2013 NFL Consensus Power Rankings: Preseason

USA TODAY Sports

We're kicking off the preseason with one of the community's favorite columns: our Power Rankings analysis.

Just like it's important for the players to play preseason games so they can get into regular-season form, it's important for us to dust off the cobwebs on our weekly columns in the preseason so we can perform well in the regular season. We're kicking off the preseason with one of the community's favorite columns: our Power Rankings analysis.

Being the preseason, there aren't a ton of rankings available. As I've called it every year: this is the Diet Coke of the rankings analysis.

Division Averages

Division Avg Ranking
NFC West 11.7083
AFC North 14.4583
NFC South 14.7500
NFC North 15.2500
NFC East 16.0417
AFC South 18.7917
AFC West 19.8333
AFC East 21.1667

Stock Rising

Team Week 17 Average Preseason Week 1 Average Difference
KC 31.838 22.500 9.300
DET 27.200 22.500 4.700
SF 5.700 1.500 4.200
NYG 15.300 11.167 4.133
PHI 28.200 25.000 3.200

Stock Falling

Team Week 17 Average Preseason Week 1 Average Difference
CLE 23.200 28.500 -5.300
NYJ 24.400 29.667 -5.267
MIN 11.400 16.500 -5.100
WAS 8.500 12.833 -4.333
BUF 25.700 29.333 -3.633

Worth noting: the Chargers didn't quite make the Stock Falling list, but they fell: they were 7th on the list, falling ~2.5 spots compared to the end of last season. So the rankers see the Chargers as actually getting worse in the offseason.

Subjective Average

Subjective
ESPN CBS ProFootballTalk SportingNews SB Nation Associated Press Average Change since last period
49ers 2 2 1 2 1 1 1.500 4.200 Rising
Broncos 3 1 2 3 3 2 2.333 -1.233 Falling
Seahawks 1 5 4 1 2 4 2.833 2.367 Rising
Falcons 4 3 5 4 5 3 4.000 -1.900 Falling
Patriots 6 4 7 7 4 7 5.833 -2.333 Falling
Packers 5 6 8 6 6 5 6.000 -2.400 Falling
Ravens 8 8 3 5 7 6 6.167 2.933 Rising
Bengals 9 7 6 9 9 9 8.167 2.333 Rising
Texans 7 9 10 8 8 8 8.333 -1.333 Falling
Colts 10 12 12 12 11 10 11.167 -0.567 Falling
Giants 12 10 13 10 10 12 11.167 4.133 Rising
Redskins 11 13 11 17 12 13 12.833 -4.333 Falling
Saints 14 16 9 19 13 11 13.667 2.933 Rising
Steelers 16 17 15 13 15 14 15.000 2.100 Rising
Cowboys 20 14 14 11 16 16 15.167 -1.567 Falling
Bears 13 11 18 22 14 18 16.000 -2.900 Falling
Vikings 17 19 16 15 17 15 16.500 -5.100 Falling
Rams 15 15 17 14 18 21 16.667 0.833 Rising
Buccaneers 19 18 24 20 21 17 19.833 1.867 Rising
Dolphins 18 23 23 16 19 20 19.833 -0.533 Falling
Panthers 21 20 25 18 22 23 21.500 -1.900 Falling
Lions 24 28 20 21 20 22 22.500 4.700 Rising
Chiefs 22 24 21 24 25 19 22.500 9.300 Rising
Chargers 23 26 22 25 23 24 23.833 -2.433 Falling
Titans 27 22 19 29 27 26 25.000 0.900 Rising
Eagles 25 25 26 23 24 27 25.000 3.200 Rising
Cardinals 26 21 29 26 28 25 25.833 1.067 Rising
Browns 28 27 31 30 26 29 28.500 -5.300 Falling
Bills 30 31 28 28 29 30 29.333 -3.633 Falling
Jets 32 30 27 31 30 28 29.667 -5.267 Falling
Jaguars 31 32 30 27 32 32 30.667 0.533 Rising
Raiders 29 29 32 32 31 31 30.667 -0.667 Falling

