Another week of NFL football in the books, which means it's time to rank every NFL team once again! Last week, my rankings just reflected the eye test, however I've developed a formula to give a more accurate way to measure all 32 NFL teams.
Going forward each power rankings will be based off a weighted scaled I created that factors in Point differential, opponent win %, and home/away win %. Each of these has been weighted to give a true measure as to who the best and worst teams in the NFL are. Tiebreakers however, are still settled by the eye test. So let's see what the numbers came up with this week.
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-0, 1st in AFC North)
-Last week's rank: 2nd
A big win on the road against their division rival moves the Steelers up to #1 this week. Defensively that looked shaky against the Ravens run game, however they did just enough to get a late stop to seal a victory. The last two weeks they've had quality wins against a Titans team that was previously undefeated, and now a previously 5-1 Ravens team. Safe to say they're the best team in the NFL at this point.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (7-1, 1st in AFC West)
-Last week's rank: 1st
Listen, the Chiefs did nothing wrong this week. They beat up on a terrible Jets team as they should have, however, the Steelers have a very slight edge in scheduled strength after their win this week, and not to mention they're still undefeated. Kansas City is still very much in contention for that #1 spot.
3. Baltimore Ravens (5-2, 2nd in AFC North)
-Last week's rank: 3rd
Even after a tough loss this week, Baltimore remains one of the toughest teams in the league. They still have the 3rd best point differential and are undefeated on the road. Not to mention their only two losses came to the teams listed above. They're still one of the most elite teams in the league. However, Lamar Jackson's flaws have been exposed, and he's gonna have to improve for Baltimore to have a chance to beat the best teams in the league.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2, 1st in NFC South)
-Last week's rank: 6th
Tampa Bay avoided a disastrous upset on MNF with a clutch 2 point conversion stop on defense. That win was enough to move them up in this week's power rankings, as they actually have the second best point differential.
Tampa Bay's defense is arguably the best in the league, and the offense seems to be finding its rhythm. With Antonio Brown being added to the mix next week, the Bucs could see themselves continue to climb up these rankings.
5. Seattle Seahawks (6-1,1st in NFC West)
-Last week's rank: 4th
The Seahawks picked up a good win this week against a tough 49ers team lead by MVP front runner Russell Wilson. They took a slight dip with Tampa Bay leap frogging them, and their secondary desperately needs to improve, but as long as Russ is playing as well as he is, this team is likely going to stay top 5.
6. Arizona Cardinals (5-2, 2nd in NFC West)
-Last week's rank: 9th
7. Indianapolis Colts (5-2, T-1st in AFC South)
-Last week's rank: 14th
Given the new data and a blowout win over a decent Lions team, The Colts soar into our top 10. They're 5th in the league in point differential, so when they do win, they do so pretty handedly.
8. San Francisco 49ers (4-4, 4th in NFC West)
-Last week's rank: 12th
You're probably wondering how a team last in its division, coming off a loss, moved up in the rankings. Even though the Niners are just .500, they've had a pretty tough schedule and have been decimated by injuries. Yet they still have a top 10 point differential, and are 3-1 on the road. Now with Kittle, and possibly Jimmy G missing extended time, this ranking likely won't hold for long.
9. Green Bay Packers (5-2, 1st in NFC North)
-Last week's rank: 5th
An awful upset against Minnesota sees the Packers drop in this week's rankings. They still crack the top 10 thanks to a strong road record, but the Packers run defense leaves them very vulnerable.
10. Buffalo Bills (6-2, 1st in AFC East)
-Last week's rank: 11th
The Bills got bailed out this week by a Cam Newton fumble, otherwise we're likely not seeing them here in our top 10. Big questions marks for this team as Josh Allen has been pretty bad the last 4 weeks.
11. New Orleans Saints (5-2, 2nd in NFC South)
-Last week's rank: 13th
An overtime win against a solid Bears team sees New Orleans get a slight bump in the power rankings this week.
12. Tennessee Titans (5-2, T-1st in AFC South)
-Last week's rank: 7th
Back to back losses see the once unbeaten Titans fall 5 spots in our rankings, especially after losing to a poor Cincinnati team.
13. Miami Dolphins (4-3, 2nd in AFC East)
-Last week's rank: 19th
Miami sees a surge up this week's rankings after a convincing win over the LA Rams. Tua didn't have to do much in his debut, so jury is still out on him, but this Miami team is much better than people expect. They have the 6th highest point differential despite being 4-3.
14. Los Angelos Rams (5-3, 3rd in NFC West)
-Last week's rank: 10th
A big loss against Miami drops the Rams significantly in our ranks, and they've been struggling the past few weeks.
15. Chicago Bears (5-3, 2nd in NFC North)
-Last week's rank: 8th
I probably had this team too high last week anyway, and the numbers prove that. After back to back losses, the Bears are reeling.
16. Las Vegas Raiders (4-3, 2nd in AFC West)
-Last week's rank: 16th
17. Cleveland Browns (5-3, 3rd in AFC North)
-Last week's rank: 15th
18. Carolina Panthers (3-5, 3rd in NFC South)
-Last week's rank: 17th
19. Detroit Lions (3-4, 3rd in NFC North)
-Last week's rank: 18th
20. Denver Broncos (3-4, 3rd in AFC West)
-Last week's rank: 22nd
21. Atlanta Falcons (2-6, 4th in NFC South)
-Last week's rank: 31st
After picking up a much needed win on Thursday Night Football, Atlanta seems to be performing better since firing Dan Quinn.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1, 1st in NFC East)
-Last week's rank: 21st
They struggled to get a win this week against a hopeless Cowboys team, and Wentz still looks awful, but at least they're leading the division. Even though it's the weakest division ever.
23. Los Angelos Chargers (2-5, 4th in AFC West)
-Last week's rank: 20th
It looked like they had a win in the bag this week, which likely would've changed their ranking this week, but in typical Chargers fashion they let it slip. However, they've got to be excited about Justin Herbert.
24. Minnesota Vikings (2-5, 4th in NFC North)
-Last week's rank: 27th
An incredible performance from Dalvin Cook lead to a big upset win for them over the Packers, so naturally they move up the rankings this week.
25. New England Patriots (2-5, 3rd in AFC East)
-Last week's rank: 24th
Just when it seemed the Pats would get back on track with a win, a costly Cam Newton fumble sees them slip to 2-5. It's going from bad to worse in New England.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (2-5-1, 4th in AFC North)
-Last week's rank: 25th
A big upset this week for Cincy, and boy has Joe Burrow been impressive. He's giving them a chance practically every game.
27. Washington Football Team (2-5, 2nd in NFC East)
-Last week's rank: 23rd
28. Houston Texans (1-6, 4th in AFC South)
-Last week's rank: 26th
29. New York Giants (1-7, 4th in NFC East)
-Last week's rank: 30th
30. Dallas Cowboys (2-6, 3rd in NFC East)
-Last week's rank: 29th
Dak Prescott may get his pay day strictly off of how bad this offense is without him. The defense looked better this week, but likely because the Eagles offense is abysmal.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6, 4th in AFC South)
-Last week's rank: 28th
32. New York Jets (0-8, 4th in AFC East)
-Last week's rank: 32nd