2011 NFL Power Rankings from Around the Web: Week 10

This week is just flying by, I can't believe it's already time to write up everyone's favorite column. And not to mention, we have Chargers football to watch again tomorrow already! Awesome.

So how are we feeling about the Chargers' season now that we're half way through it? Kinda medicore, right? Well you're not far off. Ever since coming off the bye, the Chargershave been consistently sliding down the rankings. For most the season, their Objective Ranking has been lower than their Subjective Rankings. Well, that discrepency has been corrected, although in the wrong direction for us fans. The best thing you could say about this Chargers team right now is they're about average (if not slightly worse).

Division Average Rankings

We're going to try something a little new this time. I'm going to include a little chart that shows the average ranking the team in a particular division has. This should be a good way to show which are the strongest and weakest divisions in the league. You'll be please to know the AFC West is not the weakest division in the NFL, and not even the weakest AFC division. That said, stop calling it "AFC Worst!"

Division Average Ranking
NFC North 10.3194
AFC North 11.8056
NFC South 14.8333
AFC East 15.0278
NFC East 15.5694
AFC West 20.4861
AFC South 21.4722
NFC West 22.4861

Notable Quotes

Fox Sports

The Chargers got dealt a bad hand having to play three games in 11 days. They are missing some key people in RB Ryan Mathews, WR Malcom Floyd and DE Shaun Phillips, but fortunately for them they are in the right division to be dealing with midseason struggles. A win against the Raiders on Thursday night will make for a quick rebound with the weekend to rest.

CBS Sports

Three consecutive losses has them reeling, and now they have a short week to get ready for the Raiders. They have to quit imploding.

Sports Illustrated

Amid all the questions and hand-wringing over Philip Rivers' disappointing and puzzling season, why haven't we heard more in the way of answers and potential fixes from Norv Turner, with his long track record of quarterback coaching and offensive expertise? Isn't that part of Turner's forte, the passing game and how to get it going? So Norv, a lonely Chargers nation turns its eyes to you.

Subjective Average

  Subjective
  ESPN Fox CBS USA Today Sports Illustrated ProFootballTalk NFL.com SportingNews Pro Football Weekly National Football Post SB Nation Reddit   Average   Standard Deviation
Packers 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1   1.000   0.000
49ers 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 2.250   0.433
Ravens 3 3 4 2 3 4 3 2 3 2 3 3 2.917   0.640
Steelers 5 4 5 4 6 6 5 4 4 6 9 5 5.250   1.362
Giants 6 5 3 6 5 3 4 5 5 11 8 6 5.583   2.100
Saints 4 7 9 5 4 9 6 6 6 5 4 7 6.000   1.683
Lions 7 11 6 9 7 5 7 8 7 4 6 4 6.750   1.920
Texans 8 8 7 7 10 10 9 9 9 10 5 10 8.500   1.500
Patriots 12 6 13 8 8 8 10 7 8 8 10 9 8.917   1.935
Bengals 10 13 10 12 9 7 8 11 10 12 7 8 9.750   1.920
Jets 11 9 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 7 11 12 10.667   1.312
Bears 9 12 14 13 12 12 12 13 14 9 13 11 12.000   1.581
Falcons 13 10 8 10 14 13 14 10 12 13 14 14 12.083   1.977
Bills 14 14 12 14 13 14 13 14 13 14 12 13 13.333   0.745
Cowboys 15 16 15 16 17 15 17 16 16 17 16 17 16.083   0.759
Chargers 17 15 17 17 15 19 16 15 17 15 17 15 16.250   1.233
Eagles 16 17 19 15 16 20 15 17 15 18 20 18 17.167   1.772
Buccaneers 18 18 20 19 18 17 18 18 18 16 15 16 17.583   1.320
Raiders 21 22 18 21 20 16 20 20 20 20 18 20 19.667   1.546
Chiefs 19 24 16 20 19 18 19 21 21 21 19 21 19.833   1.908
Titans 20 19 21 18 21 23 21 19 19 19 21 19 20.000   1.354
Panthers 26 20 23 22 23 22 23 23 25 25 26 22 23.333   1.748
Vikings 24 23 25 23 22 21 22 22 26 24 27 26 23.750   1.831
Broncos 23 21 27 25 24 24 24 24 24 22 23 24 23.750   1.422
Redskins 22 25 22 24 25 25 25 26 23 27 22 23 24.083   1.605
Browns 25 29 24 28 26 27 26 27 22 26 24 25 25.750   1.831
Jaguars 27 26 26 30 27 28 27 25 27 23 25 27 26.500   1.658
Cardinals 29 28 29 26 28 26 28 29 29 28 28 28 28.000   1.000
Seahawks 28 31 28 27 29 29 29 28 28 30 29 29 28.750   1.010
Dolphins 31 27 30 31 30 30 30 30 30 29 30 30 29.833   0.986
Rams 30 30 31 29 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 30.667   0.624
Colts 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32.000   0.000

 

Observations:

  • Packers are unanimously great. Colts are unanimously terrible. Neat.
  • Looks like all those comparisons John Gennaro made comparing the Chargers with the "Dream Team" were more apt than we realized
  • The top-12 is evenly split with 6 AFC teams and 6 NFC teams. Neither conference is too dominant.
  • The Chargers are dangerously close to slipping into the 20's

 

Subjective Standard Deviation

  Subjective
  ESPN Fox CBS USA Today Sports Illustrated ProFootballTalk NFL.com SportingNews Pro Football Weekly National Football Post SB Nation Reddit   Average   Standard Deviation
Packers 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1   1.000   0.000
Colts 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32.000   0.000
49ers 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 2.250   0.433
Rams 30 30 31 29 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 31 30.667   0.624
Ravens 3 3 4 2 3 4 3 2 3 2 3 3 2.917   0.640
Bills 14 14 12 14 13 14 13 14 13 14 12 13 13.333   0.745
Cowboys 15 16 15 16 17 15 17 16 16 17 16 17 16.083   0.759
Dolphins 31 27 30 31 30 30 30 30 30 29 30 30 29.833   0.986
Cardinals 29 28 29 26 28 26 28 29 29 28 28 28 28.000   1.000
Seahawks 28 31 28 27 29 29 29 28 28 30 29 29 28.750   1.010
Chargers 17 15 17 17 15 19 16 15 17 15 17 15 16.250   1.233
Jets 11 9 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 7 11 12 10.667   1.312
Buccaneers 18 18 20 19 18 17 18 18 18 16 15 16 17.583   1.320
Titans 20 19 21 18 21 23 21 19 19 19 21 19 20.000   1.354
Steelers 5 4 5 4 6 6 5 4 4 6 9 5 5.250   1.362
Broncos 23 21 27 25 24 24 24 24 24 22 23 24 23.750   1.422
Texans 8 8 7 7 10 10 9 9 9 10 5 10 8.500   1.500
Raiders 21 22 18 21 20 16 20 20 20 20 18 20 19.667   1.546
Bears 9 12 14 13 12 12 12 13 14 9 13 11 12.000   1.581
Redskins 22 25 22 24 25 25 25 26 23 27 22 23 24.083   1.605
Jaguars 27 26 26 30 27 28 27 25 27 23 25 27 26.500   1.658
Saints 4 7 9 5 4 9 6 6 6 5 4 7 6.000   1.683
Panthers 26 20 23 22 23 22 23 23 25 25 26 22 23.333   1.748
Eagles 16 17 19 15 16 20 15 17 15 18 20 18 17.167   1.772
Browns 25 29 24 28 26 27 26 27 22 26 24 25 25.750   1.831
Vikings 24 23 25 23 22 21 22 22 26 24 27 26 23.750   1.831
Chiefs 19 24 16 20 19 18 19 21 21 21 19 21 19.833   1.908
Bengals 10 13 10 12 9 7 8 11 10 12 7td> 8 9.750   1.920
Lions 7 11 6 9 7 5 7 8 7 4 6 4 6.750   1.920
Patriots 12 6 13 8 8 8 10 7 8 8 10 9 8.917   1.935
Falcons 13 10 8 10 14 13 14 10 12 13 14 14 12.083   1.977
Giants 6 5 3 6 5 3 4 5 5 11 8 6 5.583   2.100

 

Observations:

  • Well, this week we see that the Bills and Cowboys are very consistently-ranked, hovering around a 13th- and 16th-place ranking, respectively. It's pretty impressive the Cowboys are so consistently ranked being in the middle of the data set.
  • The Chargers don't vary much either.
  • The Giants are all over the board now. They're the most inconsistently-ranked team, and they're ranked top-6 by many (close to one of the extremes in the data set).

