Final 2013-14 NFL Power Rankings

Despite walloping the Denver Broncos by 35 points in the Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks managed to improve to just the second spot in the final 2013 NFL Sports Power Rankings, one spot behind the Broncos.

Seattle finished with a rating of .807, compared to the Broncos’ final rating of .864. The ratings indicate the strength of each club relative to the average team. With a rating of 1.000 equal to 14.487 points, Denver would be projected to defeat the average team by 12.5 points, while Seattle would be favored by 11.7 points against the same average team.

The Seahawks moved up from the number four spot in the NFL Power Rankings prior to the Super Bowl. Denver remained in the top spot in the NFL Power Rankings through the final six weeks of the regular season and throughout the NFL playoffs.

Both clubs had just two unavenged losses this season. The Broncos lost to Indianapolis on October 20 and to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Seattle’s two unavenged losses were to Indianapolis and Arizona, the latter defeat coming in week 16.

Here are the complete final NFL Power Rankings for the 2013 NFL season:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.8640
2Seattle.8072
3San Francisco.725-1
4New Orleans.713-1
5Kansas City.5890
6Cincinnati.5100
7Carolina.4771
8New England.472-1
9Arizona.4500
10Philadelphia.2920
11San Diego.2320
12Indianapolis.0200
13Tennessee.0190
14Detroit-.0170
15St. Louis-.0260
16Miami-.1120
17Pittsburgh-.1510
18Tampa Bay-.1600
19Chicago-.1821
20Dallas-.203-1
21Green Bay-.2550
22Baltimore-.3120
23NY Giants-.3430
24Atlanta-.3471
25Minnesota-.3541
26Buffalo-.356-2
27NY Jets-.5520
28Cleveland-.5930
29Washington-.6190
30Houston-.6250
31Oakland-.7100
32Jacksonville-.9450

Broncos Remain No. 1 in NFL Power Rankings Heading to Super Bowl

The Denver Broncos are projected to win Super Bowl XLVIII by six points, according to the latest NFL Sports Power Rankings.

The Broncos, who have held the No. 1 spot in the NFL Power Rankings since week 12, defeated the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship to reach the Super Bowl for the seventh time.

The Broncos will meet the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks, who will enter the Super Bowl ranked fourth in the NFL Power Rankings. The Seahawks scored 13 unanswered points to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in the NFC Championship.

In this week’s NFL Power Rankings, a rating of 1.000 = 14.355 points. With the top-ranked Broncos at 1.074 and the Seahawks rated at .637, a difference of .437; and the game to be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, a neutral field; the Broncos are projected to defeat the Seahawks by 6.275 points (.437 x 14.355).

Here are the complete NFL Power Rankings, through the conference championship games:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver1.0740
2San Francisco.7200
3New Orleans.7070
4Seattle.6371
5Kansas City.613-1
6Cincinnati.5101
7New England.489-1
8Carolina.4720
9Arizona.4520
10Philadelphia.2680
11San Diego.2550
12Indianapolis.0660
13Tennessee.0050
14Detroit-.0170
15St. Louis-.0380
16Miami-.1120
17Pittsburgh-.1510
18Tampa Bay-.1630
19Dallas-.1720
20Chicago-.1820
21Green Bay-.2550
22Baltimore-.3180
23NY Giants-.3551
24Buffalo-.3561
25Atlanta-.361-2
26Minnesota-.3670
27NY Jets-.5520
28Cleveland-.5930
29Washington-.6290
30Houston-.6390
31Oakland-.7120
32Jacksonville-.9560

NFL Power Rankings: Conference Championship Week

The Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers remain on target as the projected Super Bowl opponents, according to the NFL Sports Power Rankings.

The No. 1 ranked Broncos will face No. 6 New England in the AFC Championship game Sunday in Denver. The Broncos advanced to the AFC championship for the first time in eight seasons with a seven-point win over No. 11 San Diego in the divisional playoffs.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, who set NFL records for touchdown passes and passing yards during the regular season, is 4-10 against New England quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots, including 0-2 with Denver. The quarterbacks split a pair of AFC title games when Manning was the Indianapolis quarterback.

The Patriots moved up two places in the NFL Power Rankings and gained their third straight spot in the AFC title game with a 43-22 victory over the No. 12 Indianapolis Colts in the divisional playoffs, as LeGarrette Blount rushed for 166 yards and a franchise-record four touchdowns.

