Tuesday, October 16, 2012

NFL Week 6 APR vs. ESPN

What this is

A comparison of APR's Week 6 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:

Chargers (+9)
ESPN and APR both drop the Chargers a couple spots on their loss to the Broncos. And the Chargers look even less like a top-16 team.
Steelers (+7)
The Steelers have tallied a 2-3 record against teams that are all 3-3 or worse. The only thing that indicates they belong in the top half of the power rankings is last year's reputation.
On the bubble
Ravens (+6)

Teams APR likes more than ESPN:

Rams (-9)
APR and ESPN both drop the Rams 2 spots on their loss to the Dolphins. On the one hand, APR still has them too high at #11. On the other hand, if their offense ever gets going, they could be a very dangerous team.
Seahawks (-7)
At some point, you would think the Seahawks' lack of offense would hurt them, but for now a home victory over the Patriots gets them to 4 wins, and a (probably too high) #2 ranking by APR.
On the bubble
Nobody closer than -5 (Bears, Panthers)