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NFL Power Rankings for 2021–22 Season

At CanadaSportsBetting we are proud to present our last section: Power Rankings. We developed this highly sophisticated ranking system to help sports and statistics lovers like you to get the most out of your bets.

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Latest NFL Power Rankings

Week 18 (January 5th – January 11th)

Updated on January 11th

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now atop of the NFL rankings, after a series of great wins in week 18.
  • The Packers, Cowboys, Titans, and Cheifs are the other NFL Playoff teams making up the top 5.
  • Indianapolis Colts and the Los Angeles Chargers are the worst-performing teams in the NFL this week, both dropping -3 places.
  • At the very bottom of the table, as we arrive at the playoffs, we have the Giants, Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

How it works? We base our Power Ranking model on an improved version of Glicko (Glicko-2) that values ​​the strength of a team week after week, based on a rating, deviation and volatility.

Betting on sports should always start by performing the proper research. As part of that process, punters are advised to check easily accessible NFL Power Rankings. From large group efforts, that produce the boards out of Bristol, to Joe Blogger who posts personal opinions, this NFL Power Rankings explained feature presents football handicappers with valuable nuggets of information as they relate to Canada Sports Betting NFL ranking list posted above.

NFL Power Rankings Archive

Week 1 (September 7th – September 13th)

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers start the season off atop of the tables after claiming last years’ Super Bowl.
  • Making up the top 5 are the Seahawks, Panthers, Bengals, and 49ers.
  • A poor start for the Packers and Patriots sees them at the bottom of the rankings after week one.
  • Rock bottom of the rankings is the Bears and Ravens.

Week 2 (September 14th – September 20th)

  • The reigning Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain on top of the NFL, as they sit atop the rankings.
  • The Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans are the best performing teams this week, picking up +10 in the rankings.
  • The Rams, Raiders, Cowboys, Redskins, and Packers also had an excellent week, moving +9 in the rankings.
  • It’s a rough start for the Jaguars and Giants, who occupy the bottom of the table having got off to a terrible start.

Week 3 (September 21st – September 27th)

  • The Buccaneers remain atop of the rankings this week, just ahead of the Carolina Panthers who have made a great start to the season.
  • The Rams, Raiders, and Cowboys all have had excellent weeks and climbed +9 in the rankings overall.
  • The Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans both have the best weeks out of any team in the rankings climbing +10 outright.
  • Trouble continues for the Jaguars and Giants, who occupy the bottom spots in the league, dropping -5 each.

Week 4 (September 28th – October 4th)

  • The big movements at the top of the rankings this week come from the Packers, Browns, and Ravens, moving up +7 in the rankings.
  • The Arizona Cardinals sit atop of the rankings, climbing +1 and sitting well ahead of the pack.
  • The Panthers saw a few losses meaning they drop -9 places in the rankings and now sit in 10th overall.
  • The New York Giants have enjoyed a positive week climbing +9 in the rankings moving up to 23rd outright.

Week 5 (October 5th – October 11th)

  • After the 4th week, it’s the Arizona Cardinals that sit atop of the lead rankings.
  • The most improved team this week is the Los Angeles Rams who sit 7th overall after climbing +5 this week.
  • The Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, and Pittsburgh Steelers also climbed +5 this week, sitting 18th, 20th, 21st and 22nd in the league, respectively.
  • It’s the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions that remain at the bottom of the Power Rankings this week.

Week 6 (October 12th – October 18th)

  • The Arizona Cardinals keep things up as they continue to reign supreme in the rankings.
  • The reigning NFL Super Bowl holders the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are away behind them in points but hold the second-place spot in the league.
  • The most improved teams in the NFL power rankings this week are the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • The bottom of the table is occupied by the Giants, Dolphins and Lions, with the Jaguars pulling themselves out of the bottom.

Week 7 (October 19th – October 26th)

  • The Arizona Cardinals remain atop of the power rankings, dominating things this season so far.
  • The reigning champions from Tampa Bay are securely in second after a few great performances.
  • The Packers, Rams, and Cowboys are the teams that make up the top 5 teams, with the Cincinnati Bengals just behind them in 6th.
  • At the bottom of the tables, there is the Detroit Lions, who have had a really bad start to the season.

