Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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
Nodbody closer than the Colts (+5) who needed yet another come-back win over weak sister opponent, and
The Vikings (+5) who are managing to hang around with the playoff contenders in spite of the almost total lack of a passing game.

Teams APR likes more than ESPN:

On the bubble
APR gives the Panthers (-6) a 5-spot bump after their convincing win over the conference-leading Falcons.
ESPN has the Saints (-6) below the Jets, Browns, Dolphins, Rams, and Vikings. At least the Saints still have Drew Brees, and a reasonable hope of putting a contending team back together next year.