Sunday, May 28, 2017

Aikman Efficiency Ratings

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AIKMAN RATINGS
Thru Week 8

 
 
Just as the Cowboys and Patriots have surged to the top of the NFC and AFC respectively, these two teams have moved upwards in the Aikman Combined Ratings.  But it is another team with an unimpressive record, the 3-4-1 Cardinals, who are in first place this week, just 0.1 ahead of Dallas and 0.8 in front of New England.
 
While the Cardinals may seem a surprising leader given their record, we note that they have the lowest combined ranking in the NFL’s yards-only method of ranking as well (11, 10th on offense, 1st on defense).
 
On the other hand, there is no surprise that the 49ers, Browns and Jaguars (with a combined 4-16 record) are at the bottom of the Aikman Combined.
 
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The Aikman Combined Ratings remain very congested at the top with 12 teams bunched within nine points of the lead.  
 
One year ago, the 15-1 Panthers finished first with an Aikman Combined Rating of 171.8.  That the current leader is at 163.4, a mark that would have been 5th last year, is an indication of how no team is performing exceptionally in 2016.
 
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As the game continues to swing away from traditional norms in favor of the offense, we have reached a point that our defensive leader, the Cardinals, have a rating under 80 at just 79.7.  
 
In cooperation with STATS, the Aikman Ratings were designed with 75 being an average rating on both offense and defense in the 10-year period between 1995 and 2004.  
 
So the NFL’s best defense at the moment is performing at a statistical level barely above an average defense of a decade ago.
 
Conversely, the worst Aikman Offense teams (the New York duo of Jets and Giants at the moment) are still close to the norm of 75 around the turn of the century.
 
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The Cowboys remain in first place in Aikman Offense for the fourth consecutive week, but three other teams (Saints, Raiders, Falcons) are within a single point.
 

 
 
 
Aikman Combined Ratings Through Week 8, 2016
 
                                 --------- Aikman --------       ------- NFL --------
Rank  Record   Team             Combined     Off      Def       Off    Def  Combined
   1     3-4-1  Cardinals          163.4     83.7     79.7        10      1     11  
   2     6-1    Cowboys            163.3     94.6     68.8         4     12     16  
   3     7-1    Patriots           162.6     93.0     69.6         8     14     22  
   4     4-4    Bills              160.6     89.9     70.6        24     16     40  
   5     4-4    Titans             160.1     91.7     68.4         9     10     19  
   6     6-2    Raiders            159.8     94.4     65.4         5     31     36  
   7     4-3    Eagles             159.8     81.7     78.1        28      8     36  
   8     4-3    Packers            156.6     86.6     70.1        20      7     27  
   9     6-2    Broncos            156.6     78.9     77.6        27      3     30  
  10     3-4    Saints             155.8     94.4     61.3         2     28     30  
  11     4-2-1  Seahawks           154.8     76.7     78.1        23      6     29  
  12     5-2    Chiefs             154.7     81.2     73.5        14     15     29  
  13     4-3    Steelers           152.0     85.5     66.5        11     27     38  
  14     2-5    Panthers           151.9     84.4     67.6         7     20.5   27.5
  15     3-4    Ravens             150.9     74.0     76.9        25      4     29  
  16     5-2    Vikings            150.7     72.0     78.7        31      2     33  
  17     5-3    Falcons            150.0     93.9     56.1         1     25     26  
  18     3-4-1  Bengals            149.8     85.4     64.4         6     24     30  
  19     3-5    Chargers           148.8     80.2     68.6        12     18     30  
  20     3-5    Colts              148.3     89.4     58.9        13     29     42  
  21     2-6    Bears              146.4     77.5     68.9        16      9     25  
  22     4-4    Lions              146.3     88.9     57.4        21     23     44  
  23     4-3-1  Redskins           144.6     82.8     61.8         3     22     25  
  24     3-4    Dolphins           144.2     78.5     65.7        18     20.5   38.5
  25     3-4    Buccaneers         143.4     79.5     63.9        17     26     43  
  26     4-3    Giants             142.7     71.6     71.0        19     17     36  
  27     5-3    Texans             141.7     72.5     69.2        29      5     34  
  28     3-4    Rams               139.9     72.0     67.9        30     11     41  
  29     3-5    Jets               136.9     71.9     65.1        22     19     41  
  30     1-6    49ers              135.4     78.5     56.9        32     30     62  
  31     0-8    Browns             134.7     81.6     53.0        15     32     47  
  32     2-5    Jaguars            133.9     74.2     59.7        26     13     39  
 
 
 
Aikman Offense Ratings Through Week 8, 2016
 
  Aik     NFL     Team                 AER
   1       4      Cowboys             94.6
   2       2      Saints              94.4
   3       5      Raiders             94.4
   4       1      Falcons             93.9
   5       8      Patriots            93.0
   6       9      Titans              91.7
   7      24      Bills               89.9
   8      13      Colts               89.4
   9      21      Lions               88.9
  10      20      Packers             86.6
  11      11      Steelers            85.5
  12       6      Bengals             85.4
  13       7      Panthers            84.4
  14      10      Cardinals           83.7
  15       3      Redskins            82.8
  16      28      Eagles              81.7
  17      15      Browns              81.6
  18      14      Chiefs              81.2
  19      12      Chargers            80.2
  20      17      Buccaneers          79.5
  21      27      Broncos             78.9
  22      32      49ers               78.5
  23      18      Dolphins            78.5
  24      16      Bears               77.5
  25      23      Seahawks            76.7
  26      26      Jaguars             74.2
  27      25      Ravens              74.0
  28      29      Texans              72.5
  29      31      Vikings             72.0
  30      30      Rams                72.0
  31      22      Jets                71.9
  32      19      Giants              71.6
 
NFL Average                           82.7
 
 
 
Aikman Defense Ratings Through Week 8, 2016
 
  Aik     NFL     Team                 AER
   1       1      Cardinals           79.7
   2       2      Vikings             78.7
   3       6      Seahawks            78.1
   4       8      Eagles              78.1
   5       3      Broncos             77.6
   6       4      Ravens              76.9
   7      15      Chiefs              73.5
   8      17      Giants              71.0
   9      16      Bills               70.6
  10       7      Packers             70.1
  11      14      Patriots            69.6
  12       5      Texans              69.2
  13       9      Bears               68.9
  14      12      Cowboys             68.8
  15      18      Chargers            68.6
  16      10      Titans              68.4
  17      11      Rams                67.9
  18      20.5    Panthers            67.6
  19      27      Steelers            66.5
  20      20.5    Dolphins            65.7
  21      31      Raiders             65.4
  22      19      Jets                65.1
  23      24      Bengals             64.4
  24      26      Buccaneers          63.9
  25      22      Redskins            61.8
  26      28      Saints              61.3
  27      13      Jaguars             59.7
  28      29      Colts               58.9
  29      23      Lions               57.4
  30      30      49ers               56.9
  31      25      Falcons             56.1
  32      32      Browns              53.0
 
NFL Average                           67.3
 
 
 
Ratings Courtesy of STATS
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