Week 8 (October 26th – November 1st)

  • The Cardinals remain atop of the rankings, despite a loss.
  • The top 5 is now made up of the league leaders, followed by the Packers, Rams, Cowboys, and then the Buccaneers in the 5th spot.
  • The New Orleans Saints are now 8th in the league overall, climbing +4 places in the rankings and performing the best in the rankings this week.
  • The worst performing team this week is the Atlanta Falcons, dropping -6 places in the league this week.

Week 9 (November 2nd – November 8th)

  • The Cardinal’s excellent season continues as they now stand 8-1 outright and are the best performing team in the NFL.
  • In the second place, we have the Tennessee Titans, who have seen a +4 rise in the rankings this week.
  • The other teams that make up the top 5 are the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams and the reigning champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • At the bottom end of things, it’s the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans who are sitting in 31st and 32nd this week.

Week 10 (November 9th – November 15th)

  • The Cardinals remain atop of the power rankings this week, closely followed by the Titans.
  • The other three teams in the top 5 are the Packers, Cowboys and Rams, with Dallas moving up +2 this week.
  • The most improved team this week is the New England Patriots, who climbed +6 in the rankings.
  • Another big mover is the Washington Redkins, who are now sitting 25th after climbing +4 in the tables.

Week 11 (November 16th – November 22nd)

  • The Arizona Cardinals still remain atop of the NFL rankings across both conferences, just ahead of a strong Titans side.
  • The other 3 sides in the top 5 are the Packers, Buccs, and Cowboys, who have all had excellent seasons so far.
  • Our most improved teams this week are the Browns, Vikings, and 49ers, who all climbed up +4 in the power rankings this week.
  • Our worst-performing teams this week were the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, and the Carolina Panthers.

Week 12 (November 23rd – November 29th)

  • The Cardinals are unmoved from the top spot, with the Packers and Buccaneers both climbing +1 and closing in on the top spot.
  • The Baltimore Ravens move up to the fourth spot with +3 places in the rankings.
  • The Falcons, Redskins, and Patriots also climbed +3, while the 49ers and Raiders were the biggest winners this week climbing +5 apiece.
  • The Bears and Jaguars have had a poor week, dropping -4 and -3, respectively.

Week 13 (November 30th – December 6th)

  • The Cardinals begin to show their worth, as they remain atop of the power rankings for yet another week.
  • Elsewhere, we’ve got the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans showing their class and marching towards the top of the rankings.
  • The Packers and Chiefs both performed well this week, as they look to move towards the top of the rankings.
  • It’s the Texans and Lions that remain at the bottom of the rankings this week.

Week 14 (December 7th – December 13th)

  • The reigning champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have managed to move the Arizona Cardinals out of the top spot.
  • The top five are made up of the same faces we’ve seen all season, the Titans, Packers, and Cowboys.
  • Our most improved team this week is the Minnesota Vikings, who moved up +5 in the rankings.
  • While the worst performing team this week is the Washington Redskins, who have struggled and dropped -5 places in the rankings.

Week 15 (December 14th – December 20th)

  • Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers are on top this week after some excellent performances in recent weeks.
  • The Buccaneers are shifted down into second, while the Dallas Cowboys are showing their worth and sit comfortably in third.
  • The big losers this week are the Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens, who both lose -4 places in the rankings.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars are undergoing a change of management and a much-needed one, as they sit bottom of them all this week.

Week 16 (December 21st – December 27th)

  • The Green Bay Packers are atop of the power rankings this week, showing their worth with consecutive wins.
  • Just behind them is Tom Brady and his Bucs, who go 11-4 for the season outright, much the same as third-placed Dallas Cowboys.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles climb +4 in the rankings this week, now sitting 13th in the rankings.
  • The Steelers, Ravens, and Vikings all drop -3 in the rankings this week, with some losses that may hurt their post-season opportunities.

