NFL Power Rankings' Preseason Version: Based on On-Field Performance

Benjamin ClarkContributor IAugust 28, 2008

Every week, I will use a formula I have developed to rank all 32 NFL teams. The formula takes into account cumulative performance in the categories of: Offensive Yards Gained, Defensive Yards Allowed, Turnover Differential, Points Scored, and Points Allowed.

Then it also takes into account whether the team was playing at home or away and the strength of the opponent.

This week, I have used some information gained from the preseason to rank the teams (performance of the starters is weighted higher than the backups). Here are the results.

Come back after Week One of the regular season for the next edition.

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

Please note that due to the way the formula works, many of the teams that were playoff teams last year were ranked very low through the formula (mostly due to them not playing or having their star players).

As a result, I chose to set it up so the worst a 2007 playoff team could be ranked in this particular ranking would be No. 12. I did this to avoid complications in the formula's system during the first few weeks of the regular season.