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NFL Team Rankings Week 12

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Before we get to today's rankings, let's talk a bit more about the Houston Texans without Matt Schaub. We talked about the possible ramifications of losing Schaub and replacing him with Matt Leinart, but there was no evidence to where the Texans would be ranked right now. Well no longer is that the case, America. By replacing Schaub with Leinart's career numbers for the Texans' previous ten games, here is the top-10 we would be looking at through Week 10:

RANKTEAM GWPOpp GWPO RANKD RANK
1 GB 0.730.44128
2 PIT 0.730.4747
3DAL 0.700.53314
4 NE 0.690.53226
5 NO 0.660.45618
6 PHI 0.650.54810
7NYG 0.650.51519
8DET 0.640.47201
9HOU 0.630.46192
10 SF 0.600.50115

That's right, Matt Leinart's Texans would still be ranked ninth, despite a below-average offensive attack. The Texans are a good team, and it sounds as if Leinart feels comfortable with their system. We'll see how this actually shakes out, but the above table is a good jumping-off point

Now, on to some notes about this week's actual (and totally not fake) rankings.

  • Michael Vick was on the sidelines for the Eagles' game against the Giants. The Eagles moved ahead of the Giants in the rankings thanks to a win. Correlation always equals causation, folks. Philadelphia is much better off without Mike Vick and his playmaking ability.
  • Assuming the Texans offense will struggle, Pittsburgh appears to be the most well-rounded team in all of football, with a top-5 offense and a top-5 defense. They have a deep threat in Mike Wallace, a power running game, a QB who can extend plays, and an aggressive defense with a knack for getting to the quarterback. Some of the other pieces are questionable, but the Steelers would be my pick to get out of the AFC, at this point. How about you?
  • How far will the Bears fall without Jay Cutler? It depends what you think of Caleb Hanie based on the small pro sample we have for him. I think he can manage an offense just fine, and as long as Matt Forte doesn't get too worn down, the Bears will be able to make the playoffs. The Cutler injury makes the NFC playoff picture even more fun, as Detroit is trying to hang on while Atlanta and the Giants fight to make the postseason.

With all of that in mind, here are your rankings for Week Twelve.
 

RANKTEAMLAST WKGWPOpp GWPO RANKD RANK
1HOU10.830.4722
2 PIT30.730.4855
3 GB20.720.44127
4DAL40.690.51414
5 NO60.670.47715
6 NE50.650.51328
7 PHI80.640.53912
8NYG70.640.50621
9DET90.630.46201
10 SF100.600.50126
11CHI110.590.54194
12BAL130.560.52149
13OAK120.540.461011
14NYJ140.520.52227
15ATL180.520.501317
16 SD170.490.451126
17BUF150.480.521525
18CIN190.460.451623
19TEN160.460.481716
20MIA230.440.502322
21WAS200.440.532513
22CLE250.400.462418
23CAR220.400.51830
24SEA260.380.53278
25JAC210.380.53323
26STL240.350.553010
27ARI270.350.512124
28MIN290.340.502620
29DEN280.340.502919
30 TB300.330.581829
31IND320.210.502832
32 KC310.190.403131

TEAMOPASSORUNSR%OINT%OFUM%DPASSDRUNSR%DINT%PENRATE
Avg6.3413.01.26.4573.00.44
ARI5.8434.11.36.5552.40.54
ATL6.5412.80.96.7613.00.42
BAL6.0382.12.15.8603.30.41
BUF6.3444.50.67.2554.60.35
CAR7.0433.80.87.6542.40.58
CHI6.4382.21.16.2603.60.43
CIN6.2403.50.26.1611.50.41
CLE5.3391.91.05.5522.10.42
DAL7.4412.51.26.1564.00.43
DEN5.0412.81.86.6592.10.42
DET6.5372.50.85.1624.20.48
GB8.5421.50.97.0534.90.29
HOU7.7442.10.55.1594.30.40
IND5.0402.42.67.6531.60.31
JAC4.2393.20.85.6623.20.38
KC5.5393.81.47.5564.40.43
MIA6.1373.01.06.5571.70.34
MIN5.5452.71.16.8561.70.48
NE7.8462.61.07.1533.70.44
NO7.2472.60.56.0561.30.34
NYG7.5362.51.26.2534.00.39
NYJ6.0403.02.06.1584.20.41
OAK7.1414.81.05.7542.80.68
PHI6.7504.81.36.3593.40.40
PIT7.1442.51.35.0571.20.42
SD7.1434.41.37.2603.60.41
SF6.3411.41.05.9633.80.49
SEA5.5323.61.26.2652.80.56
STL4.7401.62.06.2582.50.46
TB6.0433.90.67.8542.80.54
TEN6.4332.20.75.9572.40.56
WAS5.8414.41.56.4602.20.38