2009 NFL Conference Round Beatpaths Power Rankings

Here you go, guys! The last rankings before the final ones! There is actually some movement this week, although nothing earth-shattering. As for next week, I’ll leave it to TT to say for sure but my read is that the Saints are playing for a beatpath and the Colts aren’t. More motivation for y’all, N’awlins! Who dat?

You can find this week’s graph here.

Rank Team Notes Last Week EdgePower

1

(Bye) Hey, look! The Chargers are still on top. Still just barely ahead of the Saints. Overall, I’m surprised that a team with so many apparent weaknesses did so well this season.

1

82.68

(83 – 0) / 127

#1 – #9

2

(Beat MIN) The win over the Vikings is looped away in a 3 team loop with the Dallas, which was already looped away, so no benefit for the Saints here. I’m happy for Saints fans, but they did not look particularly good in that game. They got lucky.

2

82.28

(82 – 0) / 127

#1 – #10

3

(Beat NYJ) The Colts get the season split, which gives them back some invisible paths but nothing that shows up in the graph. They are much closer to the Saints, though; this game should be a toss-up, essentially, from Beatpaths view.

3

81.89

(81 – 0) / 127

#1 – #8

4

(Bye) No change in the Broncos position. The win over New England is their big claim to fame this year; without it, they’d have much less prestige.

4

75.59

(66 – 1) / 127

#2 – #11

5

(Bye) Here’s the big question I have about the Patriots from this season: do they really do that whole parade thing in New England, like they do in the Visa commercial? I mean, the whole nine yards, with the horse and cannon and everything? I’m assuming it’s fake, but I don’t really know, and the commercial is stupid (well, extra stupid) if it is fake.

5

74.02

(64 – 3) / 127

#4 – #12

6

(Bye) Since the Cowboys’ win over the Saints was already looped away from the Giants, and their loss to the Vikings was looped away by the Panthers, the extra beatloop didn’t cost the Cowboys any, or gain them anything either. So, they stay right where they are. Like so many teams this week.

6

74.02

(62 – 1) / 127

#2 – #13

7

(Bye) In the past few weeks I’ve come to the feeling that either decision is going to be the wrong one for the Eagles regarding McNabb. If they trade him, they’re not going to do as well with Kolb, but I don’t know that he’ll be good enough for them if he stays. I guess that means you should get on with and go with Kolb, but I have trouble trading away a Pro Bowl QB.

7

70.47

(56 – 4) / 127

#4 – #14

8

(Lost to NO) No big change for the Vikings, either (they lost an edge somewhere, not sure where). I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a team that fumble-happy. This loss is going to sting for awhile, I think. Now we have to listen to Brett Favre Watch, again. Great.

8

65.35

(39 – 0) / 127

#1 – #20

9

(Bye) I don’t have anything much to say about Falcons present, right now. But how about Falcons past? Apparently Michael Vick thinks he still belongs in the top tier of quarterbacks. Count me as one of the people whose big problem with that is the word “still”.

9

64.57

(49 – 12) / 127

#8 – #15

10

(Bye) I guess it’s nice for Steelers Nation that they don’t have to worry about having to face Cowher this season. They can save that drama explosion for another year.

10

60.24

(26 – 0) / 127

#1 – #21

11

(Lost to IND) Hey, guess what! Some teams DID have big shifts this week! Not the Jets, though. But they were part of a very important happening this week. See, the season split took away their victory over the Colts at the 2 team level. That means that the loop that was formed before, JAC=>NYJ=>IND=>JAC, didn’t appear at the 3 team level, and thus JAC=>NYJ continued through the process. If you’ve been reading all season, that game might sound familiar to you. The JAC=>NYJ game got removed eventually in two 4 team beatloops: NYJ=>CIN=>CLE=>JAC=>NYJ and NYJ=>CAR=>ARI=>JAC=>NYJ. The first just removes one of the Jets victories over Cincy, but they have another; the second, though, removes their beatpath to Carolina. It still doesn’t hurt them enough to drop them anywhere, but you can be sure this will come up later.

11

58.27

(35 – 14) / 127

#9 – #19

12

(Bye) Meanwhile, nothing particularly interesting happened to the Titans. Here is where I wished I had watched more of the Pro Bowl, so I could say something about Vince Young, or something.

12

56.69

(24 – 7) / 127

#7 – #22

13

(Bye) I guess I’m curious what the next move is for the Bengals. It seems like they need more WRs, I guess, because Ochocinco won’t be around forever, and they’re shallow even with him; but I have to imagine that there’s a more pressing need.

13

56.69

(32 – 15) / 127

#10 – #21

14

(Bye) Funny moment of the Pro Bowl that I did catch; at one point Aaron Rodgers (I think it was him) called a play, and then one of the wide receivers looked at him like “what?” And Rodgers just kind of sighed and yelled, “a post! Run a post!”. Mighta been Matt Schaub. Anyway, it was funny.

14

53.54

(27 – 18) / 127

#12 – #22

15

(Bye) The aforementioned loop (ARI=>JAC=>NYJ=>CAR=>ARI) costs the Cardinals their win over the Jaguars, but gives them back a win over the Bears. Even though the Bears are ranked lower than the Jags, they give more support because they have more (lousy) teams under them. That helps the Cards, and they move up.

17

52.36

(16 – 10) / 127

#8 – #24

16

(Bye) I hear that the Giants are considering hiring (former Chicago Offensive Coordinator) Ron Turner as their QB coach. I feel like that’s ironic, but I can’t actually explain why.

15

51.18

(5 – 2) / 127

#3 – #29

17

(Bye) Getting out from under the Cardinals removes a lot of teams from on top of the Jags, so they move up from that.

19

51.18

(4 – 1) / 127

#2 – #28

18

(Bye) Texans didn’t actually change from last week, it’s just stuff happening to other teams that moves them. Now that he won the Pro Bowl MVP, do you think Matt Schaub will skip it next year (if asked)?

16

50.39

(2 – 1) / 127

#2 – #30

19

(Bye) How come Ray Rice wasn’t this good last season? Kid’s got game.

20

46.85

(15 – 23) / 127

#13 – #24

20

(Bye) Okay, check this: Last week, there were two 5 team beatloops, of BUF=>CAR=>ARI=>ARI=>CHI=>CLE=>BUF and BUF=>CAR=>ARI=>ARI=>DET=>CLE=>BUF. But both of those depended on CAR=>ARI, which as we saw before is now knocked out in a 4 team beatloop (NYJ=>CAR=>ARI=>JAC=>NYJ), so those loops are gone. Long story short is that BUF=>CAR is back in the graph, which boosts Buffalo up a bit.

21

46.85

(7 – 15) / 127

#9 – #28

21

(Bye) Somewhere above the Dolphins there’s a redundant path that is causing the Dolphins to drop; I think it might be IND=>MIA, which was looped away last week from the Jets, but now isn’t. That one extra edge above them, though, is pretty much the reason for the drop (besides the Bills looking better). But the Ravens, Bills, and Dolphins are all really close.

18

46.46

(6 – 15) / 127

#9 – #29

22

(Bye) Niners were basically tied with the Panthers last week, but they look about the same and Panthers don’t, so they move up one. Yes, I’m really stretching into the minutiae here.

23

45.28

(14 – 26) / 127

#15 – #24

23

(Bye) So, I presume Moore is the answer in Carolina? What are they going to with Delhomme?

22

42.91

(4 – 22) / 127

#11 – #30

24

(Bye) Coming up is something everyone can enjoy: what crazy thing will Al Davis do this offseason? Can anything top Darius Heyward-Bey over Michael Crabtree?

24

42.52

(0 – 19) / 127

#11 – #32

25

(Bye) I’ve actually been following the Bears (naturally), so I have something to say. I’m very worried about the Martz hire. His previous systems don’t fit the Bears’ personnel at all, and while he’s smart enough to be able to design something that will work, I don’t know that he has the humility to do it. And if he doesn’t, I think the Bears are doomed.

26

37.80

(10 – 41) / 127

#18 – #25

26

(Bye) There’s actually a big drop here–the Browns are back under the Bears, which gives them a lot more edge above them–but not enough to actually move them very far. I guess step one for Holmgren is to trade for Green Bay’s backup quarterback? Surely he’s not going to pick up the Seahawks’ backup. Right?

25

32.28

(3 – 48) / 127

#19 – #29

27

(Bye) See, that’s how bad Seattle was this year. They gained a large amount of ground on the Browns, but couldn’t overtake them in the rankings. You can argue at what point the Beatpaths “League Of Crap” teams start–it’s probably right after the Raiders, honestly–but it sure seems like there’s a real difference starting here.

27

31.50

(2 – 49) / 127

#19 – #31

28

(Bye) Supposedly the Tigers are going to be bad this year, too. My plan to destroy all Detroit sports team is working! Just think if I actually did anything.

28

29.13

(0 – 53) / 127

#19 – #32

29

(Bye) I suppose we’ll have to wait for the draft to see, but right now it’s hard to see the Chiefs being markedly better next season.

29

25.98

(2 – 63) / 127

#23 – #30

30

(Bye) The exciting news for me in St. Louis is that some railways connecting to the city were awarded high speed rail funds. If they improve things enough, they can make it even easier for opposing team’s fans to come in and buy all their tickets.

31

24.41

(0 – 65) / 127

#22 – #32

31

(Bye) The Redskins were in a virtual tie with the Rams for thirtieth last week, but the Browns going under the Bears killed that dream. Good luck Shanny!

30

19.69

(1 – 78) / 127

#26 – #31

32

(Bye) Looks like the winner of the Beatpaths total loser title this year is going to be the Bucs. Too bad–they seemed like they had promise and really tried this year; I hate to dump on a team like that.

32

15.35

(0 – 88) / 127

#27 – #32

6 Responses to 2009 NFL Conference Round Beatpaths Power Rankings

  1. The MOOSE says:

    As far as I know (and I live in the Boston area), the last Patriots parade we had was after the 2004 Super Bowl championship. That entire sequence looks made for TV. There is an annual Patriots’ Day Parade.. in April.. a day on which the Boston Marathon is run and the Red Sox play a morning game.

  2. Kenneth says:

    See, how stupid is that? The commercial is like, “we don’t do this for any other sport”. Yeah, and you don’t do it for football, either!

    Why not celebrate excessive NFL frivolity that ACTUALLY happens? Is tailgating too mundane for VISA?

  3. doktarr says:

    It looks like the winner of the SB is virtually guaranteed to finish #1, by sweeping up all the beatwins of the loser.

  4. Kenneth says:

    I don’t think the Colts will actually get a beatwin if they win, so I don’t think they would finish any higher. But I admit I could be wrong.

    A Saints win would probably propel them to #1, however.

  5. doktarr says:

    Ah, you’re right. Except in iterative… there the winner will get a beatwin for sure.

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