NFL Power Rankings: Arizona Worst in First and Chargers Top Class in Last

October 17, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Sabermetric proponents in Major League Baseball will tell you why wins are meaningless for pitchers as a judge of individual performance because of all the variables that are outside of their control, such as defense, relief pitching and run support.
Well, in the NFL entire teams have records that often aren't truly indicative of how well, or not so well, they are performing.
Take, for example, the strange case of the Arizona Cardinals. They sit atop the NFC West at 3-2, yet are one of only two teams in first place that have given up more points than they have scored. By a lot, in fact.
The Cardinals have a minus-50-point differential so far this season, easily the worst of all winning teams in the NFL. Even Houston, who is minus-14, is a distant second.
So what does this mean? Well, nothing in terms of playoff expectancy as the team with the best record makes it and no one cares whether they've been outscored or not.
But as a predictor of future success, it ma...

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