2010 NFL Week 10 Beatpath Graph

Time for the Week 10 Beatpath Graph! The picks were 6-8 last week – we’ve had upsets galore this season, and it will be really interesting to look at the record when the season is over. We also have what looks to be a weirdly high number of teams with no beatlosses – all the way down to Oakland.

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2010 NFL Week 9 Beatpaths Power Rankings

Welcome to the rankings folks! Kenneth here, bringing you the news. And what news there is–there’s a new team on top this week! And in an odd circumstance, no loops were broken up this week–there are only new loops. But let’s skip all the pleasantries and get right in!

You can see the graph for this week here.

Rank Team Notes Last Week EdgePower

1

(Beat CIN) Yes, can you believe it? Beating the Bengals finally looped away that loss to the Ravens via a three team beatloop. We all felt that that loss to Cincy was the Raven’s weak point, and now we’ve seen it come out. Now, instead of being the support for the top team in the league, the Steelers get that position for themselves outright. Enjoy it, Pittsburgh!

2

85.16

(45 – 0) / 64

#1 – #9

2

(Lost to PHI) WHA? Colts lose to Philly but move up to second? Yes, the Colts stay strong by looping away the loss with their win over Washington. That costs the Colts a beatwin, but Washington is so far down that it doesn’t hurt them.

3

80.47

(39 – 0) / 64

#1 – #10

3

(Bye) The Titans round out the top 3 this week, otherwise known as “teams that have paths to the Giants”. Personally, I am eagerly awaiting the debut of Randy Moss the Titan this week.

4

80.47

(40 – 1) / 64

#2 – #11

4

(Beat SEA) Beating the Seahawks simply let the Giants climb up a little higher–instead of being directly above the Bears, 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 defensible.

5

76.56

(37 – 3) / 64

#4 – #12

5

(Lost to NYG) Seahawks lose big to the Giants but stay at the top of the rankings. I’m not sure what it says that a team with a -51 point differential is so high in these rankings, but the Seahawks are clinging to this spot with their win over the Bears. Still, these rankings are meant to get better over time–with more data, I think we’ll have a better idea of whether the Seahawks are good or not.

6

71.09

(31 – 4) / 64

#5 – #14

6

(Beat BUF) The Bears get back in the win column by beating the team that everyone has beaten this season. As shaky as the Seahawk’s position is above the Bears, the Bears are also shaky by holding on to a win over the Packers–and that’s a division game, which gives more chances to loop away. I guess my point is that this structure that has existed for awhile is likely to fall.

8

67.19

(28 – 6) / 64

#6 – #16

7

(Lost to CLE) Wow, New England. Just…wow. I guess Mangini has the magic touch when it comes to facing Belichick. The Patriots don’t suffer from this loss, as it gets looped away by the win over Baltimore, and that win was looped away previously by the loss to the Jets.

7

63.28

(17 – 0) / 64

#1 – #20

8

(Beat DAL) Sorry NBC. I’m sure Packers-Cowboys sounded like dynamite back in June, but sometimes these things happen. The Packers are the true lynchpin of this graph–their position is supported by multiple beatpaths over good teams. So even if something causes the top of the graph to topple, expect the Packers to come out strong.

9

63.28

(24 – 7) / 64

#7 – #17

9

(Beat DET) Jets pull out the win in Detroit. The win doesn’t do much for the Jets, but they still don’t have any beatlosses, which is keeping them afloat.

10

57.81

(10 – 0) / 64

#1 – #23

10

(Beat IND) Pretty impressive performance by the Eagles. Unfortunately, all it does is loop away a loss to the Redskins which had already been looped away, so no benefit to Philly. As long as it doesn’t look stupid I’m going to stick with my proclamation as the Giants as the cream of the crop, but a win like this makes a big impression.

15

56.25

(17 – 9) / 64

#8 – #20

11

(Lost to BAL) The loss to the Ravens gets looped away in a three team loop with Cincinnati. That costs the Dolphins their win over the Bengals, but that’s a small loss in the grand scheme of things, and so Miami treads water.

