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Musing about Power Rankings and the Chiefs

I usually try and write about the Saints and who they have coming up, in a way this article does concern the Saints but in an off handed way.

Power rankings that are put out on a weekly basis are usually not worth the cyberspace that they are written on. I can say this because I have tried my hand at them in the past.

This week every “Power Ranking” I have seen have put the KC Chiefs at the top. Most of the comments go on and on about their defense and how stellar it has been. Whenever I hear people going on and on about at team that is undefeated it’s worth taking a closer look at the team.

To give credit where it’s due, the Chiefs have won all of their games this year. And winning in the NFL is never easy, ask the Jaguars, Giants, Bucs. But when a team is undefeated it’s worth taking a look at who they’ve played. So far this year the Chief’s have played the Jags, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Titans, Raiders and Texans. Only the Cowboys at this point have a winning record, aggregate winning percentage for these teams up to this point is, are you ready for it…..37%

If we take a team like the Saint who are 5-1, and the aggregate winning percentage of their opponents (47%) you wonder how the people who are supposed to know, ranking the Chiefs ahead of the Saints, Seahawks, or Patriots for that matter. For the record the aggregate record of the teams the Seahawks and Patriots have played is 49% and 54% respectively.

And this is just looking at one stat, it’s not taking into consideration the timing of the games. For example, when the Chiefs played the Texans, they where going up against a 3rd string QB who had never taken a snap in a regular season game and then the Texans lost their starting running back 4 plays into the game.

To be sure when it’s your year you get all of the breaks, but I wish that some of the “Experts” would take a look a little deeper than the W/L column, especially when it’s this early in the year.

Bill Stephens, SaintsGab writer, Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab

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