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Weekly NFL Power Rankings Articles From 2009 – 2010
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Weekly NFL Power Rankings Articles From 2007 – 2008
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Change is good. And is moving on from publishing its weekly NFL power rankings news article section in order to focus further on expanding our core internet content of picks, predictions, point spreads & odds. Assembling the weekly power rankings was a great fun, and we enjoyed a fabulous run as we delivered our unique take on ranking the NFL from top to bottom.

We like to think we helped changed the way NFL fans and writers think about power rankings. That is to say, power ratings are not to be overly weighted solely based on a team’s record, but rather by definition should be a rating of how each team performed in relation to the strength of competition they faced off against.

Q. Are we ruling out a power rankings comeback tour?

A. No. But at this time we’d like to expand upon our core content.

In the meantime, please feel free to read through the archived NFL power rankings articles above, where you can relive past NFL glories and defeats. Furthermore, the methodologies used to justify our polls are can be found below. Thank you.

Historical NFL Power Rankings Methodology:’s weekly NFL power rankings were never a listing of teams in order of their current position in the standings like many news and information sources covering pro football publish from week to week…’s pro football power rankings emphasized and adjusted for the strength of schedule played to determine the weekly ranks… For example, we often ranked team A higher than team B, even if we forecasted team B to finish the season with a better record. This would be due to team B having an easier schedule than team A. Just because they may have the better record, didn’t necessarily mean we thought they were the better team.

The Art of “Power Ranking” NFL Teams Beyond The Standings:
One team could lose a close game or two versus a top team without falling 12 spots like you might find while reading an NFL power poll at most NFL power ratings publishers.

Likewise, an NFL team could crush a couple of bottom feeders without instantly soaring 12 spots to crack the top 5 when they hadn’t won a game versus another team in the top 10 in a year and a half, let alone versus a team in the top 5.

These were designed to be level headed NFL power ratings. We never dared to speak for the NFL power rank methods of most others… That is to say if our calculations predicted that a (4-5) team would likely win in a game versus a (5-4) team on a neutral field, then the (4-5) team could be ranked higher in the NFL power ranks. That’s how you’ll find it when delving through the archives. And that’s the way you’ll find it if we decide to bring back the power rankings in the future for a comeback tour.  

A Historical Goal of Pro Football Power Rankings:
One goal was to arrive at a ranking of NFL teams that served as a prediction of what league standings would resemble if every team played the same schedule.

Therefore, in order to determine each team’s NFL power rating, adjustments were made for the strength of schedule that each team faced. After all, NFL power polls are an effort to assess which teams are best in the NFL from top to bottom, not which teams had the easiest schedule so had the best record at any given point in time– or even the best record in the final NFL standings.  

As a result, within’s NFL rankings it was usually possible to find a team with a better record ranked closely to or below a team with a record that wasn’t quite as good… Otherwise, NFL power ratings simply become a list of teams in exact order of their records; and there’s already a name for that. It’s called “NFL standings”.  

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