Winning Stats Power Rankings - Week 15

It's time once again for our weekly installment of Power Rankings based on the Winning Stats.  There wasn't much movement at the top of the rankings, with the Saints maintaining the top spot, followed by the Patriots, Vikings, and Colts.

Follow me after the jump for the full rankings, Strength of Schedule, and Consistency...

Power Rankings (click on headers to sort):

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

A few thoughts:

  • Like I mentioned, the Colts are 4th in the Adjusted Power Rankings, ranking 1st Offensively, and 18th Defensively.  The Colts probably won't get much higher, especially playing without some key players in the last 3 games.
  • Based on these rankings, the teams I'd like the Colts to play in the Playoffs are this week's opponent, Jacksonville (22nd), and San Diego (16th).  A loss this week might not be all that bad for this exact reason.
  • Speaking of the Chargers, they have the 3rd worst defense in the NFL.  But some writers say you shouldn't laugh when they are called the best team in the NFL.
  • The Dolphins have played a tough schedule, and look much better statistically when you adjust for that tough schedule (16th vs. 9th).  If you had told me Chad Henne would be the QB for most of the season with those numbers, I would have laughed in your face.

Strength of Schedule:

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

A couple things:

  • The Colts have played the 9th toughest schedule in the league so far, and it won't get too much easier for the rest of the season.  Where is that other undefeated team?  23rd.
  • The Steelers have absolutely no excuse for losing 5 games in a row, and being 6-7, as they have had the easiest schedule in the league.  Maybe they need the high level of competition to actually win games, like they had last year.
  • I'd say the Broncos and Ravens are in the Driver's seat for the 2 Wild Card spots, seeing as they have the easiest schedules going forward.  In the NFC I think the Packers will keep the spot they currently enjoy as a Wild Card team.

Consistency:

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

My thoughts:

  • The Colts continue to be the most consistent team in the league, besting the Eagles and Cowboys.  I'm still not surprised by that ranking at all.
  • The Colts last 5 opponents of the season (Titans, Broncos, Jaguars, Jets, and Bills) are all in the ten most inconsistent teams in 2009.  Not sure it says much, but it is interesting nonetheless. 
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