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Saints, Colts, and Patriots Top Week 11 Power Poll

Todd McGeeContributor INovember 17, 2009

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Despite losing to Indianapolis on Sunday night, the Patriots held on to the No. 3 spot in my weekly Power Poll. The Saints and Colts remain No. 1 and 2, but the Colts are quickly narrowing the gap.

This Power Poll combines three statistics. The first is a team's adjusted win-loss record, which is computed by adding the number of wins of each opponent a team has beaten and the number of losses of each opponent that a team has lost to. To achieve the adjusted winning percentage, I divide the number of wins by the numbers of wins plus losses.

For instance, the seven teams Cincinnati has beaten have combined to win 30 games, while the two teams they have lost to have combined to lose seven games, giving them an adjusted win-loss record of 30-7, which equates to a winning percentage of .811.

The second statistic compares a team's scoring against the average points allowed by the teams it has played. This is an attempt to measure a team's offensive efficiency.

For example, New England is averaging 28.8 points a game, while the nine teams they have played are allowing only 21.6 points per game, giving New England an offensive efficiency rating of 7.2.

The third stat compares a team's defensive points allowed versus the average points scored by the teams it has played. This measures a team's defensive effectiveness.

For example, Indianapolis is allowing only 15.8 points per game while their opponents are averaging 21.8 points a game, which gives Indy a defensive effectiveness ranking of -6.0 (negative numbers are good for the defensive ranking).

To achieve the final calculation, I multiply the adjusted winning percentage by three, then subtract a team's defensive effectiveness from its offensive efficiency, and then divide that by 10. I then add that number to the team's adjusted winning percentage number for the final ranking.

Without further ado, here are the results through Week 10 of the NFL season:

 Rank NFL Team Total 1 New Orleans Saints 4.200 2 Indianapolis Colts 4.110 3 New England Patriots 3.372 4 Minnesota Vikings 3.220 5 Cincinnati Bengals 3.213 6 Arizona Cardinals 2.712 7 Baltimore Ravens 2.686 8 Pittsburgh Steelers 2.685 9 Atlanta Falcons 2.669 10 Dallas Cowboys 2.435 11 Denver Broncos 2.299 12 San Diego Chargers 2.241 13 Philadelphia Eagles 2.108 14 Houston Texans 2.079 15 New York Giants 2.059 16 Miami Dolphins 1.945 17 Green Bay Packers 1.840 18 New York Jets 1.722 19 San Francisco 49ers 1.559 20 Carolina Panthers 1.157 21 Chicago Bears 0.907 22 Jacksonville Jaguars 0.890 23 Tennessee Titans 0.661 24 Seattle Seahawks 0.607 25 Buffalo Bills -0.045 26 Washington Redskins -0.180 27 Kansas City Chiefs -0.409 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -0.544 29 Oakland Raiders -0.738 30 Detroit Lions -0.799 31 Cleveland Browns -0.890 32 St. Louis Rams -1.319

If I were a betting man...

I would go with No. 16 Dolphins (plus three-and-a-half according to the Las Vegas Sunset Stations) over the No. 20 Panthers, the No. 9 Falcons (plus six-and-a-half) over the No. 15 Giants, the No. 30 Lions (minus three-and-a-half) over the No. 31 Browns, and the No. 19 49ers (plus six-and-a-half) over the No.17 Packers.

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