2010 NFL Week 7 Beatpaths Power Rankings

Hey y’all! Kenneth here, with more rankings! Some interesting movements this week. We managed to pull all of the teams into the graph this week–no floaters here! But let’s just get right into it.

You can see the graph for this week here.

Rank Team Notes Last Week EdgePower

1

(Beat BUF) Another case of Beatpaths only caring about wins, and not quality of wins. Baltimore actually looks stronger this week, but not because of anything they did.

1

88.64

(51 – 0) / 66

#1 – #7

2

(Beat MIA) Meanwhile, the Steelers continue to look good, beating a fairly well ranked Dolphins team. They just can’t get out from under the Ravens. This week’s game against the Saints won’t help that, but the games after that (@CIN and versus NE) are both against teams that beat the Ravens–if they can beat either of them, that would loop away the BAL=>PIT path.

2

81.82

(43 – 1) / 66

#2 – #11

3

(Bye) The top 3 stays intact, as the Jets do nothing on their bye. They are boosted up a bit by a high riser underneath them (FORESHADOWING!).

3

78.03

(37 – 0) / 66

#1 – #11

4

(Bye) The Colts are the first high riser this week, although they’re not the aforementioned team boosting everyone up–they still have no beatlosses. They’re actually boosted by that team, giving them a great deal more edgepower.

13

74.24

(32 – 0) / 66

#1 – #11

5

(Beat PHI) Titans beat the Eagles, but they already had a path to them, so no great improvement. Part of me kind of wants the Titans to stick with the “QB Staff” idea–going with whoever has the hot hand. I think it’s an idea worth trying.

4

72.73

(32 – 2) / 66

#3 – #14

6

(Beat SD) On the other hand, the Patriots did NOT have a path to the Chargers, so this win boosts them some. But it’s a small amount–not enough to pass the Titans yet.

5

72.73

(30 – 0) / 66

#1 – #14

7

(Lost to OAK) Ah hah! Here’s a big riser, pushing teams up the charts. Surprised? How can a team lose to Oakland–get shellacked, really–and yet rise up 11 spots in the rankings? Well, the Oakland loss gets looped away in a 3 team loop with the Titans, so there’s that. Plus, since they Tennessee was already being looped away in 3 team loop with Jacksonville, they didn’t get hurt by the new loop. Then, they got boosted by the Seahawks’ rise. Why did Seattle rise? Tune in later to find out!

18

70.45

(30 – 3) / 66

#4 – #13

8

(Beat DAL) Actually, it seems kind of lame to make you read me say nothing in particular about the Giants (already had a path to the Cowboys) while waiting to hear about the Seahawks. But now I’m committed to the idea. A bad situation for everybody.

6

69.70

(29 – 3) / 66

#4 – #15

9

(Beat ARI) Okay, so what happened here? Well, this week’s win over the Cardinals created a 3 team beatloop with STL. That meant that STL=>SEA wasn’t around at the 4 team beatloop level, so the SEA=>CHI=>DET=>STL=>SEA loop got broken up. That put SEA=>CHI back in the graph (well, in there for the first time, but whatever). And since Chicago is ranked relatively high–remember, they were towards the top of the pillar last week–all of a sudden the Seahawks have lots of paths to teams. What fun!

20

68.94

(29 – 4) / 66

#5 – #14

10

(Lost to PIT) As always, There’s No Shame In Losing To The Steelers. The Dolphins mostly drop because their best current win is over the Packers, who aren’t quite as impressive as some of the other teams above them.

7

65.91

(25 – 4) / 66

#5 – #16

11

(Lost to WAS) Truth be told, this (along with the Dolphins’) move is just a shift to make room for the high risers (IND, DEN, SEA). Well, and Chicago is now under Seattle, which doesn’t help. If you’re wondering, WAS takes the Seahawk’s place in that 4 team beatloop rather nicely, which is why the loss to the Redskins isn’t hurting the Bears. Instead of DET=>STL=>SEA=>CHI=>DET, we have DET=>STL=>WAS=>CHI=>DET. Since the Bears had already lost their beatwin over Detroit, no big deal to them. They are seriously holding on tight to that win over the Packers, though.

8

62.12

(25 – 9) / 66

#9 – #16

12

(Bye) You know what’s boring? Bye weeks where nothing changes. Then again, this team has had a fair amount of excitement this season, so maybe some boring would do them good.

12

56.82

(9 – 0) / 66

#1 – #24

13

(Beat MIN) More beating of teams where beatpaths already existed. Given all of the Packers’ injuries, I take this game as more of a condemnation of Minnesota than a great sign for Green Bay, but who knows?

9

56.06

(22 – 14) / 66

#12 – #17

14

(Beat JAC) As mentioned, this win gets looped away in a 3 team beatloop with Indianapolis. It’s not all for naught, though–that breaks up a 4 team beatloop of KC=>SD=>JAC=>IND=>KC, which puts KC=>SD=>JAC back in the graph. Believe it or not, that actually helps the Chiefs, although not enough to boost them up the ratings yet.

14

54.55

(7 – 1) / 66

#2 – #25

15

(Beat STL) Well, it’s not from beating the Rams that the Buccaneers get this big boost. No, this is a result of the Browns beating the Saints, which loops away the Bucs loss to the Saints. That leaves the Bucs with only one beatloss in the system–to Pittsburgh, and as we all know, There’s No Shame In Losing To The Steelers.

24

53.79

(7 – 2) / 66

#3 – #27

16

(Lost to TEN) Seriously, for most of these teams there’s not much to say. They were in a big long beatpath last week, and they’re in it again this week. We’ll see what happens next week–although the Eagles are on a bye, so it won’t be anything they do.

10

52.27

(19 – 16) / 66

#13 – #18

17

(Beat CHI) If the Redskins could find a way to be floaters, they would. They’re certainly still trying. The win over Chicago was looped away, as mentioned before. Their only relationship now is IND=>WAS, which came back because the 4 team beatloop of PHI=>JAC=>IND=>WAS=>PHI was broken up by the smaller IND=>KC=>JAC=>IND this week. It’s going to be hard to get rid of that Indy relationship though. Good luck, Redskins!

16

49.24

(0 – 1) / 66

#2 – #32

18

(Beat CIN) I’ve been really high on the Falcons this season, and while they’re winning, they certainly don’t look very impressive. Michael Turner is apparently still good, though, which probably a good sign.

11

47.73

(15 – 18) / 66

#14 – #21

19

(Lost to NE) Lords of the comebacks fail to finish it off. I really thought they were going to pull it out, too. Leave it to the Chargers to figure out how to fall short.

23

45.45

(2 – 8) / 66

#9 – #30

20

(Lost to SEA) I got the impression that Arizona fans were happy to see Derek Anderson come in, because Max Hall was doing so badly. I suppose short term amnesia would be helpful in dealing with a QB situation like that.

19

42.42

(9 – 19) / 66

#15 – #24

21

(Lost to CLE) The Saints are just weird this season. I really thoguht they should be better than this. But honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them beat the Steelers this week. They’re just weird.

21

40.15

(8 – 21) / 66

#16 – #25

22

(Lost to ATL) Apparently covering Roddy White wasn’t in the gameplan? Better fix that everything, Bengals.

27

36.36

(4 – 22) / 66

#16 – #28

23

(Lost to KC) Jacksonville gets crushed by being ranked below the Chargers again. This is a truly staggering rate of cycling through QBs they’re on in Jacksonville. As a Bears fan, I am duly impressed.

15

34.09

(1 – 22) / 66

#17 – #31

24

(Beat NO) Seriously, what the heck was that? I don’t know which was more shocking–this game or the Raiders. But whatever got into the Browns, they should keep it. Also–that fake punt was so cool.

31

33.33

(0 – 22) / 66

#17 – #32

25

(Lost to GB) Congratulations may be in order for the Vikings, if indeed they have finally gotten Favre injured enough to end this streak and destroy the last reason for him to continue playing. I hope, at least. Their reward would be Tavaris Jackson. Yikes.

26

32.58

(2 – 25) / 66

#17 – #30

26

(Bye) Lions come fresh out of the bye to face the Redskins. The team is looking pretty good. Suh has been a real force.

28

29.55

(0 – 27) / 66

#18 – #32

27

(Beat SF) Well, this is the kind of effect winning your first game of the season can have. One game isn’t really enough to proclaim Matt Moore as back, though, is it?

32

29.55

(3 – 30) / 66

#19 – #29

28

(Lost to BAL) Waiter, I think there’s a mistake–the Bills got the offense my Bears had ordered.

25

28.79

(0 – 28) / 66

#18 – #32

29

(Lost to NYG) Well, if you were holding out hopes for the Cowboys, welcome to the Jon Kitna Experience. Actually, he might not be that bad–for certain, he should beat out the Brad Johnson Comedy Hour–but I don’t think he’s going to save Dallas’ season. Though what an entertaining QB controversy there would be if he did.

30

28.03

(0 – 29) / 66

#18 – #32

30

(Lost to CAR) Mike Singletary is quickly reaching Baghdad Bob levels here. San Francisco is looking like one of those teams that is always supposed to be breaking out but never does.

29

23.48

(2 – 37) / 66

#22 – #30

31

(Beat DEN) As mentioned above, the win over Denver gets looped away in a three team loop with Tennessee. That said, where did THAT come from, Oakland? I wasn’t paying close attention, and suddenly you’re up by like 28? Wow. However, you lose points for not feeding the ball to McFadden in an attempt to get him the TD record. I mean, if you’re going to score a TD to go from 52 points to 59, you’re already running up the score–you might as well have a good reason for it.

22

21.21

(1 – 39) / 66

#23 – #31

32

(Lost to TB) No luck for the Rams. I only saw the last play of this game (well, the last one that mattered). I was screaming at the linebacker to stay with the RB, but that’s how it goes. If you want to win those games, don’t let it come down to the final play.

17

18.94

(0 – 41) / 66

#24 – #32

3 Responses to 2010 NFL Week 7 Beatpaths Power Rankings

  1. You’d have to be pretty delusional to be happy to see Derek Anderson coming into the game. His greatest feat so far this year is “looked better than Leinart”, which is small potatoes indeed.

    I have seen some people calling to pull Hall from the start, but no viable alternatives mentioned.

    Given the craptacular QB status of so many teams (Cardinals, 49ers, Panthers, Browns), I’m really surprised someone hasn’t called up Jeff Garcia and offered him a 2-year contract.

    D∈T

  2. ThunderThumbs says:

    Jeff George is still out there…

  3. Alternator says:

    Jets loss to Green Bay creates a Jets-Dolphins-Packers beatloop, which eliminates Jets=>Dolphins and slices out a chunk of support, but also Dolphins=>Packers, and hurts everyone at the top.

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