Colin Kaepernick threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score and the No. 2 49ers advanced to their third consecutive NFC Championship Game with a 23-10 victory over the No. 8 Carolina Panthers in the divisional playoffs. The 49ers will face the No. 5 Seattle Seahawks at rowdy CenturyLink Field in Seattle next Sunday for a chance to play in their second straight Super Bowl.

The Seahawks, the NFC’s No. 1 seed, moved within one game of a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII after holding off the No. 3 New Orleans Saints with a 23-15 decision in an NFC Divisional Playoff at a stormy and soggy CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks have gone an intimidating 16-1 in Russell Wilson’s two years as the starting quarterback.

Despite the 8-point result, New Orleans and Seattle switched places in this week’s NFL Power Rankings because the Seahawks had blasted the Saints by 27 points in their previous meeting on December 2. The closer result in the playoff game resulted in a downgrade in Seattle’s ratings and an upgrade in New Orleans’s.

Here are the complete NFL Power Rankings, through games of January 12, 2014:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.9950
2San Francisco.7750
3New Orleans.7192
4Kansas City.6130
5Seattle.599-2
6New England.5732
7Cincinnati.5200
8Carolina.486-2
9Arizona.4550
10Philadelphia.2731
11San Diego.255-1
12Indianapolis.0700
13Tennessee.0140
14Detroit-.0171
15St. Louis-.031-1
16Miami-.1030
17Pittsburgh-.1481
18Tampa Bay-.155-1
19Dallas-.1720
20Chicago-.1820
21Green Bay-.2510
22Baltimore-.3150
23Atlanta-.3471
24NY Giants-.349-1
25Buffalo-.3510
26Minnesota-.3640
27NY Jets-.5430
28Cleveland-.5850
29Washington-.6210
30Houston-.6230
31Oakland-.7100
32Jacksonville-.9460

NFL Power Rankings: Divisional Playoffs Week

The Denver Broncos remain rated No. 1 in the NFL Sports Power Rankings, as the NFL playoffs reach the divisional round.

The Broncos will face No. 10 San Diego Chargers with a berth in the AFC championship game on the line Sunday in Denver. San Diego defeated the heavily favored Broncos in Denver on December 12.

The other AFC divisional playoff matchup feature’s one of the NFL’s best rivalries, No. 8 New England hosting No. 12 Indianapolis, the teams fourth post-season meeting in the last 11 years.

In the NFC, No. 2 San Francisco travels to No. 6 Carolina. The Panthers have won four straight and eight of their last 10 games against the 49ers, the defending NFC champions.

No. 3 Seattle hosts No. 5 New Orleans in the other NFC divisional playoff game. The Seahawks whipped the Saints 34-7 on December 2.

Here are the complete NFL Power Rankings, througfh games of January 5, 2014:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.8890
2San Francisco.7180
3Seattle.7150
4Kansas City.6253
5New Orleans.6030
6Carolina.5560
7Cincinnati.528-3
8New England.5250
9Arizona.4750
10San Diego.3592
11Philadelphia.286-1
12Indianapolis.166-1
13Tennessee.0280
14St. Louis-.0101
15Detroit-.017-1
16Miami-.0840
17Tampa Bay-.1541
18Pittsburgh-.156-1
19Dallas-.1621
20Chicago-.177-1
21Green Bay-.2530
22Baltimore-.3210
23NY Giants-.3362
24Atlanta-.3390
25Buffalo-.346-2
26Minnesota-.3570
27NY Jets-.5370
28Cleveland-.5900
29Washington-.6120
30Houston-.6140
31Oakland-.6960
32Jacksonville-.9280

NFL Power Rankings: Final Regular Season

The Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers are projected to reach the Super Bowl, accoring to the final regular-season NFL Sports Power Rankings.

The No. 1 Broncos won four of their final five games to clinch the number one seed and home field advantage in the AFC playoffs. The Broncos will play either No. 12 San Diego or the winner of the No. 7 Kansas City vs. No. 11 Indianapolis game in the divisional playoffs next weekend.

The No. 2 49ers, the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs, will meet the No. 23 Green Bay Packers at frigid Lambeau Field in Green Bay Sunday.

Other projected winners in thie weekend’s wild card playoff games include No. 5 New Orleans over No. 10 Philadelphia, and No. 4 Cincinnati over the Chargers.

