NFL Power Rankings lists are subjective — this we all know. However, what kind of ranking system could take two teams with identical records and place the team what lost to the other five positions ahead of the victor? ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings, that’s which one. While two of the Big Three lists (CBS Sports, Fox Sports) ranked the Baltimore Ravens at the #1 position, ESPN placed them at #6 — and the Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. What madness is this? Subjective madness, just like all the other NFL power rankings lists.
The difference between ESPN’s brand of selective ranking madness and the others is that they have a panel of reporters/analysts that compile their rankings lists, then derive an average of those rankings to get their list. This makes the Baltimore Ravens being ranked so low even more surprising.
Be the rankings as they may, the Steelers get a #2 ranking with Fox Sports and a #6 with CBS.
The Atlanta Falcons get a #2 spotting from CBS, while the New Orleans Saints get the second spot from ESPN.
The Green Bay Packers, the New York Jets, and the Falcons take the #3, #4, #5, respectively, for ESPN. In CBS’ NFL Power Rankings for Week 5, it is the Jest, the Saints, then the Packers. For Fox, it’s the Jets, the Packers, and the Falcons.
The New Orleans Saints are at #6 in the Fox list.
The final four teams of the Top 10 are the same for the NFL Power Rankings, just as the upper six was made up of the same teams. The Houston Texans, the New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Indianapolis Colts fill the bill in varying order.
The biggest surprise of the week has to be that the Kansas City Chiefs remain the only undefeated team in the NFL. That will probably change in their Week 5 match-up, but Chiefs fans can hope that whatever pushed the Colts to lose two of their four games will rise to the fore in their fifth game.
The biggest vertical leap of Week 5 was produced by the New York Giants (Fox Sports), moving up 10 spaces. CBS saw two teams jump nine positions — Baltimore (from #10 to #1) and the Washington Redskins (#23 to #14). ESPN’s biggest jumper was the San Diego Chargers, the #1 offensive team in the League (#18 to #12).