The Patriots had a bye week, but there was still plenty of activity in the rankings. Top teams tumbled and some supposedly mediocre teams made names for themselves. I'm actually happy enough with how things have turned out 5 weeks into the season that I'm going to leave the rankings as the numbers say.
Some notes from the week:
Biggest Faller: St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans - Both teams fell 9 spots after suffering blow out losses.
Mentions: New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs - Fell 7 spots
Biggest Riser: New York Giants - The Giants rose 9 spots after spanking the Texans.
Mentions: Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders - Rose 6 spots
"Who's the #1 Draft Prospect?" Tier
|31||San Francisco 49ers||(20.80)|
"I'll Take Any Kind of Progress!" Tier
|23||St. Louis Rams||42.40|
Read The Rest of the Rankings After the Jump!
"Mediocre Middle" Tier
|16||San Diego Chargers||61.80|
|15||New Orleans Saints||64.40|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||68.50|
"Missing a Piece or Two" Tier
|12||New York Giants||76.60|
|10||Green Bay Packers||86.00|
|8||Kansas City Chiefs||90.00|
"Playoff Competitor" Tier
|3||New England Patriots||108.75|
|1||New York Jets||120.80|
Here are the rankings! I think these are pretty solid for right now. There are a few things that I would change (Patriots are a little high, the Ravens are a little low, the Texans are a little low), but beyond that, I think they're pretty fair. Keep in mind that the teams that I grouped in tiers are based on their scores- in 25 point increments. I think every team within 25 points of each other can beat one another on any given Sunday, which means that Pittsburgh Steelers can absolutely give the Baltimore Ravens a run for their money, despite being in different tiers. It just means that the Ravens have shown more throughout the season.
Word of Note for Patriots fans: Don't get too excited. The Patriots may rank #3 right now, but they're in for a battle against #5 Baltimore (who is under-ranked, in my opinion). The young defense of the Patriots still has a lot to prove before they gain my confidence and the offense needs to show that it can function without Randy Moss. Just because the Patriots rank higher than the Ravens doesn't mean they're going to win.