Friday, December 15, 2017

Aikman Efficiency Ratings

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AIKMAN RATINGS Thru Week 5
 
The Chiefs remain the top-ranked team in the Aikman Combined Ratings compiled by STATS through Week 5 of the NFL season, as well as the NFL’s lone undefeated team.
 
As they were last week, the Chiefs were followed by Andy Reid’s prior team, the Eagles, although Philadelphia closed the gap between the teams from 7.6 to 1.2 with a 34-7 thrashing of the Cardinals.
 
The Aikman Combined Ratings also like the 3-2 Jaguars, whose statement win in Pittsburgh saw them jump from 6th to 3rd, ahead of the idle Broncos.
 
The Chiefs are bidding to be wire-to-wire leaders in Aikman Offense.  Kansas City sits 1st for the 5th straight week and has built an 8.0-point lead over the second-place Packers.  Most observers have also felt the Chiefs have been the NFL’s best attack in 2017, but we note that it is the Patriots who sit 1st in the League’s yards-only method of ranking offenses.  While New England has more yards, Kansas City has scored more points, made fewer turnovers, converted more third downs and rushed for a higher average than the Patriots, who still sit a very respectable 3rd in Aikman Offense.
 
On the other side of the ball, we have a new leader as the Bills have moved up from 4th to displace the Lions, who fell to 6th in losing to Carolina.  And beware the Jaguars, whose dominating effort at Pittsburgh saw them jump from 6th to 2nd.
 
Jacksonville beat the Steelers by 21 points last Sunday while winning the turnover battle, 5-1.  The Jaguars were rewarded in the Aikmans while Pittsburgh fell, especially in Aikman Offense where the Steelers dropped from 14th to 22nd.  But in the NFL rankings, that only look at Pittsburgh’s 371 yards and ignore the five interceptions, the Steelers actually bumped up on offense from 21st to 17th.
 
It is games like this, where an inefficient offense was rewarded based on yards gained alone, that caused Troy Aikman to look for a better way to measure performance of offensive and defensive units and devise the Aikman Ratings, which combine seven important factors for a unified rating.  Last week, teams that gained more yards went only 7-7, while teams with higher Aikman Game Scores were 11-3. 

 
 
 
 
Aikman Combined Ratings Through Week 5, 2017
 
                                 --------- Aikman --------       ------- NFL --------
Rank  Record   Team             Combined     Off      Def       Off    Def  Combined
   1     5-0    Chiefs             169.0    102.4     66.5         2     27     29 
   2     4-1    Eagles             167.7     91.1     76.6         3     22     25 
   3     3-2    Jaguars            165.4     84.8     80.6        20     14     34 
   4     3-1    Broncos            162.4     82.6     79.8        13      1     14 
   5     3-2    Bills              159.9     78.5     81.4        31     12     43 
   6     3-2    Vikings            159.0     83.8     75.3         9      7     16 
   7     3-2    Lions              158.9     81.4     77.5        29     18     47 
   8     4-1    Packers            158.2     94.4     63.9        16     11     27 
   9     3-2    Seahawks           157.1     77.5     79.6        15     17     32 
  10     3-1    Falcons            155.7     87.0     68.8         4     10     14 
  11     2-2    Saints             155.7     88.6     67.1         7     29     36 
  12     2-3    Texans             154.8     85.6     69.2        12     13     25 
  13     3-2    Ravens             152.3     73.6     78.7        28     16     44 
  14     2-3    Raiders            152.0     81.9     70.1        30     23     53 
  15     3-2    Rams               150.6     83.1     67.5         5     20     25 
  16     3-2    Patriots           149.7     93.3     56.4         1     32     33 
  17     2-3    Cowboys            149.7     87.2     62.5        10     19     29 
  18     3-2    Steelers           149.2     76.0     73.2        17      4     21 
  19     4-1    Panthers           149.1     80.9     68.2        18      3     21 
  20     2-2    Buccaneers         148.5     80.9     67.6         6     30     36 
  21     2-2    Redskins           147.3     75.5     71.8         8      9     17 
  22     3-2    Jets               145.9     74.7     71.2        26     25     51 
  23     1-4    Chargers           145.3     79.7     65.7        11     24     35 
  24     2-3    Bengals            142.1     66.3     75.8        23      2     25 
  25     0-5    49ers              141.5     75.0     66.6        22     28     50 
  26     2-3    Titans             141.1     79.4     61.8        24     21     45 
  27     2-3    Colts              141.0     76.6     64.5        25     31     56 
  28     0-5    Giants             137.7     74.7     62.9        19     26     45 
  29     1-4    Bears              137.6     72.6     64.9        27      6     33 
  30     2-2    Dolphins           133.5     60.3     73.2        32      8     40 
  31     2-3    Cardinals          131.9     66.8     65.2        14     15     29 
  32     0-5    Browns             127.1     65.2     62.0        21      5     26 
 
 
 
Aikman Offense Ratings Through Week 5, 2017
 
  Aik     NFL     Team                 AER
   1       2      Chiefs             102.4
   2      16      Packers             94.4
   3       1      Patriots            93.3
   4       3      Eagles              91.1
   5       7      Saints              88.6
   6      10      Cowboys             87.2
   7       4      Falcons             87.0
   8      12      Texans              85.6
   9      20      Jaguars             84.8
  10       9      Vikings             83.8
  11       5      Rams                83.1
  12      13      Broncos             82.6
  13      30      Raiders             81.9
  14      29      Lions               81.4
  15       6      Buccaneers          80.9
  16      18      Panthers            80.9
  17      11      Chargers            79.7
  18      24      Titans              79.4
  19      31      Bills               78.5
  20      15      Seahawks            77.5
  21      25      Colts               76.6
  22      17      Steelers            76.0
  23       8      Redskins            75.5
  24      22      49ers               75.0
  25      19      Giants              74.7
  26      26      Jets                74.7
  27      28      Ravens              73.6
  28      27      Bears               72.6
  29      14      Cardinals           66.8
  30      23      Bengals             66.3
  31      21      Browns              65.2
  32      32      Dolphins            60.3
 
NFL Average                           80.3
 
 
 
Aikman Defense Ratings Through Week 5, 2017
 
  Aik     NFL     Team                 AER
   1      12      Bills               81.4
   2      14      Jaguars             80.6
   3       1      Broncos             79.8
   4      17      Seahawks            79.6
   5      16      Ravens              78.7
   6      18      Lions               77.5
   7      22      Eagles              76.6
   8       2      Bengals             75.8
   9       7      Vikings             75.3
  10       8      Dolphins            73.2
  11       4      Steelers            73.2
  12       9      Redskins            71.8
  13      25      Jets                71.2
  14      23      Raiders             70.1
  15      13      Texans              69.2
  16      10      Falcons             68.8
  17       3      Panthers            68.2
  18      30      Buccaneers          67.6
  19      20      Rams                67.5
  20      29      Saints              67.1
  21      28      49ers               66.6
  22      27      Chiefs              66.5
  23      24      Chargers            65.7
  24      15      Cardinals           65.2
  25       6      Bears               64.9
  26      31      Colts               64.5
  27      11      Packers             63.9
  28      26      Giants              62.9
  29      19      Cowboys             62.5
  30       5      Browns              62.0
  31      21      Titans              61.8
  32      32      Patriots            56.4
 
NFL Average                           69.7
 
 
 
Ratings Courtesy of STATS
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