13

54.69

(8 – 2) / 64

#3 – #24

12

(Beat CAR) The Saints beat the Panthers this week, but lose a lot of support because one of their wins–an important one–got looped away (FORESHADOWING!). Now, their only direct beatwins are 2 over the Panthers and one over the 49ers. Those are not impressive teams, and so the Saints find themselves down here despite a lack of any beatlosses.

11

53.12

(4 – 0) / 64

#1 – #30

13

(Beat KC) I sure was hoping that the Chiefs would win this thing and allow me to continue to believe that the Raiders weren’t for real. But now it seems like It’s On Like Donkey Kong (Trademark 2010 Nintendo). This win gets looped away in a three team loop with the 49ers (seriously?), and that loss had already been looped away so the Raiders get no benefit here. They do get a benefit from shedding a beatloss to Houston by another team’s actions (FORESHADOWING!)

17

53.12

(4 – 0) / 64

#1 – #28

14

(Beat MIA) I admit, I was wondering when these guys would show up–and I saw these rankings before I was writing this! Yes, one the mighty Ravens were no longer perched on top of the Steelers, they plummeted to the middle of the pack. It didn’t help that they don’t get any credit for this win either–it’s looped away by the Cincinnati win as well. That would have provided a nice struct for the Ravens, but instead they’re left with their wins over Buffalo and Denver now. That’s even less impressive than the Saints.

1

51.56

(2 – 0) / 64

#1 – #30

15

(Lost to OAK) As mentioned, the loss gets looped away in a three team loop with San Francisco. Normally I would say no big deal, but the Chiefs actually were using that win as support. Also, like the Raiders they get out from under the Texans this week via another team’s actions (FORE–is this joke getting old?), but unlike the Raiders it costs them some support. So now the Chiefs are in a position they’ve been in for most of the season–not too many teams above them, but utterly unimpressive wins below them. For my part, the prospect of watching the Kansas City and Oakland struggle to pull out the AFC West crown is completely uninteresting.

16

51.56

(2 – 0) / 64

#1 – #30

16

(Beat TB) Beating the Buccaneers gives the Falcons enough support to land on the positive side of the Edgepower ledger, but they’re still under the Eagles and that still hurts. As I type this I haven’t checked tonight’s game so I don’t know how they did against the Ravens, but if Roddy White was out then I don’t like their chances. I think Matt Ryan has done okay this season considering his circumstances, but it pales in comparison to what Phillip Rivers and Peyton Manning have done with much more injuries. Just goes to show you how big the spectrum of quarterback play is in this league.

19

51.56

(12 – 10) / 64

#9 – #24

17

(Bye) The Broncos probably spent the bye week dreaming of the days that they were situated on top of the Seahawks in the Beatpaths graph. It seems so long ago.

18

47.66

(0 – 3) / 64

#4 – #32

18

(Beat HOU) AHA! Here’s the culprit! Yes, the Chargers played wrecking ball this week by knocking off the Texans. That created a 3 team loop with the Raiders and one with the Chiefs, the latter of which removed a beatloss from San Diego’s graph. Unfortunately for Phillip & Co., they still don’t have many impressive beatwins, so they stay where they are. I know people are excited about the Chargers getting players back on offense, but really, how much can the passing game get?

20

47.66

(3 – 6) / 64

#7 – #29

19

(Lost to SD) This loss meant more to Houston than the win meant to San Diego, that’s for sure. It cost them their wins over the Raiders and Chiefs. You might not think much of beatwins over those two teams, but now, the Texans have no beatwins. Any beatwins are better than no beatwins, my friends.

12

46.88

(0 – 4) / 64

#5 – #32

20

(Lost to ATL) I have to give it to the Buccaneers–they were right there in the end, and they had a shot. It seems like that’s just how it’s going for Tampa Bay this year, but they’ve managed to do alright regardless. Unfortunately, this loss doesn’t get looped away, and now they’re under the Falcons which damages their ranking significantly.

