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