Tuesday, December 6, 2011

NFL Week 13 APR vs. ESPN

What this is

A comparison of APR's Week 13 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:
As noted earlier, the Bills (+6) haven't won since October. Maybe APR has them ranked too low at #26, although the evidence to argue for a higher spot is pretty sparse.
ESPN has the Cowboys (+6) at #9, in spite of the fact that their last three games are an overtime win over the Redskins (ESPN #27), a 1-point win over the Dolphins (ESPN #21), and an overtime loss to the Cardinals (ESPN #18). That doesn't seem like a top-10 team to me, or APR.

Teams APR likes more than ESPN:

On the bubble:
ESPN again calls the Dolphins (-7) "the team no playoff hopeful wants to face", but has them ranked barely out of the bottom 10. It's certainly hard to make the case that they're worse than the Bills, ranked one spot higher by ESPN.