NFL Power Rankings Week 12: Are the Green Bay Packers the Best By the Numbers?

Matt TruebloodSenior Analyst INovember 23, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 12: Are the Green Bay Packers the Best By the Numbers?

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 21:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 21, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    The Green Bay Packers have found their stride, and the rest of the league may have a long two months ahead. Aaron Rodgers threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns Sunday as Green Bay steamrolled Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings; Greg Jennings snagged three of the scoring passes himself. Clay Matthews registered a sack, giving him 11.5 already, and Tramon Williams intercepted his fourth pass of the season.

    The Packers have won their last two contests by a combined 66 points and now stand at 7-3, ready top challenge the Falcons for NFC supremacy next week in Atlanta. That game could determine who has home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

    Meanwhile, the New England Patriots managed to take down the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, keeping pace with the New York Jets at 8-2. Those two teams look more and more every week like the class of the AFC, and are ticketed for a big showdown on Dec. 6 in Foxboro.

    These head-to-head matches of top-tier teams are a great way to see firsthand who is better. But when such determinate games are not available, a good secondary guide is to turn to the numbers.

    Who eats up yardage on offense? Whose defense is stingiest? Who is dominating the turnover battle? Who has benefited from an easy schedule, and whose has been a nightmare? Statistics can answer all of these questions and more clearly show us who the best teams in the league are.

    Therefore, let's look strictly at the numbers accrued by each team this season, and decide who we think is the best. Forget projections of future improvement--if a team is still underachieving by now, maybe that is not going to change. We will use simple math to weight the performance of each team in a variety of categories, then see who comes out looking a bit better than we thought.

A Quick Note: How We Build These Rankings

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    As I said, these rankings will reflect the statistical composites of each team, based on how much given stats impact the squad's chances of winning. Each team will get ratings based on their ability to, for instance, win the turnover battle or gain yardage efficiently through the air.

    For each category, we will award up to six points based on how the team has performed relative to the rest of the league. Then, we can weight each category so that really crucial stats (like special teams touchdown differentials and turnover efficiency) are worth more than less impactful ones like field goal percentage. Thus, some categories can actually be worth more than six points to elite teams: Michael Vick's Eagles, for instance, dominate the turnover battle and earn 7.5 points in that category.

    I'll itemize each team's performance in each of our categories to make clearer where certain teams are vulnerable, and where they are excellent.

32. Arizona Cardinals

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 21:  Tim Hightower #34 of the Arizona Cardinals carries the ball as Kendrick Lewis #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game on November 21, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire
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    Turnovers: 2.5 pts

    Passing yards/attempt: 2.2 pts

    Rushing yards per attempt: 4.6 pts

    Opponents' passing yards per attempt: 2.3 points

    Opponents' rushing yards per attempt: 3.3 points

    Third down conversion percentage: 2.6 points

    Opponents' third down conversion percentage: 3.9 pts

    Strength of Schedule adjustment: -2.0 pts

    Total: 19.4 pts

31. St. Louis Rams

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    ST. LOUIS - NOVEMBER 21: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams scrambles against the Atlanta Falcons at the Edward Jones Dome on November 21, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Falcons beat the Rams 34-17.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    TO: 5.0

    Pass YPA: 2.2

    Rush YPA: 3.45

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 3.3

    3D Conv. %: 3.9

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 5.2

    SoS Adj: -4.0

    Total: 22.5

30. Seattle Seahawks

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    NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 21:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks points to his offense during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on November 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    TO: 3.75

    Pass YPA: 3.3

    Rush YPA: 2.3

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 4.4

    3D Conv. %: 3.9

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 5.2

    SoS adj: -3.5

    Total: 22.8

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars breaks out for a big run that would lead to the winning touchdown during a game agaisnt the Cleveland Browns at EverBank Field on November 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florid
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    TO: 2.5

    Pass YPA: 4.4

    Rush YPA: 4.6

    Opp Pass YPA: 1.15

    Opp Rush YPA: 3.3

    3D Conv. %: 3.9

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 2.6

    SoS adj: 1.0

    Total: 23.45

28. San Francisco 49ers

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Jabar Gaffney #10 of Denver Broncos is tackled by Patrick Willis #52 and Shawntae Spencer #36 of San Francisco 49ers during the NFL International Series match between Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium
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    TO: 3.75

    Pass YPA: 3.3

    Rush YPA: 3.45

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 4.4

    3D Conv. %: 2.6

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 5.2

    SoS adj: -2.3

    Total: 23.85

27. Carolina Panthers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07:  Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers sits on the bench against the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    TO: 2.5

    Pass YPA: 2.2

    Rush YPA: 3.45

    Opp Pass YPA: 4.6

    Opp Rush YPA: 4.4

    3D Conv. %: 2.6

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 5.2

    SoS adj: -1.1

    Total: 23.85

26. Denver Broncos

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos celebrates the Broncos 49-29 win over the Kansas City Chiefs as he leaves the field at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmon
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    TO: 3.75