14

46.09

(7 – 12) / 64

#10 – #27

21

(Beat ARI) Oh man–I almost forgot I called FORESHADOWING back on the Saints. Well, here’s where it comes to play. The Vikings’ win over the Cardinals created a 3 team beatloop with the Saints. That basically allowed the Vikings to shed the Saints loss, but since the Saints had no beatlosses the Vikings don’t really change their power that much, and stay in the same place. As a Bears fan, I was very happy that the Cardinals were going to bury the Vikings season for us the week before we faced them, but old Wrangler Pants had to go and pull out the old magic. Now it’s up to Chicago to do the job, and it’s a sign of how much I trust the Bears that I really wish the Cardinals had won.

21

44.53

(6 – 13) / 64

#11 – #26

22

(Lost to MIN) Speaking of those Cardinals…they are in just a TON of beatloops now. All three of their wins are looped away at least twice. That doesn’t really bode well for future advancement anytime soon.

22

41.41

(0 – 11) / 64

#10 – #32

23

(Bye) Little change for the Jaguars on the bye. I find it odd that the Jaguars have used so many QBs this season and the Panthers, as far as I know, have only used the 2. It’s also odd that I still link those two teams in my mind. Guess it just shows that I’m a product of my generation–that expansion happened during my NFL formative years.

24

41.41

(2 – 13) / 64

#11 – #30

24

(Lost to NYJ) Lions lost Matthew Stafford and just couldn’t quite pull out the win over the Jets. Of course, the fact that you can even say such a statement tells you how far the Lions have come from where they were. Unfortunately for them, it sounds like Stafford is out for the season. Despite showing flashes, I wouldn’t bank on a guy missing that much time early and turning out to be a franchise guy. Last time I saw that movie it was called Rex Grossman.

23

40.62

(4 – 16) / 64

#12 – #28

25

(Beat NE) Big ups to the Browns, who beat a team without a fake punt OR two interception returns from a lineman! I did dig the standing lineman trickeration play though. I don’t think this team can climb back into the playoffs this season, but their arrow is definitely up for the next few years. Which makes the relevant question whether Holmgren and Mangini can tolerate each other during that time.

25

40.62

(0 – 12) / 64

#11 – #32

26

(Lost to PIT) There’s No Shame In Losing To Pittsburgh, but it looks like the Bengals just don’t have the same magic this year. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that Cincinnati isn’t sweeping the division again this year, but at least they’re showing signs of last year’s selves in some of these losses.

26

39.84

(2 – 15) / 64

#12 – #30

27

(Bye) Rams had a bye this week, and thus only lost 2 more WRs to injury.

27

33.59

(3 – 24) / 64

#17 – #29

28

(Lost to CHI) I’ve seen Marshawn Lynch against the Bears defense and I saw the Bills’ remaining RBs against it, and I certainly think that Lynch would have helped tremendously. Though I guess Buffalo knows it isn’t going anywhere this season, so they might as well get something for him now. Though I made a similar argument in past years with the Rams and Steven Jackson, and it looks like that would have been a bad idea. So who knows.

29

32.03

(0 – 23) / 64

#16 – #32

29

(Bye) The more Mike Shanahan talks about his QB situation, the worse he sounds. I’m starting to wonder if maybe he’s going to do a Marty Schottenheimer Redskins Coach here, except without all the dignity and relatively impressive results.

28

30.47

(0 – 25) / 64

#18 – #32

30

(Lost to GB) I hate to kick a team when it’s down–well, alright, that is probably not true when it comes to the Cowboys–but what’s the point of removing Wade Phillips now, as opposed to 3-4 weeks ago when it might have saved your season?

30

30.47

(0 – 25) / 64

#15 – #32

31

(Lost to NO) The Panthers should feel grateful for that win over the 49ers, because without it they’d be the Buffalo Bills, but without any hope.

31

24.22

(1 – 34) / 64

#20 – #31

32

(Bye) Which Smith do you want as your starting QB? I was thinking it over in my head and I said to myself “you’ve got to give Alex Smith a chance so you can see what you’ve got”, and it occurred to me that he’s been given that chance a lot already. We know what we’ve got now. I guess it’s time to cut losses and manage this season as best you can while preparing the search for a franchise QB in the offseason.

