Will this blowout hurt the Pats in the Paul K Power Rankings?
posted at 12/27/2009 9:40 PM EST
With Paul, down is up, black is white, and good is bad.
Considering the magnitude of this blowout, coupled with Indy's first loss, I fear the Pats will lose the #1 spot, and Indy would have to move up.
I didn't crunch the numbers myself, but I can reach no other conclusion.
I eagerly await the stats.
Re: Will this blowout hurt the Pats in the Paul K Power Rankings?
posted at 12/29/2009 1:05 AM EST
In general, blowouts are good for the winning team.
I took the Indy loss off. Indy has already finished a blowout season, the outcome is no longer in doubt, and they're putting in the rookie quarterback for garbage time. That's the definition of when points shouldn't count.
The last two New Orleans games should also come off, because they won't be representative of N.O. in the playoffs.
The Patriots blowout of the Jags is quite legit. The Jags knew that if they won they would have been in control of their own destiny. I said before, and I'll say it again, last week the Jags were about a 6-10 team with an 8-6 record. This week they're more like a 5-11 team.
I assumed that everyone else this week was fighting for a playoff spot or for self-respect (and the coach's job) so those games count as usual.