2010 NFL Week 8 Beatpaths Power Rankings

Hey folks! Kenneth here again with the rankings! Let’s get right into it!

As always, you can see the original beatpath graph here.

Rank Team Notes Last Week EdgePower

1

(Bye) Ho hum. Another week and the Ravens are still number 1. As long as the Ravens have their beatwin over the Steelers, that’s likely to stay.

1

87.88

(50 – 0) / 66

#1 – #6

2

(Lost to NO) I had almost forgot that the Steelers played New Orleans this week. I’ve been so busy with other stuff. But beatpaths doesn’t forget. It removes the loss in a 3-team beatloop with Cleveland. I guess you never know when a win over the Browns will come in handy.

2

84.85

(47 – 1) / 66

#2 – #8

3

(Beat HOU) Indy gets revenge on the Texans. That’s important because it causes a season split between the two, which breaks up a previous three team loop with the Giants. Thus, the Colts get their win over the Giants back in the graph, which gives them a nice little boost. They’re still far below the Steelers and Ravens, however.

4

78.79

(38 – 0) / 66

#1 – #10

4

(Lost to SD) Texans lose to the Chargers…and go up? Yessir! See, the loss to the Chargers gets looped away in a three team loop with Oakland, and Tennessee was already losing that win due to a similar three team look with Denver. They also benefit from the resurgence of the Giants, who will be discussed soon. The Titans seem to be behind the times here–they’re losing to AFC West contenders (Broncos, Chargers) and beating the new ones (Raiders). We’ll have to wait until the day after Christmas to see if they continue the trend against the Chiefs.

5

77.27

(38 – 2) / 66

#3 – #11

5

(Bye) Just as the Colts benefit from breaking up the beatloss and gaining a path over the Giants, the Giants themselves benefit from getting a beatpath back to the Texans. I think the Giants are the best team in the NFC, but I have no confidence in them over the field. They just seem too unreliable to really mark as favorites right now.

8

73.48

(35 – 4) / 66

#5 – #12

6

(Lost to OAK) The loss to Oakland is looped away in a 3 team loop with San Francisco (get used to the term “3 team loop”, you’re going to hear it a lot this week). That cost Seattle another beatpath. Really, the vast majority of their value is held in their win over the Bears right now, who are shakily holding up a lot of the NFC–but more on that later.

9

68.94

(25 – 0) / 66

#1 – #15

7

(Beat MIN) The win over the Vikings does little; they already had a path to Minnesota. It doesn’t look like the Pats lost much ground here by ranking, but the Edgepower tells a different story–they’re much further away from the number 5 spot than they were last week. The primary culprit is the Dolphins–but more on that later.

6

63.64

(18 – 0) / 66

#1 – #20

8

(Bye) Bears rise even on the bye! What gives? Well, it’s pretty simple–the Packers rose, and the Bears are on top of them, so the Bears rose. If the Bears ever lose this beatwin–and given the records and teams they’ve lost to, it’s a distinct possibility–there will be lots of chaos in the graph and rankings. And it could happen this weekend in Toronto! Go Bears!

11

62.12

(22 – 6) / 66

#7 – #17

9

(Beat NYJ) The Pack beat the Jets, creating a 3 team loop with Miami, which sheds a beatloss and a few teams (NE, NYJ) from above them. That helps them rise up the charts.

13

59.09

(19 – 7) / 66

#8 – #18

10

(Lost to GB) The Jets inability to score any points costs them their win over Miami. Their other bulwark (yes, I had to look that up to make sure I was using it correctly) to their ranking was their win over the Broncos–but they had some problems of their own and slid down the rankings themselves. With no more pillars to support them, the Jets went tumbling to the bottom of the top 10.

3

56.82

(9 – 0) / 66

#1 – #23

11

(Beat PIT) You’ve all heard me say that There‚Äôs No Shame In Losing To The Steelers, so you can guess that There’s Great Pride In Beating The Steelers. Funnily enough, though, it didn’t really help the Saints. It got sucked up in a loop with the Browns, and that loss was already looped away through New Orleans’ win over the Buccaneers. So what accounts for the Saints’ rise? They got out from under the Cardinals, thanks to those very Bucs. Them beating Arizona created a three team loop of ARI=>NO=>TB=>ARI, which allowed the Saints to escape the bottom of the Great Tower. Now, with no beatlosses to speak of, the Saints are ready to start making their own BeatDestiny.

