2011 NFL Power Rankings From Around the Web: Week 3

"Here Norv, I have so much greatness to go around, let me rub some of it off onto you."

So, the Chargers lost the Patriots. Big whoop. Yes, it's a bit frustrating knowing they could have won had they not made so many mistakes, but such is football. The Chargers did drop a little in the rankings, but not drastically (for the most part). Many people are willing to give San Diego a little leeway in losing to the NFL's top team.

San Diego vs Kansas City represents the most lopsided game this week. But, don't let that fool you, some of us here don't think it'll be so easy for Norv and the boys.

Notable Quotes

Fox

There is no shame in a West Coast team going into New England and losing. Need to run the ball better and more often, and when they do, Mike Tolbert needs to run downhill, not dance around in the hole like he did on Sunday.

ProFootballTalk

With the Chiefs coming to town, the slow-starting Chargers seem poised to finish the month at 2-1.

SBNation

The Chargers always start slow but they have a huge opportunity to make an early dent in the division, starting with the lowly Chiefs next week.

Subjective Average

  Subjective
  ESPN Fox CBS USA Today Sports Illustrated ProFootballTalk NFL.com SportingNews Pro Football Weekly National Football Post SB Nation   Average   Standard Deviation
Packers 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1   1.091   0.288
Patriots 2 2 2 1 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2.091   0.514
Jets 3 4 3 3 3 4 5 3 3 4 3 3.455   0.656
Saints 4 3 11 4 4 2 6 4 6 7 4 5.000   2.336
Ravens 7 10 7 5 5 9 2 6 7 6 5 6.273   2.049
Eagles 6 8 9 7 6 13 4 8 4 3 9 7.000   2.730
Texans 5 9 4 6 9 8 8 9 5 11 7 7.364   2.057
Steelers 9 6 10 11 7 10 10 5 10 8 6 8.364   1.967
Falcons 8 7 8 10 11 6 12 7 14 5 8 8.727   2.597
Chargers 12 5 6 8 12 5 7 10 8 9 16 8.909   3.232
Lions 11 11 5 12 8 7 11 11 9 10 10 9.546   2.017
Bears 10 12 15 9 10 12 9 13 13 13 12 11.636   1.823
Cowboys 13 14 12 14 16 14 14 17 12 14 14 14.000   1.414
Bills 16 16 14 15 13 11 17 15 15 12 11 14.091   1.975
Redskins 15 15 13 17 14 16 13 12 11 17 13 14.182   1.898
Buccaneers 14 13 18 13 17 15 15 14 16 15 15 15.000   1.477
Giants 18 17 16 18 15 17 19 18 17 16 17 17.091   1.083
Raiders 20 20 19 16 18 20 16 16 18 18 23 18.546   2.061
Cardinals 19 18 17 23 19 18 18 19 20 22 21 19.455   1.777
Titans 17 19 22 19 22 22 25 21 21 20 19 20.636   2.057
49ers 23 21 23 22 23 21 23 20 19 23 20 21.636   1.432
Rams 22 27 25 20 20 26 21 27 24 19 22 23.000   2.796
Jaguars 21 31 20 21 21 23 20 26 27 29 18 23.364   4.029
Browns 29 22 21 24 26 27 29 23 22 24 24 24.636   2.638
Bengals 28 23 26 29 25 25 24 22 25 21 25 24.818   2.249
Panthers 27 24 28 25 27 19 28 24 26 28 27 25.727   2.562
Broncos 24 25 24 28 24 24 31 28 23 25 28 25.818   2.405
Dolphins 25 26 27 27 29 31 22 25 28 30 26 26.909   2.429
Vikings 26 28 30 26 28 28 26 29 29 26 30 27.818   1.527
Colts 30 29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 27 31 29.636   0.979
Seahawks 32 30 31 31 31 29 32 32 31 31 29 30.818   1.029
Chiefs 31 32 32 32 32 32 27 31 32 32 32 31.364   1.432

 

Observations:

  • Well, the Chargers didn't fall too much. I guess losing to the Patriots isn't a huge deal. That is, unless you're Joel Thorman doing the rankings for SBNation.
  • Wow. When was the last time we saw the Lions in the top 10?
  • Packers no longer the unanimous number-1 team.
  • The Chiefs are toast.
  • So far, all that optimism up in Seattle has been mostly unfounded.

 

Subjective Standard Deviation

  Subjective
  ESPN Fox CBS USA Today Sports Illustrated ProFootballTalk NFL.com SportingNews Pro Football Weekly National Football Post SB Nation   Average   Standard Deviation
Packers 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1   1.091   0.288
Patriots 2 2 2 1 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2.091   0.514
Jets 3 4 3 3 3 4 5 3 3 4 3 3.455   0.656
Colts 30 29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 27 31 29.636   0.979
Seahawks 32 30 31 31 31 29 32 32 31 31 29 30.818   1.029
Giants 18 17 16 18 15 17 19 18 17 16 17 17.091   1.083
Cowboys 13 14 12 14 16 14 14 17 12 14 14 14.000   1.414
Chiefs 31 32 32 32 32 32 27 31 32 32 32 31.364   1.432
49ers 23 21 23 22 23 21 23 20 19 23 20 21.636   1.432
Buccaneers 14 13 18 13 17 15 15 14 16 15 15 15.000   1.477
Vikings 26 28 30 26 28 28 26 29 29 26 30 27.818   1.527
Cardinals 19 18 17 23 19 18 18 19 20 22 21 19.455   1.777
Bears 10 12 15 9 10 12 9 13 13 13 12 11.636   1.823
Redskins 15 15 13 17 14 16 13 12 11 17 13 14.182   1.898
Steelers 9 6 10 11 7 10 10 5 10 8 6 8.364   1.967
Bills 16 16 14 15 13 11 17 15 15 12 11 14.091   1.975
Lions 11 11 5 12 8 7 11 11 9 10 10 9.546   2.017
Ravens 7 10 7 5 5 9 2 6 7 6 5 6.273   2.049
Texans 5 9 4 6 9 8 8 9 5 11 7 7.364   2.057
Titans 17 19 22 19 22 22 25 21 21 20 19 20.636   2.057
Raiders 20 20 19 16 18 20 16 16 18 18 23 18.546   2.061
Bengals 28 23 26 29 25 25 24 22 25 21 25 24.818   2.249
Saints 4 3 11 4 4 2 6 4 6 7 4 5.000   2.336
Broncos 24 25 24 28 24 24 31 28 23 25 28 25.818   2.405
Dolphins 25 26 27 27 29 31 22 25 28 30 26 26.909   2.429
Panthers 27 24 28 25 27 19 28 24 26 28 27 25.727   2.562
Falcons 8 7 8 10 11 6 12 7 14 5 8 8.727   2.597
Browns 29 22 21 24 26 27 29 23 22 24 24 24.636   2.638
Eagles 6 8 9 7 6 13 4 8 4 3 9 7.000   2.730
Rams 22 27 25 20 20 26 21 27 24 19 22 23.000   2.796
Chargers 12 5 6 8 12 5 7 10 8 9 16 8.909   3.232
Jaguars 21 31 20 21 21 23 20 26 27 29 18 23.364   4.029

 

Observations:

  • As always, the teams at the extreme end of the "Average" scale are also the most-consistently ranked. The top 3 teams, and the bottom 2 teams have the most consistent rankings across the board.
  • The Chargers now are the second-most inconsistently-ranked team right now. There is an 11-position swing between their highest and lowest rankings.
  • Is Jacksonville terrible? Or merely mediocre? NO ONE KNOWS!

 

Objective Average

  Subjective
  Football Outsiders Team Rankings Sagarin   Average   Standard Deviation
Patriots 1 1 1   1.000   0.000
Jets 2 4 2 2.667   0.943
Packers 5 2 3 3.333   1.247
Steelers 3 8 6 5.667   2.055
Saints 8 5 4 5.667   1.700
Ravens 6 9 5 6.667   1.700
Lions 9 3 15 9.000   4.899
Bears 16 7 8 10.333   4.028
Eagles 4 16 11 10.333   4.922
Texans 7 12 12 10.333   2.357
Bills 13 6 14 11.000   3.559
Chargers 10 14 9 11.000   2.160
Falcons 11 13 13 12.333   0.943
Cowboys 22 10 7 13.000   6.481
Giants 12 20 16 16.000   3.266
Titans 21 18 10 16.333   4.643
Redskins 20 17 17 18.000   1.414
Buccaneers 24 11 21 18.667   5.558
Bengals 19 21 19 19.667   0.943
Jaguars 23 19 18 20.000   2.160
Raiders 25 15 20 20.000   4.083
Vikings 14 25 23 20.667   4.784
49ers 15 23 27 21.667   4.989
Dolphins 17 26 24 22.333   3.859
Browns 18 22 29 23.000   4.546
Broncos 27 24 26 25.667   1.247
Cardinals 26 27 25 26.000   0.817
Colts 28 29 22 26.333   3.091
Panthers 29 31 28 29.333   1.247
Chiefs 31 28 30 29.667   1.247
Seahawks 32 30 31 31.000   0.817
Rams 30 32 32 31.333   0.943

 

Observations:

  • The Chargers just lost to the unanimously-top-ranked team, objectively speaking. It's not really time to panic ... yet.
  • I wouldn't get too excited about Cam Newton and Carolina just yet.
  • A lot of people were excited about St. Louis this year and thinking they'd be a good team. Guess they were wrong.

