Three quarters of the season is done and the best teams are truly starting to show themselves in the top of the Performance Rankings. We feel confident that eight of the Top Ten teams in the PossessionPoints.com Performance Rankings will make the playoffs. There is still plenty of time for the two teams, who we think will not make the playoffs, to fall out of our Top Ten. We will talk about these two teams later.
The number one RPM team is the same team that has held the top spot for the last few weeks. Despite their off field troubles, the New York Giants have kept their spot because they had little trouble controlling their game against their Division rivals, the Redskins.
The Jets hold the same number two position as last week even though they appeared to be drunk on their own success in their loss to the Broncos. The Steelers and Ravens of the AFC North come in at numbers three and four this week. We think both of these teams will make the playoffs with one winning the Division and one most likely getting a wildcard berth.
At number five is one of our Top Ten teams that we do not think will make the playoffs. The Philadelphia Eagles have once again proved that they are one of the most underperforming teams in the NFL. This week, they dismantled the playoff-bound Cardinals and proved that they have the ability to beat anyone if they show up to play. It is almost inconceivable that in six of their games this season, Philadelphia played down to their competition and either lost or tied. Even if the Eagles beat the number one ranked Giants this week, we do not think it will help their chances of making the playoffs which are slim at best. The other playoff-bound teams in the Top Ten include the Vikings, Titans, Cardinals and Bucs. The other team in the Top Ten that we do not expect to make the playoffs is the Packers. Coming off of last year’s NFC Championship game, the Packers have turned out to be much like the Eagles levying disappointment upon their fans.
In the bottom five are teams who have absolutely no shot in making the playoffs especially since they only have eight victories between them this season. At the 28th spot are the 3-9 Raiders. Coming in at 29 are the 0-12 Lions. The Seahawks hold on to the number 30 spot with a record of 2-10. The Rams, also with a 2-10 record, take the 31 spot while the Bengals come in at the very bottom with a 1-10 record. We would like to point out that only 3 PossessionPoints separate the number 29 team from the number 32 teams. In other words, the bottom five are all pitiful. The Lions have a -57 RPM while the Bengals have a -60.
Once again, we stress that the PossessionPoints Performance Rankings are based on our in-game mathematical stat, and no subjective or emotional criteria are factored into our standings. This is the reason why non playoff-bound teams are in our Top Ten. Our rankings easily recognize and point out the biggest underperformers in the League