Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 Week 11 Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Week 11


Previous Power Rankings:

Weekly Note:
These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they currently stand, in consideration of the previous week of games and the upcoming week. They are not necessarily a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, but instead reflect who I believe would win if the teams played each other today, on a neutral field.

On the bubble:
16. Lions, 15. Redskins, 14. Titans
13. Raiders, 12. Cowboys, 11. Falcons

The Top 10:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

2017 Week 10 Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Week 10


Previous Power Rankings:
Weekly Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they currently stand, in consideration of the previous week of games and the upcoming week. They are not necessarily a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, but instead reflect who I believe would win if the teams played each other today, on a neutral field.

On the bubble:
16. Titans, 15. Chargers, 14. Raiders
13. Falcons, 12. Redskins, 11. Panthers

The Top 10:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

2017 Midseason (Week 9) Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Midseason (Week 9)


Previous Power Rankings:

Weekly Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they currently stand, in consideration of the previous week of games and the upcoming week. They are not necessarily a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, but instead reflect who I believe would win if the teams played each other today, on a neutral field.

On the bubble:
16. Raiders, 15. Redskins, 14. Bills
13. Texans, 12. Panthers, 11. Jaguars

The Top 10:

As a Midseason extra, we'll take a quick look at the Top 10 teams' progress since the beginning of the year to get a sense of how they're trending throughout the first half of the season. Because the charts looked really messy with all 10 teams included, we'll take it 5 teams at a time, which also works to emphasize the quality divide there seems to be between the Top 5 teams and the rest of the rankings.

Teams 6-10:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2017 Week 8 Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Week 8


Previous Power Rankings:

Weekly Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they currently stand, in consideration of the previous week of games and the upcoming week. They are not necessarily a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, but instead reflect who I believe would win if the teams played each other today, on a neutral field.

On the bubble:
16. Panthers, 15. Chargers, 14. Raiders
13. Jaguars, 12. Redskins, 11. Texans

The Top 10:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2017 Week 7 Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Week 7


Previous Power Rankings:

Weekly Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they currently stand, in consideration of the previous week of games and the upcoming week. They are not necessarily a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, but instead reflect who I believe would win if the teams played each other today, on a neutral field.

On the bubble:
16. Lions, 15. Jaguars, 14. Texans
13. Saints, 12. Cowboys, 11. Rams

The Top 10: 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 Week 6 Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Week 6


Previous Power Rankings:

Weekly Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they currently stand, in consideration of the previous week of games and the upcoming week. They are not necessarily a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, but instead reflect who I believe would win if the teams played each other today, on a neutral field.

On the bubble:
16. Bills, 15. Texans, 14. Rams
13. Jaguars, 12. Lions, 11. Redskins

The Top 10: 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2017 Week 5 Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Week 5


Previous Power Rankings:

Weekly Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they currently stand, in consideration of the previous week of games and the upcoming week. They are not necessarily a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, but instead reflect who I believe would win if the teams played each other today, on a neutral field.

On the bubble:
16. Vikings, 15. Raiders, 14. Redskins
13. Bills, 12. Panthers, 11. Texans

The Top 10: 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

2017 Week 4 Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Week 4


Previous Power Rankings:

Weekly Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they currently stand, in consideration of the previous week of games and the upcoming week. They are not necessarily a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, but instead reflect who I believe would win if the teams played each other today, on a neutral field.

On the bubble:
16. Jaguars, 15. Buccaneers, 14. Redskins
13. Seahawks, 12. Titans, 11. Eagles

The Top 10:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Week 3 Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Week 3


Previous Power Rankings:

Weekly Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they currently stand, in consideration of the previous week of games and the upcoming week. They are not necessarily a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, but instead reflect who I believe would win if the teams played each other today, on a neutral field.

On the bubble:
16. Vikings, 15. Titans, 14. Eagles
13. Lions, 12. Ravens, 11. Panthers

The Top 10:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017 Week 2 Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Week 2


Previous Power Rankings:

Weekly Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they currently stand, in consideration of the previous week of games and the upcoming week. They are not necessarily a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, but instead reflect who I believe would win if the teams played each other today, on a neutral field.

On the bubble:
16. Titans, 15. Giants, 14. Ravens
13. Lions, 12. Vikings, 11. Buccaneers

The Top 10:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

2017 Week 1 Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Week 1


Previous Power Rankings:

Week 1 Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they exist now, in light of training camps and preseason games. They are not a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, but instead reflect current standings in Week 1 or, in other words, who would win if the teams played each other today, on a neutral field.

