NFL Conference Championships

NFL Playoffs

We have reached the penultimate weekend of NFL action (as long as you ignore the Pro Bowl, which I think most people do), and the final four are the top two seeds from each conference yet again – this seriously happens most of the time – so we should have just expected to be playing these games in Kansas City and New Orleans from the very beginning of this thing a few weeks ago.

I went out on a limb last week and simply picked the higher-seeded clubs, which resulted in a 4-0 record (and 7-1 for the playoffs). We’ll just ignore my picks regarding the various spreads and over/unders.

Or not. Here’s how that went:

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Premier League – Week 21 Power Rankings

Another week in the Premier League, and another couple of points added to the gap between the Top Six and everyone else. Nevertheless, this week’s Power Rankings’ top Six is a little different than the current league table, partly because we had a club from the “Muddled Middle” win over the sixth-place club from last week’s Power Rankings. Overall, only three clubs remained in place fom last week, so there were a lot of subtle shifts up and down the rankings.

As always, these results try to reflect the week-to-week results, and only account for matches played in the Premier League. Most of the clubs are fairly closely aligned with their league table position, but losses to lower-ranked clubs – or wins against the higher-ranked ones – can move them dramatically out of position.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 14 January 2019

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EFL Championship – Week 22 Slate

Championship Week 22 Fixtures/Results

This week’s Championship action sees a lot of matches between clubs with some room between them. Last time this happened, a lot of the lower-ranked clubs ended up prevailing, throwing our rankings into chaos. I would hope that this doesn’t happen again, but the Championship was been a strange beast all season.

Per usual, the number in parenthesis before each club is where they fell on our Week 22 Power Rankings. Home clubs are listed first, and will be hosting both matches on the week. We’ll keep this updated throughout the week, with winners indicated in bold, while matches that end in draws will have their clubs italicized.

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EFL Championship – Week 22 Power Rankings

Another week in the Championship, another week of movement in our weekly Power Rankings. Only four clubs remain in the same spot that they were last week, and one of those clubs is last week’s top club, who managed to avoid the jinx we tend to place on our top club.

This week was also an opportunity to “right size” the rankings a bit; I have no idea how Aston Villa had managed to climb as high as they did in my rankings while struggling to stay in the top 10 of the league table, so that’s been mostly corrected. There are some other clubs that are a long ways off from their table position, but I can easily justify those ones.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 12 January 2019

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Championship Match of the Week – Sheffield United v Queens Park Rangers

Our Match of the Week, at least according to our weekly Power Rankings features our top club Sheffield United hosting the Queens Park Rangers, the 5th-ranked club in those power rankings. This isn’t the only match featuring clubs from the top half of the table, as Leeds United and Derby County start this weekend off with Friday Night Football, and West Bromwich Albion will be hosting Norwich City in another highly-anticipated match between clubs fighting for promotion.

The Blades returned to the top of our rankings despite being third in the league table, but a rough couple of weeks from the clubs above them helped propel them back to the top. The same could be said of QPR, who has had a stronger run of play recently than some of the other clubs in the top ten of the league table.

Let’s take a closer look at the matchup from Bramall Lane:

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