 

Objective Average

  Objective
  Football Outsiders Team Efficiency Team Rankings Sagarin BeatGraphs Aikman Efficiency   Average   Standard Deviation
Packers 2 2 1 1 2 3   1.833   0.687
49ers 4 14 2 2 1 5 4.667   4.384
Lions 8 8 3 3 8 1 5.167   2.911
Ravens 6 10 7 5 3 4 5.833   2.267
Texans 3 1 10 12 9 2 6.167   4.298
Giants 5 9 9 16 4 9 8.667   3.859
Jets 1 15 8 8 15 7 9.000   4.865
Saints 11 7 11 6 6 13 9.000   2.769
Bears 13 13 4 4 12 12 9.667   4.028
Patriots 10 5 13 11 11 8 9.667   2.560
Falcons 7 16 5 7 17 6 9.667   4.888
Steelers 9 3 12 13 10 16 10.500   4.031
Bills 12 11 14 10 7 10 10.667   2.134
Bengals 15 24 6 9 5 11 11.667   6.421
Eagles 14 4 16 14 18 15 13.500   4.463
Cowboys 16 6 17 15 20 17 15.167   4.375
Chargers 20 12 18 18 19 19 17.667   2.625
Buccaneers 19 27 15 17 13 27 19.667   5.498
Vikings 18 25 20 22 22 14 20.167   3.484
Titans 17 18 21 19 26 20 20.167   2.911
Raiders 23 20 24 20 14 22 20.500   3.253
Panthers 21 17 27 23 24 18 21.667   3.448
Broncos 24 30 19 21 21 26 23.500   3.686
Redskins 25 19 28 24 23 23 23.667   2.687
Chiefs 27 31 22 26 16 29 25.167   4.947
Dolphins 22 23 25 28 30 25 25.500   2.754
Jaguars 29 21 23 25 25 30 25.500   3.149
Browns 26 26 29 29 27 21 26.333   2.687
Seahawks 28 29 26 27 28 24 27.000   1.633
Cardinals 30 28 30 30 29 28 29.167   0.898
Rams 31 22 31 31 32 31 29.667   3.448
Colts 32 32 32 32 31 32 31.833   0.373

 

Observations:

  • The Packers are in a league of there own here.
  • A distinct cluster of team groupings. 4-6, then 9-11. Some sharp deliniations.
  • Colts are doing a pretty good job of "Sucking for Luck ... ing"

 

Objective Standard Deviation

  Objective
  Football Outsiders Team Efficiency Team Rankings Sagarin BeatGraphs Aikman Efficiency   Average   Standard Deviation
Colts 32 32 32 32 31 32   31.833   0.373
Packers 2 2 1 1 2 3 1.833   0.687
Cardinals 30 28 30 30 29 28 29.167   0.898
Seahawks 28 29 26 27 28 24 27.000   1.633
Bills 12 11 14 10 7 10 10.667   2.134
Ravens 6 10 7 5 3 4 5.833   2.267
Patriots 10 5 13 11 11 8 9.667   2.560
Chargers 20 12 18 18 19 19 17.667   2.625
Browns 26 26 29 29 27 21 26.333   2.687
Redskins 25 19 28 24 23 23 23.667   2.687
Dolphins 22 23 25 28 30 25 25.500   2.754
Saints 11 7 11 6 6 13 9.000   2.769
Lions 8 8 3 3 8 1 5.167   2.911
Titans 17 18 21 19 26 20 20.167   2.911
Jaguars 29 21 23 25 25 30 25.500   3.149
Raiders 23 20 24 20 14 22 20.500   3.253
Panthers 21 17 27 23 24 18 21.667   3.448
Rams 31 22 31 31 32 31 29.667   3.448
Vikings 18 25 20 22 22 14 20.167   3.484
Broncos 24 30 19 21 21 26 23.500   3.686
Giants 5 9 9 16 4 9 8.667   3.859
Bears 13 13 4 4 12 12 9.667   4.028
Steelers 9 3 12 13 10 16 10.500   4.031
Texans 3 1 10 12 9 2 6.167   4.298
Cowboys 16 6 17 15 20 17 15.167   4.375
49ers 4 14 2 2 1 5 4.667   4.384
Eagles 14 4 16 14 18 15 13.500   4.463
Jets 1 15 8 8 15 7 9.000   4.865
Falcons 7 16 5 7 17 6 9.667   4.888
Chiefs 27 31 22 26 16 29 25.167   4.947
Buccaneers 19 27 15 17 13 27 19.667   5.498
Bengals 15 24 6 9 5 11 11.667   6.421

