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About the Aikman Efficiency Ratings

The Aikman Efficiency Ratings are developed by Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. The Aikman Efficiency Ratings measure seven categories of performance over an entire season.

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 17

By the slimmest of margins, one-hundredths of a point, the 2012 Patriots have the best Aikman Offense ever recorded (since 1995). This year’s New England attack just barely surpassed the mark of the 2007 Patriots, although both will be rounded to 99.0 in the Aikman archives.

As the data below shows, the key to the extraordinarily high rating of the 2012 Patriots is their NFL-record 444 first downs, 28 more than the previous record set by last year’s Saints. At the time the Aikman scale was put together, the NFL record was 387 first downs by the 1984 Dolphins, an average of 24.2 per game. In the last nine seasons, five teams, including the ’07 Patriots, have bettered that mark. Three of those five teams were New England teams quarterbacked by Tom Brady, with this year’s team hitting 27.8 per game.

To provide perspective, a truly bad team makes only about 200 first downs per season, or 13.3 per game.

Team Aik Rush Pass 3rdD Firsts Pts RZ TO
2012 Patriots 98.99 2.56 3.91 4.55 8.28 11.09 10.13 8.46
2007 Patriots 98.98 2.38 4.93 4.46 6.29 12.16 10.05 8.72

Buoyed by the huge Aikman Offense rating, the Patriots also finished first in the Aikman Combined with a mark of 173.9. It is the second-best Aikman Combined mark, trailing only those ’07 Patriots who were 16-0 with a 177.8 mark.

The Bears, in first place since Week 3, claimed the Aikman Defense title.

ODDS AND ENDS

When the Aikmans were conceived in 2005, an average over 10 years of NFL stats put the median score at 75.0 for both offense and defense. In recent years, average offense has advanced from those numbers with a corresponding decline in defense.

This year’s Aikman Offense average of 79.8 is an 18-year high, up from last year’s 78.9 which was also a record. Therefore the Dolphins at 75.3 on Offense were 22nd this year, while the 49ers at 75.2 on Defense were 8th.

For at least the 8th consecutive year the team with the higher Aikman Game Score actually won the game in question more than 80% of the time. It is the contention of Troy Aikman that the combination of seven factors measured by the Aikman Ratings better reflects performance that wins games than the NFL’s yards only method of ranking offense and defense.

And yards gained meant less than ever in 2012, with just 61.7% of the teams that gained more yards actually winning the game. That is well below the eight-year average of 68.4%.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 12-4 Patriots 173.9 99.0 74.9 1 25 26
2 11-5 Seahawks 165.9 86.8 79.1 17 4 21
3 13-3 Broncos 163.5 87.9 75.6 4 2 6
4 12-4 Texans 162.9 85.8 77.1 7 7 14
5 13-3 Falcons 161.2 87.2 74.0 8 24 32
6 11-4-1 49ers 160.2 85.0 75.2 11 3 14
7 10-6 Bears 159.1 76.6 82.5 28 5 33
8 9-7 Giants 158.3 86.1 72.1 14 31 45
9 11-5 Packers 156.6 88.5 68.1 13 11 24
10 10-6 Ravens 156.3 83.5 72.9 16 17 33
11 10-6 Redskins 155.6 88.9 66.7 5 28 33
12 8-8 Steelers 154.4 78.3 76.1 21 1 22
13 10-6 Bengals 154.1 78.3 75.8 22 6 28
14 7-9 Panthers 153.3 83.6 69.6 12 10 22
15 7-9 Saints 152.0 89.9 62.1 2 32 34
16 7-9 Buccaneers 150.0 81.0 69.0 9 29 38
17 4-12 Lions 149.3 82.9 66.4 3 13 16
18 10-6 Vikings 149.0 81.9 67.1 20 16 36
19 7-9 Dolphins 148.2 75.3 72.9 27 21 48
20 8-8 Cowboys 145.1 80.1 65.0 6 19 25
21 7-8-1 Rams 144.5 73.5 71.0 23 14 37
22 11-5 Colts 143.3 79.7 63.6 10 26 36
23 5-11 Browns 143.1 71.9 71.1 25 23 48
24 7-9 Chargers 141.0 73.1 67.8 31 9 40
25 4-12 Raiders 139.5 74.2 65.3 18 18 36
26 6-10 Jets 139.4 68.5 70.9 30 8 38
27 5-11 Cardinals 139.3 60.4 78.9 32 12 44
28 6-10 Titans 136.8 74.1 62.7 26 27 53
29 4-12 Eagles 136.7 72.5 64.2 15 15 30
30 6-10 Bills 135.8 76.5 59.4 19 22 41
31 2-14 Jaguars 134.4 69.0 65.4 29 30 59
32 2-14 Chiefs 127.5 63.2 64.3 24 20 44
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 79.8
1 1 Patriots 99.0
2 2 Saints 89.9
3 5 Redskins 88.9
4 13 Packers 88.5
5 4 Broncos 87.9
6 8 Falcons 87.2
7 17 Seahawks 86.8
8 14 Giants 86.1
9 7 Texans 85.8
10 11 49ers 85.0
11 12 Panthers 83.6
12 16 Ravens 83.5
13 3 Lions 82.9
14 20 Vikings 81.9
15 9 Buccaneers 81.0
16 6 Cowboys 80.1
17 10 Colts 79.7
18 21 Steelers 78.3
19 22 Bengals 78.3
20 28 Bears 76.6
21 19 Bills 76.5
22 27 Dolphins 75.3
23 18 Raiders 74.2
24 26 Titans 74.1
25 23 Rams 73.5
26 31 Chargers 73.1
27 15 Eagles 72.5
28 25 Browns 71.9
29 29 Jaguars 69.0
30 30 Jets 68.5
31 24 Chiefs 63.2
32 32 Cardinals 60.4
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 70.2
1 5 Bears 82.5
2 4 Seahawks 79.1
3 12 Cardinals 78.9
4 7 Texans 77.1
5 1 Steelers 76.1
6 6 Bengals 75.8
7 2 Broncos 75.6
8 3 49ers 75.2
9 25 Patriots 74.9
10 24 Falcons 74.0
11 21 Dolphins 72.9
12 17 Ravens 72.9
13 31 Giants 72.1
14 23 Browns 71.1
15 14 Rams 71.0
16 8 Jets 70.9
17 10 Panthers 69.6
18 29 Buccaneers 69.0
19 11 Packers 68.1
20 9 Chargers 67.8
21 16 Vikings 67.1
22 28 Redskins 66.7
23 13 Lions 66.4
24 30 Jaguars 65.4
25 18 Raiders 65.3
26 19 Cowboys 65.0
27 20 Chiefs 64.3
28 15 Eagles 64.2
29 26 Colts 63.6
30 27 Titans 62.7
31 32 Saints 62.1
32 22 Bills 59.4

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 16

With one week to go in the regular season, the Patriots remain in first place in the Aikman Combined Ratings while the surging Seahawks have moved into second.

Of the 10 teams that have made the playoffs so far, nine of them rank in the top 10 of the current Aikman Combined. The other team is the Bears, in sixth in the Combined and still the leaders in Aikman Defense. Chicago still has a good chance of making the playoffs.

The one team that has qualified for the playoffs without success in the Aikman Combined is Indianapolis. The Colts, whose season has been marked by close victories and a not particularly rigorous schedule, are 23rd in the Aikman Combined.

The NFL continues to use a “yards only” method to rank offense and defense. Combining the league’s rankings yields mixed results in determining success.

The Patriots, first in the Aikman Combined, and in the top five in nearly every subjective power ranking, stand only 12th when you combine their NFL rankings (1+27=28). Of the 11 teams ahead of them by this method, six are in the playoffs, the Cowboys could be and the Lions, Steelers, Panthers and Eagles will not qualify.

New England continues to dominate Aikman Offense just as it leads the NFL in yards. But after only posting a mark of 89.7 in the last four weeks, they have fallen off a record pace. The Patriots need an outstanding performance against the Bills on Sunday to reverse the trend and surpass their own mark of 99.0 in 2007 that constitutes the best in Aikman history, which dates to 1995.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 11-4 Patriots 171.9 98.4 73.4 1 27 28
2 10-5 Seahawks 165.7 86.4 79.4 16 4 20
3 12-3 Texans 164.3 86.5 77.8 8 9 17
4 13-2 Falcons 161.9 87.8 74.0 4 3 7
5 12-3 Broncos 159.9 85.9 74.0 4 3 7
6 9-6 Bears 159.5 76.2 83.3 28 5 33
7 10-4-1 49ers 159.0 85.0 74.0 11 2 13
8 11-4 Packers 157.4 87.2 70.2 13 10 23
9 10-5 Ravens 155.8 83.4 72.4 15 20 35
10 9-6 Bengals 155.4 78.8 76.6 20 6 26
11 8-7 Giants 154.9 83.6 71.3 14 30 44
12 9-6 Redskins 154.6 88.0 66.6 5 28 33
13 7-8 Saints 153.3 89.3 63.9 3 32 35
14 7-8 Steelers 153.0 77.4 75.6 21 1 22
15 6-9 Panthers 152.4 81..5 70.9 17 8 25
16 7-8 Dolphins 151.8 76.8 75.0 26 18 44
17 6-9 Buccaneers 150.0 81.2 68.8 10 29 39
18 4-11 Lions 149.3 83.2 66.1 2 13 15
19 9-6 Vikings 148.5 79.8 68.7 23 16 39
20 8-7 Cowboys 146.2 80.0 66.2 6 19 25
21 7-7-1 Rams 145.2 73.4 71.9 24 15 39
22 5-10 Browns 144.3 72.3 72.0 27 24 51
23 10-5 Colts 142.3 79.3 63.0 9 26 35
24 6-9 Chargers 141.8 73.2 68.6 29 11 40
25 6-9 Jets 140.9 69.3 71.6 30 7 37
26 5-10 Cardinals 140.7 60.7 79.9 32 12 44
27 4-11 Eagles 139.7 72.9 66.8 12 14 26
28 4-11 Raiders 137.5 72.9 64.6 18 21 39
29 5-10 Titans 136.7 74.7 62.0 25 25 50
30 2-13 Jaguars 133.0 68.5 64.5 31 31 62
31 5-10 Bills 132.9 75.7 57.2 19 22 41
32 2-13 Chiefs 130.7 64.2 66.5 22 17 39
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 79.5
1 1 Patriots 98.4
2 3 Saints 89.3
3 5 Redskins 88.0
4 7 Falcons 87.8
5 13 Packers 87.2
6 8 Texans 86.5
7 16 Seahawks 86.4
8 4 Broncos 85.9
9 11 49ers 85.0
10 14 Giants 83.6
11 15 Ravens 83.4
12 2 Lions 83.2
13 17 Panthers 81.5
14 10 Buccaneers 81.2
15 6 Cowboys 80.0
16 23 Vikings 79.8
17 9 Colts 79.3
18 20 Bengals 78.8
19 21 Steelers 77.4
20 26 Dolphins 76.8
21 28 Bears 76.2
22 19 Bills 75.7
23 25 Titans 74.7
24 24 Rams 73.4
25 29 Chargers 73.2
26 12 Eagles 72.9
27 18 Raiders 72.9
28 27 Browns 72.3
29 30 Jets 69.3
30 31 Jaguars 68.5
31 22 Chiefs 64.2
32 32 Cardinals 60.7
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 70.5
1 5 Bears 83.3
2 12 Cardinals 79.9
3 4 Seahawks 79.4
4 9 Texans 77.8
5 6 Bengals 76.6
6 1 Steelers 75.6
7 18 Dolphins 75.0
8 3 Broncos 74.0
9 23 Falcons 74.0
10 2 49ers 74.0
11 27 Patriots 73.4
12 20 Ravens 72.4
13 24 Browns 72.0
14 15 Rams 71.9
15 7 Jets 71.6
16 30 Giants 71.3
17 8 Panthers 70.9
18 10 Packers 70.2
19 29 Buccaneers 68.8
20 16 Vikings 68.7
21 11 Chargers 68.6
22 14 Eagles 66.8
23 28 Redskins 66.6
24 17 Chiefs 66.5
25 19 Cowboys 66.2
26 13 Lions 66.1
27 21 Raiders 64.6
28 31 Jaguars 64.5
29 32 Saints 63.9
30 26 Colts 63.0
31 25 Titans 62.0
32 22 Bills 57.2

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 15

For the fourth consecutive week, we have the status quo of New England atop the Aikman Offense and Aikman Combined Ratings, while the Bears continue to lead in Aikman Defense.

