Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Aikman Efficiency Ratings

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AIKMAN RATINGS
Thru Week 17

 
 
The Patriots and Cowboys head into the playoffs as the top teams in the conference seedings and the top two teams in the Aikman Combined Ratings compiled by STATS.
 
For the Patriots, the 2016 leaders by a substantial 4.9 points, it is their first Aikman Combined title since 2012.  And for the first time in recent years, the Patriots finished higher in defense (2nd) than offense (4th).
 
The Cowboys rose from 25th in the 2015 Aikman Combined Ratings to 2nd.
 
In most years, the playoff field bunches at the top of the Aikman Combined Ratings, but that wasn’t the case in 2016 as the Titans, Cardinals, Saints and Bills all missed the playoffs despite ranking in the top 10.  Conversely, the Lions, Texans and Dolphins are all in the postseason despite ranking in the bottom 10.
 
Crushed in the final week by the Cardinals for their 8th consecutive defeat, the Rams managed to finish below the 1-15 Browns in Aikman Combined.
 
The Falcons are the leader in Aikman Offense for 2016, pulling away from the field down the stretch to lead the runner-up Saints by 3.9 points.  Atlanta led the NFL in three of the seven Aikman categories – yards per pass play, offensive points and fewest turnovers.
 
In Aikman Defense, the Giants emerged as the top team, finishing 3.0 points in front of the Patriots.  New York led the NFL in red-zone defense by a substantial margin and finished high in the other six Aikman categories.
 
As a league, the Aikman Ratings continue to reveal a league tilting towards offense.  When first created in 2005, a score of 75.0 was average on both sides of the ball.  But the league finished 2016 with an all-time high of 81.9 on offense and with 26 teams above the 75 mark.  It was the first time that no defense managed to reach the 80 mark, with the Giants winning the Aikman Defense title at 78.6.
 
For the season, after a 16-0 final week, teams with a higher Aikman Game Score won 79.2 percent of the 256 games, while the team that gained more yards was successful only 63.6 percent of the time.
 

 
 
Aikman Combined Ratings Through Week 17, 2016
 
                                 --------- Aikman --------       ------- NFL --------
Rank  Record   Team             Combined     Off      Def       Off    Def  Combined
   1    14-2    Patriots           167.9     92.2     75.6         4      8     12
   2    13-3    Cowboys            163.0     93.3     69.6         5     14     19
   3     9-7    Titans             160.2     90.2     70.0        11     20     31
   4     7-8-1  Cardinals          159.5     85.3     74.1         9      2     11
   5    11-5    Steelers           158.2     86.0     72.2         7     12     19
   6    11-5    Falcons            157.8     97.4     60.5         2     25     27
   7     7-9    Saints             156.2     93.5     62.6         1     27     28
   8    10-6    Packers            155.2     90.5     64.7         8     22     30
   9     7-9    Bills              155.0     89.9     65.1        16     19     35
  10    12-4    Raiders            154.8     87.4     67.4         6     26     32
  11    10-5-1  Seahawks           154.0     80.7     73.3        12      5     17
  12     7-9    Eagles             152.9     79.9     73.0        22     13     35
  13    11-5    Giants             152.8     74.2     78.6        25     10     35
  14     6-9-1  Bengals            152.2     82.8     69.4        13     17     30
  15    12-4    Chiefs             152.2     79.5     72.6        20     24     44
  16     8-8    Ravens             152.0     77.4     74.6        17      7     24
  17     6-10   Panthers           150.3     79.1     71.2        19     21     40
  18     8-8    Colts              150.2     86.7     63.5        10     30     40
  19     5-11   Chargers           148.6     79.4     69.2        14     16     30
  20     8-7-1  Redskins           148.5     85.5     63.0         3     28     31
  21     9-7    Buccaneers         148.0     79.2     68.8        18     23     41
  22     9-7    Broncos            147.8     74.1     73.7        27      4     31
  23     8-8    Vikings            147.2     74.6     72.6        28      3     31
  24    10-6    Dolphins           147.1     80.0     67.1        24     29     53
  25     9-7    Texans             145.1     73.6     71.5        29      1     30
  26     3-13   Jaguars            144.7     77.0     67.7        23      6     29
  27     9-7    Lions              143.7     82.8     60.8        21     18     39
  28     3-13   Bears              140.0     75.9     64.0        15     15     30
  29     2-14   49ers              136.7     79.7     57.0        31     32     63
  30     5-11   Jets               134.8     69.0     65.8        26     11     37
  31     1-15   Browns             132.4     76.1     56.3        30     31     61
  32     4-12   Rams               130.6     65.9     64.7        32      9     41
 
 
 
Aikman Offense Ratings Through Week 17, 2016
 
  Aik     NFL     Team                 AER
   1       2      Falcons             97.4
   2       1      Saints              93.5
   3       5      Cowboys             93.3
   4       4      Patriots            92.2
   5       8      Packers             90.5
   6      11      Titans              90.2
   7      16      Bills               89.9
   8       6      Raiders             87.4
   9      10      Colts               86.7
  10       7      Steelers            86.0
  11       3      Redskins            85.5
  12       9      Cardinals           85.3
  13      21      Lions               82.8
  14      13      Bengals             82.8
  15      12      Seahawks            80.7
  16      24      Dolphins            80.0
  17      22      Eagles              79.9
  18      31      49ers               79.7
  19      20      Chiefs              79.5
  20      14      Chargers            79.4
  21      18      Buccaneers          79.2
  22      19      Panthers            79.1
  23      17      Ravens              77.4
  24      23      Jaguars             77.0
  25      30      Browns              76.1
  26      15      Bears               75.9
  27      28      Vikings             74.6
  28      25      Giants              74.2
  29      27      Broncos             74.1
  30      29      Texans              73.6
  31      26      Jets                69.0
  32      32      Rams                65.9
 
NFL Average                           81.9
 
 
 
Aikman Defense Ratings Through Week 17, 2016
 
  Aik     NFL     Team                 AER
   1      10      Giants              78.6
   2       8      Patriots            75.6
   3       7      Ravens              74.6
   4       2      Cardinals           74.1
   5       4      Broncos             73.7
   6       5      Seahawks            73.3
   7      13      Eagles              73.0
   8      24      Chiefs              72.6
   9       3      Vikings             72.6
  10      12      Steelers            72.2
  11       1      Texans              71.5
  12      21      Panthers            71.2
  13      20      Titans              70.0
  14      14      Cowboys             69.6
  15      17      Bengals             69.4
  16      16      Chargers            69.2
  17      23      Buccaneers          68.8
  18       6      Jaguars             67.7
  19      26      Raiders             67.4
  20      29      Dolphins            67.1
  21      11      Jets                65.8
  22      19      Bills               65.1
  23       9      Rams                64.7
  24      22      Packers             64.7
  25      15      Bears               64.0
  26      30      Colts               63.5
  27      28      Redskins            63.0
  28      27      Saints              62.6
  29      18      Lions               60.8
  30      25      Falcons             60.5
  31      32      49ers               57.0
  32      31      Browns              56.3
 
NFL Average                           68.1
 
 
 
Ratings Courtesy of STATS
 
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