32

20.31

(0 – 38) / 64

#21 – #32

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

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

2010 NFL Week 7 Beatpath Graph

Finally, every team is reflected in the graph! Last week’s rankings were 8-6 this week, and it is clear that the system currently sees some of the game results as truly fluky upsets, the most extreme example being Oakland’s 59-14 shellacking of Denver.

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2010 NFL Week 6 Beatpaths Power Rankings

Hey folks! Lots of interesting things this week, but I’m running short on time so let’s get right to it!

You can find the graph for this week here.

Rank Team Notes Last Week EdgePower

1

(Lost to NE) The loss to the Patriots causes a 3 team beatloop with the Jets, so the Ravens lose a beatpath to those Jets. But though that costs them some edgepower, it’s not enough for them to lose the number 1 spot.

1

84.62

(36 – 0) / 52

#1 – #10

2

(Beat CLE) A big reason why the Ravens are so resilient is that they still have a beatwin over the Steelers, who have quite the resume themselves. The Steelers are pretty much propping up the Ravens at this point.

2

79.81

(32 – 1) / 52

#2 – #14

3

(Beat DEN) Getting out from under the Ravens helps, but the big factor here is their win over the Dolphins, who really jumped this week (FORESHADOWING!).

7

76.92

(28 – 0) / 52

#1 – #14

4

(Beat JAC) “Surely beating the Jaguars couldn’t have mattered”, you say. Well, you’re wrong–the win caused a 3 team beatloop with the Broncos, so the Titans are just under the Steelers now.

5

75.00

(28 – 2) / 52

#3 – #15

5

(Beat BAL) As mentioned, beating the Ravens sheds a loss to the Jets, which leaves the Patriots with no beatlosses. This BAL=>NYJ=>NE=>BAL beatloop is a pretty high-level loop (team ranking-wise). Be interesting to see that resolve further when the Patriots and Jets meet again.

8

74.04

(25 – 0) / 52

#1 – #17

6

(Beat DET) So, why are the Giants moving up? Well, they’re being boosted by the Bears. Bet you can’t wait to hear how the Bears are moving up.

10

71.15

(25 – 3) / 52

#4 – #17

7

(Beat GB) The Dolphins are a big mover this week, and it’s due to their win over the Pack. If you look at the graph, you’ll see that this week produced a real vertical aligning of teams, and the Pack are the linchpin for that for many teams.

18

69.23

(22 – 2) / 52

#3 – #18

8

(Lost to SEA) This is how the Bears jumped up the charts–they still have a win over the Packers, and the Packers are holding strong. Their loss to the Seahawks, meanwhile, disappears in a 4 team beatloop of CHI=>DET=>STL=>SEA=>CHI, which only costs the Bears a win over the Lions–no big loss at this point.

13

67.31

(22 – 4) / 52

#5 – #18

9

(Lost to MIA) So, you know that the Packers are now under the Bears and Dolphins, and that’s giving a big boost to those teams and every team on top of them. But who’s boosting the Packers? That would be the Eagles, who have a big move of their own this week.

19

60.58

(19 – 8) / 52

#9 – #19

10

(Beat ATL) OK, so what happened here? The Eagles beat DOWN the Falcons, that’s what. OK, so the magnitude of victory doesn’t matter but the win still has a huge effect. You see, last week there were basically two parallel towers in the graph (it’s hard to see it, but trust me it’s there). What the Eagles’ win this week did was basically put one of those towers on top of the other. And that, my friend, generates some massive edgepower for the teams in the top tower. The Eagles are the base of that tower, though, so they only get a small benefit.

23

57.69

(17 – 9) / 52

#10 – #21

11

(Lost to PHI) So now you know the Beatpaths story. Now you can tell me a story. I didn’t see this game. What happened? I thought the Falcons were better than that.

6

53.85

(15 – 11) / 52

#11 – #22

12

(Beat KC) Beating KC is basically meaningless for the Texans, as they tread water.

11

53.85

(4 – 0) / 52

#1 – #28

13

(Beat WAS) What happened to the Colts? Basically, they didn’t get in on this two towers action, and their main support–the Broncos–dropped a lot. Bonus points if you can guess why before I get to the Broncos section. Meanwhile, the win over the Redskins is looped away in a 4 team loop of IND=>WAS=>PHI=>JAC=>IND, so they don’t get the win. The loss to Jacksonville was already looped away in a 4 team beatloop of IND=>KC=>SD=>JAC=>IND.

