Re: For Fun, Your power Rankings (without homerism), eyeballs, based on Performance, as is Today
posted at 10/26/2012 8:26 PM EDT
I don't put homerisom in my numbers, but Patriots are #4 in the NFL and almost tied for #1 in the AFC.
If they weren't consistently good on my stats week after week and year after year I'd get pilloried here for awful forecasts. As it is I get shredded regularly by trolls for always overranking the Pats.
Yahoo lists net points. The Patriots are +54, second to Houston in the AFC.
I don't go by wins and losses, especially not this year. Seattle beat the Patriots fair and square with real refs and with their great homefield advantage. Baltimore beat the Patriots with a legally blind field goal call by the scabs. Arizona beat the Patriots when the scabs took back the winning touchdown with a phantom holding call. The Pats may be 12th in the win-loss standings but I only care about who I expect to show up at next weeks game
What are the Patriots' bloodlines? Bill Belichick and Tom Brady win roughly 75% of their games. By bloodlines alone, the Belichick-Brady team should be 12-4. I happen to have them at 12.4. That's about normal.
Any other carryovers from the 14-2 and 13-3 teams of the past two years? Sure thing! Gronk, Hernandez, Wes Welker, take a trip down the roster. Anyone who makes the Patriots #12 sure doesn't have the past two years in mind, nor have they explained how this year's Patriots differ significantly from last year's AFC Champion.
Does the offense look weaker than last year? Not really. The defense? The defensive secondary looks quite young and rotten, but at least this season they get some blitzers into the quarterback's blind side.
Calling a team "old" isn't very polite. "Old" means that the team probably isn't getting better and is subject to injuries. Judging by the starters' ages, Baltimore is, well, "Seniors". The Patriots are a young and raw team, even including Tom Brady, and Brady's the same as he was in his record-setting 2011 year. The rookies mess up like crazy, but two months from now maybe they won't mess up as much.