January 23, 2009

DKSB NFL Power Rankings (2002-2008)

Because I clearly have too much time on my hands, I decided to rank EVERY NFL team since realignment in 2002. The easy way is to just rank the teams by regular season record. Here's that:

1. Patriots 86-26
2. Colts 85-27
3. Steelers 72-39-1
4. Eagles 70-41-1
5. Chargers 64-48
6. Broncos 64-48
7. Panthers 63-49
8. Packers 63-49
9. Titans 63-49
10. Seahawks 62-50
11. Giants 61-51
12. Cowboys 61-51
13. Ravens 61-51
14. Buccaneers 57-55
15. Bears 56-56
16. Vikings 56-56
17. Jaguars 56-56
18. Falcons 55-56-1
19. Chiefs 53-59
20. Saints 53-59
21. Jets 52-60
22. Dolphins 50-62
23. Redskins 50-62
24. Bengals 49-62-1
25. Bills 49-63
26. Rams 44-68
27. Cardinals 42-70
28. 49ers 42-70
29. Browns 42-70
30. Texans 40-72
31. Raiders 35-77
32. Lions 30-82

OK... Fair enough, right? But what about playoff success? I decided to add points to each teams "score" like so:

+5 for each Wild Card appearance
+10 for each Divisional Playoff appearance
+20 for each Conference Championship Game appearance
+30 for each Super Bowl appearance
+50 for each Super Bowl victory

For example, this pumps Seattle's "score" from 62 to 122 (2 wild card round appearances, one Super Bowl appearance, and 2 divisional round appearances).

Here's the playoff-adjusted list

1. Patriots (246)
2. Colts (195)
3. Steelers (187 or 207 after XLIII)
4. Eagles (160)
5. Giants (136)
6. Panthers (123)
7. Seahawks (122)
8. Chargers (119)
9. Buccaneers (117)
10. Titans (108)
11. Packers (103)
12. Bears (96)
13. Ravens (96)
14. Broncos (94)
15. Falcons (90)
16. Cowboys (81)
17. Jets (77)
18. Saints (73)
19. Cardinals (72 or 92 after XLIII)
20. Vikings (71)
21. Jaguars (71)
22. Chiefs (68)
23. Rams (64)
24. Redskins (65)
25. Dolphins (55)
26. Bengals (54)
27. 49ers (52)
28. Bills (49)
29. Browns (42)
30. Texans (40)
31. Raiders (35)
32. Lions (30)

Our Hawks are pretty respectable, no? Even after a 4-12 year. How'd you like to be a fan of one of those bottom five teams that haven't made the playoffs since realignment? Ugh.

4 comments:

Misfit said...

Sweet. I love stuff like this. :)

Yes, I'm a nerd, too.

Nate said...

You also need to give an additional +5 points to the 4 teams each season that earn the bye since they obviously don't have a chance to earn wildcard points in your system.

Go Steelers!

DKSB said...

Yes, they do. You get 10 points for each season you reach the divisional round, whether you got there by winning a Wild Card game or earning a bye.

Shawn said...

Hey, good work here...

Like a lot of Hawk fans, I'm completely fed up with the way the media portrays the NFC West. It seems that they have all memorized the tag line "weakest division in football" whenever they talk about the Hawks or other teams in the division.

But is this really true? Since the restructuring in 2002, is the performance of the NFC West the worst in terms of regular season and playoff wins?