Observations:

  • Broncos-9ers Super Bowl in 2014, anyone?
  • ESPN: "No more Tebow? The Jets are the worst team in the NFL now!"
  • Hovering around 23-24 is about where I would have ranked the Chargers myself.
  • Slightly amused that the defending Super Bowl champions are about 7th on the list. Yes I know Flacco's mega-contract meant a lot of players had to go. But still, amusing.
  • It's rather odd to see the Bengals ranked so highly. I know they have a lot of young talent and they finished strong last year, but still odd to see.
  • As we saw above, the AFC East is now the overall worst division in the league, thanks to the Bills and Jets  being ranked 29th and 30th respectively.
  • Continuing the trend from last year: 8 of the bottom-10 teams are from the AFC. That means only 8 AFC teams represent the top 22 teams overall.

Subjective Standard Deviation

Subjective
ESPN CBS ProFootballTalk SportingNews SB Nation Associated Press Standard Deviation Change since last period
49ers 2 2 1 2 1 1 0.500 -0.687 Falling
Broncos 3 1 2 3 3 2 0.745 0.445 Rising
Falcons 4 3 5 4 5 3 0.817 0.278 Rising
Colts 10 12 12 12 11 10 0.898 -0.530 Falling
Texans 7 9 10 8 8 8 0.943 0.168 Rising
Packers 5 6 8 6 6 5 1.000 0.200 Rising
Bills 30 31 28 28 29 30 1.106 -0.629 Falling
Giants 12 10 13 10 10 12 1.213 0.573 Rising
Bengals 9 7 6 9 9 9 1.213 0.095 Rising
Raiders 29 29 32 32 31 31 1.247 1.247 Rising
Steelers 16 17 15 13 15 14 1.291 0.348 Rising
Eagles 25 25 26 23 24 27 1.291 -0.179 Falling
Chargers 23 26 22 25 23 24 1.344 0.544 Rising
Patriots 6 4 7 7 4 7 1.344 0.538 Rising
Vikings 17 19 16 15 17 15 1.384 0.103 Rising
Seahawks 1 5 4 1 2 4 1.572 1.172 Rising
Jets 32 30 27 31 30 28 1.700 0.203 Rising
Browns 28 27 31 30 26 29 1.708 0.631 Rising
Ravens 8 8 3 5 7 6 1.772 0.472 Rising
Jaguars 31 32 30 27 32 32 1.795 1.395 Rising
Redskins 11 13 11 17 12 13 2.034 1.534 Rising
Chiefs 22 24 21 24 25 19 2.062 1.662 Rising
Panthers 21 20 25 18 22 23 2.217 1.554 Rising
Buccaneers 19 18 24 20 21 17 2.267 0.998 Rising
Rams 15 15 17 14 18 21 2.357 1.686 Rising
Cardinals 26 21 29 26 28 25 2.544 1.323 Rising
Dolphins 18 23 23 16 19 20 2.544 1.763 Rising
Cowboys 20 14 14 11 16 16 2.734 2.071 Rising
Lions 24 28 20 21 20 22 2.814 1.737 Rising
Saints 14 16 9 19 13 11 3.249 1.341 Rising
Titans 27 22 19 29 27 26 3.416 1.776 Rising
Bears 13 11 18 22 14 18 3.697 3.158 Rising

Observations:

  • The top-3 ranked teams are also the top-3 most-consistently-ranked teams as well. Though, that's normal.
  • Ahh, da Bears. Who knows how good they are? Go ahead, raise your hands.
  • Titans. Meh, who cares?
  • Wow, Saints all over the map. Are some people bullish on Sean Payton's return? Are others not so sure it'll matter?
  • Chargers are rather consistent in their mediocre rating.

Sources

More from Bolts From The Blue:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bolts From The Blue

You must be a member of Bolts From The Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bolts From The Blue. You should read them.

Join Bolts From The Blue

You must be a member of Bolts From The Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bolts From The Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker