Who doesn't love a good Power Ranking? Whether you agree with every team from 1 to 32, or you want to reach through your monitor and slap the writer(s) silly, Power Rankings get everyone's attention. That got us thinking, "hey, Colts Authority can tick off people, too, ya know!" And with that, the Colts Authority NFL Power Rankings were born.
Colts Authority Writers ranked the teams 1-32, and the overall team rankings were done in order of lowest average ranking to highest average. If two teams wound up with the same average, the team that received the lowest/best ranking was given the tie breaker. Okay, enough talking, on to the ranks!
|3. New England||3||5||5||4||2||3||4|
|6. Green Bay||7||3||8||6||7||7||6|
|7. San Fransisco||6||12||7||2||6||4||8|
|9. New York Giants||14||9||11||9||11||9||10|
|13. Tampa Bay||11||10||12||11||15||13||14|
|14. New Orleans||16||13||17||12||12||14||16|
|20. San Deigo||20||21||20||23||21||20||22|
|21. St. Louis||21||23||21||21||22||21||21|
|27. New York Jets||28||22||25||28||29||28||29|
|31. Kansas City||31||31||32||31||31||30||31|
So there you have 'em! Agree? Disagree? Think we're idiots? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to share your own rankings!
In answer to the question posed with the first sentence - me. They reek of meaningless space filler. My standard response is 'What bowl game do we get?". All that being said, the poll does show the parity in the NFL. The 30th ranked college ream probably wouldn't put up much of a game against #1 generally. But it truly is 'any given ...day in the NFL'.
Lol, pretty clear who the bottom 3 teams are, also I have seen a few power rankings with Chicago as #1, I just don't get it, even before the lose to the Texans, they have a iffy inconsistent QB, and really their defense is the key to making them go far in the post season, and if their defense has a off day they are a much weaker team.
I got these in too late for this article (sucks I know), but here is my top 12 at least (I won't waste your time with the bottom).
I guess old habits die hard, but I don't see anyway that 3 or the four top teams reside in the putrid AFC this season.
(Although, Peyton and the Broncos are starting to look damn good.)
@smonroe That sentence was pretty tongue-in-cheek.. :) But yes, we are known for our filler around here. :(
@Colt_Following I like this one.
@Colt_Following I think these are really good. The only quibble I would have is Pittsburgh, but since Ben's injury seems serious, it is hard to place them high going forward.
Your top 8 are exactly how I would do it. I don't think Chicago should be dropped after losing a tough game to Houston, especially if Cutler misses at most one week (and that could be against another backup).
@DougEngland Agreed. Seems like the Patsies are there based on name recognition. And that probably goes for Denver to some degree as well.
@DougEngland I think the AFC is the weaker conference, no doubt, but it's also very top heavy. The best teams in the AFC are still probably better than the best teams in the NFC. Wouldn't surprise me if the AFC wins the Super Bowl this season.
@DougEngland Going into this exercise I would have agree with you, but looking at it, I'm not sold on Chicago and 49ers, especially factoring in the injuries they are dealing with. If Cutler and Smith are healthy and perform well this week, I'm guessing those rankings change.
I've been super high on Denver all year. I think they're the best team in the league by the end of the season...
@DougEngland You're right, but we probably won't be able to notice many of the deficiencies in those teams until it's too late by virtue of them playing absolute dross. Like the Broncos, I guess.
@dmstorm22 Agreed. The Steelers it was like you said, the injury to Ben is a major issue, if he isn't healthy they aren't a top 12 team in my opinion. The Colts should probably be lower, but whatever, I'm a homer. I think the Buccs are underrated and really coming on of late. I still would take the Bears to beat the teams below them on a neutral field, that defense is unreal.
Their advanced stats are amazing. Most of their conventional stats are too.
I would have them ahead of New England.
If Cutler and Smith both miss their upcoming game, then it is a wash, but I still think long term Chicago is a really, really good team.