Chicago’s lead continues to dwindle though, and this week they face the team that stands just 1.8 points behind them, the Cardinals. One advantage for the Bears in Sunday’s game is that they will be facing an Arizona team that also has the NFL’s lowest-rated Aikman Offense.

The Patriots fell below 100 in Aikman Offense for the first time since Week 11, but still remain above the record of 99.0 (since 1995) that they themselves set in 2007.

While the top three in the Aikman Combined remained unchanged despite San Francisco’s win over New England, the Seahawks continued their recent rise from the middle of the pack. Having outscored their opponents 108-17 the last two weeks among other dominant stats, they have moved from 10th to 4th in that span.

The Falcons also surged this week. They were 10th in the Aikman Combined before they shut out the Giants; now they are 5th.

On the other hand, it has been a bad two weeks for Tampa Bay. After losses to Philadelphia and New Orleans, the Buccaneers have dropped from 8th to 15th.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 10-4 Patriots 171.5 99.6 72.0 1 27 28
2 12-2 Texans 167.5 88.8 78.7 6 7 13
3 10-3-1 49ers 163.8 86.8 77.0 11 2 13
4 9-5 Seahawks 162.6 84.4 78.2 16 3 19
5 12-2 Falcons 160.5 87.2 73.3 7 19 26
6 11-3 Broncos 159.2 85.3 73.9 5 4 9
7 8-6 Bears 158.4 76.5 81.9 29 5 34
8 8-6 Giants 157.2 84.0 73.2 10 28 38
9 8-6 Bengals 155.4 80.9 74.6 18 6 24
10 9-5 Ravens 154.4 82.0 72.4 21 26 47
11 10-4 Packers 153.5 84.6 68.9 17 14.5 31.5
12 8-6 Redskins 153.2 87.6 65.6 4 29 33
13 7-7 Steelers 153.1 79.5 73.6 19 1 20
14 6-8 Saints 152.8 88.4 64.3 3 32 35
15 6-8 Buccaneers 152.4 83.7 68.7 13 30 43
16 5-9 Panthers 151.7 82.5 69.2 14 10 24
17 4-10 Lions 151.5 84.3 67.2 2 12 14
18 6-8 Dolphins 149.0 74.9 74.0 27 17 44
19 8-6 Cowboys 147.0 79.2 67.9 8 14.5 22.5
20 8-6 Vikings 146.3 79.6 66.7 24 20 44
21 5-9 Browns 145.5 72.3 73.2 26 22 48
22 6-7-1 Rams 142.6 72.9 69.8 22 9 31
23 5-9 Chargers 142.2 74.0 68.2 28 13 41
24 5-9 Cardinals 141.9 61.8 80.1 32 11 43
25 9-5 Colts 141.2 79.5 61.8 9 21 30
26 4-10 Eagles 140.6 73.0 67.5 15 16 31
27 5-9 Titans 139.9 75.7 64.2 23 23 46
28 6-8 Jets 139.3 69.0 70.3 30 8 38
29 4-10 Raiders 137.7 74.3 63.4 12 25 37
30 5-9 Bills 134.4 76.7 57.7 20 24 44
31 2-12 Jaguars 133.7 69.5 64.2 31 31 62
32 2-12 Chiefs 130.4 64.5 65.9 25 18 43
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 79.7
1 1 Patriots 99.6
2 6 Texans 88.8
3 3 Saints 88.4
4 4 Redskins 87.6
5 7 Falcons 87.2
6 11 49ers 86.8
7 5 Broncos 85.3
8 17 Packers 84.6
9 16 Seahawks 84.4
10 2 Lions 84.3
11 10 Giants 84.0
12 13 Buccaneers 83.7
13 14 Panthers 82.5
14 21 Ravens 82.0
15 18 Bengals 80.9
16 24 Vikings 79.6
17 19 Steelers 79.5
18 9 Colts 79.5
19 8 Cowboys 79.2
20 20 Bills 76.7
21 29 Bears 76.5
22 23 Titans 75.7
23 27 Dolphins 74.9
24 12 Raiders 74.3
25 28 Chargers 74.0
26 15 Eagles 73.0
27 22 Rams 72.9
28 26 Browns 72.3
29 31 Jaguars 69.5
30 30 Jets 69.0
31 25 Chiefs 64.5
32 32 Cardinals 61.8
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 70.3
1 5 Bears 81.9
2 11 Cardinals 78.7
3 7 Texans 78.7
4 3 Seahawks 78.2
5 2 49ers 77.0
6 6 Bengals 74.6
7 17 Dolphins 74.0
8 4 Broncos 73.9
9 1 Steelers 73.6
10 19 Falcons 73.3
11 28 Giants 73.2
12 22 Browns 73.2
13 26 Ravens 72.4
14 27 Patriots 72.0
15 8 Jets 70.3
16 9 Rams 69.8
17 10 Panthers 69.2
18 14.5 Packers 68.9
19 30 Buccaneers 68.7
20 13 Chargers 68.2
21 14.5 Cowboys 67.9
22 16 Eagles 67.5
23 12 Lions 67.2
24 20 Vikings 66.7
25 18 Chiefs 65.9
26 29 Redskins 65.6
27 32 Saints 64.3
28 23 Titans 64.2
29 31 Jaguars 64.2
30 25 Raiders 63.4
31 21 Colts 61.8
32 24 Bills 57.7

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 14

With their big win Monday night over the Texans, the Patriots have opened up a substantial lead of 5.1 points in the Aikman Combined as New England's offense continues to thrive at record levels.

The Texans remain second in the Aikman Combined, followed by the 49ers. The two other teams with three or fewer losses, the 10-3 Broncos in 8th and the 11-2 Falcons in 10th, continue to lag.

Because the Patriots allow ample yards on defense, ranking 26th in the NFL's yards-only method of determining defensive proficiency, there are nine teams with lower combined yardage numbers than New England's 27th (offense 1st, defense 26th), including the Eagles and Lions (both 4-9).

However, in the Aikman Combined, the combination of an offense on a record pace and a middle-of-the-pack defense (currently 13th in Aikman Defense) puts New England in first with three weeks remaining.

We remind you that, like compilations of offensive and defensive yards, the Aikmans represent the accumulation of all 14 games to date, but some teams may be showing better or worse recent form. One team that is coming on strong is Seattle. The Seahawks were 16th in the Aikman Combined after Week 7, but have surged to 6th with their recent winning streak. Their dominant performance on both sides of the ball against Arizona last week advanced them from 10th to 6th.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 10-3 Patriots 172.6 100.7 71.9 1 26 27
2 11-2 Texans 167.5 89.0 78.5 6 7 13
3 9-3-1 49ers 166.1 87.6 78.5 12 2 14
4 8-5 Giants 161.7 86.8 75.0 9 25 34
5 8-5 Bears 160.7 77.5 83.2 28 5 33
6 8-5 Seahawks 160.6 82.0 78.6 21 3 24
7 6-7 Buccaneers 158.3 87.2 71.0 14 29 43
8 10-3 Broncos 157.6 85.1 72.5 4 4 8
9 9-4 Ravens 157.1 83.8 73.3 18 24 42
10 11-2 Falcons 156.9 86.3 70.6 8 20 28
11 7-6 Bengals 153.8 81.5 72.3 15 6 21
12 4-9 Lions 153.5 86.5 67.0 2 13 15
13 7-6 Steelers 153.4 79.0 74.4 19 1 20
14 9-4 Packers 152.1 84.5 67.6 17 17 34
15 7-6 Redskins 151.7 86.4 65.3 5 28 33
16 4-9 Panthers 148.5 80.9 67.5 16 15 31
17 5-8 Saints 147.8 86.8 61.1 3 32 35
18 5-8 Browns 146.9 71.7 75.2 26 23 49
19 7-6 Cowboys 146.8 78.6 68.2 10 11 21
20 5-8 Dolphins 146.3 74.1 72.2 29 19 48
21 7-6 Vikings 145.6 78.8 66.8 24 18 42
22 5-8 Chargers 144.9 75.2 69.8 27 9 36
23 6-6-1 Rams 142.2 71.7 70.5 25 10 35
24 4-9 Eagles 141.9 75.0 66.8 11 14 25
25 9-4 Colts 141.7 80.2 61.6 7 22 29
26 6-7 Jets 139.5 69.8 69.7 30 8 38
27 4-9 Cardinals 139.4 60.6 78.8 32 12 44
28 4-9 Titans 138.3 76.0 62.2 23 27 50
29 2-11 Jaguars 136.3 71.9 64.4 31 31 62
30 5-8 Bills 136.0 76.8 59.2 20 21 41
31 3-10 Raiders 134.0 74.1 59.9 13 30 43
32 2-11 Chiefs 132.3 66.9 65.4 22 16 38
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 80.0
1 1 Patriots 100.7
2 6 Texans 89.0
3 12 49ers 87.6
4 14 Buccaneers 87.2
5 3 Saints 86.8
6 9 Giants 86.8
7 2 Lions 86.5
8 5 Redskins 86.4
9 8 Falcons 86.3
10 4 Broncos 85.1
11 17 Packers 84.5
12 18 Ravens 83.8
13 21 Seahawks 82.0
14 15 Bengals 81.5
15 16 Panthers 80.9
16 7 Colts 80.2
17 19 Steelers 79.0
18 24 Vikings 78.8
19 10 Cowboys 78.6
20 28 Bears 77.5
21 20 Bills 76.8
22 23 Titans 76.0
23 27 Chargers 75.2
24 11 Eagles 75.0
25 13 Raiders 74.1
26 29 Dolphins 74.1
27 31 Jaguars 71.9
28 26 Browns 71.7
29 25 Rams 71.7
30 30 Jets 69.8
31 22 Chiefs 66.9
32 32 Cardinals 60.6
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 70.0
1 5 Bears 83.2
2 12 Cardinals 78.8
3 3 Seahawks 78.6
4 2 49ers 78.5
5 7 Texans 78.5
6 23 Browns 75.2
7 25 Giants 75.0
8 1 Steelers 74.4
9 24 Ravens 73.3
10 4 Broncos 72.5
11 6 Bengals 72.3
12 19 Dolphins 72.2
13 26 Patriots 71.9
14 29 Buccaneers 71.0
15 20 Falcons 70.6
16 10 Rams 70.5
17 9 Chargers 69.8
18 8 Jets 69.7
19 11 Cowboys 68.2
20 17 Packers 67.6
21 15 Panthers 67.5
22 13 Lions 67.0
23 14 Eagles 66.8
24 18 Vikings 66.8
25 16 Chiefs 65.4
26 28 Redskins 65.3
27 31 Jaguars 64.4
28 27 Titans 62.2
29 22 Colts 61.6
30 32 Saints 61.1
31 30 Raiders 59.9
32 21 Bills 59.2

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 13

The leaders in all three categories of the Aikman Ratings were unchanged after Week 13 NFL action.

