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NFL Week 5 AAP Rankings: Scoring the Teams

Chip SpanglerContributor IIIDecember 17, 2016

NFL Week 5 AAP Rankings: Scoring the Teams

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    The NFL, like nearly all team sports, requires teams to both score points and prevent their opponents from scoring.

    Scoring more points than your opponent is the basic (and only) formula to win a game, and it's how teams are ranked in the "AAP Ranking" system.

    The AAP (all about points) Ratio is the ratio of points scored per game to points allowed per game. A ratio above 1.000 means a team has scored more points than it has allowed (and the reverse is true for a ratio under 1.000).

    There are many statistics used in football. But regardless of the turnovers, yards gained, completion percentage or any other stat, the important thing is who wins the game.

    And winning is all about points.

No. 32: St. Louis Rams

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    Team: St. Louis Rams

    Rank: 32

    Previous Rank: 31

    Games Played: Four

    Points Scored per game: 11.50

    Points Allowed per game: 28.25

    AAP Ratio: 0.407

    Record: 0-4

    Last Week: Bye

    This Week: On the road vs. the Packers

    Noteworthy: The Rams are second-worst in points allowed per game and worst in points scored per game.

No. 31: Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

    Rank: 31

    Previous Rank: 30

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 11.80

    Points Allowed per game: 23.00

    AAP Ratio: 0.513

    Record: 1-4

    Last Week: Lost to the Bengals, 30-20

    This Week: On the road vs. the Steelers

    Noteworthy: With the second-worst points scored per game but the 12th-best points allowed per game, the Jaguars are one of two teams with a 19-spot gap between their offensive and defensive scoring ranks.

No. 30: Kansas City Chiefs

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    Team: Kansas City Chiefs

    Rank: 30

    Previous Rank: 32

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 15.40

    Points Allowed per game: 30.00

    AAP Ratio: 0.513

    Record: 2-3

    Last Week: Defeated the Colts, 28-24

    This Week: Bye

    Noteworthy: The Chiefs are near the bottom of both scoring categories, with the third-worst scoring offense and worst scoring defense.

No. 29: Indianapolis Colts

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    Team: Indianapolis Colts

    Rank: 29

    Previous Rank: 29

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 17.40

    Points Allowed per game: 27.20

    AAP Ratio: 0.640

    Record: 0-5

    Last Week: Lost to the Chiefs, 28-24

    This Week: On the road vs. the Bengals

    Noteworthy: Not much better than the Chiefs, the Colts have the fourth-worst points allowed per game and the sixth-worst points scored per game.

No. 28: Miami Dolphins

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    Team: Miami Dolphins

    Rank: 28

    Previous Rank: 27

    Games Played: Four

    Points Scored per game: 17.25

    Points Allowed per game: 26.00

    AAP Ratio: 0.663

    Record: 0-4

    Last Week: Bye

    This Week: On the road vs. the Jets

    Noteworthy: Miami cracks the bottom five in scoring offense (fourth worst).

No. 27: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Rank: 27

    Previous Rank: 12

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 17.40

    Points Allowed per game: 25.00

    AAP Ratio: 0.696

    Record: 3-2

    Last Week: Lost to the 49ers, 48-3

    This Week: On the road vs. the Lions

    Noteworthy: A devastating loss against the 49ers drops the Bucs 15 spots, the largest drop of any team in the AAP Rankings. The Bucs are also easily the wost team on the list with a winning record.

No. 26: Denver Broncos

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    Team: Denver Broncos

    Rank: 26

    Previous Rank: 26

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 21.00

    Points Allowed per game: 28.00

    AAP Ratio: 0.750

    Record: 1-4

    Last Week: Lost to the Chargers, 29-24

    This Week: Bye

    Noteworthy: It's too bad Tebow can't play defense; the Broncos have the third-worst scoring defense in the league.

