2009 NFL Week 8 Beatpath Graph

We have a more collapsed graph this week, due to upsets breaking some long beatpath chains. More teams with no beatlosses, too – Denver loses two beatwins due to their loss to Baltimore, and has a much more precarious position atop the graph this week.

Beatpaths and ITB were 8-5 this week, while Isaacson-Tarbell was 7-6 due to picking the NY Jets. All five upsets were BeatPicks, meaning a slew of new beatloops, and a record of 5-5 for the week. BeatPicks are now 20-8 for the season.

This week’s rankings considers the following games flukey, meaning the rankings contradict them. In general, Houston and the NY Jets are balanced on the head of a pin, and for this week anyway, the system is looking at Houston optimistically and the NY Jets pessimistically. As in past seasons, we can expect the perspective on inconsistent teams to bounce back and forth as the season goes on.

WAS->STL->DET
SF->ARI->HOU->CIN
BUF->NYJ->HOU
SEA->JAC->HOU
OAK->PHI
BAL->DEN
NYJ->NE
CHI->PIT->MIN
CAR->ARI->NYG->DAL

Beatloops are listed after the jump. Here’s the Week 8 Beatpath Graph.

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WAS=>STL=>DET=>WAS
ARI=>HOU=>SF=>ARI
HOU=>BUF=>NYJ=>HOU
NYG=>OAK=>PHI=>NYG
BAL=>DEN=>CIN=>BAL
BAL=>DEN=>NE=>BAL
BUF=>NYJ=>NE=>BUF
GB=>CHI=>PIT=>MIN=>GB
ARI=>NYG=>DAL=>CAR=>ARI
JAC=>HOU=>CIN=>CHI=>SEA=>JAC

4 Responses to 2009 NFL Week 8 Beatpath Graph

  1. doktarr says:

    Iterative (available at MOOSE’s beatgraphs.com) still gives Denver its wins against NE and CIN, although both are weakened. In standard, the PIT game has very little impact (just a chance for PIT to shed its CIN loss), but in iterative, a loss to PIT would cause Denver to lose its beatpath to CIN and give it a (weakened) beatloss to PIT.

    The relative weakness of IND’s schedule is exactly the sort of thing beatpaths is great at showing. They’ve completed their tour of the NFC west, and now the opponents start to get tougher. If they make it through the next three weeks without a loss, they will almost surely sit atop the rankings – but thus far they haven’t earned such a distinction.

  2. ThunderThumbs says:

    Strange to see Houston with no beatlosses.

  3. doktarr says:

    Yep. In iterative, BUF->NYJ is in multiple loops and gets killed first, so the Jets (and the 12 teams that have a path to the Jets) retain a path to Houston. On the flip side, Houston maintains its path to Buffalo (and, by extension, Carolina).

  4. The MOOSE says:

    Commentary for week 8 is up.

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