The regular season has come and gone and we are left with 12 teams in a dog fight for the ultimate prize. The other 20, well better luck next year.
It was the first year doing these rankings and I must say numbers were pretty true to how the teams stacked up. The top 9 teams all made the playoffs and all 12 resided in the top 14. The 2 teams that missed out were Detroit and Arizona.
If you compare the rankings to the teams record there are a few that seem out of position. Houston, Detroit, Washington seem too high while the Jets, Giants and Baltimore stats are worse than their records. I put these differences on the coaches and how they influenced games. It is fitting the teams that the 3 teams that under achieved fired their coaches while the 3 that did better than expected with what they were given are safe.
With that said I think the 3 teams that fired their coach will be more likely to turn things around next season. If 49er fans know anything its that finding the right coach can change a team overnight. The league proves it all the time. New Orleans losses Sean Payton for a year and they fell off the face of the earth, Kansas City had 6 pro bowlers on a 2 win team, get Andy Reid win 11 games. It happens, in a league separated by inches a single piece here or there can change everything.
As for your San Francisco 49ers, they have the right pieces on the field, sideline, in the front office and a owner who has done a heck of a job putting it together while staying out of the way all at the same time. The 49ers finished tied for 4th in the league and are ready for a postseason run. Here are the final rankings for the 2013 season.
|Rank||Last Wk||Team||Off YPG||Def YPG||Points scored||Points Allowed||Turnover Dif||Yards Per play||Net points||TOP||Total|
|1||2||New Orleans Saints||4||4||10||4||14||6||7||3||52|
|4||4||San Francisco 49ers||24||5||11||3||4||12||3||13||75|
|7||7||Kansas City Chiefs||21||24||6||5||2||20||4||7||89|
|7||8||San Diego Chargers||5||23||12||11||20||5||12||1||89|
|7||9||New England Patriots||7||26||3||10||8||11||8||16||89|
|14||15||Green Bay Packers||3||25||8||24||19||4||16||10||109|
|19||18||St. Louis Rams||30||15||21||13||9||24||17||25||154|
|28||30||New York Jets||25||11||29||19||30||27||26||20||187|
|29||31||New York Giants||28||8||28||18||31||28||23||24||188|
|30||25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||17||30||21||7||31||28||23||189|
The Saints stole the top spot in the final week from Seattle who finished 2nd. Cincinnati led the way in the AFC thanks in large part to them being the only team that knows how to play defense in the conference. Out of the 5 other teams in the AFC playoff bracket Denver, yes that’s right Denver is the closest to them in total defense. Please note that total offense and defense is figured by yards per game. It has widely been used by the league as the main measuring stick for teams. If used on this year’s teams on both sides of the ball Houston had a better season than Denver.
Stats can be used to tell the story, but can be misleading if not used properly. When choosing these statistical categories I wanted to make sure it was balanced. Yards and points on each side of the ball, turnover differential, and then not only just time of possession, but a teams yard per play so teams that scored quickly weren’t penalized for their big plays. Net points I have always felt told the story on where teams stand. All these added together ended with this result.
If you have any comments please leave them below. I will consider adding a few categories for next year to more accurately depict the league’s standings.