Week 17 Vegas NFL Power Rankings 

January, 3, 2012
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Each week, an elite group of bookmakers and professional bettors provide Pregame.com with their private power rankings. These numbers literally influence the worldwide sports-betting market and together form the Vegas Rankings. Four categories convey what the "experts in the desert" truthfully think about the teams:

TRUE POWER: How good Vegas thinks a team really is.
HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: The value of each team's home field.
BETTOR BIAS: How many points the public overvalues (positive numbers) or undervalues (negative numbers) a team.
POINT-SPREAD POWER: The combination of True Power and Bettor Bias.

To calculate the projected winner of any matchup:

Take True Power (home team), ADD Home-Field Advantage and SUBTRACT True Power (away team).

To calculate the projected point spread of any matchup:

Replace the True Power with Point-Spread Power, which includes Bettor Bias, just like the actual Vegas line does).


Biggest Improvement -- TRUE POWER

Philadelphia Eagles
New York Giants
San Diego Chargers
Atlanta Falcons

Biggest Drop -- TRUE POWER

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dallas Cowboys
Oakland Raiders
Washington Redskins

Here are the final regular-season Vegas NFL Rankings:


To see the Vegas Rankings of the NFL's top teams, plus where the value is in this week's wild-card matchups, you must be an ESPN Insider.

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