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NFL Power Rankings 2012: Why Preseason Shouldn’t Factor into Ranking SOUTHEAST TEX AS Excerpts from article by Mike Hoag Jr. for You’ve seen NFL power ranking lists as early as late February. Th ere’s the pre-draft, post-draft, off season, training camp and then fi nal preseason power rankings. If you can think of it, someone will probably write it. Th e fact of the matter, though, is that none of it really matters until the whistles blow on Sunday, September 9. Beyond the ability for coaches to evaluate players and owners to cash in on selling out their stadiums four more times, there isn’t very much else you should take from these games. Preseason success does not translate to regular season success Not only do preseason games not count in the win-loss columns, but they’re just fl at out irrelevant in terms of translating success to the regular season. Sure, a team may gain confi dence and improve through execution and rhythm, but that doesn’t mean the same team will show up once the games are real. According to Dan Vergano of USA Today, NFL preseason games just don’t matter. He cited a study that analyzed the signifi cance of winning preseason games in the big scheme of regular season success. Preseason games have not mattered since 1994 was the end result of that study. Our main fi nding is that, although we confi rm the signifi cance of preseason winning as a predictor of regular season winning previously found in the 1970-1991 period, we are unable to fi nd any statistical evidence that preseason winning percentage or winning the third game of the preseason provides any preview of NFL team performance in the regular season in the most recent 2002-2010 seasons. A perfect example of preseason success not translating into the regular season is the 2008 Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns of the last decade. Th e ’08 Lions aced the preseason with a perfect 4-0 mark but failed to translate that success over to the regular season. Th ey fi nished 0-16 that year, by the way. As the study suggests, this game, while a game for fans and coaches, isn’t indicative of things to come. Teams hold back, Players don’t It’s no secret that your favorite team will hold back during the preseason. Whether it’s off ensive trickery, blitzes or even kick-off coverages, the things you see in preseason will not be the whole package come opening day. At the same time, teams will be evaluating players and trying things to test them and make sure they are better than the guy behind them on the depth chart. Not every position is written in stone and the preseason hashes out the very small talent gaps that exist between the great competitors of the NFL. If you’re in the NFL, or on the verge of making a roster, the margin for th will always be competition behind error is so low because there you. b holding back but players engaged in Teams may be batt won’t be. Second and third stringers these battles shi and display their talents with hopes will shine cra of cracking or solidifying their roster spots. Th ere’s not much you should invest in th games other than what coaches these do. Evaluate the players and their performances but always remember to keep it in context. Th e performances throughout preseason aren’t indicative of anything concrete in the regular season and should be used for entertainment value alone. Big Hoagowski’s Preseason NFL Power Rankings: Rank No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 No. 6 No. 7 No. 8 No. 9 No. 10 No. 11 No. 12 No. 13 No. 14 No. 15 No. 16 Team New England Patriots Green Bay Packers Baltimore Ravens San Francisco 49ers New York Giants Houston Texans Detroit Lions Pittsburgh Steelers Atlanta Falcons Dallas Cowboys New Orleans Saints Denver Broncos Chicago Bears Philadelphia Eagles Cincinnati Bengals Kansas City Chiefs Rank No. 17 No. 18 No. 19 No. 20 No. 21 No. 22 No. 23 No. 24 No. 25 No. 26 No. 27 No. 28 No. 29 No. 30 No. 31 No. 32 Team San Diego Chargers Seattle Seahawks Tennessee Titans Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jacksonville Jaguars New York Jets Arizona Cardinals Miami Dolphins Washington Redskins Oakland Raiders Cleveland Browns St. Louis Rams Buff alo Bills Indianapolis Colts Minnesota Vikings COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Multi-Use Building For Lease 16150 RIPPLING WATER, HOUSTON, TX 77084 • 8,400 SF building fully renovated Dec 2011 • Fully fenced back area • 5 main rooms with separate bathrooms and HVAC control • Ample Parking • Just off Hwy 6 and close to I-10 and 290 • Useable for of fi ce, special use, or retail • Single or multiple tenants • Generous rental rates, abatements, and improvements available • Offered at $ 15.00/SF NNN • AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY 290 90 9 I-10 Houston Gene Garcia 713.787.6548 Beltway 8 40 4 0 SEPTEMBER 2012 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 2

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