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NFL Rankings: 2014 Preview

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Not only does the Predictalator run every upcoming game 50,000 times, it plays every team against every other team to come up with the ultimate Power Rankings. The Predictalator is successful because it best accounts for actual matchups and team's abilities to exploit opponent's weaknesses. The Power Rankings are not necessarily the best way to know who would win between two teams. They are, however, the best possible way to measure which teams have put together the most impressive seasons. The best team may not be favored against the second-best team, but it would be favored more significantly against the rest of the teams in the NFL.

To build the NFL Power Rankings below, we "played" every team against every other team 50,000 times each and ranked by overall winning percentage of those games. These Power Rankings are as of (8/6/2014) rosters and projected depth charts.

In addition to the NFL Power Rankings, we have also included each team's overall Offensive and Defensive rankings as well as Pass and Rush efficiency rankings relative to the league based on our strength-of-schedule-adjusted statistics and current rosters.

2014 NFL Team Rankings - Preseason

Rank Team O-Rank D-Rank O-Pass Eff O-Rush Eff D-Pass Eff D-Rush Eff
1 Denver Broncos 1 11 1 24 7 14
2 Seattle Seahawks 15 1 4 7 1 7
3 New Orleans Saints 4 3 6 21 2 29
4 San Francisco 49ers 12 8 5 4 6 19
5 New England Patriots 5 14 14 12 8 26
6 Green Bay Packers 2 27 2 3 23 30
7 Arizona Cardinals 18 6 18 20 3 21
8 Philadelphia Eagles 3 31 10 1 21 9
9 New York Giants 17 4 20 26 5 16
10 Indianapolis Colts 10 15 7 13 20 15
11 Cincinnati Bengals 19 7 15 14 9 22
12 Washington Redskins 7 17 12 5 31 6
13 San Diego Chargers 11 16 3 28 24 18
14 Minnesota Vikings 14 12 22 2 18 8
15 Carolina Panthers 30 2 25 18 4 11
16 St. Louis Rams 25 5 21 11 12 1
17 Detroit Lions 9 19 11 29 26 17
18 Atlanta Falcons 8 25 9 10 29 27
19 Baltimore Ravens 20 10 23 30 15 4
20 Houston Texans 22 9 29 17 11 20
21 Chicago Bears 13 28 8 9 25 32
22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 13 16 27 17 5
23 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 29 17 32 19 25
24 Kansas City Chiefs 21 21 24 8 16 24
25 Miami Dolphins 24 26 26 25 10 23
26 Dallas Cowboys 6 32 13 6 32 31
27 Tennessee Titans 23 20 19 23 27 10
28 Cleveland Browns 27 24 31 15 13 12
29 Buffalo Bills 28 23 32 22 14 28
30 New York Jets 32 18 30 16 22 3
31 Oakland Raiders 29 22 27 19 30 2
32 Jacksonville Jaguars 31 30 28 31 28 13
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