On the bubble:
16. Broncos, 15. Cardinals, 14. Eagles
13. Buccaneers, 12. Titans, 11. Panthers

The Top 10: 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017 Preseason Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Preseason


Previous Power Rankings:

(In addition to the Rankings, you can also view my way-too-early 2017 Season Predictions here.)

Preseason Note:
These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they exist now, in light of free agency, the draft, and training camps. They are not a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, or even who the best teams will be in Week 1. Instead, these rankings reflect current standings in the preseason or, in other words, who would win if the teams played today.

On the bubble:
16. Eagles, 15. Panthers, 14. Cardinals
13. Buccaneers, 12. Titans, 11. Texans

The Top 10: 

Monday, July 10, 2017

2017 Season Predictions

Unscripted NFL Predictions 2017


Get your Asian Zing and Honey BBQ sauces ready Buffalo Wild Wings, because football's back and I'm hungry! While my traditional Sunday meal is a near certainty each week, how the NFL season will unfold is a lot more of a guessing game. But that's not going to stop me from pretending I know enough to predict the champs we'll see come SuperBowl 52!!

(In addition to my Season/SuperBowl Predictions, you can also view my 2017 Offseason Power Rankings here.)

AFC Division Champs

New England Patriots (1st seed) -- Pittsburgh Steelers (2nd seed)
Kansas City Chiefs (3rd seed) -- Houston Texans (4th seed)
Wild Cards: Oakland Raiders (5th seed) -- Tennessee Titans (6th seed)

NFC Division Champs

Green Bay Packers (1st seed) -- Seattle Seahawks (2nd seed)
New York Giants (3rd seed) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4th seed)
Wild Cards: Atlanta Falcons (5th seed) -- Philadelphia Eagles (6th seed)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2017 Offseason Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Offseason


Previous Power Rankings:

Offseason Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams as they exist now, in light of SuperBowl 51, free agency, and the draft. They are not a projection of who will win the next SuperBowl, or even who the best teams will be in Week 1. Instead, these rankings reflect current standings in the offseason or, in other words, who would win if the teams played today.

On the bubble:
16. Ravens, 15. Titans, 14. Buccaneers
13. Lions, 12. Cardinals, 11. Texans

The Top 10:


Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Post-SuperBowl Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2017 Post-SuperBowl


Previous Power Rankings:

Post-SuperBowl Note: These rankings are based on an evaluation of teams based on where they are right now, in light of the playoffs and SuperBowl 51, and not a projection of where they may be when the 2017 season officially starts in 6 months (for example, Raiders QB Derek Carr will be fully healed from his leg injury by then, likely catapulting Oakland much higher than their current rank).

On the bubble: 
16. Dolphins, 15. Buccaneers, 14. Lions
13. Redskins, 12. Raiders, 11. Texans

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 Playoff Power Rankings

Unscripted NFL Power Rankings
2016 Playoffs


Previous Power Rankings:

Season-End Recap:
Before the last rankings of the 2016 season and the playoffs leading to SuperBowl 51, let's take a quick look back at the year in Unscripted rankings: 

Following SuperBowl 50, the Top 10 included 6 teams that remain in the Top 10 this week - the Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks, Chiefs, Steelers, and Packers - who have a collective record of 66-29-1. The other 4 were a now-hilarious grouping of the Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, and Jets, with a collective record of 24-38-2.

In my preseason predictions, I correctly picked all 4 AFC division winners (Patriots, Steelers, Texans, & Chiefs), but in the NFC only got the Packers right. My forecasted conference championship games of Bengals-Patriots and Cardinals-Packers certainly won't happen, but my prediction of the Patriots prevailing over the Packers in SuperBowl 51 may still become reality (though if I had to guess now I'd anticipate a shootout between the Patriots and Falcons).

Overall, it has been a season with incredible parity. The average margin of victory this year was 10.23 points, the lowest since a 10.09 margin in 1935 (when 9 teams played a 12-game schedule). By season's end, 146 games (57% of all games) had been decided by only one score, the most in league history. So it has also been a tough, but fun challenge to consider each team's season-history, how they played the previous Sunday, and how they might perform in future games to create each week's rankings. Thank y'all for taking the time to read them (literally hundreds of blog-views from these football posts). Now let's get back to the rankings!

On the bubble:
16. Buccaneers, 15. Redskins, 14. Texans
13. Dolphins, 12. Lions, 11. Cardinals

The Top 10: