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NFL Team Rankings, Week 1

Sep 11, 2012 10:49 AM EST

By Christopher Reina

Our NFL Team Rankings are based solely on the The Trench Counter, which is an objective formula measuring average yards per pass and run on both offense and defense, along with first downs registered and given up, turnovers for and against, and total penalty yards.

Without a subjective override, the Week 1 rankings always look suspiciously inaccurate as there haven't been enough games to create a substantial sample size. This is especially the case after Week 1 of 2012 with the Green Bay Packers ranked 28th and the New Orleans Saints ranked 29th.

Over time, without fail, Trench Counter rankings begin to closely resemble the standings but goes even further to determine which teams are truly the best when on the line of scrimmage. 

* The schedule and weekly results from each team are available by clicking below.

1.

New England Patriots

19.7

2.

Houston Texans

18.3

3.

Baltimore Ravens

17.3

4.

Washington Redskins

16.5

5.

San Francisco 49ers

11.3

6.

Atlanta Falcons

10.7

7.

Chicago Bears

10.7

8.

Denver Broncos

10.0

9.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

7.6

10.

New York Jets

7.2

11.

Dallas Cowboys

7.0

12.

Detroit Lions

6.3

13.

Minnesota Vikings

6.0

14.

Oakland Raiders

3.7

15.

Philadelphia Eagles

2.1

16.

Seattle Seahawks

0.4

17.

Arizona Cardinals

-0.4

18.

Cleveland Browns

-2.1

19.

San Diego Chargers

-3.7

20.

Jacksonville Jaguars

-6.0

21.

St. Louis Rams

-6.3

22.

New York Giants

-7.0

23.

Buffalo Bills

-7.2

24.

Carolina Panthers

-7.6

25.

Pittsburgh Steelers

-10.0

26.

Indianapolis Colts

-10.7

27.

Kansas City Chiefs

-10.7

28.

Green Bay Packers

-11.3

29.

New Orleans Saints

-16.5

30.

Cincinnati Bengals

-17.3

31.

Miami Dolphins

-18.3

32.

Tennessee Titans

-19.7