    Pass YPA: 5.5

    Rush YPA: 1.15

    Opp Pass YPA: 2.3

    Opp Rush YPA: 3.3

    3D Conv. %: 3.9

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 3.9

    SoS adj: 0.5

    Total: 24.3

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 21:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks to pass the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    TO: 5.0

    Pass YPA: 4.4

    Rush YPA: 4.6

    Opp Pass YPA: 4.6

    Opp Rush YPA: 2.2

    3D Conv. %: 5.2

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 2.6

    SoS adj: -4.2

    Total: 24.4

24. Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    TO: 3.75

    Pass YPA: 3.3

    Rush YPA: 5.75

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 2.2

    3D Conv. %: 2.6

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 6.5

    SoS adj: -2.4

    Total: 25.15

23. Detroit Lions

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 14:  Leodis McKelvin #28 of the Buffalo Bills strips the ball away from Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 14-12.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/
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    TO: 5.0

    Pass YPA: 2.2

    Rush YPA: 2.3

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 2.2

    3D Conv. %: 3.9

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 5.2

    SoS adj: 1.6

    Total: 25.85

22. Minnesota Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 21:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks for an open receiver while playing the Green Bay Packers at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 21, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/
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    TO: 1.25

    Pass YPA: 3.3

    Rush YPA: 4.6

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 4.4

    3D Conv. %: 3.9

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 2.6

    SoS adj: 2.8

    Total: 26.3

21. Indianapolis Colts

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    FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots on November 21, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Colts 31-2
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    TO: 5.0

    Pass YPA: 3.3

    Rush YPA: 2.3

    Opp Pass YPA: 4.6

    Opp Rush YPA: 1.1

    3D Conv. %: 6.5

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 3.9

    SoS adj: -0.1

    Total: 26.6

20. Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys scores against Chris Houston #23 of the Detroit Lions at Cowboys Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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    TO: 3.75

    Pass YPA: 4.4

    Rush YPA: 2.3

    Opp Pass YPA: 2.3

    Opp Rush YPA: 3.3

    3D Conv. %: 5.2

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 3.9

    SoS adj: 1.7

    Total: 26.85

19. Cincinnati Bengals

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    TO: 3.75

    Pass YPA: 3.3

    Rush YPA: 3.45

    Opp Pass YPA: 4.6

    Opp Rush YPA: 3.3

    3D Conv. %: 3.9

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 3.9

    SoS adj: 1.2

    Total: 27.4

18. Buffalo Bills

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills runs for a touchdown during NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bills won 49-21.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    TO: 3.75

    Pass YPA: 3.3

    Rush YPA: 4.6

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 2.2

    3D Conv. %: 5.2

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 2.6

    SoS adj: 3.0

    Total: 28.1

17. Washington Redskins

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    NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Redskins won 19-16 in overtime.  (Photo by Grant Halverson
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    TO: 5.0

    Pass YPA: 4.4

    Rush YPA: 3.45

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 1.1

    3D Conv. %: 1.3

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 6.5

    SoS adj: 2.9

    Total: 28.3

16. New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 21:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints waits during a timeout against the Seattle Seahawks at Louisiana Superdome on November 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    TO: 3.75

    Pass YPA: 4.4

    Rush YPA: 3.45

    Opp Pass YPA: 5.75

    Opp Rush YPA: 3.3

    3D Conv. %: 7.8

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 5.2

    SoS adj: -4.9

    Total: 28.75

15. Baltimore Ravens

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 21:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    TO: 3.75

    Pass YPA: 4.4

    Rush YPA: 2.3

    Opp Pass YPA: 4.6

    Opp Rush YPA: 3.3

    3D Conv. %: 5.2

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 5.2

    SoS adj: 0.4

    Total: 29.15

14. Kansas City Chiefs

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 14:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs heads to the bench against the Denver Bronco at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 49-29.  (Photo by Doug Pensing
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    TO: 5.0

    Pass YPA: 4.4

    Rush YPA: 5.75

    Opp Pass YPA: 4.6

    Opp Rush YPA: 3.3

    3D Conv. %: 3.9

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 5.2

    SoS adj: -2.8

    Total: 29.35

13. Atlanta Falcons

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 11:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons pulls in this touchdown reception against Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens at Georgia Dome on November 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    TO: 6.25

    Pass YPA: 3.3

    Rush YPA: 4.6

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 3.3

    3D Conv. %: 7.8

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 2.6

    SoS adj: -0.9

    Total: 30.4

12. Tennessee Titans

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 14:  Coach Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans shouts against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    TO: 5.0

