2004 NFL unit rankings

Updated: August 18, 2004, 11:54 AM ET
Scouts, Inc.
Everyone has a system when it comes to ranking teams in the NFL. Ours is simple: Break each team into positional units, rank them 1-32, then add up the results.

It's no surprise the New England Patriots, winners of two of the last three Super Bowls, are No. 1 overall, ranking in the top five in five of eight categories. But what is a bit surprising is how big the gap is between the Pats and the second-rated Ravens, who earned top rankings at running back and linebacker but were near the bottom at quarterback and receiver.

How does your team stack up? Here's the complete chart, along with some explanation: