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KingPriest2
10-13-2004, 03:59 PM
Aikman Efficiency Ratings: Week 5


By Troy Aikman
Special to NFL.com


(Oct. 13, 2004) – Here are the Aikman Efficiency Ratings for this week. First, a few observations…

Offense
The Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles remain 1-2 in the Offensive Aikman Efficiency Ratings after Week 5 of the NFL season, but they have been joined at the hard-to-reach 90-plus mark by the Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers.

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The Vikings' ascension is not a surprise, but the Chargers are ranked only 17th in total yards, the NFL's traditional method of measuring offense. San Diego may be averaging a middle-of-the-road 328.8 yards per game, but they are tied for second in the league in scoring, are third in third-down efficiency, second in percentage of possible points in the red zone and fifth in fewest turnovers -- all important categories evaluated by the Aikman ratings.

With a rating of 47.48, the Miami offense has fallen nearly 15 points behind any other team, a huge gap. Among other negative achievements so far, the Dolphins have converted only 39 of a possible 84 points (46.4 percent) in the red zone. The traditional league average is around 65 percent. ... Teams that are outperforming their NFL yards ranking in the Aikman ratings include Pittsburgh (10th versus 18th), Carolina (12th up from 22nd) and Detroit (18th up from 31st). The Steelers and Panthers have been very effective in the red zone so far, while the Lions have had only three turnovers in four games. ... Green Bay, on the other hand, ranks 14th in the Aikmans and fifth in the NFL; the Packers have been hindered by 14 turnovers in its 1-4 start.

Defense
Strafed in the fourth quarter by the Rams, Seattle's overall rating plunged nearly 14 points last week, but the Seahawks remain in first place in the Defensive Aikman Efficiency Ratings with a rating of 90.77, 1.65 ahead of the Atlanta Falcons.
Making a move to third are last year's Defensive Aikman leaders, the Super Bowl champion Patriots, who are once again out-performing their NFL defense ranking based on yards. New England is up to third in the Aikmans, while listed at 10th by the NFL.

The defenses of the Ravens and Redskins both benefited from Sunday night's slugfest. Washington moved up to fourth from 10th, while the Ravens advanced to 10th from 17th. ... Denver, tops in the NFL defensive rating, is 14th in the Aikmans. The Broncos, strong in most categories, are hurt in the AERs by forcing only three turnovers in five games.

Aikman Offensive Efficiency Ratings
Aikman NFL Teams AER
1 2 Indianapolis 97.70
2 3 Philadelphia 92.85
3 1 Minnesota 92.66
4 17 San Diego 91.63
5 4 St. Louis 87.55
6 12 Kansas City 86.69
7 8 New York Jets 86.12
8 11 New England 84.51
9 13 Seattle 82.76
10 18 Pittsburgh 83.59
11 16 Tennessee 81.64
12 22 Carolina 79.28
13 7 Houston 78.40
14 5 Green Bay 76.58
15 6 New York Giants 76.19
16 10 Denver 74.59
17 9 Dallas 74.03
18 31 Detroit 73.36
19 24 Jacksonville 72.76
20 19 New Orleans 71.64
21 23 Atlanta 71.51
22 14 San Francisco 70.28
23 21 Cincinnati 69.53
24 15 Oakland 69.23
25 29 Baltimore 68.06
26 20 Chicago 67.63
27 27 Arizona 67.31
28 30 Cleveland 67.22
29 26 Washington 64.33
30 28 Buffalo 62.82
31 25 Tampa Bay 62.38
32 32 Miami 47.48




Aikman Defensive Efficiency Ratings
Aikman NFL Teams AER
1 6 Seattle 90.77
2 8 Atlanta 89.08
3 10 New England 86.95
4 3 Washington 85.15
5 25 Arizona 84.82
6 23 Detroit 84.44
7 16 Philadelphia 83.77
8 5 Pittsburgh 82.51
9 2 Miami 80.63
10 7 Baltimore 79.40
11 18 New York Giants 79.05
12 27 Chicago 78.71
13 15 Buffalo 78.36
14 1 Denver 76.34
15 9 New York Jets 76.20
16 4 Tampa Bay 75.31
17 22 Cleveland 72.94
18 32 Indianapolis 71.53
19 17 Carolina 69.18
20 24 San Diego 69.02
21 11 Jacksonville 68.74
22 13 Kansas City 68.27
23 21 Cincinnati 68.05
24 30 Minnesota 66.41
25 14 Oakland 65.57
26 29 New Orleans 65.35
27 20 Tennessee 63.95
28 19 Dallas 63.85
29 12 San Francisco 62.05
30 28 St. Louis 61.14
31 31 Green Bay 61.13
32 26 Houston 59.73




The Aikman Efficiency Ratings measure offensive and defensive performance using a combination of seven key statistics identified by Troy Aikman, and then measured against league norms (and extremes) established over the last 10 years. An offense or defense performing exactly at league norms in all categories will achieve a score of 75.

It will take a truly exceptional unit to score more than 90 during an entire season on either the offensive or defensive scale. In 2003, AER scores ranged on offense from 93.95 (Kansas City) to 63.55 (New York Giants) and on defense from 86.87 (New England) to 62.60 (San Diego).

The seven categories measured are:

Adjusted Points (20 percent) -- Total Points Scored or Allowed minus Points on Returns and Safeties.
Turnovers (20 percent).
Red Zone Efficiency (20 percent) -- Measured by Percent of Possible Points (figured by taking the number of Red Zone Chances times 7, then dividing it by the number of Points Actually Scored (defined as TDs times 7 plus FGs times 3).
Yards Per Play -- Divided into Yards Per Rush (10 percent of total) and Yards Per Pass Play (10 percent of total). Yards Per Pass Play includes yards on plays involving sacks.
First Down Achievement -- Divided into Total First Downs (10 percent of total) and 3rd Down Conversion Percentage (10 percent of total).

Claynus
10-13-2004, 04:36 PM
Aikman is cool.