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Final NFL Power Rankings: The Cardinals Got Screwed

There is no Monday Night Football tonight. NFL Week 17 is over. Get over yourselves, fans of non-playoff teams. You must root for a hockey or basketball or soccer team. There is no more fantasy football (except for those playoff games.) I suggest coping by gambling on the playoffs, a totally legal safe fun way of spending your time.

Here are our final 2013 NFL season Power Rankings. Except that as we’ve told you all year, these aren’t really our Power Rankings. I am merely approximating the power ratings used by oddsmakers, to show how each team is regarded by “Vegas,” as folks like to say. (Even though the most influential oddsmakers are based offshore, but, hey, semantics.) One game typically has a very small effect on the numbers. Hence, the general disinterest in a teams’ records.

Some takeaways: It seems like, for the most part, the right teams made the playoffs. Except that the Arizona Cardinals got screwed. And the New York Jets are probably the worst team in NFL history to “earn” the No. 18 pick. No. 26 is probably overrating them.

See you next year. Stay tuned for an in-depth playoff preview!

  • Zac

    So 11-5 and beating the 49ers, Broncos, Chiefs and Seahawks in the same season isn’t impressive usually? As well as not losing a single game to a division opponent. Hmm.

  • Anonymous

    Great division they’ve got there…

    They’ve looked really impressive in the games you mentioned. But their overall numbers are pretty mediocre.

  • Anonymous

    Hence why they’re only 2.5-point favorites over the Chiefs and given a minuscule chance of winning it all…

  • Skymaster T

    I think you have the Cardinals a little underrated. I think they’re a top 8 team easily. And yes, they did get screwed. But they did it to themselves by starting the year so slowly. They will be very dangerous next year.

  • http://sportbiomech.blogspot.com/ Sport Biomechanics

    The Advanced Algorithm Rankings, which recursively adjust for game-by-game point differential and opponent strength, have Denver #1 with a True Win % of 74.75%, followed by Seattle (73.63%) and San Francisco (69.21%).


    Arizona was 10th.

  • Anonymous

    As a Denver fan, I’m scared of them.

  • Layton Harman

    Here are my NFL Week 17 “Studs & Duds” http://noodleofnam.blogspot.com/2013/12/nfl-week-17-studs-duds.html

  • Jack

    49ers are above the panthers definitely?? they lost at home to them and couldnt find the endzone…

  • Anonymous

    Go ahead keep sleeping on the Eagles…
    Saturday’s forcast 10-15 degrees with a windchill below zero
    Most dangerous team in playoffs buddy!!!

  • Anonymous

    Truthfully, they might be in the top 8. They were just a pick ‘em with SF at home, and the Packers, who I put ahead of them, are now +2.5 vs. SF. But it’s really close and hard to tell. They’re definitely not higher than 8, though.

  • Anonymous

    Cool stuff!

  • Anonymous

    I am fairly certain they’re still ahead… but it’s REALLY close. Virtually no difference.

    Oddsmakers don’t really care about one result, and I think the 49ers stats over the full year are very, very slightly better than the Panthers. But I’m not 100% sure of it. They’re almost neck-and-neck.

    And if they wind up playing each other, Carolina will be at home, so they’ll be favored.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure if you’re talking to me, but if you are, I’m definitely not sleeping on them. I bet on them at 90/1 to win the Super Bowl, so I hope you’re right!

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