I am having a pre-emptive boycott of ESPN
This isn't college football. I can't understand why people care so much about "power rankings" in pro football.
Who cares about "respect?" I care about the team advancing in the playoffs and winning a championship not how much air time or digital ink they are given by the national media. Not surprisingly, you'll notice this pattern: the more noise they make in the playoffs and the more championship runs they accrue the more "respect" they will get.
Why does a team deserve respect for being 6-3 in one of countless NFL seasons?