The Patriots are atop the Aikman Combined Ratings for the second consecutive week, just 1.2 points ahead of the team they displaced, the Texans. The top two teams in the Aikman Ratings have a big showdown Monday night in New England. Five of the next six teams in the Aikman Combined are from the NFC, led by the 49ers.

New England is also atop the Aikman Offense Ratings for the 10th straight week and remain on pace to be the first team in Aikman history (since 1995) to top 100. They also stand as the top team in the NFL’s yards-only rankings.

The Bears are still atop the Aikman Defense Ratings, but their lead that once was near double digits has dropped to 2.8 points ahead of both the Texans and Cardinals.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 9-3 Patriots 172.6 100.4 72.2 1 26 27
2 11-1 Texans 171.4 89.6 81.7 4 6 10
3 8-3-1 49ers 166.1 87.3 78.8 11 2 13
4 8-4 Bears 161.6 77.1 84.5 30 5 35
5 7-5 Giants 160.8 85.5 75.3 10 22 32
6 9-3 Ravens 158.4 83.3 75.1 19 25 44
7 11-1 Falcons 158.1 85.9 72.2 9 18 27
8 6-6 Buccaneers 157.8 86.7 71.1 14 30 44
9 9-3 Broncos 157.6 85.2 72.3 5 3 8
10 7-5 Seahawks 155.1 80.3 74.7 24 4 28
11 7-5 Steelers 154.5 78.6 75.9 20 1 21
12 7-5 Bengals 154.3 81.6 72.6 15 8 23
13 8-4 Packers 153.3 85.0 68.3 16 15 31
14 4-8 Lions 152.7 86.2 66.6 2 19 21
15 6-6 Redskins 151.1 85.3 65.7 7 29 36
16 5-7 Saints 149.6 87.5 62.1 6 32 38
17 3-9 Panthers 147.8 79.4 68.4 18 14 32
18 5-7 Dolphins 147.4 74.1 73.3 28 20 48
19 6-6 Cowboys 146.5 78.5 68.0 8 11 19
20 4-8 Cardinals 145.4 63.7 81.7 32 7 39
21 6-6 Vikings 145.3 78.5 66.7 22 13 35
22 4-8 Chargers 144.0 73.7 70.3 26 9 35
23 4-8 Browns 143.9 70.3 73.6 27 23 50
24 3-9 Eagles 141.9 74.3 67.6 12 17 29
25 8-4 Colts 140.5 80.2 60.3 3 21 24
26 5-6-1 Rams 139.8 70.8 69.0 25 12 37
27 4-8 Titans 137.9 76.4 61.5 23 27 50
28 2-10 Jaguars 137.5 73.8 63.7 31 31 62
29 5-7 Bills 136.6 78.1 58.5 17 24 41
30 5-7 Jets 136.5 69.2 67.2 29 10 39
31 2-10 Chiefs 133.7 68.2 65.4 21 16 37
32 3-9 Raiders 133.4 74.3 59.1 13 28 41
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 79.9
1 1 Patriots 100.4
2 4 Texans 89.6
3 6 Saints 87.5
4 11 49ers 87.3
5 14 Buccaneers 86.7
6 2 Lions 86.2
7 9 Falcons 85.9
8 10 Giants 85.5
9 7 Redskins 85.3
10 5 Broncos 85.2
11 16 Packers 85.0
12 19 Ravens 83.3
13 15 Bengals 81.6
14 24 Seahawks 80.3
15 5 Colts 80.2
16 18 Panthers 79.4
17 20 Steelers 78.6
18 22 Vikings 78.5
19 8 Cowboys 78.5
20 17 Bills 78.1
21 30 Bears 77.1
22 23 Titans 76.4
23 12 Eagles 74.3
24 13 Raiders 74.3
25 28 Dolphins 74.1
26 31 Jaguars 73.8
27 26 Chargers 73.7
28 25 Rams 70.8
29 27 Browns 70.3
30 29 Jets 69.2
31 21 Chiefs 68.2
32 32 Cardinals 63.7
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 70.1
1 5 Bears 84.5
2 6 Texans 81.7
3 7 Cardinals 81.7
4 2 49ers 78.8
5 1 Steelers 75.9
6 22 Giants 75.3
7 25 Ravens 75.1
8 4 Seahawks 74.7
9 23 Browns 73.6
10 20 Dolphins 73.3
11 8 Bengals 72.6
12 3 Broncos 72.3
13 26 Patriots 72.2
14 18 Falcons 72.2
15 30 Buccaneers 71.1
16 9 Chargers 707.3
17 12 Rams 69.0
18 14 Panthers 68.4
19 15 Packers 68.3
20 11 Cowboys 68.0
21 17 Eagles 67.6
22 10 Jets 67.2
23 13 Vikings 66.7
24 19 Lions 66.6
25 29 Redskins 65.7
26 16 Chiefs 65.4
27 31 Jaguars 63.7
28 32 Saints 62.1
29 27 Titans 61.5
30 21 Colts 60.3
31 28 Raiders 59.1
32 24 Bills 58.5

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 12

Bolstered by an offense that is working at a record-setting pace, the Patriots have pulled into first place in the Aikman Combined Ratings, ending Houston’s three-week run at the top.

The Patriots have been clicking at an incredible 110.2 pace for the last four weeks while averaging 47.5 points per game. Other areas of remarkable performance for New England’s offense that have boosted their Aikman Offense number to 101.7 include having only one turnover, converting 64.7% of third down opportunities and averaging 8.61 yards per pass play.

The Patriots, who have opened up a huge lead of 11.7 points over the second-place Texans, are seeking to break their own Aikman Offense record (since 1995) of 99.0 in 1997.

On defense, the NFL, which only considers yards allowed, has New England in 27th place, while the Aikman Defense Ratings place them 13th. We would argue that a more intuitive rating for the totality of New England’s defensive play so far is indeed in the middle of the pack and not near the bottom.

In Aikman Defense, the Bears continue to steam along in first with a 7.7-point lead over the Cardinals. They have been in first since Week 3 and, at 88.1, are seeking to become just the fourth defense in Aikman history to top the 90.0 mark.

The 49ers are known as a defensive team, but in the Aikmans they stand fourth on both sides of the ball. This combined success has pushed them into second in the Aikman Combined.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 8-3 Patriots 173.4 101.7 71.7 1 27 28
2 10-1 Texans 169.0 90.0 79.0 3 6 9
3 8-2-1 49ers 166.1 88.5 77.6 11 2 13
4 8-3 Bears 164.1 76.0 88.1 30 3 33
5 7-4 Giants 160.7 85.0 75.7 10 23 33
6 9-2 Ravens 159.5 84.2 75.3 16 24 40
7 6-5 Buccaneers 159.5 87.2 72.3 12 30 42
8 8-3 Broncos 157.5 84.8 72.7 4 4 8
9 10-1 Falcons 157.0 86.5 70.6 6 14 20
10 6-5 Steelers 154.4 78.7 75.7 19.5 1 20.5
11 6-5 Seahawks 154.3 78.3 76.0 27 5 32
12 4-7 Lions 153.4 85.7 67.7 2 13 15
13 7-4 Packers 153.3 85.1 68.2 18 18 36
14 6-5 Bengals 152.6 82.2 70.5 13 9 22
15 5-6 Redskins 152.3 85.9 66.4 7 28 35
16 5-6 Saints 151.2 89.9 61.3 8 32 40
17 5-6 Dolphins 148.4 74.2 74.2 26 21 47
18 3-8 Panthers 147.6 77.5 70.1 19.5 17 36.5
19 5-6 Cowboys 146.5 76.2 70.3 9 8 17
20 4-7 Cardinals 146.2 65.8 80.4 31 7 38
21 6-5 Vikings 145.5 78.5 67.0 22 11 33
22 4-7 Chargers 145.3 75.4 69.9 25 10 35
23 3-8 Browns 144.9 70.0 74.9 29 22 51
24 3-8 Eagles 140.9 71.3 69.6 14 15 29
25 4-7 Titans 140.9 79.7 61.2 24 29 53
26 4-6-1 Rams 140.6 72.1 68.5 23 12 35
27 7-4 Colts 139.6 79.2 60.4 5 20 25
28 2-9 Jaguars 137.9 74.0 63.9 32 31 63
29 4-7 Jets 134.0 70.6 63.5 28 19 47
30 4-7 Bills 133.9 77.2 56.8 17 26 43
31 1-10 Chiefs 131.6 64.8 66.7 21 16 37
32 3-8 Raiders 130.6 72.8 57.8 15 25 40
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 79.9
1 1 Patriots 101.7
2 3 Texans 90.0
3 8 Saints 89.9
4 11 49ers 88.5
5 12 Buccaneers 87.2
6 6 Falcons 86.5
7 7 Redskins 85.9
8 2 Lions 85.7
9 18 Packers 85.1
10 10 Giants 85.0
11 4 Broncos 84.8
12 16 Ravens 84.2
13 13 Bengals 82.2
14 24 Titans 79.7
15 5 Colts 79.2
16 19.5 Steelers 78.7
17 22 Vikings 78.5
18 27 Seahawks 78.3
19 19.5 Panthers 77.5
20 17 Bills 77.2
21 9 Cowboys 76.2
22 30 Bears 76.0
23 25 Chargers 75.4
24 26 Dolphins 74.2
25 32 Jaguars 74.0
26 15 Raiders 72.8
27 23 Rams 72.1
28 14 Eagles 71.3
29 28 Jets 70.6
30 29 Browns 70.0
31 31 Cardinals 65.8
32 21 Chiefs 64.8
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 70.1
1 5 Bears 88.1
2 7 Cardinals 80.4
3 6 Texans 79.0
4 2 49ers 77.6
5 5 Seahawks 76.0
6 23 Giants 75.7
7 1 Steelers 75.7
8 24 Ravens 75.3
9 22 Browns 74.9
10 21 Dolphins 74.2
11 4 Broncos 72.7
12 30 Buccaneers 72.3
13 27 Patriots 71.7
14 14 Falcons 70.6
15 9 Bengals 70.5
16 8 Cowboys 70.3
17 17 Panthers 70.1
18 10 Chargers 69.9
19 15 Eagles 69.6
20 12 Rams 68.5
21 18 Packers 68.2
22 13 Lions 67.7
23 11 Vikings 67.0
24 16 Chiefs 66.7
25 28 Redskins 66.4
26 31 Jaguars 63.9
27 19 Jets 63.5
28 32 Saints 61.3
29 29 Titans 61.2
30 20 Colts 60.4
31 25 Raiders 57.8
32 26 Bills 56.8

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 11

The Texans, Patriots and Bears continue as the number one teams in the Aikman Combined, Aikman Offense and Aikman Defense Ratings, respectively, through Week 11, but change could be in the offing in the Combined.

The Texans have been atop the Aikman Combined since Week 9, but the Patriots have closed the gap to just 0.1 after a big outing against the Colts.

On defense, the Bears still lead, as they have since Week 3, but they fell below the 90.0-point mark after a less-than-stellar outing Monday night against the 49ers.

