Tuesday, December 13, 2011

NFL Week 14 APR vs. ESPN

What this is

A comparison of APR's Week 14 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 with the widest differential 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:
The Raiders (+7) don't have a win over a quality team since they beat the Texans October 9th. And now they've got a couple really bad losses that probably knocked them out of the playoff race.
The Giants (+6) have some exciting playmakers, and (at least for the moment) lead their division. But ESPN's rank of #12 seems kind of high for a team that just broke a 4-game losing streak, and is only one win over .500.
ESPN makes note of the Bills (+6) 6-game losing streak, but still has them ranked out of the bottom 10 (although to be sure, there's some pretty stiff competition for the 10 worst teams of the league this year).

Teams APR likes more than ESPN:

On the bubble:
The Seahawks (-6) have racked up some pretty nice wins this season. If a couple games they really should have won (@ the Browns and vs. the Redskins) had gone their way, they'd be right in the middle of the playoff hunt. Even now, they're not totally out of it, although they would need a lot of help to have a chance.