21

56.82

(9 – 0) / 66

#1 – #25

12

(Lost to IND) Seems like just yesterday we were saying that the Texans had turned the corner and were going to finally take the mantle as AFC South contenders–maybe even champions. They seem to be slipping, and they haven’t even had their Matt Schaub injury yet.

12

56.06

(13 – 5) / 66

#6 – #21

13

(Beat CIN) The Dolphins get no big bonus from beating the Bengals, and lose points for losing the win over the Packers. It’s a big deal for a lot of people–as I mentioned, the Dolphins no longer over the Packers cuts out a lot of teams to be underneath other teams.

10

55.30

(10 – 3) / 66

#4 – #23

14

(Beat ARI) Beating the Cardinals sheds the Bucs’ loss to the Saints, leaving them only under the Steelers now. It’s where they were early in the season, and for a young team like the Bucs, it’s quite a respectable position.

15

53.79

(7 – 2) / 66

#3 – #27

15

(Bye) Personally, I’d start Kolb. And that’s not just because I have him on 2 fantasy teams. He’s the guy you’re going to have for the next 3 years, if not 10. Get him in their as much as possible.

16

51.52

(11 – 9) / 66

#9 – #23

16

(Beat BUF) The Chiefs string of unimpressive wins continues, and now that they have more downward pressure from the Texans on top of them, they’re slowly sinking down the rankings again.

14

50.76

(7 – 6) / 66

#7 – #26

17

(Beat SEA) Oakland beating the Seahawks got rid of their loss to the 49ers, which gives them a lot more room to breathe. I’m still trying to wrap my head around this team being respectable.

31

48.48

(4 – 6) / 66

#7 – #28

18

(Lost to SF) The Broncos are a little easier to wrap my head around, although to be fair they have lost some key defensive players to injury this season. The Broncos are badly hurt by the loss to the 49ers–it cost them their win over the Seahawks, which was their last remaining beatwin. And it was a prime one, too–it gave them paths to the coveted Bears and Packers. But now they’ve got nothing, and their crashing down the charts (and taking the teams that relied on them with them).

7

47.73

(0 – 3) / 66

#4 – #32

19

(Bye) I haven’t really watched Atlanta this year. Is it just the Matt Ryan-Roddy White show? Is there any Michael Turner or Tony Gonzalez going on here anymore?

18

46.97

(6 – 10) / 66

#10 – #27

20

(Beat TEN) The win over the Titans is looped away by a loss to the Raiders, which was already looped away, so there’s no benefit here for the Chargers. The sooner San Diego can decide whether they’re any good, I think the better off we’ll all be.

19

45.45

(3 – 9) / 66

#10 – #29

21

(Lost to NE) What an absolutely EPIC mess. I mean, what is going on here? You seriously cut a guy you traded a 3rd round draft pick just weeks before? Do you get the feeling that Childress knows he’s toast and is just going to go out his way or the highway the rest of the way?

25

43.94

(6 – 14) / 66

#13 – #26

22

(Lost to TB) The loss gets looped away, but costs a win over the Saints. That doesn’t matter much –they were holding the Saints down more than the Saints were propping them up–but it was their last beatwin.

20

41.67

(0 – 11) / 66

#11 – #32

23

(Beat WAS) I liked that fumble return by N…something Suh as much as anyone, but I sure hope someone is getting on him for not being careful with the ball. If Santana Moss had been smarter and gone after the ball, that could have been a double fumble recovery.

26

40.91

(4 – 16) / 66

#14 – #28

24

(Beat DAL) Unfortunately for the Jaguars, Dallas doesn’t have any beatwins, so beating the Cowboys doesn’t really help much. But for a team on their, what, 4th quarterback? They’re doing alright.

