Saturday, January 3, 2009

Comparing 2008 Rankings to 2007

I was curious how this year's team's compared to last year's. The Hawks had the second-worst dropoff of any team in the NFL, next to the Pats. Here's a table with the numbers, sorted by this year's team strength in descending order:


















































































































































































































Rank
Team
2008 Team Strength
Change From 2007 Team Strength
1
Baltimore
10.5
17.79
2
Pittsburgh
9.9
-0.11
3
Tennessee
9.8
9.1
4
NY Giants
9.3
7.9
5
Philadelphia
9
5.81
6
San Diego
7.4
-0.8
7
Carolina
7.1
12.79
8
New England
6.4
-14.86
9
New Orleans
5.1
7.09
10
Atlanta
4.6
15.25
11
Indianapolis
4.6
-8.79
12
Minnesota
4.1
-1.33
13
NY Jets
3.7
10.15
14
Green Bay
2.9
-7.31
15
Miami
2.5
15.44
16
Tampa Bay
2.2
-3.51
17
Chicago
1.5
4.41
18
Dallas
0.6
-9.36
19
Arizona
0.1
-0.23
20
Buffalo
-0.6
6.69
21
Washington
-1.1
-3.58
22
Houston
-1.4
-0.82
23
San Francisco
-1.8
8.82
24
Jacksonville
-5.2
-13.11
25
Denver
-5.5
0
26
Seattle
-7.8
-14.49
27
Oakland
-9.1
-0.06
28
Cleveland
-10.3
-11.7
29
Kansas City
-10.6
-1.97
30
Cincinnati
-11.8
-11.11
31
St. Louis
-17.5
-5.04
32
Detroit
-19.1
-12.49

2008 Final Regular Season Power Rankings

I have not updated these rankings since week 10. The differences in rankings you see here are in comparison to Week 10.

Based purely on power rankings, there is far more parity this season. Check out last season's final rankings. The top team last season were the Patriots with a team strength of 21.26. Indy was at 13.36. Of course, the Super Bowl Champ Giants were a distant #13 with a strength of 1.4. They were streaking heading into the playoffs though. San Diego would seem to have some similar attributes this year.

The Hawks had a massive dip this year, losing 14.49 in their team strength. They we worse everywhere but YPC. Most distressing was the jump in points allowed.

I admit to not following the NFL as closely as the Hawks drifted, but I'm shocked to see Baltimore on top here.

See you all as we get closer to the draft.
















































































































































































































Rank
Team
Team Strength
Change From Last Ranking
1
Baltimore
10.5
2.20
2
Pittsburgh
9.9
1.40
3
Tennessee
9.8
-2.10
4
NY Giants
9.3
-3.50
5
Philadelphia
9
0.20
6
San Diego
7.4
2.90
7
Carolina
7.1
-0.50
8
New England
6.4
4.60
9
New Orleans
5.1
3.90
10
Atlanta
4.6
-0.10
11
Indianapolis
4.6
5.70
12
Minnesota
4.1
3.70
13
NY Jets
3.7
-3.80
14
Green Bay
2.9
-0.90
15
Miami
2.5
0.80
16
Tampa Bay
2.2
-4.00
17
Chicago
1.5
-4.20
18
Dallas
0.6
-0.20
19
Arizona
0.1
-6.40
20
Buffalo
-0.6
-1.70
21
Washington
-1.1
-3.60
22
Houston
-1.4
4.20
23
San Francisco
-1.8
4.20
24
Jacksonville
-5.2
-5.60
25
Denver
-5.5
-1.80
26
Seattle
-7.8
0.90
27
Oakland
-9.1
4.20
28
Cleveland
-10.3
-5.20
29
Kansas City
-10.6
3.00
30
Cincinnati
-11.8
2.60
31
St. Louis
-17.5
2.70
32
Detroit
-19.1
-2.10

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