2010 NFL Week 15 Beatpaths Power Rankings

Hello folks! Welcome to another week of Beatpath Rankings! Like our site’s proprietor, I have to apologize for being late. It’s the holidays, you know. As usual, I am writing these rankings up with no idea what happened in Thursday’s game. Honestly, I forgot that there was a game on Thursday. And that it was Thursday. And what football was. The holidays can be stressful. Let’s get to the rankings.

You can find the graph for this week here.

Rank Team Notes Last Week EdgePower

1

(Beat GB) The Patriots beat the Packers in a game that was a lot closer than most people thought. I guess Tom Brady’s Star Power ran out or something (are Guitar Hero jokes too old?). The Patriots are now clearly on top of the rankings, far above anyone else, as the clear number one team.

2

82.99

(64 – 0) / 97

#1 – #7

2

(Beat MIN) The Bears beat up Favre and beat down the Vikings, and in doing so take over the number 2 spot in the rankings. Okay, it’s not really their doing, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

3

78.35

(56 – 1) / 97

#2 – #8

3

(Lost to NYJ) So, Pittsburgh lost ground to some teams this week. Why? Well, it is due to their loss to the Jets. That created a four team loop of NYJ=>PIT=>MIA=>GB=>NYJ, and that cost the Steelers’ their win over the Dolphins. That knocks Pittsburgh down a peg, but don’t feel too bad for them–they still have a beatwin over Oakland, the team propping up Miami, so they’re still in good position. And they don’t have any beatlosses to boot!

1

75.26

(49 – 0) / 97

#1 – #10

4

(Lost to BUF) So, the Dolphins manage to lose to the (then) number 28 team and go up a spot? What happened? Well, Miami already had a win over Buffalo, so the loss just created a season split. But, you say, that must have busted up another beatloop somewhere! And it did–it busted up MIA=>BUF=>CLE=>MIA. But then, CLE=>MIA managed to get looped away in a four team beatloop of CLE=>MIA=>GB=>NYJ=>CLE. (You may notice that that loop is dependent on the same MIA=>GB result that the other new four team loop mentioned above uses. It’s Miami’s luck that they’re able to use one win to loop away two losses, to PIT and to CLE). So, long story short, the loss to the Bills costs the Dolphins their win over Green Bay, which is too bad but not so awful because the real money this week is in having a beatpath to Oakland, which they still do. And so they stay high.

5

72.16

(46 – 3) / 97

#3 – #10

5

(Beat DEN) The Raiders take a big jump this week (although not so big in the context of some teams to follow). This jump doesn’t have anything to do with their beating Denver, except in the fact that it’s good for them that they’ve swept the AFC West so far this year. The flipside of which is that they’ve been absolutely horrible against everyone else. At least they know what they have to work on for next year.

14

69.59

(43 – 5) / 97

#5 – #12

6

(Beat NYG) Philadelphia gets into the act of having more teams under them, which has really boosted a lot of teams raw edgepower numbers. But when everyone jumps up, teams don’t really switch that much. That was some classic DeSean Jackson action on that last punt return–the “OH COME ON” when he fumbles it, to the “YOU DUMMY JUST FALL ON IT DON’T TRY TO PICK IT UP AND RETURN IT”, to of course, the “HOLY COW HOW DID THEY LET HIM DO THAT”. I hate to be another fawning voice in the chorus, but that was some good stuff. Admittedly I feel okay saying that knowing that my boy Devin Hester has already proven himself the best returner in NFL history.

7

68.04

(35 – 0) / 97

#1 – #16

7

(Beat SF) So, here’s the first in the group of big jumpers. How did a win over the 49ers give the Chargers such a big boost? Well, it didn’t do all the work, but it helped by looping away San Diego’s loss to St. Louis in a 3 team loop. The rest of the work was done by the team coming up next, who is boosting up the Chargers.

23

67.01

(40 – 7) / 97

#6 – #13

8

(Beat JAC) Okay, so what’s happening here? Well, the Colts beat the Jags for a season split. That broke up a 2 three team loops–one with the Chiefs and one with the Giants. That gave Indianapolis back beatwins over both of them, and some good support to boot. You may remember earlier in the season that the Giants were the pillar of support for the top teams; it seems like that’s coming back, to a point. Certainly, there are other teams providing support to the top–but I’m getting ahead of myself…

25

65.46

(39 – 9) / 97

#7 – #14

9

(Beat SEA) A few weeks ago, beating the Seahawks would have been real news. Now, it means next to nothing for the Falcons. The drop in ranking for the Falcons isn’t because they look worse, it’s because a lot of other teams lined up on top of each other and made themselves look better. I’m still a little afraid that the Falcons have a big flop saved up in them, and I’m worried that they’ll have it in the playoffs. But we’ll see how they handle the Saints this week.

