Winning Stats Power Rankings: Week 10

It's time for another weekly installments of the Winning Stats Power Rankings.  There was decent movement at the top of the rankings, with the big jumpers being the Bengals and Steelers, each beating a team in last week's top 5.  The Colts maintained their lofty ranking, moving up one spot in the Adjusted Rankings.

This week I've also included a Future Schedule Ranking, so you have an idea how tough the road ahead will be for teams.  It's figured out the same way as the Past Strength of Schedule.  The rankings have been adjusted as well, so I think it's pretty accurate.

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Here are the Power Rankings for Week 10 (click on headers to sort):

Team Power Rankings
Non-Adjusted Adjusted
Offense Defense Total Offense Defense Total
Saints 4 1 1 3 1 1
Patriots 1 10 2 1 9 2
Bengals 11 8 11 9 4 3
Colts 2 14 3 2 20 4
Ravens 6 18 8 6 12 5
Steelers 3 13 4 4 17 6
Giants 10 5 7 11 7 7
Dolphins 13 22 16 7 14 8
Cowboys 5 19 9 5 21 9
Vikings 7 7 5 10 15 10
Broncos 16 9 13 16 5 11
Jets 22 3 14 19 2 12
Packers 9 6 6 14 10 13
Eagles 17 2 10 18 6 14
Falcons 8 26 17 8 23 15
Texans 15 11 12 13 18 16
Cardinals 20 4 15 20 3 17
Chargers 12 24 18 12 28 18
Bears 18 21 20 17 24 19
49ers 27 12 23 25 8 20
Panthers 24 20 24 22 19 21
Seahawks 21 16 21 24 11 22
Redskins 19 15 19 21 22 23
Bills 30 17 25 28 13 24
Titans 26 23 26 27 16 25
Jaguars 14 28 22 15 31 26
Chiefs 28 25 27 30 25 27
Lions 23 31 28 23 29 28
Buccaneers 29 27 29 29 27 29
Rams 25 32 30 26 32 30
Browns 32 30 32 32 26 31
Raiders 31 29 31 31 30 32

Some thoughts:

  • Like I said above, the Colts moved up in the Adjusted Rankings from 4th to 3rd, but got jumped by the Bengals (more on them later).  The defense still isn't ranked very high when you adjust for opponents, but I'm guessing the next two weeks, playing the #1 and #6 offenses, will show how good they really are.
  • The Saints still hold the top spot, more so for the defense than the offense, although both units are very good.
  • When I looked at the lines for this week, I was shocked by the Bengals/Steelers line.  Could the Bengals really be getting 6.5 points?  The same Bengals who have beaten the Steelers already this year, and look to me like a better team anyways?  If you look at the raw numbers, it clearly looks like the Steelers are a better team.  But when you look closer, the Bengals are playing very well against good teams.  They are well balanced, have their stars healthy, and are playing really well, against a tough schedule.

Here's the Schedule Rankings (click on headers to sort):

Team Strength of Schedule
Past Future
Offense Defense Total Offense Defense Total
Dolphins 1 1 1 26 15 22
Browns 2 4 2 32 18 24
Ravens 11 8 3 30 13 19
Broncos 22 2 4 28 26 27
Bengals 13 6 5 31 30 29
Falcons 9 5 6 4 24 15
Jets 4 7 7 21 5 7
Bills 3 9 8 17 6 8
Patriots 5 13 9 8 4 4
Titans 17 3 10 20 21 23
Buccaneers 7 12 11 2 2 2
Chargers 19 17 12 16 28 25
Raiders 12 16 13 22 12 6
Saints 6 18 14 29 17 26
Lions 20 10 15 5 22 12
Bears 14 15 16 12 19 16
Panthers 10 19 17 3 1 1
Steelers 24 22 18 24 20 14
Chiefs 29 11 19 19 25 21
49ers 21 14 20 23 29 31
Cardinals 18 20 21 25 32 32
Texans 8 27 22 27 8 18
Cowboys 15 28 23 14 14 13
Vikings 26 24 24 9 23 20
Eagles 27 29 25 18 9 11
Giants 25 26 26 10 7 5
Rams 28 23 27 1 27 28
Packers 32 25 28 15 16 17
Seahawks 31 21 29 13 31 30
Colts 16 30 30 6 10 10
Jaguars 23 32 31 7 11 9
Redskins 30 31 32 11 3 3

A couple thoughts here:

  • The Colts have played a pretty easy schedule to date, but will get tough, especially the next 2 weeks.  It's certainly tougher than what the Saints have to still play.
  • Don't be surprised to see the Dolphins rip off a few wins in a row.  They've played the toughest schedule in the league, and have it fairly easy the rest of the way.
  • The AFC East is making up for the ridiculously easy schedules last year with very tough ones this year.  All of them figure to end up in the top 10 in SOS by the end of the year.
  • Don't expect the Giants to turn the ship around.  They feasted on the easy part of the schedule, and have struggled once they started playing real teams.  Definitely don't see them making the playoffs.
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