Here are the complete NFL Sports Power Rankings, through week 17 of the 2013 NFL regular season:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.8810
2San Francisco.7410
3Seattle.7141
4Cincinnati.7131
5New Orleans.6252
6Carolina.556-3
7Kansas City.552-1
8New England.5330
9Arizona.4770
10Philadelphia.2792
11Indianapolis.245-1
12San Diego.238-1
13Tennessee.0304
14Detroit-.0101
15St. Louis-.013-1
16Miami-.075-3
17Pittsburgh-.1423
18Tampa Bay-.144-2
19Chicago-.156-1
20Dallas-.161-1
21Green Bay-.2552
22Baltimore-.315-1
23Buffalo-.330-1
24Atlanta-.3352
25NY Giants-.345-1
26Minnesota-.356-1
27NY Jets-.5414
28Cleveland-.5801
29Washington-.601-1
30Houston-.609-3
31Oakland-.695-1
32Jacksonville-.9260

NFL Power Rankings: Week 17

The Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers remain atop the NFL Sports Power Rankings, heading into the final week of the 2013 NFL season.

The Broncos can clinch home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win at No. 30 Oakland on Sunday. The 49ers have clinched a playoff berth, but need to defeat No. 9 Arizona this week to have a shot at winning the NFC West, earning a first-round bye, and/or earning the home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

No new teams entered the top ten in the NFL Power Rankings, although Carolina and Seattle flip-flopped at No. 3 and No. 4; Cincinnati and New Orleans switched spots at No. 5 and No. 7; and No. 8 New England and Arizona swapped places.

The two most improved teams this week are San Diego, up four places to No. 11; and Philadelphia, which improved by seven slots to No. 12 after waxing the Chicago Bears 54-11 on Sunday Night Football.

The Bears subsequently fell four spots to No. 18. Baltimore took the biggest drop in the NFL Power Rankings, falling five spots to No. 21.

By using the NFL Power Rankings to project the results of the final regular season games on Sunday, December 29, here is the projected NFL playoff picture:

AFC:

Denver — division winner, home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs

New England — division winner, first-round bye

Cincinnati — division-winner

Indianapolis — division winner

Kansas City — wild card

Miami — wild-card

projected Wild-Card Weekend playoff matchups: Miami @ Cincinnati, Kansas City @ Indianapolis

NFC

Seattle — division winner, home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs

Carolina — division winner, first-round bye

Philadelphia — division winner

Chicago — division-winner

San Francisco — wild-card

New Orleans — wild-card

projected Wild-Card Weekend playoff matchups: New Orleans @ Philadelphia, San Francisco @ Chicago.

 

Here are the complete NFL Sports Power Rankings, through games of December 23, 2013:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.8450
2San Francisco.7810
3Carolina.7511
4Seattle.645-1
5Cincinnati.5852
6Kansas City.5460
7New Orleans.487-2
8New England.4641
9Arizona.423-1
10Indianapolis.3290
11San Diego.2374
12Philadelphia.1877
13Miami.079-2
14St. Louis.077-2
15Detroit.055-2
16Tampa Bay-.0232
17Tennessee-.0523
18Chicago-.084-4
19Dallas-.093-2
20Pittsburgh-.1131
21Baltimore-.206-5
22Buffalo-.2452
23Green Bay-.3200
24NY Giants-.3771
25Minnesota-.434-3
26Atlanta-.4451
27Houston-.511-1
28Washington-.5602
29Cleveland-.593-1
30Oakland-.678-1
31NY Jets-.7701
32Jacksonville-.965-1

NFL Sports Power Rankings — Week 10

The Denver Broncos have moved back into the top spot in the NFL Sports Power Rankings, entering week 10 of the 2013 NFL season.

The Broncos, who had a bye last week, moved back into the No. 1 rankings for the first time since they ended a three-week run at No. 1 in week 8. The Broncos put their 7-1 record on the line Sunday at No. 17 San Diego.

The Carolina Panthers moved up six spots to No. 2 in the NFL Power Rankings. The Panthers have won four straight and five of their last six games. Carolina will meet No. 4 San Francisco Sunday in this week’s biggest matchup.

The New Orleans Saints dropped two spots to No. 3 after suffering a shocking six-point defeat to the No. 30 New York Jets. The NFC-South leading Saints will have a Sunday Night Football showdown this week with the NFC-East leading Dallas Cowboys, ranked No. 9 in the NFL Power Rankings.

After a seven-point home loss to the arch-rival No. 14 Chicago Bears, a game in which All-Pro QB Aaron Rodgers was injured, the Green Pack Packers fell two spots to No. 5.

Here are the complete NFL Power Rankings, through games of November 4, 2013:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.8331
2Carolina.7036
3New Orleans.693-2
4San Francisco.5921
5Green Bay.569-2
6New England.5355
7Indianapolis.508-3
8Kansas City.4972
9Dallas.4230
10Seattle.422-4
11Cincinnati.382-4
12Detroit.2760
13Tennessee.1380
14Chicago.0471
15Arizona.031-1
16Miami-.0782
17San Diego-.131-1
18Cleveland-.1333
19Buffalo-.1501
20Philadelphia-.1597
21Houston-.189-2
22Washington-.2433
23Baltimore-.293-6
24Atlanta-.343-1
25NY Giants-.347-1
26Tampa Bay-.4304
27St. Louis-.430-1
28Oakland-.498-6
29Minnesota-.541-1
30NY Jets-.6451
31Pittsburgh-.797-2
32Jacksonville-1.3670

NFL Sports Power Rankings — Week 9

Here are the NFL Sports Power Rankings, through games of October 28, 2013:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1New Orleans.8920
2Denver.8860
3Green Bay.7131
4Indianapolis.705-1
5San Francisco.6143
6Seattle.542-1
7Cincinnati.5344
8Carolina.5102
9Dallas.507-3
10Kansas City.480-3
11New England.463-2
12Detroit.2401
13Tennessee.186-1
14Arizona.1125
15Chicago-.0511
16San Diego-.055-1
17Baltimore-.0850
18Miami-.152-4
19Houston-.2184
20Buffalo-.2252
21Cleveland-.252-3
22Oakland-.2852
23Atlanta-.329-3
24NY Giants-.3884
25Washington-.3980
26St. Louis-.4311
27Philadelphia-.436-6
28Minnesota-.6121
29Pittsburgh-.6341
30Tampa Bay-.7211
31NY Jets-.893-5
32Jacksonville-1.2870

NFL Sports Power Rankings — Week 8

The New Orleans Saints have moved into the top spot in the NFL Sports Power Rankings, through games of October 21.

The Saints have won five of their first six games and host the No. 22 Buffalo Bills at the Superdome Sunday.

Despite a six-point road loss at Indianapolis, the Denver Broncos dropped just one spot to No. 2 in the NFL Sports Power Rankings. The Colts moved up six spots to No. 3.

Green Bay, Seattle, and Dallas remained entrenched in the number four, five and six slots.

This week’s ratings are based on a scale of 1.000 = 13.916 points. To determine a projected margin of victory, subtract the lower rated team’s rating from the higher rated team’s rating, multiply the result by 13.916, and add or subtract 3 points depending upon whether or not the higher rated team is home or away.

Projections for week 8 games in the NFL (selections in CAPS):

CAROLINA by 12 over Tampa Bay (line: Carolina by 5.5)

DALLAS by 2 over Detroit (line: Detroit by 3)

KANSAS CITY by 11 over Cleveland (line: Kansas City by 7.5)

NEW ENGLAND by 9  over Miami (line: New England by 6.5)

NEW ORLEANS by 17 over Buffalo (line: New Orleans by 12.5)

PHILADELPHIA by 8 over NY Giants (line: Philadelphia by 5.5)

SAN FRANCISCO by 21 over Jacksonville (line: San Francisco by 17)

CINCINNATI by 14 over NY Jets (line: Cincinnati by 6.5)

OAKLAND by 8 over Pittsburgh(line: Pittsburgh by 1)

DENVER by 18 over Washington (line: Denver by 13)

ARIZONA by 3 over Atlanta (line: Arizona by 2.5)

GREEN BAY by 15 over Minnesota (line: Green Bay by 10)

SEATTLE by 13 over St. Louis (line: Seattle by 10.5)

Here are the NFL Sports Power Rankings, through games of October 21, 2013:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1New Orleans.8001
2Denver.782-1
3Indianapolis.7046
4Green Bay.6890
5Seattle.5880
6Dallas.5560
7Kansas City.518-4
8San Francisco.5010
9New England.440-2
10Carolina.3341
11Cincinnati.3211
12Tennessee.308-2
13Detroit.1250
14Miami-.0090
15San Diego-.0291
16Chicago-.0602
17Baltimore-.0910
18Cleveland-.115-3
19Arizona-.1210
20Atlanta-.1420
21Philadelphia-.1660
22Buffalo-.2151
23Houston-.2192
24Oakland-.287-2
25Washington-.3241
26NY Jets-.4922
27St. Louis-.5713
28NY Giants-.5781
29Minnesota-.642-5
30Pittsburgh-.6871
31Tampa Bay-.795-4
32Jacksonville-1.2790