2011 NFL Power Rankings #10

With the Packers holding off challenges left and right and Von Miller quietly starting to rule the world out in Denver, the rankings continue to churn up and down and all around. You know the refrain about how this is put together, let’s cut to the chase:

Rank Team W L RPI Margin PairWins
1 Packers 10 0 0.748 (1) 16.048 (1) 31
2 49ers 9 1 0.683 (2) 13.783 (2) 30
3 Ravens 7 3 0.634 (4) 13 (5) 29
4 Saints 7 3 0.64 (3) 8.703 (9) 28
5 Patriots 7 3 0.615 (5) 13.674 (3) 27
6 Lions 7 3 0.611 (6) 10.399 (7) 25
7 Bears 7 3 0.607 (8) 11.941 (6) 24
8 Steelers 7 3 0.61 (7) 9.59 (8) 23
9 Texans 7 3 0.601 (9) 13.328 (4) 22
10 Cowboys 6 4 0.561 (11) 8.494 (10) 21
11 Bengals 6 4 0.565 (10) 7.456 (11) 20
12 Falcons 6 4 0.557 (12) 6.592 (13) 20
13 Broncos 5 5 0.514 (15) 1.072 (19) 17
14 Raiders 6 4 0.543 (13) 0.085 (22) 17
15 Jets 5 5 0.511 (16) 6.638 (12) 15
16 Bills 5 5 0.496 (17) 2.425 (18) 14
17 Titans 5 5 0.491 (18) 4.158 (15) 14
18 Giants 6 4 0.536 (14) 3.806 (16) 14
19 Eagles 4 6 0.459 (21) 6.358 (14) 12
20 Seahawks 4 6 0.478 (19) 0.853 (20) 12
21 Bucs 4 6 0.463 (20) -0.699 (23) 11
22 Chargers 4 6 0.445 (22) 0.825 (21) 10
23 Jaguars 3 7 0.396 (25) -0.906 (24) 7
24 Chiefs 4 6 0.432 (23) -9.203 (31) 7
25 Dolphins 3 7 0.382 (27) 3.622 (17) 6
26 Redskins 3 7 0.372 (28) -1.476 (25) 6
27 Browns 4 6 0.406 (24) -3.267 (29) 3
28 Vikings 2 8 0.361 (29) -3.008 (28) 3
29 Cardinals 3 7 0.389 (26) -1.956 (27) 3
30 Rams 2 8 0.347 (30) -8.214 (30) 2
31 Panthers 2 8 0.312 (31) -1.592 (26) 1
32 Colts 0 10 0.241 (32) -13.05 (32) 0

So yes, two games separate the middle SIXTEEN teams in this field.  Talk about crowded.  Really any order you pick can be defensible.  That is why the injuries to Schaub and Cutler could be big problems.  There is just a ton of competition here for the Bears and Texans, though fortunately for Houston not so much in its own division.  The Broncos feel like a paper tiger but if they are going to defend this well, they can overcome Incompletion Jesus.  Why not?

8 Toughest Schedules (Opp W/L, Opp SoS x OppOpp SoS)

  1. Tampa Bay Bucs (56-34, .562)
  2. Chicago Bears (50-40, .539)
  3. Detroit Lions (49-41, .536)
  4. Denver Broncos (51-39, .528)
  5. New York Jets (48-42, .522)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (49-41, .522)
  7. Seattle Seahawks (50-40, .521)
  8. Atlanta Falcons (46-44, .519)

8 Easiest Schedules To Date

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (43-47, .483)
  2. Miami Dolphins (43-47, .482)
  3. Tennessee Titans (42-48, .482)
  4. New York Giants (40-50, .472)
  5. Arizona Cardinals (39-51, .469)
  6. Kansas City Chiefs (37-53, .464)
  7. Cleveland Browns (39-51, .464)
  8. Washington Redskins (39-51, .462)

BTW: Great tripleheader Thursday.  Green Bay-Detroit, San Francisco-Baltimore, two top 10 matchups.  Dallas-Miami looks less good but Miami has the scoring margin of a much better team than their record indicates.

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