Tuesday, December 14, 2010

NFL: Week 14 APR vs. ESPN

What this is

A comparison of APR's Week 12 power rankings with ESPN's rankings for the same week of games. This acts as a sanity check (both ways) to see what teams are over- or underrated.

Only teams that are at least 9 positions apart are listed. The number in parentheses is the difference between APR's rank and ESPN's rank.

Teams ESPN likes more than APR:

On the bubble:
Rams (+8). The kindest thing I can say about the Rams right now is their 18-point road loss to the Saints doesn't look nearly as bad as the Seahawks 19-point road loss to the 49ers.
In range:
Chiefs (+7). Even allowing for a backup quarterback, that 31-0 pasting at the Chargers was an ugly, ugly loss. Factoring in losses to the Texans (5-8), Raiders (6-7) and Broncos (3-10), it gets pretty hard to make the case the Chiefs belong anywhere in the top half of the power rankings.

Teams APR likes more than ESPN:

On the bubble:
Browns, Bills (-8). Consistently inconsistent.
In range:
Lions (-6). The Lions finally won a close game, against a playoff contender, no less. Still looking for their first road win in a long while, though.