2008 NFL Conference Beatpaths Rankings

Hey Folks. Kenneth here, just hours away from the big game, and I’m here with the rankings as they are going into the game. There may not be much to say about every team, but I’ll try to explain what there is.

Also, don’t think this game is meaningless in the final graph. There’s a direct beatpath from PIT=>NE=>ARI in the graph, so a Cardinals win would change some things. So, if it’s an Arizona win later today (my personal favorite–I just can’t help rooting for an underdog), be sure to check here later to see what the damage is.

Rank Team Notes Last Week BeatPower

1

(Bye) Not much changed for the Colts; they stay at the top.

1

96.3

(25/27 – 0/27)

2

(Bye) Jets move up a bit. Really, this is just them taking over the spot as their New York brethren fell.

3

100.0

(27/27 – 0/27)

3

(Bye) As their beatpath nemesis Jets rise, so do they.

4

94.6

(26/28 – 1/28)

4

(Beat BAL) Beating the Ravens didn’t really matter, as the Steelers already had a beatpath to the Ravens. Now it’s just a double path. Did that boost make them stronger, and thus boost the rep of the Jets and Titans? Or is there something else at play?

5

85.7

(23/28 – 3/28)

5

(Bye) Giants fall 3 spots. But it’s not due to the Eagles falling–they didn’t have a beatpath over the Eagles. There is a possibility that the Eagles losing a direct beatpath over Arizona changed how the tiebreakers work, but that’s guesswork on my part right now.

2

92.3

(22/26 – 0/26)

6

(Bye) Patriots rise a bit. It’s possible that this is due to the Cardinals looking better, as the Pats have a path over them.

7

83.3

(20/24 – 4/24)

7

(Lost to PIT) I guess it’s nice that the team that lost went down in the rankings, but I’m not sure why. As I’ve mentioned, there was no change to the graph from this game.

6

80.8

(20/26 – 4/26)

8

(Beat PHI) Now here’s something I can explain! Simply put, the Cardinals split with the Eagles, which removes a team from on top of them. That allows them to rise a bit.

10

73.2

(19/28 – 6/28)

9

(Bye) Arizona’s rise helps other teams, too. For example, the Dolphins, who found themselves directly under the Cards, get to follow them up the ladder.

11

61.4

(13/22 – 8/22)

10

(Bye) Meanwhile, the Panthers move down a bit. Perhaps the Giants fall hurt them?

8

71.9

(8/16 – 1/16)

11

(Bye) More rising tide effects, as the Boys move up under the Cards. Of course, they’re really only benefiting from a certain team falling…

12

55.0

(10/20 – 8/20)

12

(Bye) Broncos also get to leapfrog someone–the Vikings. The Dolphins looking better have something to do with this, presumably.

14

50.0

(9/24 – 9/24)

13

(Bye) Meanwhile, the Vikings stay still. The Vikings don’t really have a lot of support in the graph.

13

64.6

(10/24 – 3/24)

14

(Bye) Texans move up one on the mystery team’s fall. If you haven’t guessed it yet, you’re not paying attention.

15

58.3

(9/18 – 6/18)

15

(Bye) The Falcons actually make a large jump. Apparently, the Broncos were really weighing them down. Or, alternately, the teams that fell were really shaky.

18

43.5

(7/23 – 10/23)

16

(Bye) Bengals also make a jump.

19

39.5

(7/19 – 11/19)

17

(Bye) Not sure what the 49ers problem is–they look like they have solid beatpaths, but they didn’t rise up like the other teams. In fact, more than one team leapfrogged them.

17

45.0

(7/20 – 9/20)

18

(Lost to ARI) Ding ding ding! Yes, the loss of the beatpath over the Cardinals really hurt the Eagles. Although they still don’t have a beatloss, they’re now relying on direct beatwins over Cleveland and Seattle for positioning, which I think we can all agree leaves them in a more precarious position.

9

61.5

(3/13 – 0/13)

19

(Bye) Meanwhile, why are the Bears moving? The seem to have San Francisco-itis, but even worse. It may be terminal.

16

52.8

(5/18 – 4/18)

20

(Bye) Okay, from this point on the rankings are stable. And, I really don’t think I have anything to say. Maybe I’ll revisit these teams in a season wrap-up rankings, but for right now, I’m just going to stay silent on the remaining teams. You already know their deals. Still, if you want to talk about any of them, just say something in the comments.

20

40.9

(5/22 – 9/22)

21

(Bye)

21

40.0

(6/20 – 10/20)

22

(Bye)

22

37.5

(5/24 – 11/24)

23

(Bye)

23

26.3

(2/19 – 11/19)

24

(Bye)

24

21.1

(1/19 – 12/19)

25

(Bye)

25

14.7

(0/17 – 12/17)

26

(Bye)

26

20.0

(0/20 – 12/20)

27

(Bye)

27

21.7

(4/23 – 17/23)

28

(Bye)

28

12.0

(3/25 – 22/25)

29

(Bye)

29

2.3

(0/22 – 21/22)

30

(Bye)

30

5.8

(1/26 – 24/26)

31

(Bye)

31

0.0

(0/24 – 24/24)

32

(Bye)

32

1.9

(0/26 – 25/26)

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