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Aikman Efficiency Ratings through week 2:

Offense

Aik NFL Team AER

1 3 Ravens (a) 104.9

2 1 Saints 102.7

3 2 Cowboys 101.4

4 4 Buccaneers 93.2

5 27 Vikings 88.6

6 12 Colts (a) 84.0

7 13 Jets (a) 82.5

8 8 Broncos (a) 82.2

9 26 49ers 82.0

10 21 Bengals (a) 81.8

11 9 Patriots (a) 80.9

12 14 Bills (a) 80.3

13 18 Falcons 79.8

14 17 Dolphins (a) 79.6

15 15 Cardinals 79.5

16 28 Packers 76.6

17 7 Titans (a) 76.3

18 23 Texans (a) 76.2

19 11 Seahawks 75.3

20 5 Chargers (a) 74.5

21 24 Jaguars (a) 74.3

22 10 Eagles 73.8

23 29 Raiders (a) 73.5

24 6 Giants 71.7

25 25 Chiefs (a) 71.1

26 19 Redskins 68.6

27 20 Bears 66.5

28 16 Steelers (a) 66.3

29 30 Lions 61.4

30 22 Panthers 58.2

31 32 Browns (a) 57.6

32 31 Rams 54.5

NFL Average 77.5

Defense

Aik NFL Team AER

1 2 Broncos (a) 98.3

2 1 Jets (a) 94.4

3 21 Saints 90.2

4 12 Seahawks 89.3

5 7 49ers 85.3

6 10 Redskins 84.7

7 4 Vikings 82.7

8 8 Eagles 82.4

9 17 Ravens (a) 78.8

10 22 Falcons 78.6

11 9 Steelers (a) 78.1

12 6 Cardinals 77.8

13 23 Raiders (a) 77.0

14 29 Rams 76.3

15 5 Bears 75.9

16 19 Packers 75.3

17 26 Titans (a) 75.0

18 11 Bengals (a) 72.5

19 3 Patriots (a) 71.2

20 14 Dolphins (a) 70.1

21 24 Jaguars (a) 69.1

22 20 Chargers (a) 65.1

23 31 Buccaneers 63.6

24 28 Bills (a) 63.4

25 15 Panthers 62.3

26 16 Giants 60.6

27 30 Cowboys 60.6

28 13 Colts (a) 59.4

29 27 Lions 58.8

30 25 Browns (a) 54.9

31 32 Texans (a) 53.0

32 18 Chiefs (a) 52.3

NFL Average 72.5

Ratings Courtesy of STATS, LLC

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/i3qk

I like where he has the Saints, especially on defense so I searched to find out how these numbers are broken down and the only place I could find the breakdown was on a 49er forum, strangely enough. Here is the breakdown:

Gotta give him credit, because his ratings on how he ranks teams are based on a lot more statistics that MATTER outside of just "yards per game" gained and allowed, offensively or defensively. It's a lot more telling of the story than just points per game scored/allowed. Nice system. Check it out.

Aikman Efficiency Ratings Formula

"The Aikman Efficiency Ratings measure offensive and defensive performance using a combination of seven key statistics identified by Troy, 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. The better the offense or defense, the higher the score on either scale.

It will take a truly exceptional unit to score more than 90 during an entire season on either the offensive or defensive scale. Higher scores are possible in individual games.

In 2005, AER scores ranged on offense from 92.6 (Seattle) to 60.9 (San Francisco) and on defense from 89.3 (Chicago) to 61.1 (Houston). The seven categories measured are:

Adjusted Points (20%) -- Total Points Scored or Allowed minus Points on Returns and Safeties

Turnovers (20%)

Red Zone Efficiency (20%) -- Measured by Percent of Possible Points (see below)

Yards Per Play -- divided into Yards Per Rush (10% of total) and Yards Per Pass Play (10% of total). Yards Per Pass Play includes yards on plays involving sacks.

First Down Achievement -- divided into Total First Downs (10% of total) and 3rd Down Conversion Percentage (10% of total)

Percentage of Possible Points in the Red Zone is 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). "

http://forums.49ers.com/messageboard/showthread.php?t=7420

The rankings if valid, show that the Saints have a top ranked Offense paired with a top ranked Defense with regard to our AER.