NFL Efficiency- Week 6 Tweet
With week 6 complete Ive updated the team efficiency numbers. I may in the future add weekly rather than weighted numbers as well to paint a better picture of teams whose numbers are skewed more by one or two games. The big mover this week was the Giants who just dominated the 49'ers, who was the number 1 team last week. The Giants are a strange team with the capability of putting together a spectacular game (this was their second of the year) but will balance it out with head scratching games like those against the Cowboys and Eagles. It's been that way for a long time with them too.
I think there are two big stories that are being told by the rankings. One is that the AFC has completely fallen on hard times. 12 of the top ranking teams comes from the NFC, which is an unheard of number. The only AFC teams listed are the Tom Brady led Patriots, the Peyton Manning led Broncos, the Texans, and the Ravens. The Dolphins do have a positive score at number 17 and are followed by the Jets at 18, though the Jets are a negative squad right now. The balance of power shift is dramatic and with Brady and Manning at the end of their careers you have to wonder how long it will be before the NFC gives up its stranglehold on the league.
The other story is how bad the AFC North looks to be. Traditionally this has been a strong division. You could almost always count on the Ravens or Steelers to be top 10 and in most seasons both would be top 10. The Bengals would have a few years ranking in the top half of the standings. The Browns were always a pushover and that is the one constant. The Ravens are barely hanging on in the top 10 and are now decimated by injuries. The other three teams rank 24, 25, and 26 respectively. The Steelers would be the team most would think would bounce back, but they are hurt on defense and I don't know if Roethlisberger can carry them without the defense. He is one of those guys that seems to always make a play when it counts, but if you are not in a position to make those plays I dont know if he is that type of passer to do what Brady and Manning do.
NFL Efficiency Rankings, Thru Week 6
|Rank||Change||Team||Scoring Efficiency||Defensive Efficiency||Total Efficiency|
|2||+11||New York Giants||45.90%||11.70%||57.61%|
|3||-2||San Francisco 49ers||7.41%||41.75%||49.16%|
|5||+2||Green Bay Packers||33.78%||11.83%||45.61%|
|6||-||New England Patriots||43.73%||-3.01%||40.72%|
|13||-3||St. Louis Rams||-11.19%||24.05%||12.86%|
|15||+8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-7.07%||14.75%||7.68%|
|18||+3||New York Jets||-3.77%||-0.30%||-4.08%|
|21||-4||San Diego Chargers||-12.79%||1.64%||-11.15%|
|26||-||New Orleans Saints||10.59%||-41.61%||-31.02%|
|30||-2||Kansas City Chiefs||-31.74%||-22.88%||-54.62%|