2009 NFL Week 8 Beatpath Power Rankings

Kenneth here folks, and I want to apologize for this coming up late. There were some issues getting things together this week here at BeatPaths. Nevertheless, let’s go forward with this week’s EXCITING RANKINGS!

Rank Team Notes Last Week EdgePower

1

(Beat ATL) What’s most exciting? Well, how does a new top team sound to you? Yes, the Saints take the top spot. Their win over Atlanta was helpful, not by adding new teams but by allowing them to hold onto paths after their previous toe-hold–the Giants–took a stumble.

3

71.95

(36 – 0) / 82

#1 – #14

2

(Lost to BAL) Denver returns to earth in the beatpaths, and real life too, I guess. The loss costs them their wins over Cincy and New England. I have to admit, as a Chicago fan I was hoping Denver would lose, because I’ve been getting tired of hearing so much about how the Bears got hosed in that trade. Nevertheless, I’m shocked how quickly people seem to want to jump off the Broncos bandwagon.

1

70.73

(34 – 0) / 82

#1 – #14

3

(Beat GB) Vikings regain a beatpath to the Packers. Somewhere I saw the stat that Jared Allen has 7.5 sacks against Aaron Rodgers this season, and 3 against the rest of the league. Which surprises me, because I’ve seen him play some non-Wisconsin teams and he definitely seems to be having a good season, so I would expect him to get sacks in other games, too.

7

69.51

(32 – 0) / 82

#1 – #15

4

(Bye) Cincinnati gains on the bye, thanks to Denver’s loss. They are now without a beatloss for the first time this season.

6

66.46

(27 – 0) / 82

#1 – #17

5

(Beat SF) Indy falls due to no fault of their own. I mean, how could they–as far as beatpaths is concerned, they have no faults (beatpaths only looks at wins and losses). Rather, they are hurt by Arizona taking a little tumble.

2

65.24

(25 – 0) / 82

#1 – #18

6

(Bye) New England rids itself of its beatloss to Denver as well, but doesn’t jump as high as the Bengals. Reverse-East-Coast Bias! Actually, they were very close to each other before, and they are again.

5

65.24

(25 – 0) / 82

#1 – #16

7

(Beat SEA) Dallas keeps on rising. Here, they move up not because of their win over Seattle, but because they got out from under Arizona.

9

65.24

(26 – 1) / 82

#2 – #16

8

(Bye) Steelers also rise a from the Cardinals and Giants heading downward. They also do a good job of killing my fantasy teams this week, so, you know, good job on that, too.

10

62.20

(21 – 1) / 82

#2 – #20

9

(Beat DEN) The Ravens don’t really get a boost from beating the Broncos, but they were under a lot of teams, relatively. They’ve shaken off the Bengals and Patriots now. Surprisingly, I don’t think beating the Bengals this week would do much for them–but it would help the Broncos out a bit.

11

61.59

(20 – 1) / 82

#2 – #21

10

(Lost to NO) Losing to the Saints doesn’t help, but the Saints are so high that it doesn’t really affect the Falcons. And, like most teams, they are helped by the plights of the Cardinals and Giants, but they actually do get out from under them.

12

60.98

(22 – 4) / 82

#5 – #17

11

(Beat OAK) Ho hum. Another team whose rating didn’t really change, they just got helped by the fact that two other teams fell a bunch. Is it disconcerting to you Cards/Giants fans that I keep mentioning them but not discussing what happened? Probably not, I’d wager.

13

56.71

(16 – 5) / 82

#6 – #23

12

(Lost to MIN) Green Bay goes back under the Vikings. Their direct beatwins (DET, CLE, and STL) are really unimpressive.

14

54.27

(9 – 2) / 82

#3 – #25

13

(Beat NYG) Well, the Eagles finally got that durned Raiders game off their back. That takes a huge number of “edges” off of them, which is why they jump so high.

