2008 NFL Wildcard Beatpaths Rankings

Hey folks. I’m a little later getting these out, but hopefully you weren’t waiting for much. Most of these rankings are not exciting. As you might expect, teams did not move much. Anyway, here’s the rankings after the wildcard weekend:

Rank Team Notes Last Week BeatPower

1

(Lost to SD) I don’t know if people are going to like this ranking or not. 🙂 In any case, as TT’s previous post said, the Colts have an alternate beatpath to the Chargers, so losing to them didn’t really hurt. I mean, beatpaths-wise.

1

96.3

(25/27 – 0/27)

2

(Bye) The Giants, however, move up! How? Well, the Eagles win basically removes the loss to the Vikings from the previous week, leaving the Giants uncovered in the Graph once more. That allows them to rise up.

7

92.3

(22/26 – 0/26)

3

(Bye) The FavreJets move Favredown only Favrebecause the FavreGiants look Favrebetter. Damn ESPN copy editors.

2

100.0

(27/27 – 0/27)

4

(Bye) I know it seems like the Titans should be scared of the Ravens, but let’s not forget that the Ravens were playing the Dolphins. They won’t beat up the Titans that bad, even if they do win.

3

94.6

(26/28 – 1/28)

5

(Bye) Am I the only person who finds it weird that people are talking so much about Cowher coming back to coach already? I mean, it’s barely been 2 seasons.

4

85.7

(23/28 – 3/28)

6

(Beat MIA) Not that I want to take away from the Ravens’ win. Ed Reed is great. I think I’d still want a really good defensive end (or GREAT tackle) to start a defense with, but a safety like Reed is a close second.

5

80.8

(20/26 – 4/26)

7

(Bye) For the most part, the movers this week appear to be in the NFC, but the Panthers aren’t one of them. They stay mostly where they are.

8

93.5

(21/23 – 1/23)

8

(Bye) So, apparently Josh McDaniels has a good shot at a head coaching gig, and the Mangenious is back as a coach, too. Yet, Mangini failed, Crennel failed, and Charlie Weis sure looks like he’s failing. Is everyone so impressed by Belicheck not to notice that his disciples haven’t really done much? Not that it should automatically disqualify them, but you’d think it would have been brought up.

9

83.3

(20/24 – 4/24)

9

(Beat MIN) Eagles’ win leaves them with no beatlosses, surprisingly, and they rise because of it. For all the apparent strength of the Eagles, they always seem fragile to me–like they’re just one bad play or injury away from it all falling apart.

14

90.0

(20/25 – 0/25)

10

(Beat ATL) Arizona’s win leaves them under the same direct beatlosses, but restores their beatwin over Dallas, which moves them up considerably. Plus, the Eagles’ win means they get to go to warm(er) Carolina instead of cold, windy New York. Everything’s coming up Milhouse for the Cardinals!

18

69.6

(19/28 – 8/28)

11

(Lost to BAL) Losing to the Ravens was expected, and meanwhile, the Cardinals rise which allows the Dolphins to rise. Still, they didn’t look like a good team in that game. There were a couple passes by Pennington that were textbook “don’t try to throw in that situation” passes.

19

56.2

(13/24 – 10/24)

12

(Lost to PHI) Losing to the Eagles costs the Vikings their beatpath to the Giants. That, and Houston’s fall means that the Vikings sink in the ratings. As a Bears fan, it’s interesting to be on this side of the “how do we get a halfway decent QB to not lose us games” fence.

6

64.6

(10/24 – 3/24)

13

(Bye) A little surprising that Dallas only falls this far, given that they’re now under the Cardinals. Getting rid of Pacman Jones doesn’t change the fact that they need secondary help, though.

10

50.0

(10/21 – 10/21)

14

(Bye) The Broncos’ wild ride continues, as they regain a beatwin over Atlanta and head back up the charts.

21

46.0

(9/25 – 11/25)

15

(Bye) The Texans fall because the Bengals don’t look as good as they used to.

11

58.3

(9/18 – 6/18)

16

(Bye) The Bears have apparently decided that he way to improve their team is to hire the guy who coached the only 0-16 team in history as an assistant. My head asplode.

17

52.8

(5/18 – 4/18)

17

(Bye) I think the firing of Mike Martz is probably a good thing, but I bet they’re worse on offense next season. It’s going to take some time to get them back to a more conventional offense.