3

52.88

(3 – 0) / 52

#1 – #29

14

(Lost to HOU) Losing to the Texans doesn’t really hurt much. The Chiefs are just suffering from a lack of quality wins.

12

50.96

(2 – 1) / 52

#2 – #30

15

(Lost to TEN) As mentioned, the loss creates a 3 team beatloop with the Broncos (hint hint). Also, the previously mentioned 4 team beatloop involving Indianapolis wipes away their loss to the Eagles, and that’s how this team ends up with no beatlosses. Barely any beatwins, too, but still. Amazing. I was watching this game intensely because I had MJD and Chris Johnson in my fantasy league and needed 15 points. I didn’t get it until the Johnson scored that TD at the end.

24

50.96

(1 – 0) / 52

#1 – #31

16

(Lost to IND) The first of the anomaly teams this week–the Redskins have no links to anyone They are floating out in the air. Who knows what will happen in Chicago this week? Should definitely have an effect.

16

50.00

(0 – 0) / 52

#1 – #32

17

(Beat SD) Naturally, you would expect floating teams to be ranked next to each other. And so they are. Yes, the Rams have managed to be completely unrelated to any other team this week. There are lots of beatloops causing this. One is the previously mentioned 4 team beatloop coming from SEA=>CHI, which loops away their win over the Seahawks and their loss to Detroit. Another is a new 4 team beatloop coming from San Francisco beating the Raiders, creating STL=>SEA=>SF=>OAK=>STL, which also takes away the Rams’ win over the Seahawks, and loops away their loss to the Raiders. Finally, the Rams helped their own cause by beating the Chargers, creating a 3 team beatloop with the Cardinals, looping away that loss (and win). So, they now float alone. This cannot stand.

26

50.00

(0 – 0) / 52

#1 – #32

18

(Lost to NYJ) Did you guess it? Here’s the reason for the Broncos’ collapse: they lost their beatwin over the Titans, which cost them most of their beatpaths. Now, they just have paths to Seahawks and Chargers. That won’t do much.

4

49.04

(2 – 3) / 52

#4 – #30

19

(Bye) Cardinals don’t do anything on the bye, but get buried down the charts due to the tower stacking effect.

9

49.04

(11 – 12) / 52

#12 – #23

20

(Beat CHI) Getting out from under the Rams (see the Bears’ comment) helps, but this team still doesn’t have much support. I just can’t believe this team beat the Bears. They’re not that good, but they worked the field position battle all day. It’s one of the first times in awhile I’ve seen a team use special teams to an advantage over the Bears, record-breaking punt return TD nonwithstanding.

27

47.12

(1 – 4) / 52

#5 – #31

21

(Beat TB) Saints get back on track by beating my sleeper team, Tampa Bay.

17

46.15

(10 – 14) / 52

#13 – #24

22

(Lost to SF) The loss costs the Raiders their only remaining beatwin, over the Rams. I really thought the Raiders were going to pull this out. If you’ve heard me talk about the Raiders last year, you know that’s quite a turnaround.

20

46.15

(0 – 4) / 52

#5 – #32

23

(Lost to STL) Of course, I thought the Chargers were going to finally take care of business on the road and beat up the Rams. That didn’t happen. Which raises the question: what do the Lions have that this team doesn’t?

15

45.19

(0 – 5) / 52

#6 – #32

24

(Lost to NO) More two tower trauma theater here, as the Buccaneers get put under the Saints, and thus stacked upon.

14

38.46

(4 – 16) / 52

#14 – #29

25

(Bye) I was about to write about how the Bills have losses to impressive teams, but then I checked last week’s rankings and that’s what I wrote about them there. But when you have no weeks and you’re on the bye, what is there to write about?

29

37.50

(0 – 13) / 52

#11 – #32

26

(Beat DAL) Congratlations on the win, Vikings. But there still isn’t a win against an impressive team here.