No. 25: Seattle Seahawks

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    Team: Seattle Seahawks

    Rank: 25

    Previous Rank: 28

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 18.80

    Points Allowed per game: 24.40

    AAP Ratio: 0.770

    Record: 2-3

    Last Week: Defeated the Giants on the road, 36-25

    This Week: Bye

    Noteworthy: Winning against the Giants helped Seattle move up three spots this week.

No. 24: Arizona Cardinals

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    Team: Arizona Cardinals

    Rank: 24

    Previous Rank: 17

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 19.20

    Points Allowed per game: 24.20

    AAP Ratio: 0.793

    Record: 1-4

    Last Week: Lost to the Vikings on the road, 34-10

    This Week: Bye

    Noteworthy: The Cardinals had the third-worst drop in the rankings, falling seven spots.

No. 23: Cleveland Browns

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    Team: Cleveland Browns

    Rank: 23

    Previous Rank: 25

    Games Played: Four

    Points Scored per game: 18.50

    Points Allowed per game: 23.25

    AAP Ratio: 0.796

    Record: 2-2

    Last Week: Bye

    This Week: On the road vs. the Raiders

    Noteworthy: Cleveland is tied for the fourth-largest differential in rankings between scoring offense and scoring defense. The Browns are 13th-best in points allowed per game, but seventh-worst in points scored per game.

No. 22: Atlanta Falcons

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    Team: Atlanta Falcons

    Rank: 22

    Previous Rank: 23

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 20.80

    Points Allowed per game: 26.00

    AAP Ratio: 0.800

    Record: 2-3

    Last Week: Lost to the Packers at home, 25-14

    This Week: At home vs. the Panthers

    Noteworthy: Scoring roughly three TD's per game won't cut it if you give up close to four.

No. 21: Chicago Bears

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    Team: Chicago Bears

    Rank: 21

    Previous Rank: 20

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 21.40

    Points Allowed per game: 24.40

    AAP Ratio: 0.877

    Record: 2-3

    Last Week: Lost to the Lions, 24-13

    This Week: At home vs. the Vikings

    Noteworthy: The Bears are relatively balanced, with the 17th-best scoring defense and 18th-best scoring offense.

No. 20: Carolina Panthers

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    Team: Carolina Panthers

    Rank: 20

    Previous Rank: 22

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 23.20

    Points Allowed per game: 26.40

    AAP Ratio: 0.879

    Record: 1-4

    Last Week: Lost to the Saints at home, 30-27

    This Week: On the road vs. the Falcons

    Noteworthy: Carolina is another team with a high ranking differential in points scored vs. points allowed. The Panthers have the 15th-best scoring offense but sixth-worst scoring defense.

No. 19: Philadelphia Eagles

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    Team: Philadelphia Eagles

    Rank: 19

    Previous Rank: 16

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 25.00

    Points Allowed per game: 26.40

    AAP Ratio: 0.947

    Record: 1-4

    Last Week: Lost to the Bills on the road, 31-24

    This Week: On the road vs. the Redskins

    Noteworthy: The Eagles should be better than 1-4 with the 11th-best points scored per game. But with the seventh-worst points allowed per game, Philadelphia finds a way to lose.

No. 18: New York Jets

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    Team: New York Jets

    Rank: 18

    Previous Rank: 15

    Games Played: 5

    Points Scored per game: 24.20

    Points Allowed per game: 25.00

    AAP Ratio: 0.968

    Record: 2-3

    Last Week: Lost to the Patriots on the road, 30-21

    This Week: At home vs. the Dolphins

    Noteworthy: The Jets have given up 25 points per game (125 total) this year for the 12th-worst points allowed in the league. Twenty-one of those total points were scored when the Jets offense was on the field against the Ravens.

