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Power rankings: How the voters voted

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Got a problem with where your team landed in ESPN.com's final regular-season power rankings for 2008? The above chart shows how each voter ranked every team in the league. None of us can hide.

Tiebreaker alert: We moved the 49ers ahead of the Redskins for the No. 20 spot after San Francisco defeated Washington in Week 17.

Agree to disagree: The Cowboys and Packers generated the widest gap between highest and lowest votes. Six other teams produced disparities of at least six spots. We break them down, with the gap between highest and lowest votes listed parenthetically (and, yes, we name names):

  • Cowboys (10): Chadiha ranked them 12th, higher than any other voter ranked them. Yasinskas ranked them 22nd, lower than any other voter ranked them.

  • Packers (10): Matt Williamson 16th, Yasinskas and Kuharsky 26th.

  • Jets (9): Chadiha, Clayton
    and Mosley 14th; Matt Williamson 23rd.

  • Saints (9): Matt Williamson 13th, Kuharsky 22nd.

  • Cardinals (8): Bill Williamson, Graham, Clayton and Seifert 12th; Matt Williamson 20th.

  • 49ers (7): Matt Williamson and Yasinskas 17th, Seifert 24th.

  • Patriots (6): Green sixth, Yasinskas 12th.

  • Bucs (6): Sando, Graham, Seifert and Green 14th; Yasinskas 20th.

Divisional ranks: The NFC South remained the highest-ranked division on average. The NFC West remained the lowest-rated division. A look at how each division fared, with average ranks in parentheses:

  1. NFC South (11.4): Matt Williamson ranked NFC South teams 10.25 on average, higher than any other voter ranked teams from this division. Bill Williamson and Kuharsky ranked NFC South teams 12.5 on average, lower than any other voter ranked teams from this division.

  2. NFC East (12.1): Green and Chadiha 11.25, Yasinskas 14.75.

  3. AFC South (12.2): Yasinskas 10.75; Chadiha, Clayton and Matt Williamson 12.75.

  4. AFC East (14.1): Bill Williamson 12.75, Matt Williamson 16.5.

  5. AFC North (16.5): Matt Williamson 16.0; Bill Williamson, Sando and Green 17.0.

  6. NFC North (20.3): Matt Williamson 19.5, Mosley 20.75.

  7. AFC West (22.2): Kuharsky 21.25, Graham 23.25.

  8. NFC West (23.1): Yasinskas and Sando 22.5, Chadiha 24.25.

High-low scorecard: I also totaled how many times each voter provided the high or low votes for teams. The scorecard: Matt Williamson 25, Yasinskas 22, Chadiha 14, Kuharsky 13, Green 11, Seifert 11, Walker 11, Bill Williamson 11, Sando 11, Graham 10, Clayton 9, Mosley 8.

  • Example: Matt Williamson provided the lowest vote for a team 12 times and the highest vote 13 times, a total of 25.

Download No. 1: This Excel file features one worksheet allowing for sorting by voter, team, team ranking, high votes, low votes and high-low disparities. A second worksheet shows how each voter ranked each division's teams on average.

Download No. 2: This Excel file reveals potential flaws in the rankings, pointing out how many higher-ranked opponents each team has defeated. For example, the Eagles rank 13th despite defeating three higher-ranked teams. How to use the flaw detector:

  • Column Y features team rankings.

  • Column Z shows how many times a team has defeated higher-ranked teams.

  • Change the rankings in column Y as you see fit.

  • Re-sort column Y in ascending order (1 to 32) using the standard Excel pull-down menu atop the column.

  • The information in column Z, which reflects potential ranking errors, will change (with the adjusted total highlighted in yellow atop the column).

  • The lower the figure in that yellow box, the fewer conflicts.