Thursday, March 30, 2017

Aikman Efficiency Ratings

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AIKMAN RATINGS
Thru Week 14
 
The Broncos, Packers and Patriots continue to battle for the top spots in both the 2014 Aikman Combined and Aikman Offense Ratings, something that no one who has followed the NFL this year would find surprising.  
 
With star quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, these three teams are among the four clubs with a league-high 10 wins and each is among the top five scoring offenses in the NFL.
 
But as the NFL measures things, only taking into account the raw yardage totals, none of the Aikman top three fall in the NFL’s offensive top three, and only the Broncos are in the NFL’s top five for combined offensive-defensive rankings.
 
The Aikman Ratings, devised by Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman, combine seven different factors, including turnovers, to provide a better overall system for determining offensive and defensive success than the mere acquisition of yardage.  And they identify the Broncos, Packers and Patriots as the top three teams in the NFL over the course of the season.
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The Broncos remained atop the Aikman Combined Ratings for the second straight week but their lead is tenuous with New England just 0.8 points back and a total of five teams within 5.0 points of the lead.
 
After scoring 43 points against the Falcons on Monday night, the Packers moved into first place in the Aikman Offense Ratings displacing New England.  Denver, which led from Week 7-12, has fallen to third.
 
There is a new leader on defense as well, as the Lions are back in 1st after a two-week absence.  Last week’s leader, Buffalo, dropped to third behind Arizona.
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Seattle may be playing the best football in the NFL right now, but since the Aikman Ratings measure season-long performance, they are 5th at the moment in the Aikman Combined.  The Seahawks were in 9th place as recently as Week 11.
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Two other teams to keep an eye on are the Ravens and Texans, who are 4th and 6th, respectively, in the Aikman Combined.  The Ravens are the only team in the NFL in the top eight in both Aikman Offense and Aikman Defense.  The Texans, a classic “Aikman Defense” as the 25th-ranked team in NFL yards-only but 4th in Aikman Defense, have consistently out-performed their won-loss record this year, but are now just one game out of the playoffs.
 


Aikman Combined Ratings Through Week 14, 2014
 
                                 --------- Aikman --------       ------- NFL --------
Rank  Record   Team             Combined     Off      Def       Off    Def  Combined
   1    10-3    Broncos            163.2     93.0     70.1         4      4      8  
   2    10-3    Packers            162.4     94.9     67.5         6     26     32  
   3    10-3    Patriots           161.8     92.4     69.3         7     13     20  
   4     8-5    Ravens             160.8     88.1     72.7        10     15     25  
   5     9-4    Seahawks           158.6     86.6     72.1        11      1     12  
   6     7-6    Texans             158.5     82.7     75.8        15     25     40  
   7     9-4    Lions              158.1     79.4     78.6        16      2     18  
   8     7-6    Chiefs             157.9     86.2     71.7        26      8     34  
   9     9-4    Colts              156.6     88.1     68.5         1     18     19  
  10     9-4    Cowboys            155.5     89.2     66.2         9     22     31  
  11    10-3    Cardinals          155.2     77.9     77.3        23     17     40  
  12     6-7    Rams               153.1     77.6     75.4        27     11     38  
  13     7-6    Dolphins           152.9     81.1     71.8        21      6     27  
  14     8-5    Steelers           152.2     88.2     64.0         2     16     18  
  15     7-6    Browns             151.6     77.3     74.3        13     20     33  
  16     7-6    Bills              151.2     74.4     76.8        22      5     27  
  17     8-4-1  Bengals            150.8     82.2     68.5        17     28.5   45.5
  18     5-8    Falcons            150.5     87.4     63.1         8     32     40  
  19     9-4    Eagles             150.3     79.2     71.0         5     24     29  
  20     8-5    Chargers           150.2     83.5     66.7        20      9     29  
  21     4-9    Giants             148.8     80.4     68.4        14     23     37  
  22     5-8    Saints             147.1     90.0     57.0         3     31     34  
  23     6-7    Vikings            146.4     77.9     68.5        28     12     40  
  24     7-6    49ers              146.3     73.5     72.9        24      3     27  
  25     5-8    Bears              144.2     80.1     64.1        18     28.5   46.5
  26     4-8-1  Panthers           143.4     79.2     64.2        19     19     38  
  27     3-10   Redskins           143.3     76.8     66.5        12     10     22  
  28     2-11   Raiders            137.9     73.8     64.2        32     14     46  
  29     2-11   Jets               134.6     72.0     62.5        25      7     32  
  30     2-11   Jaguars            134.0     66.8     67.2        31     27     58  
  31     2-11   Buccaneers         131.1     68.7     62.4        29     21     50  
  32     2-11   Titans             130.6     70.1     60.5        30     30     60  
 
 
 
Aikman Offense Ratings Through Week 14, 2014
 
  Aik     NFL     Team                 AER
   1       6      Packers             94.9
   2       4      Broncos             93.0
   3       7      Patriots            92.4
   4       3      Saints              90.0
   5       9      Cowboys             89.2
   6       2      Steelers            88.2
   7      10      Ravens              88.1
   8       1      Colts               88.1
   9       8      Falcons             87.4
  10      11      Seahawks            86.6
  11      26      Chiefs              86.2
  12      20      Chargers            83.5
  13      15      Texans              82.7
  14      17      Bengals             82.2
  15      21      Dolphins            81.1
  16      14      Giants              80.4
  17      18      Bears               80.1
  18      16      Lions               79.4
  19       5      Eagles              79.2
  20      19      Panthers            79.2
  21      23      Cardinals           77.9
  22      28      Vikings             77.9
  23      27      Rams                77.6
  24      13      Browns              77.3
  25      12      Redskins            76.8
  26      22      Bills               74.4
  27      32      Raiders             73.8
  28      24      49ers               73.5
  29      25      Jets                72.0
  30      30      Titans              70.1
  31      29      Buccaneers          68.7
  32      31      Jaguars             66.8
 
NFL Average                           81.3
 
 
 
Aikman Defense Ratings Through Week 14, 2014
 
  Aik     NFL     Team                 AER
   1       2      Lions               78.6
   2      17      Cardinals           77.3
   3       5      Bills               76.8
   4      25      Texans              75.8
   5      11      Rams                75.4
   6      20      Browns              74.3
   7       3      49ers               72.9
   8      15      Ravens              72.7
   9       1      Seahawks            72.1
  10       6      Dolphins            71.8
  11       8      Chiefs              71.7
  12      24      Eagles              71.0
  13       4      Broncos             70.1
  14      13      Patriots            69.3
  15      28.5    Bengals             68.5
  16      12      Vikings             68.5
  17      18      Colts               68.5
  18      23      Giants              68.4
  19      26      Packers             67.5
  20      27      Jaguars             67.2
  21       9      Chargers            66.7
  22      10      Redskins            66.5
  23      22      Cowboys             66.2
 24      19      Panthers            64.2
  25      14      Raiders             64.2
  26      28.5    Bears               64.1
  27      16      Steelers            64.0
  28      32      Falcons             63.1
  29       7      Jets                62.5
  30      21      Buccaneers          62.4
  31      30      Titans              60.5
  32      31      Saints              57.0
 
NFL Average                           68.7
 
 
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