Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Aikman Efficiency Ratings

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AIKMAN RATINGS
Thru Week 8

With a strong performance against the 49ers, the Eagles have reclaimed their position atop the Aikman Combined Ratings compiled by STATS, moving ahead of the idle Jaguars.  The Vikings continue in 3rd place, although the two top teams have moved more than five points ahead of the other teams.

The Jaguars continue in 1st in Aikman Defense.  Stung by Deshaun Watson and the Texans, the Seahawks fell from 2nd to 7th.

There is a new leader in Aikman Offense as the Patriots have displaced the Chiefs, who had been in 1st from Week 1.  New England is in a virtual tie with the Eagles for the lead, with Kansas City now in 3rd.

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We note the continued decline of offense in 2017.  The average Aikman score in Week 8 was 75.5, lowering the season average to 79.3.  Last year after eight weeks, the average was 82.7.

The decline in Aikman Offense (or to be positive, the improvement in Aikman Defense) is reflected in other indices.  Scoring is down in the NFL, from a total of 45.9 points in 2016 after Week 8 to 43.8 so far this year.  The average team gained 370.7 yards per game thru eight weeks in 2016, but just 350.9 in 2017.

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Troy Aikman created the Aikman Ratings over frustration with the NFL’s simplistic yards only method of rating offensive and defensive units.  Teams would fail to win despite gaining more yards – and be rewarded in the NFL’s rankings.

Sunday night’s game between Pittsburgh and Detroit provides an illustration.  The Lions piled up 482 yards, 90 more than the Steelers, but scored only 15 points and lost.

Detroit’s offense entered the week ranked 26th by the NFL – and advanced to 19th.

In Aikman Offense, a measurement of seven factors only some of which are related to yards, the Lions fell from 20th to 22nd.

 

Aikman Combined Ratings Through Week 8, 2017

 

                                 --------- Aikman --------       ------- NFL --------

Rank  Record   Team             Combined     Off      Def       Off    Def  Combined

   1     7-1    Eagles             168.7     91.6     77.2         6     14     20 

   2     4-3    Jaguars            168.4     86.2     82.2        12      6     18 

   3     6-2    Vikings            162.9     83.3     79.5        13      3     16 

   4     5-2    Bills              160.4     82.3     78.1        25     22     47 

   5     5-2    Seahawks           159.3     81.9     77.4         7     17     24 

   6     5-2    Saints             158.3     87.4     70.9         2     20     22 

   7     4-3    Cowboys            158.1     89.7     68.4         8     13     21 

   8     3-4    Texans             157.5     87.0     70.5        10     18     28 

   9     6-2    Steelers           156.9     77.9     79.0        11      4     15 

  10     5-2    Rams               156.9     84.5     72.5         9     15     24 

  11     6-2    Patriots           156.3     91.6     64.7         1     32     33 

  12     6-2    Chiefs             156.2     91.5     64.7         3     30     33 

  13     4-4    Ravens             154.3     73.4     80.9        31     10     41 

  14     3-4    Broncos            152.9     71.4     81.5        15      1     16 

  15     3-5    Chargers           152.1     78.9     73.2        17     19     36 

  16     4-3    Packers            151.5     87.4     64.1        22     23     45 

  17     4-3    Falcons            150.7     82.6     68.1         5     11     16 

  18     5-3    Panthers           150.4     75.7     74.7        21      2     23 

  19     3-4    Lions              149.0     74.5     74.5        19     21     40 

  20     3-5    Raiders            148.9     82.7     66.2        20     25     45 

  21     4-3    Titans             147.4     78.4     69.0        18     16     34 

  22     3-4    Redskins           145.5     78.8     66.7        14     12     26 

  23     3-5    Bears              145.1     71.1     74.0        29      8     37 

  24     3-5    Jets               144.0     75.9     68.1        23     26     49 

  25     1-6    Giants             141.6     73.9     67.7        27     27     54 

  26     2-5    Buccaneers         141.5     78.0     63.5         4     29     33 

  27     3-4    Bengals            140.9     66.3     74.6        30      5     35 

  28     2-6    Colts              136.8     73.2     63.6        28     31     59 

  29     4-3    Dolphins           136.7     69.5     67.2        32      7     39 

  30     0-8    49ers              134.7     72.9     61.8        24     28     52 

  31     3-4    Cardinals          131.9     69.5     62.4        16     24     40 

  32     0-8    Browns             127.7     62.6     65.1        26      9     35 

 

 

 

Aikman Offense Ratings Through Week 8, 2017

 

  Aik     NFL     Team                 AER

   1       1      Patriots            91.6

   2       6      Eagles              91.6

   3       3      Chiefs              91.5

   4       8      Cowboys             89.7

   5      22      Packers             87.4

   6       2      Saints              87.4

   7      10      Texans              87.0

   8      12      Jaguars             86.2

   9       9      Rams                84.5

  10      13      Vikings             83.3

  11      20      Raiders             82.7

  12       5      Falcons             82.6

  13      25      Bills               82.3

  14       7      Seahawks            81.9

  15      17      Chargers            78.9

  16      14      Redskins            78.8

  17      18      Titans              78.4

  18       4      Buccaneers          78.0

  19      11      Steelers            77.9

  20      23      Jets                75.9

  21      21      Panthers            75.7

  22      19      Lions               74.5

  23      27      Giants              73.9

  24      31      Ravens              73.4

  25      28      Colts               73.2

  26      24      49ers               72.9

  27      15      Broncos             71.4

  28      29      Bears               71.1

  29      16      Cardinals           69.5

  30      32      Dolphins            69.5

  31      30      Bengals             66.3

  32      26      Browns              62.6

 

NFL Average                           79.3

 

 

 

Aikman Defense Ratings Through Week 8, 2017

 

  Aik     NFL     Team                 AER

   1       6      Jaguars             82.2

   2       1      Broncos             81.5

   3      10      Ravens              80.9

   4       3      Vikings             79.5

   5       4      Steelers            79.0

   6      22      Bills               78.1

   7      17      Seahawks            77.4

   8      14      Eagles              77.2

   9       2      Panthers            74.7

  10       5      Bengals             74.6

  11      21      Lions               74.5

  12       8      Bears               74.0

  13      19      Chargers            73.2

  14      15      Rams                72.5

  15      20      Saints              70.9

  16      18      Texans              70.5

  17      16      Titans              69.0

  18      13      Cowboys             68.4

  19      11      Falcons             68.1

  20      26      Jets                68.1

  21      27      Giants              67.7

  22       7      Dolphins            67.2

  23      12      Redskins            66.7

  24      25      Raiders             66.2

  25       9      Browns              65.1

  26      30      Chiefs              64.7

  27      32      Patriots            64.7

  28      23      Packers             64.1

  29      31      Colts               63.6

  30      29      Buccaneers          63.5

  31      24      Cardinals           62.4

  32      28      49ers               61.8

 

NFL Average                           70.7

 

 

 

Ratings Courtesy of STATS

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