Tuesday, October 30, 2012

NFL Week 8 APR vs. ESPN

What this is

A comparison of APR's Week 8 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:

Colts (+10)
The Colts are clearly much, much better than they were last year. But they also have two close wins over a couple very bad teams (Browns, Titans), and a couple losses to two other bad teams (Jaguars, Jets). Winning record or not, that's not the resume of a team that belongs in the top half of the power rankings.
On the bubble
Cardinals (+6)

Teams APR likes more than ESPN:

Panthers (-10)
The Panthers have had a lot of close losses (which long time readers will know is something APR likes more than it should). They were ahead late over both the Falcons and Bears. But the Panthers' uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory means they still only have a single win.
On the bubble
Jets (-6)