NFL Power Points: Chiefs reign supreme
The Power Points are calculated solely on the hard data of game results. There are no external adjustments added in for the type of weather that the game was played in, or what type of surface, or whether a key player was injured or not. So the Power Points formula has no idea that the Broncos have lost their first and second string quarterbacks. Denver has now lost two games in a row, but with a 5-3 overall record and a difficult recent schedule, the Power Points are making all kinds of allowances for the game results. Instead of punishing the Broncos too badly for their 20 point loss to the Ravens, Baltimore is rewarded. The data also corresponded well to a building trend concerning the Ravens home field advantage, which exploded up to 7.4 points. How else to explain their loss in Cincinnati in Week 7 followed by a pummeling in Baltimore of the top 10 Broncos?
Next week's prime time games could not have a bigger contrast. On Sunday night, the Packers and their #2 offense visit the Vikings' #3 offense. Both teams have mediocre to poor defenses and special teams, pointing to a major shoot-out in the Metrodome. The following night, the battered and bruised Broncos host the bloody and hobbling Patriots, who won this past week despite not getting the ball into the end zone. The phrase "defensive struggle" isn't strong enough to describe this contest.