In football (as in nearly all team sports), there are two statistics that rise above all others in importance: the number of points scored and the number of points allowed.
It's obvious that this is important.
It is, in fact, the "bottom line." Regardless of the number of yards a team's offense gains or the number of turnovers a defense forces, in the end, it is all about points.
It's simple to store this as a statistic. For convenience on this list, I'm going to call it the AAP Ratio (all about points), and it refers to the ratio of points scored per game to points allowed per game.
A ratio of 1.000 means that a team has scored the same number of points that it has allowed. If it's higher than 1.000, a team has scored more points than it has allowed. If it's lower than 1.000, a team has surrendered more points than it has accumulated.
It's all very black and white. And, not surprisingly, it correlates very closely with a team's win-loss record. But the ratio does tell you a little bit more than just a win-loss record.
The teams near or at the top of the list tend to be those with both a good offense and a good defense. A team that is great on one side of the ball but only average on the other may win games, but they won't be as high on this list.
How that bodes for playoff success in 2001 remains to be seen.
You'll see the usual great teams on the list, although the order might surprise you.
Without further delay, here are your Top 10 AAP Rankings from the 2011 NFL season's Week 4.