NFL Team Power Rankings (9/19/2017)

Last Updated: 9/19/2017 2:11 PM ET

Not only does our NFL engine run every upcoming game 50,000 times, it plays every team against every other team to come up with the ultimate Power Rankings. Our engine is successful because it best accounts for actual matchups and team's abilities to exploit opponent's weaknesses using strength-of-schedule-adjusted statistics, so 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 sport.

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 (9/3/2017) rosters and projected depth charts.

O-Rank takes an offense's expected points against a league average defense and ranks the teams from best to worst (#1 to #32). Teams that play at a faster pace (no-huddle offense, engage in two minute drills) will typically score more points, so this is not a true representation of efficiency.

D-Rank takes a defense's expected points against a league average offense and ranks the teams from best to worst (#1 to #32). Teams that have offenses that tend to eat up clock and stay on the field a lot will see their defenses get a boost in D-Rank. If all defenses were on the field for the same amount of plays, these rankings would look very different.

The efficiency metrics (O-Pass Eff, O-Rush Eff, D-Pass Eff, D-Rush Eff) are measured on a per play basis. For example, the team ranked with the #1 O-Pass Eff would be expected to gain the most yards per passing attempt, while the team ranked #32 would be expected to gain the least.

2017 NFL Team Rankings (9/19/2017)

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