season...30 years old, over 8 seasons in the NFL, over 2,500 carries...yet people (including myself) were still drafting Tomlinson in the top 10 of drafts with hopes he could regain a glimpse of his former self. Well, in the one game that he played in, he was a non-factor. This is against a Raiders team that he has historically played extremely well against. Granted, he did look quicker than he did a year ago while he was battling injuries all year. Unfortunately, it looks like he'll be battling injuries again this year as he missed week 2 with an ankle injury.


The New York Jets have the best defense in the NFL. At this point, there's really no contest. Through two weeks they are yet to give up a touchdown...and this is against the Texans and Patriots. Let's take a look at some stats...Tom Brady threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns in week one against the Bills. In week two against the Jets, he threw for 216 yards with no touchdowns. In week two against the Titans, Matt Schaub threw for 357 yards and 4 touchdowns. In week one against the Jets, he threw for 166 yards and no touchdowns. Are we starting to see a trend here?


That's all for this week. Look for more observations next week.

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