 

Observations:

  • Wow, the Colts are actually terrible more than the Packers are good.
  • Cardinals and Seahawks are consistently bad as well.
  • Looks like the Bills are settling into their ~11th-place ranking
  • Sweet, the Chargers are one of the more consistently-ranked teams ... at ~18. Crap.

 

Overall Average

  Subj vs Obj
  Subjective Average Objevtive Average   Average   Standard Deviation   Standard Deviation
Packers 1.000 1.833   1.417   0.558   0.833
49ers 2.250 4.667 3.458   2.798   2.417
Ravens 2.917 5.833 4.375   1.969   2.917
Lions 6.750 5.167 5.958   2.417   -1.583
Giants 5.583 8.667 7.125   3.165   3.083
Texans 8.500 6.167 7.333   2.978   -2.333
Saints 6.000 9.000 7.500   2.539   3.000
Steelers 5.250 10.500 7.875  td> 3.575   5.250
Patriots 8.917 9.667 9.292   2.192   0.750
Jets 10.667 9.000 9.833   3.107   -1.667
Bengals 9.750 11.667 10.708   4.125   1.917
Bears 12.000 9.667 10.833   2.878   -2.333
Falcons 12.083 9.667 10.875   3.445   -2.417
Bills 13.333 10.667 12.000   1.863   -2.667
Eagles 17.167 13.500 15.333   3.423   -3.667
Cowboys 16.083 15.167 15.625   2.636   -0.917
Chargers 16.250 17.667 16.958   1.938   1.417
Buccaneers 17.583 19.667 18.625   3.493   2.083
Titans 20.000 20.167 20.083   2.013   0.167
Raiders 19.667 20.500 20.083   2.297   0.833
Vikings 23.750 20.167 21.958   3.023   -3.583
Panthers 23.333 21.667 22.500   2.572   -1.667
Chiefs 19.833 25.167 22.500   4.112   5.333
Broncos 23.750 23.500 23.625   2.427   -0.250
Redskins 24.083 23.667 23.875   2.041   -0.417
Jaguars 26.500 25.500 26.000   2.315   -1.000
Browns 25.750 26.333 26.042   2.172   0.583
Dolphins 29.833 25.500 27.667   2.711   -4.333
Seahawks 28.750 27.000 27.875   1.500   -1.750
Cardinals 28.000 29.167 28.583   1.113   1.167
Rams 30.667 29.667 30.167   2.108   -1.000
Colts 32.000 31.833 31.917   0.229   -0.167

 

Observations:

  • This actually looks pretty spot-on ...

 