While the Bears’ lead is shrinking in Aikman Defense, the Patriots are stretching it out to nearly double figures in Aikman Offense. With a mark of 100.8, New England’s offense is performing at amazing efficiency in all seven Aikman categories, as 100 is designed to represent a combined score of near NFL-record efficiency. The best season on Offense in Aikman History (dating to 1995) is 99.0, also by the Patriots back in 2007.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 9-1 Texans 171.2 88.5 82.7 6 4 10
2 7-3 Patriots 171.1 100.8 70.3 1 28 29
3 7-2-1 49ers 168.5 89.6 78.9 13 2 15
4 7-3 Bears 161.5 74.4 87.2 30 5 35
5 6-4 Buccaneers 160.0 87.0 73.0 10 29 39
6 8-2 Ravens 159.1 84.4 74.7 21 25 46
7 7-3 Packers 158.5 87.5 71.1 18 16 34
8 9-1 Falcons 158.3 86.7 71.5 7 18 25
9 6-4 Steelers 158.0 82.7 75.3 17 1 18
10 7-3 Broncos 157.4 86.1 71.3 3 6 9
11 6-4 Giants 156.9 82.5 74.3 11.5 22 33.5
12 6-4 Seahawks 155.5 77.1 78.4 26 3 29
13 4-6 Lions 154.5 84.0 70.6 2 10 12
14 5-5 Saints 151.1 90.9 60.2 5 32 37
15 4-6 Redskins 150.9 84.6 66.2 8 26 34
16 6-4 Vikings 148.6 81.0 67.7 20 13 33
17 5-5 Bengals 148.1 79.2 68.9 15 17 32
18 5-5 Cowboys 147.7 75.6 72.2 11.5 7 18.5
19 4-6 Dolphins 146.9 71.7 75.2 28 21 49
20 4-6 Cardinals 146.1 66.6 79.5 31 9 40
21 2-8 Panthers 146.0 76.0 70.0 22 19 41
22 4-6 Chargers 145.7 76.0 69.7 23 8 31
23 3-7 Eagles 141.6 70.6 70.9 14 12 26
24 4-6 Titans 141.3 80.0 61.3 25 30 55
25 2-8 Browns 140.7 69.6 71.1 27 23 50
26 3-6-1 Rams 139.4 73.4 66.0 24 11 35
27 6-4 Colts 138.8 79.9 58.9 4 20 24
28 4-6 Jets 137.4 71.1 66.3 29 14 43
29 1-9 Jaguars 134.9 71.9 63.0 32 31 63
30 3-7 Raiders 133.5 74.0 59.5 9 24 33
31 4-6 Bills 132.2 77.5 54.7 16 27 43
32 1-9 Chiefs 131.2 65.3 65.9 19 15 34
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 79.8
1 1 Patriots 100.8
2 5 Saints 90.9
3 13 49ers 89.6
4 6 Texans 88.5
5 18 Packers 87.5
6 10 Buccaneers 87.0
7 7 Falcons 86.7
8 3 Broncos 86.1
9 8 Redskins 84.6
10 21 Ravens 84.4
11 2 Lions 84.0
12 17 Steelers 82.7
13 11.5 Giants 82.5
14 20 Vikings 81.0
15 25 Titans 80.0
16 4 Colts 79.9
17 15 Bengals 79.2
18 16 Bills 77.5
19 26 Seahawks 77.1
20 23 Chargers 76.0
21 22 Panthers 76.0
22 11.5 Cowboys 75.6
23 30 Bears 74.4
24 9 Raiders 74.0
25 24 Rams 73.4
26 32 Jaguars 71.9
27 28 Dolphins 71.7
28 29 Jets 71.1
29 14 Eagles 70.6
30 27 Browns 69.6
31 31 Cardinals 66.6
32 19 Chiefs 65.3
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 70.2
1 5 Bears 87.2
2 4 Texans 82.7
3 9 Cardinals 79.5
4 2 49ers 78.9
5 3 Seahawks 78.4
6 1 Steelers 75.3
7 21 Dolphins 75.2
8 25 Ravens 74.7
9 22 Giants 74.3
10 29 Buccaneers 73.0
11 7 Cowboys 72.2
12 18 Falcons 71.5
13 6 Broncos 71.3
14 23 Browns 71.1
15 16 Packers 71.1
16 12 Eagles 70.9
17 10 Lions 70.6
18 28 Patriots 70.3
19 19 Panthers 70.0
20 8 Chargers 69.7
21 17 Bengals 68.9
22 13 Vikings 67.7
23 14 Jets 66.3
24 26 Redskins 66.2
25 11 Rams 66.0
26 15 Chiefs 65.9
27 31 Jaguars 63.0
28 30 Titans 61.3
29 32 Saints 60.2
30 24 Raiders 59.5
31 20 Colts 58.9
32 27 Bills 54.7

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 10

The leaders remain unchanged after 10 weeks in the three major categories of the Aikman Ratings. The Patriots in Aikman Offense and the Bears in Aikman Defense have been atop those categories since September, while the Texans lead the Aikman Combined for the second straight week after their victory over Chicago.

The Aikman Combined has been identifying the Buccaneers as a team to watch for several weeks now. Tampa Bay, winner of three straight, has moved up to 6th in the Aikman Combined, slightly ahead of the 8-1 Falcons, as well as the Packers, Steelers, Giants and Broncos. The Buccaneers have two games remaining with Atlanta. Is it possible they could still having something to say about the NFC South title?

On the other hand, the Aikman Combined is not so kind to 6-3 Indianapolis. Indianapolis stand just 25th at the moment, but part of that might be that nine of the bottom 10 teams are in the AFC. Houston and New England represent the AFC at the top of the Aikman Combined, but 11 of the next 14 clubs are from the NFC.

Troy Aikman conceived of the Aikman Ratings after noticing that quite often a team would dominate an opponent on both sides of the ball, score a convincing victory – and still falter in the NFL’s official “yards only” ranking of offense and defense.

There were several striking examples of that in Week 10, with the Ravens, Bengals and Cowboys scoring double-digit wins on the scoreboard while outgained in yardage. Among the games played to a decision, teams with more yards were only 6-7 on the week and are at just 58.2% for the year.

On the other hand, teams with a higher Aikman Game Score went 12-1 on the week and have won 80% of the games to date.

The NFL’s “yards only” rankings would have you believe that the Eagles (8th) have a better offense than the Packers (19th) among others. The Aikman Ratings put Green Bay’s offense 5th and Philadelphia in 27th. Which offense do you think NFL defensive coordinators find more challenging to keep out of the end zone?

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 8-1 Texans 172.8 87.2 85.7 15 2 17
2 6-3 Patriots 171.2 99.9 71.3 1 25 26
3 7-2 Bears 167.4 76.0 91.3 28 5 33
4 6-2-1 49ers 167.2 89.3 77.9 11 3 14
5 7-2 Ravens 160.6 87.7 72.9 16.5 27 43.5
6 5-4 Buccaneers 160.3 87.7 72.6 12.5 30 42.5
7 8-1 Falcons 159.7 90.0 69.6 6 20 26
8 6-3 Packers 158.4 88.3 70.1 19 14 33
9 6-3 Steelers 157.9 85.1 72.8 16.5 1 17.5
10 6-4 Giants 156.9 82.5 74.3 10 21 31
11 6-3 Broncos 156.2 86.8 69.4 3 6 9
12 4-5 Lions 155.8 85.5 70.3 2 10 12
13 6-4 Seahawks 155.5 77.1 78.4 27 4 31
14 4-5 Saints 149.0 89.9 59.0 4 32 36
15 6-4 Vikings 148.6 80.9 67.7 21 13 34
16 4-5 Cowboys 147.3 75.4 71.9 9 8 17
17 4-5 Dolphins 147.2 72.9 74.3 26 22 48
18 3-6 Redskins 147.0 83.8 63.2 7 28 35
19 4-5 Chargers 146.9 77.9 69.0 22 7 29
20 2-7 Panthers 146.2 76.1 70.2 23 16 39
21 3-6 Eagles 144.9 72.5 72.4 8 12 20
22 4-5 Cardinals 144.9 66.9 78.0 31 9 40
23 4-5 Bengals 143.0 76.4 66.7 20 19 39
24 4-6 Titans 141.3 80.0 61.3 25 29 54
25 6-3 Colts 139.9 79.1 60.8 5 18 23
26 2-7 Browns 139.8 68.7 71.0 29 24 53
27 3-5-1 Rams 138.9 73.5 65.4 24 15 39
28 3-6 Jets 135.2 70.2 65.0 30 17 47
29 1-8 Jaguars 134.1 69.4 64.6 32 26 58
30 3-6 Raiders 133.8 73.4 60.4 12.5 23 35.5
31 1-8 Chiefs 133.8 66.0 67.8 18 11 29
32 3-6 Bills 130.3 78.9 51.3 14 31 45
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 80.1
1 1 Patriots 99.9
2 6 Falcons 90.0
3 4 Saints 89.9
4 11 49ers 89.3
5 19 Packers 88.3
6 12.5 Buccaneers 87.7
7 16.5 Ravens 87.7
8 15 Texans 87.2
9 3 Broncos 86.8
10 2 Lions 85.5
11 16.5 Steelers 85.1
12 7 Redskins 83.8
13 10 Giants 82.5
14 21 Vikings 80.9
15 25 Titans 80.0
16 5 Colts 79.1
17 14 Bills 78.9
18 22 Chargers 77.9
19 27 Seahawks 77.1
20 20 Bengals 76.4
21 23 Panthers 76.1
22 28 Bears 76.0
23 9 Cowboys 75.4
24 24 Rams 73.5
25 12.5 Raiders 73.4
26 26 Dolphins 72.9
27 8 Eagles 72.5
28 30 Jets 70.2
29 32 Jaguars 69.4
30 29 Browns 68.7
31 31 Cardinals 66.9
32 18 Chiefs 66.0
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 69.9
1 6 Bears 91.3
2 2 Texans 85.7
3 4 Seahawks 78.4
4 9 Cardinals 78.0
5 3 49ers 77.9
6 22 Dolphins 74.3
7 21 Giants 74.3
8 27 Ravens 72.9
9 1 Steelers 72.8
10 30 Buccaneers 72.6
11 12 Eagles 72.4
12 8 Cowboys 71.9
13 25 Patriots 71.3
14 24 Browns 71.0
15 10 Lions 70.3
16 16 Panthers 70.2
17 14 Packers 70.1
18 20 Falcons 69.6
19 6 Broncos 69.4
20 7 Chargers 69.0
21 11 Chiefs 67.8
22 13 Vikings 67.7
23 19 Bengals 66.7
24 15 Rams 65.4
25 17 Jets 65.0
26 26 Jaguars 64.6
27 28 Redskins 63.2
28 29 Titans 61.3
29 18 Colts 60.8
30 23 Raiders 60.4
31 32 Saints 59.0
32 31 Bills 51.3

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 9

We have our third leader in as many weeks in the Aikman Combined as the Texans edge ahead of the Patriots who were on bye in Week 9. Four teams are within 3.3 points of the top, with the Bears, the Week 7 leaders, and 49ers rounding out the group.

The undefeated Falcons are in fifth, but they have yet to play any of the other teams in the current top 10. The best team they have defeated in the Aikman Combined at the moment is 12th-place Denver.

We note that if you merely combined the NFL’s yards-only offensive and defensive ratings to determine the top team, you would get the 4-4 Lions (2 offense, 7 defense for 9 total) and Cowboys (6+5 for 11) as the two top teams.

