The latest rankings are below but always found here. And there are some changes. New Orleans somehow manages to stay #1 even though they lost over 1.2 ratings points as they had a big enough lead, and many of the other top teams also did poorly and dropped. New England was one of those dropping nearly a full ratings point but benefited by the Colts dropping over 2 points to stay #2, and Dallas jumps up to #3 with San Diego close behind at #4.
The question now is if the teams are rated where they should be. Indianapolis seems low at #8, but history shows that when they've rested folks they've been unable to get it back. Dallas and San Diego are finishing strong and getting rewarded for it. The Jets even with their finish have jumped to #7.
The whacky end of season games did result in the computer only going 8-8 against the spread. Here's hoping it does better in the playoffs more in line with the season record of 148-102-6. Full prediction performance shown here.
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|1||New Orleans||87.593||13-3||80.858||+0, -1.208|
|2||New England||86.684||10-6||82.069||+0, -0.908|
|4||San Diego||85.721||13-3||79.851||+1, -0.569|
|6||Green Bay||85.158||11-5||78.809||+3, +1.494|
|7||NY Jets||85.114||9-7||81.758||+0, +0.722|
|17||San Francisco||81.196||8-8||79.010||+3, +0.068|
|20||NY Giants||80.477||8-8||82.180||-2, -0.890|
|24||Tampa Bay||77.777||3-13||83.521||-1, -0.344|
|28||Kansas City||75.812||4-12||80.851||+2, +1.801|
|31||St Louis||70.037||1-15||80.137||+0, -0.625|