No. 17: Dallas Cowboys

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    Team: Dallas Cowboys

    Rank: 17

    Previous Rank: 19

    Games Played: Four

    Points Scored per game: 24.75

    Points Allowed per game: 25.25

    AAP Ratio: 0.980

    Record: 2-2

    Last Week: Bye

    This Week: On the road vs. the Patriots

    Noteworthy: The Cowboys are yet another team with a large ranking differential in points scored vs. points allowed. Dallas manages to rank 12th-best in points scored per game, but 10th-worst in points allowed per game.

No. 16: Oakland Raiders

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    Team: Oakland Raiders

    Rank: 16

    Previous Rank: 18

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 27.20

    Points Allowed per game: 26.60

    AAP Ratio: 1.023

    Record: 3-2

    Last Week: Defeated the Texans at home, 25-20

    This Week: At home vs. the Browns

    Noteworthy: Taking the ranking differentials to the extreme, the Raiders have the eighth-best points scored per game and the fifth-worst points allowed per game. The ranking differential between the two stats (20) is the largest in the league.

No. 15: New York Giants

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    Team: New York Giants

    Rank: 15

    Previous Rank: 11

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 25.40

    Points Allowed per game: 24.60

    AAP Ratio: 1.033

    Record: 3-2

    Last Week: Lost to the Seahawks at home, 36-25

    This Week: At home vs. the Bills

    Noteworthy: New York ranks 10th-best in points scored per game, but only 19th-best in points allowed per game.

No. 14: Minnesota Vikings

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    Team: Minnesota Vikings

    Rank: 14

    Previous Rank: 24

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 22.20

    Points Allowed per game: 21.20

    AAP Ratio: 1.047

    Record: 1-4

    Last Week: Defeated the Cardinals at home, 34-10

    This Week: On the road vs. the Bears

    Noteworthy: At No. 14, the Vikings are the only team with a losing record in the top half of the league's rankings and are actually ahead of two 2-2 teams and three 3-2 teams.

No. 13: San Diego Chargers

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    Team: San Diego Chargers

    Rank: 13

    Previous Rank: 14

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 24.00

    Points Allowed per game: 21.80

    AAP Ratio: 1.101

    Record: 4-1

    Last Week: Defeated the Broncos on the road, 29-24

    This Week: Bye

    Noteworthy: The Chargers are the lowest-ranked team with at least four wins.

No. 12: Tennessee Titans

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    Team: Tennessee Titans

    Rank: 12

    Previous Rank: Three

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 21.00

    Points Allowed per game: 18.80

    AAP Ratio: 1.117

    Record: 3-2

    Last Week: Lost on the road to the Steelers, 38-17

    This Week: Bye

    Noteworthy: The Titans suffered the second-largest drop in the rankings this week (nine spots). They rank high with the seventh-fewest points allowed per game, but are only 20th-best in points scored per game.

No. 11: Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

    Rank: 11

    Previous Rank: 21

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 20.40

    Points Allowed per game: 17.80

    AAP Ratio: 1.146

    Record: 3-2

    Last Week: Defeated the Titans at home, 38-17

    This Week: At home vs. the Jaguars

    Noteworthy: Pittsburgh had one of the biggest jumps (10 spots) this week. Its fifth-best ranking in points allowed per game is not helped by its inept offense, which is 10th-worst in scoring points.

No. 10: Cincinnati Bengals

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    Team: Cincinnati Bengals

    Rank: 10

    Previous Rank: 13

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 22.00

    Points Allowed per game: 18.80

    AAP Ratio: 1.170

    Record: 3-2

    Last Week: Defeated the Jaguars on the road, 30-20

    This Week: At home vs. the Colts

    Noteworthy: The Bengals have one of the high ranked scoring defenses in the league, giving up the sixth-fewest points per game.

No. 9: New Orleans Saints

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    Team: New Orleans Saints

    Rank: 9

    Previous Rank: 9

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 31.40

    Points Allowed per game: 25.00

    AAP Ratio: 1.256

    Record: 4-1

    Last Week: Defeated the Panthers on the road, 30-27

    This Week: On the road vs. the Buccaneers

    Noteworthy: Drew Brees has helped the Saints score the fifth-most points per game, but the defense lags behind at 20th in the league.

