LAS VEGAS -- It's time for the midseason update of the Vegas NFL Bettors' Poll, with every team having played at least eight games (and those yet to have a bye week having played nine games). The Bettors' Poll is meant to be a current snapshot of the relative strength of all of the teams if they were to meet on a neutral field, and can be used to compare to the lines being offered on upcoming games (with adjustments made for home-field advantage).
Obviously, how teams have fared in their games to date impacts our ratings, but if you want to look at teams ranked by their win-loss records, you can just look at the more mainstream rankings, where the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs are No. 1 (we have them at No. 7). Also, the one comment I hear most often is "such-and-such team is X-X against the spread so why aren't they No. 1 in Vegas?" This year, that team would be the Dallas Cowboys at 7-2 ATS. But if you want to view teams ranked by their ATS records, you can see that in my "Opening Line" midseason column that was posted on Monday.
When our panel of handicappers -- Teddy "Covers" Sevransky, Sal Selvaggio and yours truly, Dave Tuley -- compared our power ratings on Monday, the Denver Broncos were our top team, with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers tied for second and the New England Patriots in the fourth slot. The No. 5 team was the Green Bay Packers, but it's all about timing as QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a fractured collarbone in the Monday night loss to the Chicago Bears and caused us to scramble to update our ratings.
After revisiting our numbers, the Packers have been lowered by a consensus 5 points and are now tied for 15th, coincidentally with the Philadelphia Eagles, whom they play this Sunday.
Here are all 32 NFL teams ranked by their Vegas power rating: