Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NFL Week 12 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:

We seem to have reached the late-season agreement phase earlier than usual this year.

On the Bubble:
Chiefs (+7), Redskins (+6), Raiders (+6)

Teams APR likes more than ESPN:

On the bubble: Jaguars (-8)
Jack Del Rio (finally) fired as head coach today. The Jaguars have had 3 winning seasons in the last 12.
On the bubble: Dolphins (-8)
ESPN's comment for the Dolphins is priceless:
Miami is the type of scrappy team no playoff contender wants to face. (Walker)
While the Dolphins are probably better than their 3-8 record, they're not that much better. The fact that the Cowboys needed a last-second field goal to beat them by 1 point says more about the Cowboys than it does about the Dolphins.
Any playoff contender worth the name has to be thinking "the Dolphins are the kind of team we need to be able to steamroll early and often".