Week 17 (December 28th – January 4th)

  • The Green Bay Packers remain atop of the rankings as we go into the final week of the NFL regular season.
  • The Bucs remain a close second, but it’s the Los Angeles Rams that stand in third climbing +2 this week.
  • The Cowboys drop down into the fourth spot, with the Cardinals making up the final spot in the top five.
  • The New Orleans Saints are the best performing team in the Power Rankings, moving up to 17th in the rankings and climbing +5 for the week.

Week 18 (January 5th – January 11th)

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now atop of the NFL rankings, after a series of great wins in week 18.
  • The Packers, Cowboys, Titans, and Cheifs are the other NFL Playoff teams making up the top 5.
  • Indianapolis Colts and the Los Angeles Chargers are the worst-performing teams in the NFL this week, both dropping -3 places.
  • At the very bottom of the table, as we arrive at the playoffs, we have the Giants, Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Power Rankings Offer Valuable NFL Handicapping Information

Arrived at various angles, from rudimentary to exotic, different formulas are used to form the wide variety of Power Ranking charts available. Websites backed by billions have access to every NFL stat, employ mathematicians to add up and dissect the numbers and hire smart people who bring algorisms into the mix. That said, like everyone else, they don’t have crystal balls so their NFL rankings are usually by the numbers without much human opinion. NFL.com, major American sports broadcasters, plus well-read print media outlets, are in this group.

Opinions, plenty of them, do come out of the big voices as comments are added below the ranking of each team. Often informative, though seemingly incomplete at times, all human advice should be processed as opinions – everyone has them. Information sites with limited resources, there are many, will create their power rankings using major stat categories only. Points for and against, offence and defence rankings, plus the standings, is a common mix. Stat tracking must be 100% error-free – which is why we always carefully harvest our own numbers.

“Not all Power Ranking information is created equally – Use trusted sources” 

Attention to detail is required, and the process can be time-consuming, but anyone with a computer and web access can create an information-packed NFL Power Ranking list. Getting started with a preseason ranking is important, as weekly updates will easily fall in line after that. By either going directly to the league website or searching for the Stats LLC logo at sites that are easier to harvest information at, pulling different stats helps create a proprietary Power Ranking. This is not a time to be lackadaisical as accurate stats are the backbone of betting research.

Posted in all shapes and sizes, NFL power rankings can be as simple as looking at the current standings. As we were creating this feature (12/11/18) the National Football League was closing the books on Week 10 of the 2018 season. Looking at the rankings, overall and by conference, it wasn’t difficult to figure out which squads were the NFL futures powerhouse crews. Strictly by their win count, the KC Chiefs and LA Rams (9-1) plus NO Saints (8-1) were powering towards regular-season Division Championships as high-octane Super Bowl Sunday contenders.

“Current Overall +/- Points differential is a key Power Ranking component”

Beyond wins and losses, which should be reviewed individually, there are plenty of facts that can be uncovered by studying the standings. Points for and against is a good place to start, as high scoring teams, that are fielding a decent defense, are tough to beat. Outlined in our table below, Super Bowl contenders are often at or near the top of the PF/PA differential category. As with all trends, there are some outliers that are tough to read prior to the playoffs. Apart from Giants fans, very few saw New York knocking out New England during Super Bowl 46.

Use Power Ranking Research At Top NFL Online Sportsbooks

In-season strength of schedule (SOS) is a key Power Ranking factor. While preseason SOS uses statistics from previous NFL seasons – tracking in progress team runs gives bettors a sharper handicapping key. Chicago was an example in 2018 as the Bears (5-3) were first in the NFC North with wins against teams at a combined 14-23 record. A light SOS factored in Chicago’s #10 ranking at ESPN. It also played a role in Da’ Bears ranking twelfth on the SportsInteraction Super Bowl 53 futures board. Remember, those odds are available for betting 24/7.

NFL power rankings offer informative betting nuggets and should be part of every handicapping toolbox. Often compact to view, near-infinite information is packed into the lists, they are easy to find, plus comparing them to other lists is simple. It’s wise to remember that some power rankings are constructed with to date data and without much consideration of games yet to be played. Research journey complete – Placing wagers is quick and secure at top-ranked online sportsbooks. These bookmakers are NFL veterans and offer fantastic football wagering action.

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