No. 8: Washington Redskins

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    Team: Washington Redskins

    Rank: 8

    Previous Rank: 8

    Games Played: Four

    Points Scored per game: 20.75

    Points Allowed per game: 15.75

    AAP Ratio: 1.317

    Record: 3-1

    Last Week: Bye

    This Week: At home vs. the Eagles

    Noteworthy: The Redskins, like the Raiders, have a large differential in scoring rankings (only in reverse). Being third-best in points allowed per game helps to make up for a mediocre 22nd-best in points scored per game.

No. 7: Houston Texans

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    Team: Houston Texans

    Rank: 7

    Previous Rank: 4

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 25.40

    Points Allowed per game: 19.00

    AAP Ratio: 1.337

    Record: 3-2

    Last Week: Lost to the Raiders at home, 25-20

    This Week: On the road against the Ravens

    Noteworthy: The Texans are one of four teams in the top 10 in both points scored per game and points allowed per game.

No. 6: Buffalo Bills

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    Team: Buffalo Bills

    Rank: 6

    Previous Rank: 6

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 32.80

    Points Allowed per game: 24.00

    AAP Ratio: 1.367

    Record: 4-1

    Last Week: Defeated the Eagles at home, 31-24

    This Week: On the road vs. the Giants

    Noteworthy: While sporting a third-best points scored per game, the defense has some catching up to do, as it clocks in at 15th-best in points allowed per game.

No. 5: New England Patriots

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    Team: New England Patriots

    Rank: 5

    Previous Rank: 7

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 33.00

    Points Allowed per game: 23.80

    AAP Ratio: 1.387

    Record: 4-1

    Last Week: Defeated the Jets at home, 30-21

    This Week: At home vs. the Cowboys

    Noteworthy: Like the Bills, the Patriots have a 12-spot gap in the two scoring rankings. Brady helps them reach second-best in points scored per game, but the defense is only 14th-best in the league.

No. 4: Green Bay Packers

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    Team: Green Bay Packers

    Rank: 4

    Previous Rank: 5

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 34.60

    Points Allowed per game: 22.20

    AAP Ratio: 1.559

    Record: 5-0

    Last Week: Defeated the Falcons on the road, 25-14

    This Week: At home vs. the Rams

    Noteworthy: The Packers take the top spot in points scored per game (and are 11th-best in points allowed per game).

No. 3: Detroit Lions

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    Team: Detroit Lions

    Rank: 3

    Previous Rank: 2

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 31.80

    Points Allowed per game: 17.80

    AAP Ratio: 1.787

    Record: 5-0

    Last Week: Defeated the Bears at home, 24-13

    This Week: At home vs. the 49ers

    Noteworthy: Detroit is the only team in the top five rankings for both points scored and points allowed per game (fourth-best in each).

No. 2: San Francisco 49ers

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    Team: San Francisco 49ers

    Rank: 2

    Previous Rank: 10

    Games Played: Five

    Points Scored per game: 28.40

    Points Allowed per game: 15.60

    AAP Ratio: 1.821

    Record: 4-1

    Last Week: Defeated the Buccaneers, 48-3

    This Week: On the road vs. the Lions

    Noteworthy: The 49ers blowout win pushed them up eight spots in the AAP rankings and pushed San Francisco's points allowed per game rank to second-best in the league.

No. 1: Baltimore Ravens

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    Team: Baltimore Ravens

    Rank: 1

    Previous Rank: 1

    Games Played: Four

    Points Scored per game: 29.75

    Points Allowed per game: 14.25

    AAP Ratio: 2.088

    Record: 3-1

    Last Week: Bye

    This Week: At home vs. the Texans

    Noteworthy: Having the sixth-best points scored per game is easier when your defense can score too (remember the three defensive touchdowns vs. the Jets). Baltimore's defense rules the roost, ranking the best in points allowed per game.

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