In light of the rankings published by Pete Prisco of CBS SportsLine, I’ve opted to try my hand at this thing people like to call “power rankings.” Mr. Prisco has the Falcons ranked something like 22nd in his rankings. They are so low because of his lack of confidence in Vick’s ability to lead a competent passing attack. Now I wouldn’t quite rate the Falcons as a Top 5 or 10 team, but a ranking of No. 22 basically indicates that in Mr. Prisco’s eyes, the Falcons would be lucky to make the playoffs this year. I sincerely disagree.
These do not rank teams from best to worst in the league in that strict a sense. It is rather a ranking system in order to illustrate which teams heading into the summer seemingly have the easiest paths to the Super Bowl. I believe that the Super Bowl reps this year will be two of the Top 6 teams. These ratings are determined by a teams’ offensive (OFF) and defensive (DEF) capabilities. The OVERALL is the most important determinant, and is a combination of offense, defensive, coaching, and special teams grades. But emphasis is placed on teams that run the football well and stop the run as well. Also these grades of these respective areas of the team are based on their performance in 2005, and reasonable improvements projected in 2006 based on the off-season changes. Also a team’s strength of schedule (SCHED) is a significant factor as well. The higher their schedule grade is the easier schedule they have. It’s not determined by last year’s wins and losses, but rather by the overall grades of this ranking system. The overall POWER RATING comes from factoring the Overall and Sched parts together. All these are based on a 10-point scale with 10 being the highest and 1 the lowest.
I’m hoping that until the season starts, I’ll be able to update this list about once a month. And then once the season begins, I could do it every week.