 

Objective Standard Deviation

  Subjective
  Football Outsiders Team Rankings Sagarin   Average   Standard Deviation
Patriots 1 1 1   1.000   0.000
Cardinals 26 27 25 26.000   0.817
Seahawks 32 30 31 31.000   0.817
Bengals 19 21 19 19.667   0.943
Jets 2 4 2 2.667   0.943
Falcons 11 13 13 12.333   0.943
Rams 30 32 32 31.333   0.943
Packers 5 2 3 3.333   1.247
Broncos 27 24 26 25.667   1.247
Chiefs 31 28 30 29.667   1.247
Panthers 29 31 28 29.333   1.247
Redskins 20 17 17 18.000   1.414
Ravens 6 9 5 6.667   1.700
Saints 8 5 4 5.667   1.700
Steelers 3 8 6 5.667   2.055
Jaguars 23 19 18 20.000   2.160
Chargers 10 14 9 11.000   2.160
Texans 7 12 12 10.333   2.357
Colts 28 29 22 26.333   3.091
Giants 12 20 16 16.000   3.266
Bills 13 6 14 11.000   3.559
Dolphins 17 26 24 22.333   3.859
Bears 16 7 8 10.333   4.028
Raiders 25 15 20 20.000   4.083
Browns 18 22 29 23.000   4.546
Titans 21 18 10 16.333   4.643
Vikings 14 25 23 20.667   4.784
Lions 9 3 15 9.000   4.899
Eagles 4 16 11 10.333   4.922
49ers 15 23 27 21.667   4.989
Buccaneers 24 11 21 18.667   5.558
Cowboys 22 10 7 13.000   6.481

 

Observations:

  • Wow, the Bengals really aren't as bad as people give them credit for.
  • Dream Team? Don't think so.

 

Overall Average

  Subj vs Obj
  Subjective Average Objevtive Average   Average   Standard Deviation   Standard Deviation
Patriots 2.091 1.000   1.545   0.639   -1.091
Packers 1.091 3.333 2.212   1.116   2.242
Jets 3.455 2.667 3.061   0.795   -0.788
Saints 5.000 5.667 5.333   2.232   0.667
Ravens 6.273 6.667 6.470   1.986   0.394
Steelers 8.364 5.667 7.015   2.273   -2.697
Eagles 7.000 10.333 8.667   3.594   3.333
Texans 7.364 10.333 8.848   2.450   2.970
Lions 9.546 9.000 9.273   2.896   -0.546
Chargers 8.909 11.000 9.955   3.153   2.091
Falcons 8.727 12.333 10.530   2.771   3.606
Bears 11.636 10.333 10.985   2.524   -1.303
Bills 14.091 11.000 12.545   2.718   -3.091
Cowboys 14.000 13.000 13.500   3.277   -1.000
Redskins 14.182 18.000 16.091   2.391   3.818
Giants 17.091 16.000 16.545   1.846   -1.091
Buccaneers 15.000 18.667 16.833   3.255   3.667
Titans 20.636 16.333 18.485   3.326   -4.303
Raiders 18.546 20.000 19.273   2.695   1.455
49ers 21.636 21.667 21.652   2.635   0.030
Jaguars 23.364 20.000 21.682   3.957   -3.364
Bengals 24.818 19.667 22.242   2.938   -5.152
Cardinals 19.455 26.000 22.727   3.136   6.546
Browns 24.636 23.000 23.818   3.217   -1.636
Vikings 27.818 20.667 24.242   3.918   -7.152
Dolphins 26.909 22.333 24.621   3.369   -4.576
Broncos 25.818 25.667 25.742   2.210   -0.152
Rams 23.000 31.333 27.167   4.246   8.333
Panthers 25.727 29.333 27.530   2.771   3.606
Colts 29.636 26.333 27.985   2.154   -3.303
Chiefs 31.364 29.667 30.515   1.558   -1.697
Seahawks 30.818 31.000 30.909   0.990   0.182

 

Observations:

  • Thanks to the Objective rankings, the Patriots are now the top team in the NFL.
  • Chargers are still considered a top-10 team.
  • Fear the Jets.

 

Overall Standard Deviation

  Subj vs Obj
  Subjective Average Objevtive Average   Average   Standard Deviation   Standard Deviation
Patriots 2.091 1.000   1.545   0.639   -1.091
Jets 3.455 2.667 3.061   0.795   -0.788
Seahawks 30.818 31.000 30.909   0.990   0.182
Packers 1.091 3.333 2.212   1.116   2.242
Chiefs 31.364 29.667 30.515   1.558   -1.697
Giants 17.091 16.000 16.545   1.846   -1.091
Ravens 6.273 6.667 6.470   1.986   0.394
Colts 29.636 26.333 27.985   2.154   -3.303
Broncos 25.818 25.667 25.742   2.210   -0.152
Saints 5.000 5.667 5.333   2.232   0.667
Steelers 8.364 5.667 7.015   2.273   -2.697
Redskins 14.182 18.000 16.091   2.391   3.818
Texans 7.364 10.333 8.848   2.450   2.970
Bears 11.636 10.333 10.985   2.524   -1.303
49ers 21.636 21.667 21.652   2.635   0.030
Raiders 18.546 20.000 19.273   2.695   1.455
Bills 14.091 11.000 12.545   2.718   -3.091
Falcons 8.727 12.333 10.530   2.771   3.606
Panthers 25.727 29.333 27.530   2.771   3.606
Lions 9.546 9.000 9.273   2.896   -0.546
Bengals 24.818 19.667 22.242   2.938   -5.152
Cardinals 19.455 26.000 22.727   3.136   6.546
Chargers 8.909 11.000 9.955   3.153   2.091
Browns 24.636 23.000 23.818   3.217   -1.636
Buccaneers 15.000 18.667 16.833   3.255   3.667
Cowboys 14.000 13.000 13.500   3.277   -1.000
Titans 20.636 16.333 18.485   3.326   -4.303
Dolphins 26.909 22.333 24.621   3.369   -4.576
Eagles 7.000 10.333 8.667   3.594   3.333
Vikings 27.818 20.667 24.242   3.918   -7.152
Jaguars 23.364 20.000 21.682   3.957   -3.364
Rams 23.000 31.333 27.167   4.246   8.333

 

Observations:

  • The Chargers now are a little more consistent in their placements.
  • Huh, look at that: the Giants are consistently mediocre!

 

Difference in Averages

  Subj vs Obj
  Subjective Average Objevtive Average   Average   Standard Deviation   Standard Deviation
Rams 23.000 31.333   27.167   4.246   8.333
Cardinals 19.455 26.000 22.727   3.136   6.546
Redskins 14.182 18.000 16.091   2.391   3.818
Buccaneers 15.000 18.667 16.833   3.255   3.667
Falcons 8.727 12.333 10.530   2.771   3.606
Panthers 25.727 29.333 27.530   2.771   3.606
Eagles 7.000 10.333 8.667   3.594   3.333
Texans 7.364 10.333 8.848   2.450   2.970
Packers 1.091 3.333 2.212   1.116   2.242
Chargers 8.909 11.000 9.955   3.153   2.091
Raiders 18.546 20.000 19.273   2.695   1.455
Saints 5.000 5.667 5.333   2.232   0.667
Ravens 6.273 6.667 6.470   1.986   0.394
Seahawks 30.818 31.000 30.909   0.990   0.182
49ers 21.636 21.667 21.652   2.635   0.030
Broncos 25.818 25.667 25.742   2.210   -0.152
Lions 9.546 9.000 9.273   2.896   -0.546
Jets 3.455 2.667 3.061   0.795   -0.788
Cowboys 14.000 13.000 13.500   3.277   -1.000
Patriots 2.091 1.000 1.545   0.639   -1.091
Giants 17.091 16.000 16.545   1.846   -1.091
Bears 11.636 10.333 10.985   2.524   -1.303
Browns 24.636 23.000 23.818   3.217   -1.636
Chiefs 31.364 29.667 30.515   1.558   -1.697
Steelers 8.364 5.667 7.015   2.273   -2.697
Bills 14.091 11.000 12.545   2.718   -3.091
Colts 29.636 26.333 27.985   2.154   -3.303
Jaguars 23.364 20.000 21.682   3.957   -3.364
Titans 20.636 16.333 18.485   3.326   -4.303
Dolphins 26.909 22.333 24.621   3.369   -4.576
Bengals 24.818 19.667 22.242   2.938   -5.152
Vikings 27.818 20.667 24.242   3.918   -7.152

 

Observations:

  • The Rams and Cardinals are still ranked far too high. Watch out for them to fall.
  • The Chargers are slightly overranked. About 2 positions higher subjectively than their objective ratings.
  • Minnesota is playing better than people realize. Same with the Bengals, Dolphins and Titans.

 

Sources

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