4

63.40

(26 – 0) / 97

#1 – #20

10

(Beat PIT) The win over the Steelers manages to loop away the Jets’ last remaining loss (although it would have happened anyway, but never mind that). I’m looking forward to this weekend’s game (especially now that I don’t have to worry about the Bears losing the division); I think it will show a lot about Mark Sanchez. He couldn’t handle the Patriots’ D, he handled the Steelers’ D…what can he do with the Bears?

13

60.82

(21 – 0) / 97

#1 – #21

11

(Lost to PHI) It’s a New York two-fer in the rankings! For their part, the Giants boosted themselves up a bit by regaining their win over the Jaguars. They had to pay the price of returning under Indianapolis’ thumb, but it seems to have been worth it for now.

9

59.28

(29 – 11) / 97

#9 – #17

12

(Lost to NE) A pretty impressive showing by Matt Flynn, considering what had happened to his predecessors against the Patriots. The loss doesn’t do much to hurt the Packers; rather, they just didn’t get in on the giant tower-stacking everyone else did. Their most impressive win is over the Vikings.

8

58.76

(20 – 3) / 97

#3 – #21

13

(Lost to BAL) The loss gets looped away in a three team loop with the Bengals. That costs the Saints their win over Cincinnati, but they weren’t really using it anyway. The Saints actually look slightly better this week–the improvement of their win over Dallas slightly overshadows the tumble their win over St. Louis took–but it’s way overshadowed by the zooming nature of other teams, so the Saints fall down the rankings.

6

57.73

(15 – 0) / 97

#1 – #23

14

(Beat STL) I have fond memories of Thomas Jones, but how can anyone deny what Jamaal Charles is doing here? It’s not hard guys–one guy is really good and another is a plodding veteran. I’m all for keeping guys fresh, but the Chiefs are splitting the carries 50-50. What up?

11

53.61

(17 – 10) / 97

#8 – #21

15

(Lost to IND) The Jaguars are another team caught up in the middle muck of the graph. There’s not much to say about these guys. In this case, the Jaguars gained a lot from what happened underneath them, but the loss put them under the Giants, so they come out about even.

12

52.58

(18 – 13) / 97

#10 – #21

16

(Beat NO) The thing the Ravens will regret most about this season (if they obsessively follow Beatpaths each week, that is) is losing to the Bengals in week 2. That single loss is soaking up wins over the Dolphins, the Jets, the Bucs, and now this win over the Saints. I can only imagine the chaos coming in week 17, assuming the Ravens get the season split.

15

51.55

(4 – 1) / 97

#2 – #28

17

(Lost to CHI) The Vikings get swept by the Bears, it’s true. But they moved up in the rankings. Why? Because the Bills look better than they used to–but more on that later.

20

48.45

(16 – 19) / 97

#12 – #22

18

(Beat HOU) The season split breaks up a bunch of three team loops for the Titans, but they’re all reinforced by other loops, so the Titans don’t get any wins back. The only benefit for the Titans is that their beatlosses are only to really highly ranked teams, so they don’t have much weighing them down.

19

47.42

(0 – 5) / 97

#5 – #32

19

(Lost to ATL) Another week, and another indication that the Seahawks are not ready for prime time–though Beatpaths clearly has them as the class of the NFC West, for what that’s worth. And I know, they beat my Bears–thank heavens that got looped away finally.

16

43.30

(2 – 15) / 97

#12 – #30

20

(Beat CLE) The Bengals get to move up in the world since the Colts–the team directly above them–rose up so highly. Beating the Browns did little–that loss was already one of the one looped away by the win over Baltimore. So, I guess it might do something if and when they lose the rematch.

29

43.30

(1 – 14) / 97

#9 – #31

21

(Beat WAS) Beating the Redskins earned the Cowboys a season split. That broke up a few three team loops. The one with Indy meant nothing, as the win is still looped away by other loops. But the loops with Detroit and Houston weren’t backstopped, meaning that the Cowboys got wins over those teams back. That actually gave them a lot of a boost, and got them up higher in the rankings.