20

40.5

(7/21 – 11/21)

18

(Lost to ARI) Rankings-wise, the Falcons don’t shift much, but they look much different with that beatloss to Denver reappearing. I guess my curiousity around the Cardinals should have been full blown skepticism. We’ll see if they’re more Titans than Browns next season.

15

39.1

(7/23 – 12/23)

19

(Bye) Bengals fall because the Redskins look worse. No, I’m not going to cut to the chase here. I’m gonna make you read all of the entries. 🙂

12

35.7

(7/21 – 13/21)

20

(Bye) If Gruden doesn’t like Garcia, but admits he’s better than Griese, how many QBs is he going to have to pick up this offseason?

16

37.0

(5/23 – 11/23)

21

(Bye) The question the Bills have this offseason, I think, is if the other AFC East teams are mediocre and can be caught with a little improvement, or if they’re good and the Bills should go through more rebuilding.

22

36.4

(6/22 – 12/22)

22

(Bye) Despite such wasted spending on offense (Reggie Bush, Jeremy Shockey), the Saints have a great one. Imagine what it might be if they had hit on those acquisitions.

23

36.0

(5/25 – 12/25)

23

(Beat IND) If you were perplexed by the Chargers’ absence, well, here they are. As TT mentioned, beating IND just gives them a split, so it doesn’t loop away any losses, so the Chargers pretty much stay where they are. Seems to me the same thing would happen if they won this weekend, too.

25

22.5

(2/20 – 13/20)

24

(Bye) Here you go! The Redskins cause the great distress this weekend, because they no longer have a beatwin over Philly. Yup, even though they have two wins over the Eagles, they both get looped away. That leaves them with only a beatwin over Detroit, and we all know how THAT goes.

13

17.5

(1/20 – 14/20)

25

(Bye) I don’t think Mangini deserved to be fired, but I don’t know that he deserved to get another head coaching job so soon. And more than that, what compelled the Browns to grab the guy who succeeded the guy you just fired? I mean, did that not seem strange to anyone?

24

13.9

(0/18 – 13/18)

26

(Bye) Maybe it’s just because they came into the league together, but I can’t help thinking of the Jags and Panthers as mirror opposites–when one does well, the other one suffers. I know that doesn’t hold up very well, but it’s how I perceive them.

26

20.8

(4/24 – 18/24)

27

(Bye) Nothing much happening in Raiderland, which is new. Any word on who they’re going to hire as coach?

27

16.7

(0/21 – 14/21)

28

(Bye) A little part of me hopes the Packers bounce back next year, because otherwise it’s going to be cemented in stone that losing Favre was the cause of the great downfall of the Packers. And that just doesn’t seem like the case.

28

11.5

(3/26 – 23/26)

29

(Bye) I’d think that a new GM would mean that Herm is out, but maybe not; he seems to garner a lot more respect than he deserves. I remember during the runup to the Bears-Colts Super Bowl where Herm, Lovie Smith, and Tony Dungy were shown hanging out, and kept wondering why nobody pointed out the gap in accomplishment there.

29

2.2

(0/23 – 22/23)

30

(Bye) I really don’t know what to say about this team. I’m not sure what their plan going forward will be, even. Maybe when I start reading up on draft stuff in the next few weeks I’ll have a better clue.

30

5.8

(1/26 – 24/26)

31

(Bye) The Redskins tanking actually helps the Lions somewhat in their quest to be the true #32 team, but not enough. Meanwhile, Millen leaves, gets studio job. Marinelli leaves, gets several assistant jobs. Apparently, everybody thinks that whatever is wrong in Detroit doesn’t leave town with you.

31

0.0

(0/25 – 25/25)

32

(Bye) Truth be told, after they get a coach it seems like the Rams have to figure out who they’re getting rid of before they decide who to get. There are some guys on this team who are probably not worth keeping around just so the team can go 2-14 instead of 1-15.

32

1.9

(0/26 – 25/26)

One Response to 2008 NFL Wildcard Beatpaths Rankings

  1. doktarr says:

    I have the vague memory of Matt Millen actually being a great color commentator on TV before becoming an abysmal GM.

    As for Marinelli, he had a long and pretty good record as a defensive line coach. His total failure as head coach doesn’t mean he’s suddenly become incapable of doing his old job. Now, if somebody hires him as a head coach again, that would be silly.

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