23

39.39

(2 – 16) / 66

#14 – #30

25

(Bye) I’m cautiously optimistic about the Browns for the rest of the season, but they have their work cut out for them this week against the Patriots. Unfortunately, beating the Patriots would just get sucked away in a beatloop with the Ravens. The Browns can’t win for trying.

24

39.39

(0 – 14) / 66

#13 – #32

26

(Lost to MIA) That TO TD catch that was really a bobbled interception was unbelievable. Thinking about what the Cincinnati day would have been like without that is scary.

22

38.64

(2 – 17) / 66

#14 – #30

27

(Beat CAR) Hey! The Rams have beatwins! Not just over the Panthers, either–they’re over the Redskins now, too, thanks to the Lions beating Detroit and shortening three 4 team beatloops (DET=>STL=>WAS=>PHI=>DET, DET=>STL=>WAS=>GB=>DET, and DET=>STL=>WAS=>CHI=>DET) into three 3 team loops (basically, just replace DET=>STL=>WAS with DET=>WAS in each of those). Go Rams!

32

35.61

(3 – 22) / 66

#18 – #29

28

(Lost to DET) Conversely, the Reskins are back under the Rams, which piles a lot more teams on top of them and lowers them down the rankings. I don’t know what Shanahan is thinking, but I feel like the lack of confidence he’s shown in McNabb has thrown away his season.

17

31.82

(0 – 24) / 66

#19 – #32

29

(Lost to KC) I feel bad for the Bills. They’ve been so close these past few weeks. Of course, I’m also terrified now that they’ll finally break through against my Bears. Worry worry worry…

28

31.06

(0 – 25) / 66

#17 – #32

30

(Lost to JAC) I guess the Jon Kitna Experience wasn’t as awful as I thought it would be. If you remove the Cowboy Receiver Dropsapaloosa as the opening act, it might have been halfway decent.

29

28.79

(0 – 28) / 66

#19 – #32

31

(Lost to STL) I guess it seems like the Panthers may be pulling it together, and might have a clue now. But guess what? Season’s half over! Shoulda started earlier, gents.

27

24.24

(1 – 35) / 66

#22 – #31

32

(Beat DEN) Does the fact that beating the Broncos really messed up their ranking make the sting of being ranked last lessen, 49ers? I would imagine it doesn’t.

30

18.94

(0 – 41) / 66

#24 – #32

5 Responses to 2010 NFL Week 8 Beatpaths Power Rankings

  1. I think the Giants are the best team in the NFC

    Did you see (or listen to) that MNF game where they nearly pissed away all of an 18-point lead over the Romo-less Cowboys?

    You could make the case that the Giants aren’t even the best team in the NFC East (Eagles, anybody?)

    And given the way the Packers just shut out the Jets on their home turf, they should certainly be in the discussion too.

    (And BTW: the 5-2 Falcons are ranked under the 2-6 Broncos? Wow. Just, wow.)

    D∈T

  2. ThunderThumbs says:

    That’s two weeks in a row that Denver has lost to a team that still ended up being ranked below them.

    And that’s crazy about Atlanta! I know I’ve heard plenty of other opinions about Atlanta being worse than their record, but that was more because of 5 close wins and two wiiiide losses. Interesting that beatpaths would see it that way too without paying any attention to point margins.

  3. The MOOSE says:

    To be specific about the ATL/DEN scenario, after loops are removed ATL as 3 wins remaining over CIN, CLE, and ARI. Those aren’t exactly impressive opponents. Also they are being held down by PHI. DEN on the other hand only has 3 losses remaining, but they are to BAL, IND, and NYJ. Those are all very good teams.

    With BeatGraphs it’s not about what your record it, it’s who you beat.

  4. Kenneth says:

    I admit that I didn’t watch any of that game. But I’m not so afraid of the Eagles without DeSean Jackson (I know he’s coming back, but I’m not sure if he’s going to be 100%), and the Packers seem too banged up to keep this going.

    Which is not to say that those other teams don’t belong in the conversation (although Beatpaths clearly says they don’t). But I think the Giants look the best.

  5. [...] they’re directly above the Seahawks. That puts them near the top of the rankings and keeps my proclamation of New York as the best team in the NFC looking good, or at least [...]

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