NFP power rankings

Despite the complex formula, extensive research and information from well-connected sources, the one team I can’t seem to get a handle on when it comes to the NFP power rankings is the Chicago Bears. For lack of a better term, the franchise from the Windy City falls into that dreaded category of consistently inconsistent.

As a seven-point home favorite in Week 1, the Bears melted down against the Buffalo Bills and lost 23-20 exactly one week before Chicago went to San Francisco as a seven-point dog and erased a 20-7 fourth quarter lead to win 28-20. A Monday night road win over the New York Jets preceded a 38-17 blowout loss at Soldier Field to the Green Bay Packers, which leads us into last Sunday’s second meltdown of the season that concluded with Jay Cutler and company scratching their heads in the wake of a 31-24 loss at Carolina.

The forecast for Chicago’s Week 6 date at Atlanta is even cloudier, as it appears some of the brightest minds in the business are split as to which team will emerge victorious in what is quickly shaping into a must-win contest for both clubs.

At this point, the only thing I can do with box scores such as those Chicago has produced in 2014 is simply avoid the matchup altogether while watching to see if Cutler can avoid turning the ball over in a big spot yet again.

The numbers in brackets indicate each team’s Power Ranking, which is based on a scale of 60-100. These numbers can be used as a baseline to determine the point spread between any two teams on the list. Keep in mind that these numbers do not account for home field advantage, situational analysis (extra rest, back-to-back road games, divisional rivalries, etc), injuries, weather or public perception. They are merely to be used as a baseline for your initial analysis.

NFP power rankings

1. Seattle Seahawks [93.0]
Record:
3-1 (Won 27-17 at Washington)
Previous ranking: 93.0 (1)

2. Denver Broncos [91.0]
Record:
3-1 (Won 41-20 vs. Arizona)
Previous ranking: 91.0 (2)

3. San Diego Chargers [90.0]
Record:
4-1 (Won 31-0 vs. NY Jets)
Previous ranking: 90.0 (4)

4. Cincinnati Bengals [89.5]
Record:
3-1 (Lost 43-17 at New England)
Previous ranking: 90.5 (3)

5. Philadelphia Eagles [89.0]
Record:
4-1 (Won 34-28 vs. St. Louis)
Previous ranking: 89.5 (5)

T6. San Francisco 49ers [88.5]
Record:
3-2 (Won 22-17 vs. Kansas City)
Previous ranking: 88.5 (T6)

T6. Indianapolis Colts [88.5]
Record:
3-2 (Won 20-13 vs. Baltimore)
Previous ranking: 87.5 (T9)

8. Green Bay Packers [88.0]
Record:
3-2 (Won 42-10 vs. Minnesota)
Previous ranking: 88.0 (8)

9. New England Patriots [87.5]
Record:
3-2 (Won 43-17 vs. Cincinnati)
Previous ranking: 87.0 (11)

10. Arizona Cardinals [87.0]
Record:
3-1 (Lost 41-20 at Denver)
Previous ranking: 88.5 (T6)

T11. Dallas Cowboys [86.5]
Record:
4-1 (Won 20-17 vs. Houston)
Previous ranking: 86.0 (15)

T11. New York Giants [86.5]
Record:
3-2 (Won 30-20 vs. Atlanta)
Previous ranking: 85.0 (T18)

T13. Baltimore Ravens [86.0]
Record:
3-2 (Lost 20-13 at Indianapolis)
Previous ranking: 86.5 (T12)

T13. Carolina Panthers [86.0]
Record:
3-2 (Won 31-24 vs. Chicago)
Previous ranking: 85.5 (T16)

15. Chicago Bears [85.5]
Record:
2-3 (Lost 31-24 at Carolina)
Previous ranking: 87.5 (T9)

T16. New Orleans Saints [85.0]
Record:
2-3 (Won 37-31 vs. Tampa Bay)
Previous ranking: 86.5 (T12)

T16. Kansas City Chiefs [85.0]
Record:
2-3 (Lost 22-17 at San Francisco)
Previous ranking: 85.5 (T16)

T16. Detroit Lions [85.0]
Record:
3-2 (Lost 17-14 vs. Buffalo)
Previous ranking: 86.5 (T12)

T19. Pittsburgh Steelers [84.5]
Record:
3-2 (Won 17-9 at Jacksonville)
Previous ranking: 85.0 (T18)

T19. Atlanta Falcons [84.5]
Record:
2-3 (Lost 30-20 at NY Giants)
Previous ranking: 85.0 (T18)

21. Houston Texans [84.0]
Record:
3-2 (Lost 20-17 at Dallas)
Previous ranking: 84.0 (21)

T22. Buffalo Bills [83.5]
Record:
3-2 (Won 17-14 at Detroit)
Previous ranking: 82.5 (T23)

T22. Cleveland Browns [83.5]
Record:
2-2 (Won 29-28 at Tennessee)
Previous ranking: 83.0 (22)

24. Miami Dolphins [82.5]
Record:
2-2 (Bye)
Previous ranking: 82.5 (T23)

T25. Minnesota Vikings [81.5]
Record:
2-3 (Lost 42-10 at Green Bay)
Previous ranking: 82.0 (T25)

T25. St. Louis Rams [81.5]
Record:
1-3 (Lost 34-28 at Philadelphia)
Previous ranking: 81.5 (27)

T27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers [81.0]
Record:
1-4 (Lost 37-31 at New Orleans)
Previous ranking: 81.0 (T28)

T27. Washington Redskins [81.0]
Record:
1-4 (Lost 27-17 vs. Seattle)
Previous ranking: 82.0 (T25)

29. New York Jets [80.5]
Record:
1-4 (Lost 31-0 at San Diego)
Previous ranking: 81.0 (T28)

30. Tennessee Titans [80.0]
Record:
1-4 (Lost 29-28 vs. Cleveland)
Previous ranking: 80.0 (30)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars [78.5]
Record:
0-5 (Lost 17-9 vs. Pittsburgh)
Previous ranking: 78.5 (31)

31. Oakland Raiders [78.0]
Record:
0-4 (Bye)
Previous ranking: 78.0 (32)

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