The Aikman Offense and Defense leaders are much more clear cut with both the Patriots on Offense and the Bears in Defense, leading by 8.4 points.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 7-1 Texans 173.3 90.1 83.2 12 3 15
2 5-3 Patriots 172.2 98.8 73.4 1 22 23
3 7-1 Bears 170.0 79.8 91.6 25 6 31
4 6-2 49ers 170.0 88.8 81.2 13 2 15
5 8-0 Falcons 162.2 90.4 71.9 8 19 27
6 4-4 Buccaneers 162.2 87.5 74.6 9 29 38
7 6-3 Giants 160.7 84.6 76.1 11 25 36
8 6-3 Packers 158.4 88.3 70.1 18 12 30
9 5-3 Steelers 158.1 87.2 70.9 14 1 15
10 4-4 Lions 156.9 85.7 71.3 2 7 9
11 6-2 Ravens 156.4 85.3 71.1 19 26 45
12 5-3 Broncos 156.2 88.1 68.1 3 10 13
13 4-4 Dolphins 154.3 76.9 77.4 23 24 47
14 5-4 Seahawks 150.7 75.7 75.0 29 4 33
15 5-4 Vikings 148.1 80.1 68.0 22 11 33
16 3-5 Saints 147.8 88.9 58.9 5 32 37
17 3-6 Redskins 147.0 83.8 63.2 7 28 35
18 3-5 Cowboys 146.9 74.7 72.2 6 5 11
19 2-6 Panthers 146.8 77.1 69.7 20 13.5 33.5
20 4-4 Chargers 146.3 76.0 70.3 26 9 35
21 4-5 Cardinals 144.9 66.9 78.0 31 8 39
22 3-5 Eagles 144.3 71.5 72.8 10 15 25
23 2-7 Browns 139.8 68.7 71.0 30 23 53
24 3-5 Jets 139.2 73.6 65.6 27 16 43
25 3-5 Bengals 139.0 74.8 64.2 17 20 37
26 3-5 Raiders 137.5 74.9 62.6 15 21 36
27 5-3 Colts 137.2 79.4 57.8 4 18 22
28 3-5 Rams 137.1 70.5 66.6 28 13.5 41.5
29 3-6 Titans 134.3 77.7 56.5 24 30 54
30 1-7 Jaguars 133.8 70.2 63.6 32 27 59
31 1-7 Chiefs 132.5 66.5 66.0 16 17 33
32 3-5 Bills 129.4 76.8 52.6 21 31 52
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 80.2
1 1 Patriots 98.8
2 8 Falcons 90.4
3 12 Texans 90.1
4 5 Saints 88.9
5 13 49ers 88.8
6 18 Packers 88.3
7 3 Broncos 88.1
8 9 Buccaneers 87.5
9 14 Steelers 87.2
10 2 Lions 85.7
11 19 Ravens 85.3
12 11 Giants 84.6
13 7 Redskins 83.8
14 22 Vikings 80.1
15 25 Bears 79.8
16 4 Colts 79.4
17 24 Titans 77.7
18 20 Panthers 77.1
19 23 Dolphins 76.9
20 21 Bills 76.8
21 26 Chargers 76.0
22 29 Seahawks 75.7
23 15 Raiders 74.9
24 17 Bengals 74.8
25 6 Cowboys 74.7
26 27 Jets 73.6
27 10 Eagles 71.5
28 28 Rams 70.5
29 32 Jaguars 70.2
30 30 Browns 68.7
31 31 Cardinals 66.9
32 16 Chiefs 66.5
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 69.8
1 6 Bears 91.6
2 3 Texans 83.2
3 2 49ers 81.2
4 8 Cardinals 78.0
5 24 Dolphins 77.4
6 25 Giants 76.1
7 4 Seahawks 75.0
8 29 Buccaneers 74.6
9 22 Patriots 73.4
10 15 Eagles 72.8
11 5 Cowboys 72.2
12 19 Falcons 71.9
13 7 Lions 71.3
14 26 Ravens 71.1
15 23 Browns 71.0
16 1 Steelers 70.9
17 9 Chargers 70.3
18 12 Packers 70.1
19 13.5 Panthers 69.7
20 10 Broncos 68.1
21 11 Vikings 68.0
22 13.5 Rams 66.6
23 17 Chiefs 66.0
24 16 Jets 65.6
25 20 Bengals 64.2
26 27 Jaguars 63.6
27 28 Redskins 63.2
28 21 Raiders 62.6
29 32 Saints 58.9
30 18 Colts 57.8
31 30 Titans 56.5
32 31 Bills 52.6

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 8

In their narrow win over the Panthers, the Bears faltered a bit. They still retain their top spot in Aikman Defense for the sixth straight week (by a huge margin of 10.1), but their Aikman Combined Rating dropped 5.3 points.

In their London romp over St. Louis, the Patriots upped their Aikman Offense Rating to 98.8, good for first place for the fifth straight week. They also advanced some on defense as well, for an Aikman Combined improvement of 5.7 points.

As a result, New England has moved past the idle Texans and displaced the Bears as the leaders in the Aikman Combined through Week 8.

At the halfway point of their season, New England’s offense may have to be evaluated on a historic scale. The best season-long mark in the Aikman data base, that goes back to 1995, is the 99.0 mark of the Patriots in 2007. Last year’s Saints came in just off that mark at 98.8.

The scale has slid to the offensive side of the Aikmans in recent years. Designed for 75 to be average on both sides of the ball, the game has changed to where 80.0 is this year’s offensive average (78.9 in 2011 was a league-wide season record that could be broken this year).

Thus for the Bears defense to stand at 91.6, or 21 points above the league average, would be the equivalent league differential of 101.6 or so on offense.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 5-3 Patriots 172.2 98.8 73.4 1 23 24
2 6-1 Texans 171.8 90.3 81.5 9 3 12
3 6-1 Bears 170.8 79.1 91.6 26 7 33
4 6-2 49ers 170.0 88.8 81.2 11 1 12
5 6-2 Giants 163.5 86.7 76.8 4 24 28
6 7-0 Falcons 162.8 91.0 71.6 13 20 33
7 3-4 Buccaneers 160.7 84.5 76.2 15 27 42
8 5-3 Packers 157.7 88.9 68.8 21 13 34
9 4-3 Steelers 157.4 88.2 69.2 10 2 12
10 4-3 Dolphins 157.1 75.8 81.3 23 22 45
11 4-3 Broncos 156.6 88.4 68.3 3 8 11
12 3-4 Lions 153.6 81.6 72.0 2 9 11
13 5-2 Ravens 152.5 84.0 68.5 16 28 44
14 5-3 Vikingsd 149.9 79.6 70.3 22 11 33
15 3-5 Redskins 149.6 85.3 64.3 6 29 35
16 4-4 Seahawks 149.0 72.4 76.6 30 5 35
17 3-4 Cowboys 147.7 74.6 73.1 7 4 11
18 3-4 Eagles 147.0 73.3 73.8 14 12 26
19 3-4 Chargers 146.5 76.7 69.8 25 10 35
20 4-4 Cardinals 146.0 66.7 79.3 31 6 37
21 2-5 Saints 144.3 89.3 55.0 5 32 37
22 2-6 Browns 143.4 70.6 72.9 29 26 55
23 1-6 Panthers 142.9 74.1 68.8 20 15 35
24 3-5 Jets 139.2 73.6 65.6 27 16 43
25 3-4 Raiders 139.1 73.3 65.7 18 17 35
26 3-4 Bengals 137.8 73.5 64.3 17 21 38
27 3-5 Rams 137.1 70.5 66.6 28 14 42
28 1-6 Jaguars 135.4 68.2 67.2 32 25 57
29 3-5 Titans 134.8 79.3 55.6 24 30 54
30 4-3 Colts 133.3 76.4 56.9 8 19 27
31 3-4 Bills 130.9 79.6 51.3 19 31 50
32 1-6 Chiefs 130.7 66.1 64.6 12 18 30
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 80.0
1 1 Patriots 98.8
2 13 Falcons 91.0
3 9 Texans 90.3
4 5 Saints 89.3
5 21 Packers 88.9
6 11 49ers 88.8
7 3 Broncos 88.4
8 10 Steelers 88.2
9 4 Giants 86.7
10 6 Redskins 85.3
11 15 Buccaneers 84.5
12 16 Ravens 84.0
13 2 Lions 81.6
14 22 Vikings 79.6
15 19 Bills 79.6
16 24 Titans 79.3
17 26 Bears 79.1
18 25 Chargers 76.7
19 8 Colts 76.4
20 23 Dolphins 75.8
21 7 Cowboys 74.6
22 20 Panthers 74.1
23 27 Jets 73.6
24 17 Bengals 73.5
25 18 Raiders 73.3
26 14 Eagles 73.3
27 30 Seahawks 72.4
28 29 Browns 70.6
29 28 Rams 70.5
30 32 Jaguars 68.2
31 31 Cardinals 66.7
32 12 Chiefs 66.1
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 70.0
1 7 Bears 91.6
2 3 Texans 81.5
3 22 Dolphins 81.3
4 1 49ers 81.2
5 6 Cardinals 79.3
6 24 Giants 76.8
7 5 Seahawks 76.6
8 27 Buccaneers 76.2
9 12 Eagles 73.8
10 23 Patriots 73.4
11 4 Cowboys 73.1
12 26 Browns 72.9
13 9 Lions 72.0
14 20 Falcons 71.6
15 11 Vikings 70.3
16 10 Chargers 69.8
17 2 Steelers 69.2
18 13 Packers 68.8
19 15 Panthers 68.8
20 28 Ravens 68.5
21 8 Broncos 68.3
22 25 Jaguars 67.2
23 14 Rams 66.6
24 17 Raiders 65.7
25 16 Jets 65.6
26 18 Chiefs 64.6
27 29 Redskins 64.3
28 21 Bengals 64.3
29 19 Colts 56.9
30 30 Titans 55.6
31 32 Saints 55.0
32 31 Bills 51.3

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 7

After beating division rival Detroit on Monday night, the Bears remain in first place in the Aikman Combined Ratings after seven weeks of the 2012 NFL season.

It is the second consecutive week in first for the Bears, who did see their margin over second-place Houston shrink from 6.2 points to 4.3 after the Texans slammed Baltimore.

The Patriots, sitting atop the Aikman Offense Ratings for the fourth straight week, remain in 3rd.

The NFL's "yards only" measurement now puts the Bears in 6th place on defense despite Chicago's defensive excellence in allowing the Lions only seven points on Monday.

Although Detroit had more yards, Chicago forced four turnovers and held them to only seven points on four red zone opportunities.

It was enough to up the Bears' Aikman Defense Rating from 92.4 to 94.7.

