2010 NFL Divisional Beatpaths Power Rankings

Hey there folks! Kenneth here with more rankings! You know that I’m incredibly please with the way things turned out this past weekend. My Bears made it to the NFC Championship, and they get to host it thanks to the Pack! Which means we’ll have an epic rubber game in the team I love to hate. Plus, the annoying Patriots lost, and Pittsburgh-Baltimore was a good game! All in all, I really enjoyed the weekend. But enough chit-chat–let’s get to the rankings!

You can find the graph for this week here.

Rank Team Notes Last Week EdgePower

1

(Beat ATL) Surprise! You didn’t expect to see these guys here, did you? But here they are, on top, and at the right time, too. So what happened? Two things. First off, the Packers beat the Falcons, which earned them a season split and broke up an existing three team loop of GB=>PHI=>ATL=>GB, so the Packers regained a beatwin over the Eagles. Also, the Jets beat the Patriots. That formed a three team loop with the Packers of GB =>NYJ=>NE =>GB, which removed GB=>NYJ at the three team level. Which meant it was out at the four team level, and thus 3 four team loops got broken up–all of which depended on MIA=>GB. But there’s still a few other four team loops holding that at bay, and with the new three team loop the Packers get rid of their last beatloss (to the Patriots). That leaves them without any beatlosses, and a lot of support, so they shot up the charts.

14

79.36

(64 – 0) / 109

#1 – #9

2

(Bye) It helps the Packers that the Eagles look so good, too. The Eagles regained a beatpath over the Falcons, and that nearly doubled their support. Well worth the price of falling back under the Packers.

5

77.52

(61 – 1) / 109

#2 – #11

3

(Beat BAL) Pittsburgh got on that Falcons horse, too. Their win over Baltimore created a three team loop of PIT=>BAL=>NYJ=>PIT, which looped away BAL=>NYJ at the three team level and thus broke up a four team loop of PIT=>ATL=>BAL=>NYJ=>PIT, so Pittsburgh got back its win over Atlanta. The removal of NYJ=>PIT at the three team level also broke up the four team loop of PIT=>MIA=>GB =>NYJ=>PIT, giving Pittsburgh back its beatwin over Miami. But this was a smaller bonus to the Steelers (although still useful).

6

77.06

(59 – 0) / 109

#1 – #13

4

(Lost to GB) I said it before, I never trusted the Falcons this season. And now, they’ve lost…but they go up the rankings? How did that happen? Well, you remember the loop that got broken up to put PIT=>ATL back in the graph? It also put ATL=>BAL back in the graph, too. And that benefited Atlanta more than being under 3 teams did.

7

69.72

(46 – 3) / 109

#4 – #15

5

(Lost to NYJ) I tried to warn people last week. I told you all the Jets were the most dangerous team for the Patriots. Anyway, the loss to the Jets formed 3 three team loops that cost the Patriots beatwins over the Ravens Bears, AND Packers. A lot of tough breaks, but it didn’t drop them far.

1

69.27

(42 – 0) / 109

#1 – #12

6

(Beat NE) No respect! The Jets beat the Pats and are still ranked below them! Fell down a few pegs, even! Well, the truth of the matter is that this win didn’t do much for the Jets. It did loop away the only two teams that were above them last week (Chicaco and New England), which is nice. But it didn’t add much support. The fact that NYJ=>NE =>GB=>NYJ loops away GB=>NYJ at the three team level does break up some four team loops of NYJ=>CLE=>MIA=>GB=>NYJ and NYJ=>DET=>MIA=>GB=>NYJ, which gives the Jets back wins…over the Browns and Lions. Like I said, not much support–and not enough to hang with the other teams that zoomed ahead with beatpaths to the Falcons. Keep trying, Gang Green.

4

68.81

(41 – 0) / 109

#1 – #13

7

(Lost to PIT) As discussed, the Ravens fall below the Falcons. The loss to the Steelers also formed a three team loop with the Saints, costing the Ravens that win. If you had told me before that game that the Ravens would have a 14 point lead at halftime, I would have said “Game Over”. Any Given Saturday, indeed.

3

64.22

(35 – 4) / 109

#5 – #16

8

(Bye) Here we come to the first team to have no real change in its standing this week. Ah, those Colts–models of consistency.

