DTR Power 25 Rankings: Week 4

by Jake Ellenbogen
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Our panel has voted on the top 25 teams in the league just like the AP does for college football. We decided to tally up all the votes and rank our top 25 teams in the NFL. Our panel consists of eight DTR staff writers: Skyler Carlin, Jake Ellenbogen, Daniel Fox, Blaine Grisak, Rick Harriman, Alexis Kraft, Hunter Sanders and Jason Tyra.

Our method of doing this was assigning a point total to every ranking place from 1-to-25. So, for instance, if a team like the Chiefs were in first they would receive 25 points on that ballot whereas if they were in 25th they would only receive one point. We realize it’s early on in the year and a lot can change which is why we started the DTR Power 25 right at the end of the first quarter of the NFL season.

Week three was pretty crazy to say the least. We watched as the Chiefs seemingly separated themselves from the rest of the league, the Bills beat the Rams after the team came back from 28-3 and we saw a tie. Right now, going into week four we have our consensus top tier eight teams consisting of the Chiefs, Packers, Seahawks, Ravens, Bills, Rams and Titans. Here’s how the voting turned out for this week:

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RK Team REC PTS 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Chiefs (8) 3-0 200 8 0 0
2 Packers 3-0 188 0 5 2
3 Seahawks 3-0 181 0 1 4
4 Ravens 2-1 179 0 2 2
5 Bills 3-0 166 0 0 0
6 Rams 2-1 156 0 0 0
7 Titans 3-0 151 0 0 0
8 Patriots 2-1 146 0 0 0
9 Steelers 3-0 126 0 0 0
10 Buccaneers 2-1 121 0 0 0
11 Saints 1-2 112 0 0 0
12 Cardinals 2-1 109 0 0 0
13 Raiders 2-1 99 0 0 0
14 Colts 2-1 91 0 0 0
15 49ers 2-1 86 0 0 0
16 Cowboys 1-2 86 0 0 0
17 Bears 3-0 75 0 0 0
18 Browns 2-1 61 0 0 0
19 Chargers 1-2 43 0 0 0
20 Lions 1-2 42 0 0 0
21 Texans 0-3 34 0 0 0
22 Jaguars 1-2 25 0 0 0
23 Dolphins 1-2 22 0 0 0
24 Vikings 0-3 22 0 0 0
25 Panthers 1-2 16 0 0 0

Other receiving votes: Washington 15, Bengals 10, Falcons 9, Broncos 3, Eagles 3

The New York Jets and New York Giants were the only teams to not receive a vote in our poll. Both teams has been beaten up by injuries which have ultimately derailed their respective seasons before they had a chance to get started. The Panthers just managed to break into the top 25 by one vote over the Washington Football Team. It was Carolina’s first win this weekend and an impressive one at that holding off the Chargers. Among other notables, the 3-0 Bears may be undefeated but our panel as a whole doesn’t believe in them yet. Another interesting one is the Houston Texans, who are 21st despite not winning a game. Of course, Houston has played a brutal opening schedule to start off with the Chiefs, Ravens and Steelers to begin with.

Be sure to keep it here for your weekly power 25 as we vote weekly on who the 25 best NFL teams are.

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