I can’t say that I am a huge football fan, and I can’t claim to be an expert on how teams are ranked. One thing is clear, no-one has come up with the simplistic idea of just looking at the league as a whole. Forget the conferences and the other BS. Who is winning and who is not. Even though the season is only in week three, the numbers are starting to come in.
I am not an expert in statistics, so I had to cobble together an excel spreadsheet. I discounted most of data and looked at the basic facts, how many wins and how many losses. I included the points for and points against data, but left it out of the calculation. Lets face it, who cares? A team can lose by 1 point one week and win by 30 points the next week. This is a boring statistic. Indeed most of the statistics are boring. Rushing yards are what you do when you hear your wife drive up and you have messed up the house and need to get it tidied up before she gives you a good tongue lashing.
Defensive tactics also mean little to my simple brain. Infrequently have I found that the plan of playing Possum in the bedroom works well.
So when you strip away all of the fluff here is what the NFL standings are.
|New England Patriots||2||1||0.667||66||49|
|San Diego Chargers||2||1||0.667||69||49|
|New York Jets||1||1||0.5||43||45|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1||2||0.333||61||65|
|New York Giants||1||2||0.333||58||77|
|Green Bay Packers||1||2||0.333||54||79|
|New Orleans Saints||1||2||0.333||78||72|
|San Francisco 49ers||1||2||0.333||62||68|
|St. Louis Rams||1||2||0.333||56||85|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||3||0||45||95|
The bottom line is the San Diego Chargers are in the top 10. In fact if you look closer at the data, they are tied for third place! Likewise the teams at the end of the list are in the wrong order. Tampa Bay has managed to score 45 points, this is clearly more than the Raiders 37, and the Jaguars with 44.
I am sure that people will disagree with my analysis, but it is what it is.