25

54.27

(8 – 1) / 82

#2 – #28

14

(Beat BUF) Would you have guessed that Houston would be without beatlosses? I wouldn’t have. But beating the Bills looped away the loss to the Jets, which was the last one they had, and so they head up the charts. Of course, that also takes away 3 wins, which hurts, and their loss to the Jags is currently only looped away by a 5-team loop that seems somewhat precarious, but still…

21

53.05

(5 – 0) / 82

#1 – #27

15

(Lost to PHI) The Giants drop like a stone. It’s all due to the Panthers reversing last years’ playoff game against the Cardinals, which cost the Giants their win over the Cowboys, which, it turns out, is all that was really holding them up. Their other beatwins? KC, WAS, TB.

8

52.44

(5 – 1) / 82

#2 – #29

16

(Lost to CAR) If the Giants are a stone, the Cardinals are a boulder. I’m seriously quite confused about what this team is right now. Which I guess is an appropriate continuation from the end of last season.

4

51.83

(4 – 1) / 82

#2 – #29

17

(Beat CLE) The Bears play a nothing game, and move nowhere in the rankings. I find it weird that that game was the one that convinced the owners that a shakeup was needed, though.

17

51.83

(8 – 5) / 82

#6 – #26

18

(Beat NYJ) It seems like this team should be able to beat a lot more teams than they have right now. But I guess they will have to go another week without a non-division win.

15

49.39

(12 – 13) / 82

#12 – #24

19

(Lost to TEN) Jacksonville almost all of what little support they had due to the season split with Tennessee.

16

48.78

(1 – 3) / 82

#3 – #31

20

(Lost to IND) I gotta admit, I did not expect the 49ers to keep that game that close. That’s good for them, but they really need to start winning some of these games. It’s long past time that the NFC West got two real teams in it again.

20

47.56

(3 – 7) / 82

#8 – #30

21

(Lost to CHI) Cleveland is grasping onto that win over Buffalo for dear life; it’s all that’s keeping them afloat in beatpaths.

19

43.90

(6 – 16) / 82

#12 – #28

22

(Lost to MIA) Miami now has the Jets double-covered in beatpaths, which seems like it will make it hard for the Jets to rise up any time soon if things continue along their current paths.

18

43.29

(5 – 16) / 82

#13 – #27

23

(Lost to DAL) I don’t know what the plan is supposed to be in Seattle, but I think they’ve greatly misjudged their situation. That team is not really close to contending.

22

43.29

(1 – 12) / 82

#10 – #31

24

(Lost to STL) Congratulations, Detroit. By losing to the Rams, you have helped create the lamest beatloop ever (DET=>WAS=>STL=>DET).

23

42.07

(0 – 13) / 82

#11 – #32

25

(Lost to SD) It seems like losing a beatwin to the Eagles would hurt, but really it was more about loosing the Eagles. The Raiders still retain the beatwin over the Chiefs, which was half of what Philly was giving them anyway.

24

39.02

(3 – 21) / 82

#15 – #29

26

(Lost to HOU) I don’t really know what more to say about this team right now. Maybe things will look better when Edwards gets back? Does that seem plausible?

26

37.20

(5 – 26) / 82

#16 – #29

27

(Beat JAC) I have to say, I’m a little intrigued by Chris Johnson’s idea of 10 straight wins. Normally I’d say there’s no chance, but I feel like there’s a small chance they could actually pull it off. Like around 2%. Wouldn’t THAT be interesting.

27

37.20

(0 – 21) / 82

#15 – #32

28

(Beat DET) Well, this was the one they should win, if they were going to win one. What now?

32

36.59

(0 – 22) / 82

#14 – #32

29

(Bye) Anytime Cassel wants to show he’s really the man for the next 5 years would be fine by the entire KC area, I think.

28

33.54

(2 – 29) / 82

#18 – #30

30

(Beat ARI) Seriously, where did this come from? I feel like we all had Carolina nicely pegged as a bottom feeder, do nothing team this season, and then they go screw that up by beating the Cards. And they are only 1 game behind the Falcons. If they beat the Saints this weekend I think the universe would collapse (or maybe just the graph).

29

33.54

(3 – 30) / 82

#18 – #30

31

(Bye) So, I hear the Wizards are looking good…

30

20.73

(1 – 49) / 82

#24 – #31

32

(Bye) I’m not certain I can prove it, but I feel that the Bucs are getting hurt by having too many Joshes at QB. Or maybe not enough. Bring back McCown!

31

15.85

(0 – 56) / 82

#25 – #32

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