Tuesday, January 1, 2013

NFL Week 17 APR vs. ESPN

What this is

A comparison of APR's Week 17 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 (+8)
The Colts have 2 road wins outside the AFC South. Their playoff game on Sunday could be over by halftime.
Falcons (+7)
I assume ESPN gave the Falcons the benefit of the doubt for not putting away the Buccaneers (in spite of playing all their starters for the whole game). APR did not, dropping them 3 spots.
Texans (+7)
I'm not really sure how ESPN still has the Texans in their top 10. Their record, especially since the bye, is really unimpressive. Does anyone see this team making it to the AFC Championship game?
On the bubble
Nobody closer than Rams, Cowboys (+3)

Teams APR likes more than ESPN:

Panthers (-8)
APR gives the Panthers a 5-spot bump on their 6-point win over the Saints. They finished with a respectable 6-3 record. On the other hand, one of those 3 losses came at the hands of the Chiefs.
On the bubble
Nobody closer than the Saints (-5)