28

35.58

(2 – 17) / 52

#14 – #30

27

(Bye) Same problem for the Bills applies to the Bengals. They’ve dropped some due to the tower effect, but they were towards the bottom already anyway.

21

33.65

(1 – 18) / 52

#15 – #31

28

(Lost to NYG) I was optimistic about the Jim Schwartz era, but they way they keep finding ways to lose close games is very disturbing. This team should have more than a win against the Rams (which got looped away, BTW–see the Chicago comment).

30

31.73

(0 – 19) / 52

#15 – #32

29

(Beat OAK) Of course, it’s less a praise of Oakland and more a condemnation of the 49ers that I expected the Raiders to win that game. Good luck Iron Mike.

32

31.73

(0 – 19) / 52

#16 – #32

30

(Lost to MIN) I admit I didn’t follow this game too much, but did that excessive celebration penalty really affect the game that much? To hear the commentators talk about it, you’d think it directly led to the winning Minnesota score.

25

30.77

(0 – 20) / 52

#15 – #32

31

(Lost to PIT) One of the earlier memes I had going was that there was no shame to losing to Pittsburgh, because the Bucs and Falcons did it and remained highly ranked. Well, it’s still true, but that’s okay for the Browns because they have plenty of shame to throw around. They dropped, BTW, because they’re under the Bucs, who are now at the bottom of the tower.

22

29.81

(0 – 21) / 52

#17 – #32

32

(Bye) And of course, the Panthers are at the very bottom of the bottom of the tower. The bonus for teams in the bottom of the tower is that long paths like that are fertile ground for creating loops. Meet me back here next week; I’ll bet we see a much different graph.

31

27.88

(0 – 23) / 52

#16 – #32

2010 NFL Week 5 Beatpaths Power Rankings

Hey folks! Kenneth here, with more rankings coming at ya! Lots of weird stuff in the graph this time, leading to some interesting movement. The season is now at the point where stuff happens, so let’s get to it!

You can see the graph generating these rankings here.

Rank Team Notes Last Week EdgePower

1

(Beat DEN) Another win for the number one team changes little. It makes their position stronger, but when you’re #1 already how much stronger can you get? (I know, a lot.)

1

96.08

(47 – 0) / 51

#1 – #6

2

(Bye) Pittsburgh spent their bye staying strong as well. The rematch with Baltimore is going to be very interesting, beatpaths-wise.

2

82.35

(34 – 1) / 51

#2 – #11

3

(Beat KC) Now we get to some interesting stuff. Indy sheds its only remaining beatloss not by anything they did, but because the Giants beat Houston, creating a 3 team loop (IND=>NYG=>HOU=>IND). This would have blown up the 6 team beatloop from last week (GB=>PHI=>JAC=>IND=>NYG=>CHI=>GB) as well, which would give Indy back its’ loss to Jacksonville. But here the Colts helped themselves–their win over Kansas City created a replacement 4 team beatloop (KC=>SD=>JAC=>IND=>KC), which helped stave off the beatloss. Of course, it also cost the Colts a beatwin over the previously undefeated Chiefs, but you can’t have everything, now, can you?

6

68.63

(19 – 0) / 51

#1 – #17

4

(Lost to BAL) Broncos rising even on the loss, mainly by the rise by the Colts giving them room to breathe. What is causing this ascent? It’s a specific team rising–that both horsies have a path too–that is giving them a better edgepower. Who could it be? (CLIFFHANGER!)

7

65.69

(18 – 2) / 51

#3 – #18

5

(Beat DAL) I’ll tell you this much–the path is being maintained by the Titans win over the mystery team. Meanwhile, I feel like the Titans were making a lot of mistakes to let the Cowboys back in that game. In one sense, they shouldn’t have had that much trouble with Dallas; on the other hands, part of being a good team is not doing that.

12

61.76

(17 – 5) / 51

#5 – #19

6

(Beat CLE) Atlanta drops not so much because of anything they did, but because other teams look more impressive. Admit it–you weren’t very impressed by the way they limped over Cleveland.

4

59.80

(12 – 2) / 51

#3 – #23

7

(Beat MIN) Jets coming down with a case of what the Falcons had. Beating Minnesota doesn’t even really matter so much–they already had a beatpath to them. Not surprising, really, given how badly the Vikes have looked–but that’ll come later.