On the season, the Bears lead the NFL in takeaways and red-zone defense, and it is the key to their huge 12.0-point lead over the second-place Cardinals in the Aikmans.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 5-1 Bears 176.1 81.4 94.7 22 6 28
2 6-1 Texans 171.8 90.3 81.5 12 3 15
3 4-3 Patriots 166.5 95.3 71.2 1 23 24
4 5-2 Giants 166.3 89.8 76.5 2 24 26
5 5-2 49ers 165.3 87.7 77.6 9 1 10
6 6-0 Falcons 162.8 89.6 73.2 13 22 35
7 4-3 Packers 158.9 91.6 67.3 14 14 28
8 2-4 Buccaneers 156.3 80.9 75.4 20 25 45
9 5-2 Vikings 154.8 80.9 73.9 23 9 32
10 3-3 Dolphins 154.3 75.3 79.0 21 20 41
11 3-3 Steelers 154.1 87.0 67.2 11 2 13
12 3-4 Redskins 153.3 87.5 65.8 5 29 34
13 5-2 Ravens 152.5 84.0 68.5 16 26 42
14 2-4 Lions 152.0 77.7 74.3 4 8 12
15 4-3 Cardinals 152.0 69.3 82.7 31 7 38
16 4-3 Seahawks 151.6 69.9 81.7 30 5 35
17 3-3 Broncos 151.5 85.0 66.5 6 11 17
18 2-4 Saints 149.2 92.1 57.1 3 32 35
19 3-3 Eagles 148.6 71.0 77.6 7 12 19
20 3-3 Chargers 147.9 78.8 69.1 25 13 38
21 3-3 Cowboys 146.3 75.7 70.6 10 4 14
22 3-4 Rams 145.8 72.4 73.4 28 10 38
23 1-6 Browns 141.6 70.8 70.8 27 27 54
24 3-4 Jets 141.4 76.6 64.8 29 19 48
25 1-5 Panthers 140.3 74.1 66.2 24 21 45
26 3-4 Bengals 137.8 73.5 64.3 17 18 35
27 2-4 Raiders 136.5 74.5 62.0 18 17 35
28 3-4 Titans 134.3 79.3 55.0 26 30 56
29 1-5 Jaguars 133.2 67.7 65.5 32 28 60
30 3-4 Bills 130.9 79.6 51.3 19 31 50
31 3-3 Colts 129.1 74.0 55.1 15 16 31
32 1-5 Chiefs 128.2 66.6 61.6 8 15 23
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 80.1
1 1 Patriots 95.3
2 3 Saints 92.1
3 14 Packers 91.6
4 12 Texans 90.3
5 2 Giants 89.8
6 13 Falcons 89.6
7 9 49ers 87.7
8 5 Redskins 87.5
9 11 Steelers 87.0
10 6 Broncos 85.0
11 16 Ravens 84.0
12 22 Bears 81.4
13 20 Buccaneers 80.9
14 23 Vikings 80.9
15 19 Bills 79.6
16 26 Titans 79.3
17 25 Chargers 78.8
18 4 Lions 77.7
19 29 Jets 76.6
20 10 Cowboys 75.7
21 21 Dolphins 75.3
22 18 Raiders 74.5
23 24 Panthers 74.1
24 15 Colts 74.0
25 17 Bengals 73.5
26 28 Rams 72.4
27 7 Eagles 71.0
28 27 Browns 70.8
29 30 Seahawks 69.9
30 31 Cardinals 69.3
31 32 Jaguars 67.7
32 8 Chiefs 66.6
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 69.9
1 6 Bears 94.7
2 7 Cardinals 82.7
3 5 Seahawks 81.7
4 3 Texans 81.5
5 20 Dolphins 79.0
6 1 49ers 77.6
7 12 Eagles 77.6
8 24 Giants 76.5
9 25 Buccaneers 75.4
10 8 Lions 74.3
11 9 Vikings 73.9
12 10 Rams 73.4
13 22 Falcons 73.2
14 23 Patriots 71.2
15 27 Browns 70.8
16 4 Cowboys 70.6
17 13 Chargers 69.1
18 26 Ravens 68.5
19 14 Packers 67.3
20 2 Steelers 67.2
21 11 Broncos 66.5
22 21 Panthers 66.2
23 29 Redskins 65.8
24 28 Jaguars 65.5
25 19 Jets 64.8
26 18 Bengals 64.3
27 17 Raiders 62.0
28 15 Chiefs 61.6
29 32 Saints 57.1
30 16 Colts 55.1
31 30 Titans 55.0
32 31 Bills 51.3

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 6

Resting on a bye in Week 6, the Chicago Bears still surged to the top of the Aikman Combined Ratings, building a lead of 6.2 points over the Texans, who faltered against Green Bay on Sunday night.

Houston falls out of the top spot in the Aikman Combined for the first time this year, landing in 2nd, just 0.2 ahead of the Patriots.

The Bears have built their lead with a defense that is now 8.8 points ahead of the second-place team, this week the Cardinals, and an offense that ranks 14th.

The NFL, using yards allowed as the lone factor, considers the 49ers to have the “top” defense. The Aikman Ratings factor in seven different factors, and Chicago’s defense ranks 1st in fewest points allowed and in turnovers forced to key its domination. The Bears have also been much tougher in the red zone, denying their opponents any points on four occasions, while San Francisco’s opponents have scored on all 12 of their trips to the red zone.

On offense, the Patriots are in 1st for the third consecutive week.

The NFL uses yards as its sole determination of ranking, yet it is interesting to note that teams that have gained more yards this year have won their games only 58.7% of the time.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 4-1 Bears 174.6 82.2 92.4 20 3 23
2 5-1 Texans 168.4 87.9 80.5 14 6 20
3 3-3 Patriots 168.2 95.7 72.4 1 22 23
4 4-2 49ers 167.6 91.2 76.4 7 1 8
5 4-2 Giants 166.7 89.6 77.1 3 19.5 22.5
6 6-0 Falcons 162.8 89.6 73.2 15 21 36
7 2-3 Buccaneers 160.8 78.8 82.0 27 25 52
8 5-1 Ravens 160.1 87.6 72.5 8 26 34
9 2-3 Lions 158.8 83.7 75.1 2 9 11
10 3-3 Packers 157.4 90.3 67.1 18 14 32
11 3-3 Redskins 156.0 89.1 66.9 5 27 32
12 4-2 Vikings 154.8 82.3 72.6 17 8 25
13 3-3 Dolphins 154.2 75.2 79.0 22 19.5 41.5
14 4-2 Seahawks 153.3 71.1 82.2 29 4 33
15 4-2 Cardinals 153.1 69.5 83.6 31 10 41
16 2-3 Steelers 152.5 86.3 66.2 16 5 21
17 3-3 Broncos 151.5 85.0 66.5 9 11 20
18 3-3 Eagles 148.6 71.0 77.6 11 12 23
19 3-3 Rams 148.2 70.6 77.6 28 7 35
20 3-3 Chargers 147.9 78.8 69.1 24 13 37
21 1-4 Saints 146.7 89.4 57.3 4 32 36
22 2-3 Cowboys 145.8 77.0 68.9 6 2 8
23 3-3 Jets 141.4 74.9 66.5 30 18 48
24 1-5 Browns 139.8 68.4 71.4 25 30 55
25 1-4 Panthers 138.5 74.9 63.6 23 23 46
26 3-3 Bengals 138.0 72.9 65.0 10 15 25
27 1-4 Raiders 133.3 75.1 58.2 19 24 43
28 3-3 Bills 131.0 76.7 54.3 21 31 52
29 1-4 Jaguars 130.6 67.7 62.9 32 29 61
30 1-5 Chiefs 128.2 66.6 61.6 12 16 28
31 2-4 Titans 126.6 71.7 54.9 26 28 54
32 2-3 Colts 126.2 72.1 54.1 13 17 30
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 79.8
1 1 Patriots 95.7
2 7 49ers 91.2
3 18 Packers 90.3
4 15 Falcons 89.6
5 3 Giants 89.6
6 4 Saints 89.4
7 5 Redskins 89.1
8 14 Texans 87.9
9 8 Ravens 87.6
10 16 Steelers 86.3
11 9 Broncos 85.0
12 2 Lions 83.7
13 17 Vikings 82.3
14 20 Bears 82.2
15 27 Buccaneers 78.8
16 24 Chargers 78.8
17 6 Cowboys 77.0
18 21 Bills 76.7
19 22 Dolphins 75.2
20 19 Raiders 75.1
21 30 Jets 74.9
22 23 Panthers 74.9
23 10 Bengals 72.9
24 13 Colts 72.1
25 26 Titans 71.7
26 29 Seahawks 71.1
27 11 Eagles 71.0
28 28 Rams 70.6
29 31 Cardinals 69.5
30 25 Browns 68.4
31 32 Jaguars 67.7
32 12 Chiefs 66.6
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 70.2
1 3 Bears 92.4
2 10 Cardinals 83.6
3 4 Seahawks 82.2
4 25 Buccaneers 82.0
5 6 Texans 80.5
6 19.5 Dolphins 79.0
7 7 Rams 77.6
8 12 Eagles 77.6
9 19.5 Giants 77.1
10 1 49ers 76.4
11 9 Lions 75.1
12 21 Falcons 73.2
13 8 Vikings 72.6
14 26 Ravens 72.5
15 22 Patriots 72.4
16 30 Browns 71.4
17 13 Chargers 69.1
18 2 Cowboys 68.9
19 14 Packers 67.1
20 27 Redskins 66.9
21 11 Broncos 66.5
22 18 Jets 66.5
23 5 Steelers 66.2
24 16 Bengals 65.0
25 23 Panthers 63.6
26 29 Jaguars 62.9
27 16 Chiefs 61.6
28 24 Raiders 58.2
29 32 Saints 57.3
30 28 Titans 54.9
31 31 Bills 54.3
32 17 Colts 54.1

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 5

The Texans remain in first place in the Aikman Combined Ratings through five weeks, although the teams with the top Aikman Offense and Aikman Defense have moved closer in second and third place. The Bears, in third last week, jumped into second ahead of the Patriots after a strong performance against Jacksonville. The Patriots continue to have the top Aikman Offense.

Also moving up, into 4th, were the 49ers, who had the highest Aikman Game Score of Week 5 (128.5 on offense, while holding the Bills to a 49.9 mark with their defense).

One note of interest – the eight teams with the lowest ranking in the Aikman Combined are all in the AFC. Not among the lowly eight are the 2-3 Dolphins, who are showing Aikman strength by moving up to 10th, ahead of traditional powerhouses like the Steelers and Eagles, after their victory over Cincinnati.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 5-0 Texans 179.4 90.1 89.3 14 3 17
2 4-1 Bears 174.6 82.2 92.4 19 6 25
3 3-2 Patriots 174.4 100.9 73.5 1 22 23
4 4-1 49ers 172.0 96.8 75.2 6 2 8
5 5-0 Falcons 168.0 94.1 73.9 12 17 29
6 3-2 Giants 164.5 90.6 73.9 2 21 23
7 4-1 Ravens 163.2 85.1 78.0 8 24 32
8 4-1 Vikings 163.0 84.7 78.3 20 7 27
9 1-3 Lions 157.4 82.3 75.1 3 9 12
10 2-3 Dolphins 155.3 74.9 80.4 13 15 28
11 2-2 Steelers 155.2 87.6 67.7 18 5 23
12 4-1 Cardinals 153.7 67.6 86.0 31 11.5 42.5
13 1-3 Buccaneers 153.2 76.0 77.2 30 27 57
14 2-3 Packers 153.0 86.5 66.6 21 16 37
15 3-2 Eagles 151.7 70.6 81.0 11 8 19
16 3-2 Chargers 150.7 82.3 68.4 23 11.5 34.5
17 2-3 Redskins 150.6 86.0 64.5 7 26 33
18 3-2 Seahawks 150.1 68.5 81.6 27 1 28
19 2-3 Broncos 148.8 86.6 62.2 9 13 22
20 3-2 Rams 147.4 69.6 77.9 29 14 43
21 1-4 Saints 146.7 89.4 57.3 5 32 37
22 2-2 Cowboys 142.9 69.0 73.9 16 4 20
23 3-2 Bengals 140.4 75.1 65.2 15 18 33
24 1-4 Panthers 138.5 74.9 63.6 22 23 45
25 2-2 Colts 136.2 77.9 58.4 10 19 29
26 1-4 Chiefs 133.1 70.4 62.7 4 10 14
27 0-5 Browns 132.2 64.0 68.2 24 28 52
28 1-4 Jaguars 130.6 67.7 62.9 32 30 62
29 2-3 Bills 127.7 76.5 51.2 17 31 48
30 1-3 Raiders 126.1 73.6 52.4 25 25 50
31 2-3 Jets 125.8 65.8 60.0 28 20 48
32 1-4 Titans 120.2 67.5 52.8 26 29 55
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 70.2
1 1 Patriots 100.9
2 6 49ers 96.8
3 12 Falcons 94.1
4 2 Giants 90.6
5 14 Texans 90.1
6 5 Saints 89.4
7 18 Steelers 87.6
8 9 Broncos 86.6
9 21 Packers 86.5
10 7 Redskins 86.0
11 8 Ravens 85.1
12 20 Vikings 84.7
13 23 Chargers 82.3
14 3 Lions 82.3
15 19 Bears 82.2
16 10 Colts 77.9
17 17 Bills 76.5
18 30 Buccaneers 76.0
19 15 Bengals 75.1
20 13 Dolphins 74.9
21 22 Panthers 74.9
22 25 Raiders 73.6
23 11 Eagles 70.6
24 4 Chiefs 70.4
25 29 Rams 69.6
26 16 Cowboys 69.0
27 27 Seahawks 68.5
28 32 Jaguars 67.7
29 31 Cardinals 67.6
30 26 Titans 67.5
31 28 Jets 65.8
32 24 Browns 64.0
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 70.2
1 6 Bears 92.4
2 3 Texans 89.3
3 11.5 Cardinals 86.0
4 1 Seahawks 81.6
5 8 Eagles 81.0
6 15 Dolphins 80.4
7 7 Vikings 78.3
8 24 Ravens 78.0
9 14 Rams 77.9
10 27 Buccaneers 77.2
11 2 49ers 75.2
12 9 Lions 75.1
13 17 Falcons 73.9
14 21 Giants 73.9
15 4 Cowboys 73.9
16 22 Patriots 73.5
17 11.5 Chargers 68.4
18 28 Browns 68.2
19 5 Steelers 67.7
20 16 Packers 66.6
21 18 Bengals 65.2
22 26 Redskins 64.5
23 23 Panthers 63.6
24 30 Jaguars 62.9
25 10 Chiefs 62.7
26 13 Broncos 62.2
27 20 Jets 60.0
28 19 Colts 58.4
29 32 Saints 57.3
30 29 Titans 52.8
31 25 Raiders 52.4
32 31 Bills 51.2

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 4

Looking to be wire-to-wire winners, the Houston Texans remain atop the Aikman Combined Ratings for the fourth consecutive week. The Texans are 4th in Offense and 2nd in Defense for a solid 178.3 Combined number.