8

63.76

(32 – 2) / 109

#3 – #15

9

(Bye) So, apparently the Giants were jealous of all the attention that the Jets have been getting, and decided they needed to start barking too. Okay, I guess. See how much people pay attention to a team that’s not in the playoffs.

9

60.09

(27 – 5) / 109

#6 – #17

10

(Beat SEA) We finally get to the lowest remaining playoff contestant. The Bears won, but cratered in the rankings. What happened? The Jets beating the Patriots happened. That looped away the Bears’ win over the Jets. It also looped away the Bears’ loss to the Patriots, but the amount of support given up was much more significant than getting out from under one team. On the plus side, beating the Seahawks caused a season split that broke up a four team beatloop of CHI=>DET=>TB =>SEA=>CHI, giving the Bears back a beatwin over Detroit. Well, it’s slim pickings, I guess.

2

58.72

(19 – 0) / 109

#1 – #18

11

(Bye) As mentioned, the Saints got out from under Ravens due to a three team loop with Pittsburgh. And just at the right time, too–last week Baltimore had no teams above them, but this week there are lots. New Orleans now has no beatlosses…for now.

11

55.96

(13 – 0) / 109

#1 – #23

12

(Bye) The four team loop the Bears broke up gave the Buccaneers back their win over the Seahawks. Hint: that’s not worth much, and it certainly doesn’t compensate from the extra downwards pressure being exerted by their loss to the Ravens this week.

10

55.50

(20 – 8) / 109

#6 – #22

13

(Bye) Looks like the Raiders got their man–meaning, the guy they already had who was supposedly doing the real work. I hate to say such bad things about people, but you get the feeling with some sports franchises that the only way they’ll get better is if the owner dies. It’s awful to say, but that can be the case. It was the case with the Blackhawks. It might be the case with the Raiders.

12

54.59

(11 – 1) / 109

#2 – #25

14

(Bye) I was a little surprised to hear so much support for Arian Foster as Pro Bowler/Offensive Player of the year. I dunno, he definitely had a good year, but it seemed like so much of his damage was done early in the year. Looking at his stats says otherwise, I guess. Maybe it’s just the entire stench from the Texans’ second half that I’m smelling.

13

51.83

(16 – 12) / 109

#10 – #21

15

(Bye) I have to admit that I thought all the talk about the Jaguars taking Tebow (my favorite topic!) last year because he was a local star was silly. But looking at it now, it seems like Jacksonville might be an okay place for him. Garrard can hold down the fort for a few years, if not more, and the two QBs are kind of similar (Tebow’s a better runner, Garrard a better passer). Of course, it’s impossible to tell what the dynamic of the team would have been if Garrard had to hold off a challenge from a highly drafted rookie QB. In any case, I guess Garrard will probably give them some more good seasons for awhile. But I’d suggest drafting a possible replacement sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you run the risk of being in a situation where you try to draft a young replacement but have no credible veteran to calm things down until the kid is ready. I like to call that the “Hasselbeck Zone”.

16

50.92

(9 – 7) / 109

#7 – #25

16

(Bye) Man, I sure talked a lot about the Jaguars, didn’t I? Meanwhile, I have almost nothing to say about the Chiefs. Maybe they should get a QB controversy; then I’d have something to yap about.

15

50.00

(15 – 15) / 109

#11 – #22

17

(Bye) There were two four team loops of Detroit’s broken up this week (see above), but both of the wins involved (Miami and Tampa Bay) were looped away by other teams, so no gain for the Lions. I’m curious if the fact that the Bears and Packers are in the NFC Championship makes people look more favorably on the Lions. It seems like the NFC North was a bit tougher than people predicted.

17

50.00

(9 – 9) / 109

#8 – #25

18

(Bye) I’m a little worried now that I have become aware of who Jay Cutler’s girlfriend is. I’m just not used to having a high profile celebrity as my QB; usually, we don’t have them around long enough to care who they’re dating. So I turn to you, Cowboy fans, for advice. How do I deal with this? Should I care about Kristin Cavallari at all? Or does she just get dumped in 3 months anyway?

19

49.08

(0 – 2) / 109

#3 – #32

19

(Bye) Lots of loops getting broken up around Miami, but they were in a lot of loops already so there’s not much change–just a beatloss to Pittsburgh added. Plus, the Heat are dropping like flies. I’d feel bad for you, but it’s currently below freezing and snowing 4+ inches.

18

48.62

(6 – 9) / 109

#8 – #26

20

(Bye) The Vikings have apparently added Singletary as their LB coach, which is interesting. I’ll always like Singletary because of his playing career, but I’m feeling very pessimistic about his coaching career. I think you can fail as a head coach and come back, but only if you learn something; and I’m not sure that you can learn to not be a complete hardass.

20

48.17

(0 – 4) / 109

#5 – #32

21

(Bye) I’ve been sitting here 5 minutes and I just don’t have anything to say about the Titans. What can you say about this team before it sorts itself out? I don’t know if you can predict their future until Vince Young gets traded.

22

43.58

(0 – 14) / 109

#11 – #32

22

(Bye) The Browns apparently decided that the Rams OC was their guy. I can see where that would make sense, although it seems like it’s a pretty short resume to go on. Wouldn’t you like to see him continue that success with Bradford another year?

23

42.66

(4 – 20) / 109

#12 – #28

23

(Lost to CHI) Actually, the “Hasselbeck Zone” is about 5 yards past Roman Harper. ZING! Been saving that joke for paragraphs! The loss to the Bears creates a season split (and finally definitely puts to death one of the great horrors of 2010 Beatpaths, SEA=>CHI) and breaks up a four team loop, which puts the Seahawks’ loss to the Bucs back in the graph. It hurts them somewhat, but not too much.

21

41.74

(5 – 23) / 109

#13 – #28

24

(Bye) Whatever happens to Buffalo in the offseason, I just hope they go to win. The past few offseasons it seems like they’ve been acting like the Royals or Pirates, paying as little as possible to stay profitable without really concerning themselves with talent. I’d really like to see this team compete.

24

40.83

(5 – 25) / 109

#14 – #27

25

(Bye) Meanwhile, I really don’t like the loss of Shurmur for the Rams. I’m not saying McDaniels won’t do a good job; I just don’t like a young QB having to learn a new system in both of his first two years. Be wary of Jason Campbell Syndrome, Sam Bradford.

25

39.91

(8 – 30) / 109

#17 – #26

26

(Bye) I hope that AJ Smith proved his point with those contract holdouts, because it seems like it cost him this past season. Actually, I guess if he hadproved his point, I would probably know what it was. Not looking good, there, AJ.

26

35.32

(1 – 33) / 109

#18 – #31

27

(Bye) So, who’s the big acquisition that Washington is going to spend lots of resources to get this year? I’m putting my money on Nnamdi Asomugha. He fits the Redskins free agent profile PERFECTLY.

27

34.40

(0 – 34) / 109

#18 – #32

28

(Bye) I guess if I had a suggestion for the Bengals, it would be for them to try to get back to whatever they did in 2009. Because they swept the division that year, and if you’re good enough to do that in the AFC North, you should be good enough.

28

32.11

(4 – 43) / 109

#18 – #28

29

(Bye) It’s really weird how much this team has deteriorated. In theory, there are still stars like Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart…but they don’t seem to be able to overcome the rest of the roster. Good luck Ron Rivera.

29

16.06

(3 – 77) / 109

#24 – #29

30

(Bye) I don’t know if I’ve said it before, but if I were going to pick a landing spot for Vince Young, this would be it. I think they’ve got a lot of decent talent on offense around, they just need someone who can be effective at QB. And I think Young can be an effective QB, for certain definitions of “effective”.

30

13.30

(2 – 82) / 109

#25 – #30

31

(Bye) Of course, why wouldn’t I choose the Cardinals for Young, you ask? Well, the difference between the Cardinals and the 49ers is that the 49ers have a running game. And a really good tight end, too, but mostly the running game.

31

11.01

(0 – 85) / 109

#26 – #32

32

(Bye) We all talked about the Tebow-Orton thing last week, so something new this week. So, John Fox, huh? I’d feel better about that if I had any idea what he was bringing to the table. By the end of that Panthers run, they didn’t seem to have a good offense or defense. How is Fox going to remake this team? Or is he just a placeholder until some other coach decides to come back to the game?

32

7.34

(0 – 93) / 109

#27 – #32

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