The 33rd Team is proud to be home for the Aikman Efficiency Ratings — Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman’s proprietary formula for measuring team offense and team defense in the NFL.
As opposed to just looking at total yards gained and allowed, Aikman combined seven categories, placing more emphasis on some:
- Points per game (20%)
- Points Per Red-Zone Possession (20%)
- Turnovers (20%)
- Yards per Rush (10%)
- Yards per Pass (10%)
- Third-Down Percentage (10%)
- First Downs (10%)
Four games into the NFL season, we are starting to get a clearer picture of who the league’s best and worst teams are on both sides of the ball.
One team that particularly stands out in this week’s rankings is the Kansas City Chiefs. Thought of as favorites to win the Super Bowl by many, there’s an interesting dichotomy between their offense and defense. In Week 5’s Aikman Efficiency Report, the Chiefs claim the best mark in the NFL on offense, and the worst defense in the league.
This should make for a particularly interesting Sunday Night Football showdown between Kansas City and Aikman’s highest rated defensive team, the Buffalo Bills. In a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game featuring two of the game’s best young quarterbacks, the Bills may have the upper hand. While the Chiefs have the best offense, Buffalo is one of just two teams in the NFL that rank in the top 5 on both sides of the ball. The other team with that distinction? The 4-0 Arizona Cardinals, who sit at No. 3 on offense and No. 4 on defense.
Other notable teams that rank in the top 10 in both offense and defense include a pair of AFC North rivals in the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.
For more on the Aikman Efficiency Ratings and the Aikman Foundation, click here.