Atlanta’s close-call win over the Panthers cost them second place as the Patriots, Bears and Ravens all edged ahead of Atlanta. The NFL’s other undefeated team, the Cardinals, who have three of their wins by three points or less, are 8th.

The Aikman Combined Rankings often roughly follow the won-loss record of teams. Although the Cardinals are not in the top three, it should be noted that their combined offense-defense (31+17=48) by the NFL method of ranking, total yards only, would put them 26th.

With their big comeback against the Bills, and an Aikman Game Rating of 116.7, the Patriots have jumped into 1st in Aikman Offense, knocking off the Ravens who have fallen to 5th.

The NFL calls Chicago’s defense the 11th best in the league, based strictly on yards allowed, but the 3-1 Bears sit atop the Aikman Defense Rankings. The Bears lead the league in takeaways and are 5th in points allowed per red-zone possession. It is Chicago’s second straight week in first place in Aikman Defense.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 4-0 Texans 178.3 91.5 86.8 14 1 15
2 2-2 Patriots 173.4 98.5 74.9 1 20 21
3 3-1 Bears 168.1 78.0 90.1 26 11 37
4 3-1 Ravens 164.7 91.1 73.6 2 23 25
5 4-0 Falcons 163.8 94.7 69.1 15 15 30
6 2-2 Redskins 159.5 92.8 66.7 3 29 32
7 3-1 Vikings 158.5 83.0 75.5 21 8 29
8 4-0 Cardinals 158.4 72.1 86.3 31 17 48
9 3-1 49ers 158.2 88.3 69.9 19 3 22
10 2-2 Giants 157.7 86.2 71.5 7 22 29
11 1-3 Lions 157.4 82.3 75.1 6 10 16
12 2-2 Broncos 156.8 88.2 68.6 12 7 19
13 1-3 Dolphins 155.1 76.9 78.2 9 16 25
14 3-1 Eagles 155.0 70.5 84.5 5 6 11
15 2-2 Packers 153.4 83.4 70.0 20 9 29
16 1-3 Buccaneers 153.1 76.0 77.1 30 30 60
17 3-1 Chargers 152.3 80.3 72.0 24 12 36
18 1-2 Steelers 150.9 87.0 63.8 18 5 23
19 0-4 Saints 144.7 88.1 56.6 8 32 40
20 2-2 Seahawks 143.5 68.3 75.2 29 2 31
21 2-2 Rams 143.3 70.7 72.6 27 14 41
22 2-2 Cowboys 142.9 69.0 73.9 16 4 20
23 1-3 Panthers 141.0 82.1 58.9 13 24 37
24 2-2 Bills 140.2 81.6 58.7 11 27 38
25 3-1 Bengals 138.8 78.9 59.9 10 19 29
26 1-3 Jaguars 137.9 72.3 65.5 32 26 58
27 0-4 Browns 137.6 63.2 74.4 25 25 50
28 1-3 Chiefs 133.0 76.2 56.8 4 13 17
29 1-2 Colts 131.6 71.7 60.0 17 18 35
30 2-2 Jets 129.0 68.8 60.2 28 21 49
31 1-3 Raiders 126.1 73.6 52.4 22 28 50
32 1-3 Titans 120.6 69.4 51.3 23 31 54
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 80.3
1 1 Patriots 98.5
2 15 Falcons 94.7
3 3 Redskins 92.8
4 14 Texans 91.5
5 2 Ravens 91.1
6 19 49ers 88.3
7 12 Broncos 88.2
8 8 Saints 88.1
9 18 Steelers 87.0
10 7 Giants 86.2
11 20 Packers 83.4
12 21 Vikings 83.0
13 6 Lions 82.3
14 13 Panthers 82.1
15 11 Bills 81.6
16 24 Chargers 80.3
17 10 Bengals 78.9
18 26 Bears 78.0
19 9 Dolphins 76.9
20 4 Chiefs 76.2
21 30 Buccaneers 76.0
22 22 Raiders 73.6
23 32 Jaguars 72.3
24 31 Cardinals 72.1
25 17 Colts 71.7
26 27 Rams 70.7
27 5 Eagles 70.5
28 23 Titans 69.4
29 16 Cowboys 69.0
30 28 Jets 68.8
31 29 Seahawks 68.3
32 25 Browns 63.2
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 69.7
1 11 Bears 90.1
2 1 Texans 86.8
3 17 Cardinals 86.3
4 6 Eagles 84.5
5 16 Dolphins 78.2
6 30 Buccaneers 77.1
7 8 Vikings 75.5
8 2 Seahawks 75.2
9 10 Lions 75.1
10 20 Patriots 74.9
11 25 Browns 74.4
12 4 Cowboys 73.9
13 23 Ravens 73.6
14 14 Rams 72.6
15 12 Chargers 72.0
16 22 Giants 71.5
17 9 Packers 70.0
18 3 49ers 69.9
19 15 Falcons 69.1
20 7 Broncos 68.6
21 29 Redskins 66.7
22 26 Jaguars 65.5
23 5 Steelers 63.8
24 21 Jets 60.2
25 18 Colts 60.0
26 19 Bengals 59.9
27 24 Panthers 58.9
28 27 Bills 58.7
29 13 Chiefs 56.8
30 32 Saints 56.6
31 28 Raiders 52.4
32 31 Titans 51.3

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 3

The Texans and Falcons, two of the three remaining undefeated teams, stand 1-2 in the Aikman Combined Ratings after Week 3 of the NFL season. Houston also has the lowest combined ranking of offense (7) and defense (2) for a total of 9 in the NFL’s official measure of ranking, total yards.

But the Falcons (19th in yards, 13th in yards allowed) are only in a three-way tie for 12th with their combined total in yards of 32.

The NFL’s 3rd undeated team, the Cardinals, are 6th in the Aikman Combined. They are 25th in combined yards rankings with 41.

The Ravens, traditionally known for defense, stand atop the Aikman Offense chart for the third consecutive week with a 98.1 mark. Their closest pursuers at the moment are the Falcons, only 19th in the NFL’s yards only method of ranking, at 96.9. Despite their relatively poor yards total, especially in rushing, the Falcons get high marks for having made just one turnover and ranking among the NFL’s top scoring teams.

After a stifling performance against the Rams, the Bears inch ahead of the Texans in the Aikman Defense Ratings, something we know Coach Lovie Smith, a longtime supporter of the Aikmans, will find gratifying.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 3-0 Texans 184.9 92.7 92.2 7 2 9
2 3-0 Falcons 173.4 96.9 76.5 19 13 32
3 2-1 Bears 168.5 76.1 92.4 27 6 33
4 2-1 Ravens 167.7 98.1 69.5 4 27 31
5 2-1 Giants 163.5 90.2 73.3 3 18 21
6 3-0 Cardinals 161.1 73.3 87.7 31 10 41
7 1-2 Patriots 160.9 91.3 69.6 9 14 23
8 2-1 Vikings 160.7 87.2 73.5 15 8 23
9 1-2 Redskins 160.6 93.4 67.2 6 30 36
10 1-2 Lions 158.1 86.5 71.6 2 15 17
11 2-1 Bills 156.8 87.7 69.1 11 17 28
12 1-2 Dolphins 156.1 79.1 76.9 12 22 34
13 1-2 Packers 155.8 78.8 77.0 25 3 28
14 1-2 Buccaneers 154.6 71.3 83.3 32 26 58
15 2-1 Eagles 153.3 65.4 87.9 5 5 10
16 1-2 Steelers 150.9 87.0 63.8 16 7 23
17 2-1 Chargers 148.3 78.1 70.1 23 9 32
18 2-1 49ers 147.1 86.6 60.5 21 11 32
19 2-1 Cowboys 146.2 70.0 76.2 20 1 21
20 2-1 Seahawks 144.4 68.9 75.5 29 4 33
21 0-3 Saints 143.4 86.1 57.3 10 32 42
22 1-2 Broncos 141.9 81.1 60.9 17 12 29
23 2-1 Jets 140.2 78.4 61.9 22 21 43
24 1-2 Rams 138.4 69.3 69.1 28 19 47
25 1-2 Jaguars 137.4 75.1 62.3 30 28 58
26 0-3 Browns 137.2 63.4 73.8 26 25 51
27 1-2 Raiders 136.3 80.4 55.9 18 23 41
28 1-2 Chiefs 133.3 78.6 54.7 1 16 17
29 1-2 Panthers 132.6 75.0 57.6 13 24 37
30 2-1 Bengals 132.5 80.8 51.7 8 29 37
31 1-2 Colts 131.6 71.7 60.0 14 20 34
32 1-2 Titans 112.4 64.5 47.9 24 31 55
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 80.6
1 4 Ravens 98.1
2 19 Falcons 96.9
3 6 Redskins 93.4
4 7 Texans 92.7
5 9 Patriots 91.3
6 3 Giants 90.2
7 11 Bills 87.7
8 15 Vikings 87.2
9 16 Steelers 87.0
10 21 49ers 86.6
11 2 Lions 86.5
12 10 Saints 86.1
13 17 Broncos 81.1
14 8 Bengals 80.8
15 18 Raiders 80.4
16 12 Dolphins 79.1
17 25 Packers 78.8
18 1 Chiefs 78.6
19 22 Jets 78.4
20 23 Chargers 78.1
21 27 Bears 76.1
22 30 Jaguars 75.1
23 13 Panthers 75.0
24 31 Cardinals 73.3
25 14 Colts 71.7
26 32 Buccaneers 71.3
27 20 Cowboys 70.0
28 28 Rams 69.3
29 29 Seahawks 68.9
30 5 Eagles 65.4
31 24 Titans 64.5
32 26 Browns 63.4
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 69.4
1 6 Bears 92.4
2 2 Texans 92.2
3 5 Eagles 87.9
4 10 Cardinals 87.7
5 26 Buccaneers 83.3
6 3 Packers 77.0
7 22 Dolphins 76.9
8 13 Falcons 76.5
9 1 Cowboys 76.2
10 4 Seahawks 75.5
11 25 Browns 73.8
12 8 Vikings 73.5
13 18 Giants 73.3
14 15 Lions 71.6
15 9 Chargers 70.1
16 14 Patriots 69.6
17 27 Ravens 69.5
18 17 Bills 69.1
19 19 Rams 69.1
20 30 Redskins 67.2
21 7 Steelers 63.8
22 28 Jaguars 62.3
23 21 Jets 61.9
24 12 Broncos 60.9
25 11 49ers 60.5
26 20 Colts 60.0
27 24 Panthers 57.6
28 32 Saints 57.3
29 23 Raiders 55.9
30 16 Chiefs 54.7
31 29 Bengals 51.7
32 31 Titans 47.9

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 2

Having rolled over two Florida foes, the Texans sit atop both the Aikman Defensive and Aikman Combined Ratings after two weeks of the NFL season.

