LAS VEGAS -- The top four teams remained in those spots of the NFL Vegas Rankings, as Seattle, Denver and Arizona were all on bye weeks, and San Diego took care of business against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the league's worst team.
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However, there was plenty of shuffling around after that, beginning with New England and New Orleans dropping and the teams that beat them (Kansas City and Dallas, respectively) moving up.
The NFL Vegas Rankings are compiled using the personal power ratings of our panel of ESPN Insider handicappers -- Sal Selvaggio of madduxsports.com, Erin Rynning of sportsmemo.com and yours truly, Dave Tuley -- and are used to compare to the current point spread (they then need to be adjusted for home-field advantage). The industry standard is 2.5 points for home field, but teams such as Green Bay, New England and San Francisco are typically given a full field goal, while Denver and New Orleans are closer to 3.5. Seattle is given the biggest home-field advantage in the league (about 4 to 4.5 points).
Below is a look at the power ratings for all 32 NFL teams, along with Week 5 games where there appears to be value in the current lines. Again, these are not my personal plays or that of any of the other handicappers, but rather the group as a whole. I'll post my thoughts in the "Tuley's Take" column Friday.
NFL Vegas Rankings
1 (tie). Seattle Seahawks (Power rating: 26.5)
The defending Super Bowl champs are off to a strong start at 2-1 SU and ATS with big wins over Green Bay and Denver and only a road loss at San Diego.
Previous rating: 26.5