5

59.80

(11 – 1) / 51

#2 – #25

8

(Bye) Well, the Pats sure have changed themselves over the bye, haven’t they? I would not have guessed that the moves that have happened would have. I can kind of get behind trading Moss for essentially a younger dominant receiver. But…well, guess which word in “younger dominant reciever” doesn’t fit Deion Branch.

8

54.90

(7 – 2) / 51

#3 – #26

9

(Beat NO) Arizona moves up a bit mostly due to shifting graph dynamics underneath them giving them some more beatpaths. I usually try to avoid wishing bad for players but if Max Hall ends up being anything fans of pretty much every team without a franchise QB are going to have to listen to morons complain about how other teams can find QBs without even drafting them! Ugh.

13

54.90

(8 – 3) / 51

#4 – #25

10

(Beat HOU) If you guessed the big riser causing all the trouble was the Giants, congratulations! You win nothing! Yes, the Giants win over Houston created that aforementioned 3 team beatloop with Indy, which broke up the 6 team beatloop that was taking away their win over the Bears. The restoration of that path (and ones underneath it) gave New York a lot more teams underneath them. That benefits them and, of course, the teams above them.

23

54.90

(11 – 6) / 51

#6 – #23

11

(Lost to NYG) Of course, for every big winner there is a big loser. And losing a beatwin over the Colts is very big indeed.

3

53.92

(4 – 0) / 51

#1 – #28

12

(Lost to IND) Little changes for the Chiefs–they have 1 fewer beatwin over an unimpressive team now. Beating Houston this week would probably help.

9

51.96

(2 – 0) / 51

#1 – #30

13

(Beat CAR) You would think that a 6/16 for 32 yards and 4 INTs would pretty much damn a QB. But I am serious when I say that Collins looked even worse than those numbers. When he wasn’t making flat-out bad decisions, he was completely unable to hit the receivers with passes. There were several easy throws that he just couldn’t make. I think it’s time for retirement, Todd. Oh, and the breakup of the big 6 team beatloop means CHI=>GB comes back which boosts the Bears somewhat but gives them back a lot of beatlosses so it all evens out.

11

51.96

(9 – 7) / 51

#7 – #24

14

(Beat CIN) Beating the Bengals boosts the Bucs a bit. I am enjoying the Bucs, mainly because I picked them to do well before the season (in my head, at least) and it makes me feel smart in my own little universe.

16

51.96

(4 – 2) / 51

#3 – #29

15

(Lost to OAK) Seriously, Chargers? Really? Anyway…this loss creates a 3 team beatloop with the Cardinals (ARI=>OAK=>SD=>ARI). That busts up a 4 team beatloop from last week of (SD=>ARI=>STL=>SEA=>SD), but it’s okay because another 4 team beatloop (JAC=>DEN=>SEA=>SD=>JAC) holds off the loss to the Seahawks. Meanwhile, as you might remember from above the Colts’ win creates another 4 team beatloop (KC=>SD=>JAC=>IND=>KC), which loops away the loss to the Chiefs. Carry the 3, and…the Chargers have no relationships to any other team in the graph. Fair enough, but ask the Jaguars how that worked out for them this week.

19

50.00

(0 – 0) / 51

#1 – #32

16

(Beat GB) Beating GB is nice, but the big deal for the Redskins is the Lions’ win over St. Louis. That creates 2 separate 4 team beatloops (DET=>STL=>WAS=>PHI=>DET & DET=>STL=>WAS=>GB=>DET), which takes away the loss to the Rams but also takes away two of their wins. Add in the WAS=>DAL=>HOU=>WAS beatloop that carried over from last week, and the Redskins are also floating on their own with no relationships to any team. That let them jump 13 spots in these rankings. But the ties to those teams down near the bottom can easily come back; I’d guess that next week sees them drop back down there.

29

50.00

(0 – 0) / 51

#1 – #32

17

(Lost to ARI) Arizona and New Orleans were actually pretty comparable teams in terms of the graph, so the loss doesn’t hurt a great deal. Is it just me, or are a lot of commentators not using the words “Pierre Thomas” when discussing the Saints’ woes?