27

42.27

(12 – 27) / 97

#15 – #24

22

(Lost to CIN) As mentioned before, the loss gets looped away in much the same way, and not much changes for the Browns. It’s interesting that the Browns win over the Patriots hasn’t had the catastrophic effect that the Bengals’ win over the Ravens has had.

22

41.75

(1 – 17) / 97

#13 – #31

23

(Lost to CAR) This loss gets looped away by the Cardinals’ win over the Saints (wow, forgot about that one), which was already looped away multiple times, so no big loss for the Cards. They’re more hurt because the Chiefs (who they are somewhat under) are now under a lot of teams, which piles a lot on top of the Cardinals.

17

41.24

(0 – 17) / 97

#13 – #32

24

(Beat MIA) The season split breaks up a loop with Cleveland, but that win is looped away in other ways, so the Bills gain nothing from this win. They’re benefitting by the surging…Lions? Yes, the Lions propped up the Bills, which makes up for teams being ordered more on top of each other on top of the Bills this week.

28

40.21

(10 – 29) / 97

#15 – #25

25

(Lost to TEN) So, if I’m Gary Kubiak, I’m both worried and pissed that Bill Cowher has flat out said he wants your job next year. Boosting the defense of this team to merely bad could be a huge boost to its chances.

21

33.51

(1 – 33) / 97

#18 – #31

26

(Beat TB) So…didn’t see that coming, did you? After having trouble getting wins together earlier this season, now the Lions are starting to get some. And surprisingly enough, this one sticks for the Lions, which gives them a great deal of support (well, relative to what they had, which was nothing). The Lions are moving up in the world, and in the Beatpath rankings!

30

32.99

(9 – 42) / 97

#18 – #26

27

(Lost to DET) Too bad for the Buccaneers, who crash down the charts. Their value had been tied up in both not having too many teams above them–which is gone now that they’re under the Lions–and the value from their win over the Rams. That’s also not so great anymore, but more on that in a bit.

10

30.41

(8 – 46) / 97

#20 – #27

28

(Lost to KC) Poor Rams. They spent so much time trying to climb up to just mediocrity, and now they’re thrown violently back down the rankings. The problem they have is that they lost their beatpath over the Chargers when the Chargers beat the 49ers and created a 3 team loop. That cost them a lot of their support, and took away any safety net they had. I still like them to take this division, but they’ll have a heck of a time doing anything with it if they get to the playoffs.

18

24.74

(2 – 51) / 97

#21 – #30

29

(Lost to SD) The 49ers are also a victim of the DET=>TB result, sending them down the charts. I’d say that in their case, they deserve it, but really, have they been that worse than the Rams? It sure seems that way, but they’re only a game apart.

24

24.74

(1 – 50) / 97

#21 – #31

30

(Lost to DAL) I didn’t see that game coming, and I even kind of still like Sexy Rexy. Just a little. I know, I know, he wasn’t as good as he seemed, but still, 4 TDs! I bet I could have won a lot of money betting on that beforehand. In any case, this team is cooked and going nowhere. I have no idea what they’re going to do at QB next season. Maybe their karma will kick in and someone else will inexplicably dump a serviceable QB that they can pick up.

26

18.56

(0 – 61) / 97

#24 – #32

31

(Lost to OAK) I still don’t think much of Tebow, but I have to admit he looked pretty good on that draw/scramble for 40 yards and a TD. A lot faster than I thought he was. I still don’t think he’s a NFL passer, and I really don’t think he’ll become one, so the question is whether you can win with that. Of course, the Broncos don’t have to, unless they decide to donate Kyle Orton to the Redskins or something.

31

17.53

(0 – 63) / 97

#24 – #32

32

(Beat ARI) At this point, aren’t Carolina fans mad when their team wins games and moves them possibly off of the number one pick? Unless people don’t want it because they don’t want to hear endless debates of whether to take Andrew Luck or stick with Jimmy Clausen. My suggestion is to do both. Worst case scenario, you have to trade one of them, but you still have a good QB. Well, I guess the worst case scenario is that they both bomb, but in that case you’re screwed either way anyway. Do like Sir Mix-A-Lot and Uh! Double-Up! Uh! Uh!

32

14.95

(0 – 68) / 97

#25 – #32

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