    Pass YPA: 4.4

    Rush YPA: 4.6

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 4.4

    3D Conv. %: 3.9

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 3.9

    SoS adj: 0.9

    Total: 30.55

11. New York Giants

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants tries to break the tackle of Dimitri Patterson #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty I
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    TO: 2.5

    Pass YPA: 4.4

    Rush YPA: 4.6

    Opp Pass YPA: 4.6

    Opp Rush YPA: 4.4

    3D Conv. %: 3.9

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 7.8

    SoS adj: -0.7

    Total: 31.5

10. New England Patriots

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    FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21:  Danny Woodhead #39 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown in the second half despite the defense of Kelvin Hayden #26 of the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Pat
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    TO: 6.25

    Pass YPA: 4.4

    Rush YPA: 4.6

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 3.3

    3D Conv. %: 6.5

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 1.3

    SoS adj: 2.2

    Total: 32.0

9. Houston Texans

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against the New York Jets on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    TO: 3.75

    Pass YPA: 5.5

    Rush YPA: 5.75

    Opp Pass YPA: 2.3

    Opp Rush YPA: 4.4

    3D Conv. %: 5.2

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 3.9

    SoS adj: 1.5

    Total: 32.3

8. Cleveland Browns

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns rushes  during a game agaisnt the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    TO: 5.0

    Pass YPA: 3.3

    Rush YPA: 4.6

    Opp Pass YPA: 3.45

    Opp Rush YPA: 4.4

    3D Conv. %: 5.2

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 3.9

    SoS adj: 2.6

    Total: 32.45

7. Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 14: Phil Loadholt #71 of the Minnesota Vikings tries to block Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 14, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 27-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Imag
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    TO: 5.0

    Pass YPA: 4.4

    Rush YPA: 3.45

    Opp Pass YPA: 6.9

    Opp Rush YPA: 5.5

    3D Conv. %: 2.6

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 6.5

    SoS adj: -1.7

    Total: 32.65

6. Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 18:  Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins runs as safety Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears defends at Sun Life Stadium on November 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    TO: 3.75

    Pass YPA: 3.3

    Rush YPA: 3.45

    Opp Pass YPA: 4.6

    Opp Rush YPA: 4.4

    3D Conv. %: 5.2

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 3.9

    SoS adj: 4.1

    Total: 32.7

5. San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers waits to be introduced prior to the start of the NFL football game against Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevor
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    TO: 2.5

    Pass YPA: 6.6

    Rush YPA: 3.45

    Opp Pass YPA: 5.75

    Opp Rush YPA: 5.5

    3D Conv. %: 6.5

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 5.2

    SoS adj: -2.2

    Total: 33.3

4. Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings has his jersey grabbed by Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)
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    TO: 6.25

    Pass YPA: 5.5

    Rush YPA: 3.45

    Opp Pass YPA: 5.75

    Opp Rush YPA: 3.3

    3D Conv. %: 5.2

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 3.9

    SoS adj: 0.8

    Total: 34.15

3. New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates with Braylon Edwards #17 after scoring the winning  touchdown against  the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter of their  game on November 21, 2010 at the New Mead
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    TO: 5.0

    Pass YPA: 3.3

    Rush YPA: 4.6

    Opp Pass YPA: 4.6

    Opp Rush YPA: 5.5

    3D Conv. %: 5.2

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 5.2

    SoS adj: 1.4

    Total: 34.8

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21:  Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball after catching an interception against the Oakland Raiders during the game on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerh
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    TO: 6.25

    Pass YPA: 5.5

    Rush YPA: 3.45

    Opp Pass YPA: 4.6

    Opp Rush YPA: 6.6

    3D Conv. %: 3.9

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 6.5

    SoS adj: 2.0

    Total: 38.8

1. Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    TO: 7.5

    Pass YPA: 5.5

    Rush YPA: 6.9

    Opp Pass YPA: 4.6

    Opp Rush YPA: 4.4

    3D Conv. %: 5.2

    Opp 3D Conv. %: 5.2

    SoS adj: 1.8

    Total: 41.1

What Did We Learn?

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles gets tripped up by Barry Cofield #96 of the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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    Anytime you try to capture the essence of football in numerical terms, you're going to get some results that look a little fishy. The Browns seem a strange member of the top ten, while the Colts at 21 look a little underrated. That's okay. All this is meant to show us, really, is how these teams stack up together in that which is most easily measurable. The rest is impossible to predict, anyway.

    Pennsylvania seems to be the Mecca of NFL football at the moment, with the dominant scores the Eagles and Steelers posted in this system. It's probably unfair to count Vick's rushing stats, because they so help Philly's yardage per attempt--but then, it's pretty unfair for those who have to try and stop Michael Vick, too.

    Two team to keep close eyes on down the stretch are Miami and Houston, who seem unlikely playoff candidates but have plenty of opportunities to spoil others' parties and (as this system shows) stack up well.