14

49.02

(4 – 5) / 51

#5 – #28

18

(Bye) Dolphins didn’t play a game, so nothing happened. This is what Beatpaths would sound like if we did this stuff year round.

18

49.02

(3 – 4) / 51

#4 – #29

19

(Lost to WAS) Again, the problem isn’t with with losing to Washington–that got looped away. The problem was the Giant’s win over Houston breaking up that 6 team loop that got rid of their loss to the Bears. That forced them under Chicago, which gave them a lot of beatlosses, where before they had none.

10

47.06

(5 – 8) / 51

#8 – #28

20

(Beat SD) The win gets looped away, but takes with it a loss to the Cardinals. That helps–now the Raiders need to get some more teams underneath them.

24

46.08

(3 – 7) / 51

#7 – #29

21

(Lost to TB) I think it’s clearly time to give up on Carson Palmer being a big time QB again. I feel bad, because I like Carson Palmer. I think it helps that he was at USC before they got really annoying. I will REALLY feel bad if Mark Sanchez ends up being the most successful active USC QB.

21

45.10

(1 – 6) / 51

#6 – #31

22

(Lost to ATL) Speaking of guys who need to retire (I was, 9 teams ago!): when Seneca Wallace is clearly outplaying you–as a pocket passer, no less–it’s probably time to hang them up, Jake.

22

44.12

(0 – 6) / 51

#6 – #32

23

(Beat SF) Beating the 49ers? Meh. It’s the new 4 team beatloop from DET=>STL shedding the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins that has boosted them up.

30

44.12

(3 – 9) / 51

#9 – #29

24

(Beat BUF) Jacksonville returns to the graph with a beatloss to the Eagles reappearing and their new beatwin over the Bills in hand. Guess what? Being under the Eagles is more bad than being above the Bills is good.

17

41.18

(1 – 10) / 51

#10 – #31

25

(Lost to TEN) I guess people are billing this week as Dallas’ last chance to salvage their championship season? I can help you out with that one–it’s not happening.

20

41.18

(0 – 9) / 51

#8 – #32

26

(Lost to DET) The loss to the Lions gets looped away but costs the win over the Redskins. This is a really confusing loss. The Rams have been playing well enough to not get blown out by anyone, much less the Lions. I can understand that the Lions were due, but wow.

28

41.18

(2 – 11) / 51

#10 – #30

27

(Bye) The OAK=>SD win creating a 3 team beatloop with Arizona busted up the 4 team beatloop of SD=>ARI=>STL=>SEA=>SD, which means that STL=>SEA reappears in the graph. That’s what pushed Seattle back down the rankings.

15

39.22

(1 – 12) / 51

#11 – #31

28

(Lost to NYJ) At some point, we’ll just have to agree that Brett Favre doesn’t have it anymore, and this team is not good.

26

39.22

(1 – 12) / 51

#9 – #31

29

(Lost to JAC) The Bills have lost to more impressive teams than the other teams to come, which is why they’re ranked higher than them. The fact that they lost more unimpressively is not taken into account by Beatpaths.

27

31.37

(0 – 19) / 51

#14 – #32

30

(Beat STL) Beating the Rams did some good, as it looped away two beatlosses (to GB and PHI). And beating the Giants this week would loop away the loss to the Bears. Slow but sure, Detroit.

32

30.39

(0 – 20) / 51

#15 – #32

31

(Lost to CHI) I just don’t see how anyone associated with management on this team is going to survive this season. Even with Steve Smith they’re not particularly good. Without him they have nothing. They weren’t even close in a game where they got 4 INTs from an awful opposing QB. Good luck Carolina.

31

29.41

(0 – 21) / 51

#15 – #32

32

(Lost to PHI) It seemed like a lot of people were picking the 49ers in this game. I don’t know why–they had lost 4 games. And it’s not like Kevin Kolb is a bad QB, people. I’d say they should get a win this week versus Oakland, but really, I can’t even claim that as likely. Good luck, Iron Mike…

25

27.45

(0 – 23) / 51

#18 – #32