Week 5: NFC East power rankings
October, 6, 2009
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Please join me in questioning the sanity of our four fearless voters in the ESPN.com power rankings. We do this every Tuesday in an effort to provide a forum for all of your pent-up frustration:
Take a moment to digest this week's power rankings. Here's how the NFC East teams finished:
2. New York Giants -- Do I think the Giants are better than the Colts? You bet I do, but it's going to take a Colts loss for our panelists to move the Giants into first place. Come to think of it, maybe a convincing win in New Orleans might do the trick. Right now, the Giants have a better defense and a better running game than the Colts. Anyone disagree?
10. Philadelphia Eagles -- The Eagles had the day off Sunday, and the voters made them pay by dropping them one spot in the rankings. I think the Eagles will come out Sunday and dominate a winless Bucs team. It will be interesting to see how Andy Reid uses Michael Vick now that Donovan McNabb is back as the starter.
17. Dallas Cowboys -- The voters kept the Cowboys right where they were last week. I thought they were ranked too low last week, so No. 17 sounds about right after the loss to the Broncos. The voters apparently have a ton of respect for Josh McDaniels and his undefeated team since they didn't penalize Dallas for losing.
22. Washington Redskins -- I guess the voters were pretty impressed with that narrow win over a winless team. The Redskins moved up four spots in the rankings with the 16-13 win. Just think what would happen if they knocked off the Eagles later this month.
Now let's take a long look at the voting process. NFC West blogger Mike Sando, one of the most prolific writers of our time, does a really nice job breaking it all down.
Paul Kuharsky and Jeff Chadiha had the Giants right where they belonged -- in first place. But the Seattle-based duo of John Clayton and Sando both ranked the Giants third behind the Vikings. At least Clayton, a Hall of Famer, moved the Giants up three spots from ranking them No. 6 last week.
The Broncos made the biggest leap -- moving up five spots to No. 8 overall. The Redskins were tied for the second-biggest move as they went from No. 26 to No. 22. I guess that second-half comeback made a big impact on voters. In other news, everyone finally gave up on the Titans, dropping them seven spots to No. 25, which seems ridiculously low.
Eagles fans, you can blame Kuharsky for dropping you from No. 9 to No. 10. He had the Eagles at No. 12 overall. I'll try to track down Paul for an explanation this afternoon if you guys are interested. We take our power ranking pretty seriously and that's why Paul will go before an independent committee Thursday afternoon in an effort to clarify his thought process.
It was amazing to see the disparity when it came to the Redskins. Chadiha, a longtime Beast favorite, fell in love with Jim Zorn all over again in ranking the Skins 20th. Sando looked over an Excel 2007 file and had the Skins at No. 27. Sando also gave the Cowboys their lowest ranking at No. 20.
Chadiha was bullish on the NFC East, giving the division an average ranking of 12.25. Sando had both the AFC East and the NFC North in front of the Beast. Here are some really cool graphics that chart how each team in the NFC East has done in the ESPN.com Power Rankings since 2002: