NFL Power Rankings Week 9: A Statistical Perspective

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NFL Power Rankings Week 9: A Statistical Perspective
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Eight teams have six wins, making it hard to tell who's the best in the league.

A lot of the debate—like the rankings themselves—are mostly subjective opinion backed up with some selected facts.

This week, two of those teams are going head to head: New England and Pittsburgh.  The debate over who is better has already begun.

It'll include such names as James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Bill Belichik and Tom Brady. With a dash of Ben Roethlisberger thrown in. Notice that only Roethlisberger and Brady are a direct apples-to-apples comparison?

But isn't football a team effort? Isn't there some way to judge the entire team?

I did.

Putting together a boatload of stats and combining them in a clearly objective manner, I rigged up a spreadsheet using stats including offense, defense, all special teams, W-L record as well as quality of opponents. I threw them all into a computer and you'll see what I get.

Your curiosity will make you look, but I also know you won't like a lot of it.

Go ahead and waste your time reading something that will anger, frustrate and leave most of you feeling insulted.

And when you're done, go ahead and waste more time commenting on how much you hated what simple math said.

(After all, if I wanted to rig it, I'd at least put my Browns in the top half of the league, wouldn't I?)

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