Overall Standard Deviation

  Subj vs Obj
  Subjective Average Objevtive Average   Average   Standard Deviation   Standard Deviation
Colts 32.000 31.833   31.917   0.229   -0.167
Packers 1.000 1.833 1.417   0.558   0.833
Cardinals 28.000 29.167 28.583   1.113   1.167
Seahawks 28.750 27.000 27.875   1.500   -1.750
Bills 13.333 10.667 12.000   1.863   -2.667
Chargers 16.250 17.667 16.958   1.938   1.417
Ravens 2.917 5.833 4.375   1.969   2.917
Titans 20.000 20.167 20.083   2.013   0.167
Redskins 24.083 23.667 23.875   2.041   -0.417
Rams 30.667 29.667 30.167   2.108   -1.000
Browns 25.750 26.333 26.042   2.172   0.583
Patriots 8.917 9.667 9.292   2.192   0.750
Raiders 19.667 20.500 20.083   2.297   0.833
Jaguars 26.500 25.500 26.000   2.315   -1.000
Lions 6.750 5.167 5.958   2.417   -1.583
Broncos 23.750 23.500 23.625   2.427   -0.250
Saints 6.000 9.000 7.500   2.539   3.000
Panthers 23.333 21.667 22.500   2.572   -1.667
Cowboys 16.083 15.167 15.625   2.636   -0.917
Dolphins 29.833 25.500 27.667   2.711   -4.333
49ers 2.250 4.667 3.458   2.798   2.417
Bears 12.000 9.667 10.833   2.878   -2.333
Texans 8.500 6.167 7.333   2.978   -2.333
Vikings 23.750 20.167 21.958   3.023   -3.583
Jets 10.667 9.000 9.833   3.107   -1.667
Giants 5.583 8.667 7.125   3.165   3.083
Eagles 17.167 13.500 15.333   3.423   -3.667
Falcons 12.083 9.667 10.875   3.445   -2.417
Buccaneers 17.583 19.667 18.625   3.493   2.083
Steelers 5.250 10.500 7.875   3.575   5.250
Chiefs 19.833 25.167 22.500   4.112   5.333
Bengals 9.750 11.667 10.708   4.125   1.917

 

Observations:

  • Colts would have been unanimously number-32 if it weren't for one single objective site ranking them above the Rams.
  • Not too much variance with regards to the Bills.
  • The Bengals and Chiefs may be from Cincinnati and Kansas City — respectively — but they're all over the map in their rankings.

 

Difference in Averages

  Subj vs Obj
  Subjective Average Objevtive Average   Average   Standard Deviation   Standard Deviation
Chiefs 19.833 25.167   22.500   4.112   5.333
Steelers 5.250 10.500 7.875   3.575   5.250
Giants 5.583 8.667 7.125   3.165   3.083
Saints 6.000 9.000 7.500   2.539   3.000
Ravens 2.917 5.833 4.375   1.969   2.917
49ers 2.250 4.667 3.458   2.798   2.417
Buccaneers 17.583 19.667 18.625   3.493   2.083
Bengals 9.750 11.667 10.708   4.125   1.917
Chargers 16.250 17.667 16.958   1.938   1.417
Cardinals 28.000 29.167 28.583   1.113   1.167
Packers 1.000 1.833 1.417   0.558   0.833
Raiders 19.667 20.500 20.083   2.297   0.833
Patriots 8.917 9.667 9.292   2.192   0.750
Browns 25.750 26.333 26.042   2.172   0.583
Titans 20.000 20.167 20.083   2.013   0.167
Colts 32.000 31.833 31.917   0.229   -0.167
Broncos 23.750 23.500 23.625   2.427   -0.250
Redskins 24.083 23.667 23.875   2.041   -0.417
Cowboys 16.083 15.167 15.625   2.636   -0.917
Jaguars 26.500 25.500 26.000   2.315   -1.000
Rams 30.667 29.667 30.167   2.108   -1.000
Lions 6.750 5.167 5.958   2.417   -1.583
Jets 10.667 9.000 9.833   3.107   -1.667
Panthers 23.333 21.667 22.500   2.572   -1.667
Seahawks 28.750 27.000 27.875   1.500   -1.750
Bears 12.000 9.667 10.833   2.878   -2.333
Texans 8.500 6.167 7.333   2.978   -2.333
Falcons 12.083 9.667 10.875   3.445   -2.417
Bills 13.333 10.667 12.000   1.863   -2.667
Vikings 23.750 20.167 21.958   3.023   -3.583
Eagles 17.167 13.500 15.333   3.423   -3.667
Dolphins 29.833 25.500 27.667   2.711   -4.333

 

Observations:

  • Ahh this seems like comfortable territory: the Chiefs are once again your most overrated team. Pittsburgh is certainly giving them a run for their money though.
  • Chargers are only slighly overrated still. So guess they still have more to fall.
  • Vikings, Eagles and especially the Dolphins are all playing better than people realize.

 

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