That might be expected, but perhaps the identity of the top offensive team, the Bills, after two weeks would be considered a surprise. Coming off a strong showing against the Chiefs, Buffalo is one of five teams between 95 and 100 after two weeks. Fueling the early success of the Bills has been a perfect record of five touchdowns in five trips to the red zone and an average of 6.4 yards per carry. Buffalo is 7th in the NFL’s official offensive rating, which is based solely on total yards gained.

The undefeated Falcons are the best “Aikman” offense in the early going. Only 21st in yards gained, Atlanta stands 3rd in the Aikman Offense listing with a 96.4 rating. The Falcons have yet to make a turnover and lead the league in offensive points scored despite their relative lack of total yards.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 2-0 Texans 197.5 92.3 105.2 10 1 11
2 1-1 Ravens 175.9 95.8 80.1 9 27 36
3 2-0 Chargers 172.8 91.8 81.0 19 3 22
4 1-1 Patriots 171.0 89.4 81.5 6 2 8
5 1-1 Bears 167.2 78.4 88.8 27 14 41
6 1-1 Redskins 166.6 96.1 70.5 4 28 32
7 2-0 Eagles 164.3 71.2 93.2 1 4 5
8 1-1 Bills 163.2 99.6 63.5 7 25.5 32.5
9 2-0 49ers 159.8 97.3 62.5 13 11 24
10 2-0 Falcons 158.1 96.4 61.7 21 17 38
11 1-1 Steelers 156.1 83.9 72.1 25 7 32
12 1-1 Vikings 154.1 85.7 68.5 16 12 28
13 1-1 Buccaneers 153.9 78.0 75.9 29 31 60
14 2-0 Cardinals 153.6 73.7 79.9 30 13 43
15 1-1 Cowboys 152.7 84.2 68.5 11 9 20
16 1-1 Seahawks 151.3 71.8 79.5 28 6 34
17 1-1 Lions 148.9 79.8 69.0 14 10 24
18 1-1 Dolphins 148.6 76.0 72.7 12 18 30
19 1-1 Jets 146.9 86.7 60.2 26 16 42
20 1-1 Giants 146.3 84.2 62.2 2 19 21
21 1-1 Panthers 146.1 84.4 61.7 8 20 28
22 1-1 Broncos 145.9 82.0 64.0 20 8 28
23 1-1 Packers 143.6 77.1 66.5 23 5 28
24 1-1 Rams 142.4 78.5 63.9 17 24 41
25 0-2 Saints 136.3 88.5 47.8 3 32 35
26 0-2 Browns 136.0 65.4 70.5 22 29 51
27 0-2 Jaguars 132.6 73.2 59.3 32 23 55
28 0-2 Chiefs 128.6 81.5 47.1 5 21.5 26.5
29 1-1 Colts 124.3 67.1 57.2 24 21.5 45.5
30 0-2 Raiders 123.1 66.9 56.2 15 15 30
31 1-1 Bengals 120.8 75.7 45.1 18 30 48
32 0-2 Titans 106.6 59.7 56.9 31 25.5 56.5
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 81.8
1 7 Bills 99.6
2 13 49ers 97.3
3 21 Falcons 96.4
4 4 Redskins 96.1
5 9 Ravens 95.8
6 10 Texans 92.3
7 19 Chargers 91.8
8 6 Patriots 89.4
9 3 Saints 88.5
10 26 Jets 86.7
11 16 Vikings 85.7
12 8 Panthers 84.4
13 11 Cowboys 84.2
14 2 Giants 84.2
15 25 Steelers 83.9
16 20 Broncos 82.0
17 5 Chiefs 81.5
18 14 Lions 79.8
19 17 Rams 78.5
20 27 Bears 78.4
21 29 Buccaneers 78.0
22 23 Packers 77.1
23 12 Dolphins 76.0
24 18 Bengals 75.7
25 30 Cardinals 73.7
26 32 Jaguars 73.2
27 28 Seahawks 71.8
28 1 Eagles 71.2
29 24 Colts 67.1
30 15 Raiders 66.9
31 22 Browns 65.4
32 31 Titans 59.7
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 68.2
1 1 Texans 105.2
2 4 Eagles 93.2
3 14 Bears 88.8
4 2 Patriots 81.5
5 3 Chargers 81.0
6 27 Ravens 80.1
7 13 Cardinals 79.9
8 6 Seahawks 79.5
9 31 Buccaneers 75.9
10 18 Dolphins 72.7
11 7 Steelers 72.1
12 29 Browns 70.5
13 28 Redskins 70.5
14 10 Lions 69.0
15 9 Cowboys 68.5
16 12 Vikings 68.5
17 5 Packers 66.5
18 8 Broncos 64.0
19 24 Rams 63.9
20 25.5 Bills 63.5
21 11 49ers 62.5
22 19 Giants 62.2
23 17 Falcons 61.7
24 20 Panthers 61.7
25 16 Jets 60.2
26 23 Jaguars 59.3
27 21.5 Colts 57.2
28 15 Raiders 56.2
29 32 Saints 47.8
30 21.5 Chiefs 47.1
31 25.5 Titans 46.9
32 30 Bengals 45.1

Aikman Efficiency Ratings - Week 1

The Aikman Ratings are back for another season!

To refresh your memory, the Aikmans were conceived by Troy Aikman, who does not feel that mere yards gained or yards allowed, the NFL’s current “official” method of ranking an offense or defense, are the most relevant way of determining success.

The Aikman Ratings measure seven categories of performance – points, red-zone efficiency, third-down efficiency, first downs, turnovers, yards per pass, yards per rush – in a formula where 100 (as measured over a season) is a record-setting performance, 75 is league average and 50 is near record inefficiency.

With a database since 1995, teams with higher Aikman Game Ratings usually win over 80% of the time, while teams with more yards gained are winners under 70%. In Week 1, the first 15 games went to the team with the higher Aikman Game Rating before the Raiders lost despite a slightly higher mark than San Diego. Teams with more yards gained were 11-5, with big winners the Falcons and Jets among the team that were outgained.

The Aikmans are a compilation of performance over an entire season (like the yards total), so they may not be an effective predictive measure as injuries can alter a team’s capabilities.

And these first ratings are only reflective of a result against one team. The Ravens have the “best” offense at the moment and the Bengals have the “worst” defense, only because of the relative domination of Baltimore’s attack over Cincinnati’s D. A bigger sample of games will tend to give us a more accurate reflection of the true strength of each unit, although we can say this is the first time the Ravens’ attack has ever ranked number one.

Aikman
NFL
Rank Record Team Combined Off Def Off Def Combined
1 1-0 Texans 204.0 89.3 114.7 17 8 25
2 1-0 Bears 196.2 100.2 96.0 6 18 24
3 1-0 Ravens 194.3 113.2 81.1 4 13 17
4 1-0 Eagles 192.5 78.7 113.9 2 1 3
5 1-0 Patriots 192.4 97.9 94.5 8.5 9.5 18
6 1-0 Redskins 179.5 102.6 76.9 1 19 20
7 1-0 Buccaneers 174.4 77.0 97.4 27.5 11 38.5
8 1-0 Lions 164.8 82.6 82.2 5 2 7
9 1-0 Cowboys 164.5 93.9 70.6 3 7 10
10 1-0 49ers 164.3 103.3 61.1 12 14 26
11 1-0 Cardinals 159.0 70.3 88.8 30 4 34
12 1-0 Falcons 158.9 103.4 55.5 13 26 39
13 1-0 Broncos 155.5 85.9 69.7 18 9.5 27.5
14 1-0 Jets 154.1 101.0 53.2 11 24.5 35.5
15 1-0 Vikings 153.8 86.0 67.8 10 17 27
16 0-1 Raiders 150.5 74.1 76.4 21 5.5 26.5
17 1-0 Chargers 149.5 73.6 75.9 27.5 12 39.5
18 0-1 Jaguars 146.2 82.2 64.0 16 23 39
19 0-1 Bills 145.9 96.8 49.0 8.5 22 30.5
20 0-1 Steelers 144.5 80.3 64.1 23.5 15 38.5
21 0-1 Chiefs 141.1 94.5 46.6 7 20 27
22 0-1 Seahawks 141.0 61.2 79.7 29 3 32
23 0-1 Packers 135.7 88.9 46.7 19 21 40
24 0-1 Giants 135.5 79.4 56.1 26 30 56
25 0-1 Rams 135.2 67.8 67.4 31 28 59
26 0-1 Panthers 125.6 52.6 73.0 22 5.5 27.5
27 0-1 Saints 120.5 73.1 47.4 14 32 46
28 0-1 Titans 107.6 55.5 52.1 23.5 24.5 48
29 0-1 Browns 107.5 36.1 71.3 32 31 63
30 0-1 Bengals 105.7 68.9 36.8 20 29 49
31 0-1 Colts 103.8 54.0 49.8 15 27 42
32 0-1 Dolphins 96.0 35.3 60.7 25 16 41
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 80.3
1 4 Ravens 113.2
2 13 Falcons 103.4
3 12 49ers 103.3
4 1 Redskins 102.6
5 11 Jets 101.0
6 6 Bears 100.2
7 8.5 Patriots 97.9
8 8.5 Bills 96.8
9 7 Chiefs 94.5
10 3 Cowboys 93.9
11 17 Texans 89.3
12 19 Packers 88.9
13 10 Vikings 86.0
14 18 Broncos 85.9
15 5 Lions 82.6
16 16 Jaguars 82.2
17 23.5 Steelers 80.3
18 26 Giants 79.4
19 2 Eagles 78.7
20 27.5 Buccaneers 77.0
21 21 Raiders 74.1
22 27.5 Chargers 73.6
23 14 Saints 73.1
24 30 Cardinals 70.3
25 20 Bengals 68.9
26 31 Rams 67.8
27 29 Seahawks 61.2
28 23.5 Titans 55.5
29 15 Colts 54.0
30 22 Panthers 52.6
31 32 Browns 36.1
32 25 Dolphins 35.3
AIK NFL Team AER
NFL Average 69.7
1 8 Texans 114.7
2 1 Eagles 113.9
3 11 Buccaneers 97.4
4 18 Bears 96.0
5 9.5 Patriots 94.5
6 4 Cardinals 88.8
7 2 Lions 82.2
8 13 Ravens 81.1
9 3 Seahawks 79.7
10 19 Redskins 76.9
11 5.5 Raiders 76.4
12 12 Chargers 75.9
13 5.5 Panthers 73.0
14 31 Browns 71.3
15 7 Cowboys 70.6
16 9.5 Broncos 69.7
17 17 Vikings 67.8
18 28 Rams 67.4
19 15 Steelers 64.1
20 23 Jaguars 64.0
21 14 49ers 61.1
22 16 Dolphins 60.7
23 30 Giants 56.1
24 26 Falcons 55.5
25 24.5 Jets 53.2
26 24.5 Titans 52.1
27 27 Colts 49.8
28 22 Bills 49.0
29 32 Saints 47.4
30 21 Packers 46.7
31 20 Chiefs 46.6
32 29 Bengals 36.8
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