Tuesday, October 23, 2012

NFL Week 7 APR vs. ESPN

What this is

A comparison of APR's Week 7 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:

Ravens (+8)
The Ravens' offense has never been anything special, and as long as their defense is giving up 30 points a game, they just don't belong in the top 10.
Eagles (+7)
The Eagles increased slightly in power on their bye week, but APR dropped them 3 places anyway. Given their 3-3 record, and habit of turning the ball over on offense, I think I like APR's ranking (#20) better than ESPN's (#13) too.
On the bubble
Nobody closer than +5 (Saints, Giants)

Teams APR likes more than ESPN:

Rams (-10)
On their home loss to the Packers, APR holds the Rams steady, and ESPN drops them a spot. APR continues to have them too high (but how does ESPN have the Lions and Saints ranked over them??)
Jets (-7)
I can't work up a lot of enthusiasm to talk up the Jets, but a) they did take the Texans and Patriots to the wire the last two weeks, and b) they are 3-4, and only a game out of first place in the division. The Jets are another team ESPN has inexplicably ranked under the Lions and Saints.
On the bubble
Nobody closer than -5 (Panthers)