Posted: 12/14/2012 12:39:08 PM
Originally Posted by NFL_Sharp
I agree - for the entire season I think Seattle definitely has a top 8 defense. But not over the past 3 weeks, efficiency wise. Certainly a shutout improves their ranking, but how much of the shutout was due to turnovers - and the system also takes SOS into account - how impressive is it for a top caliber defense to give up minimal points to a bottom dwelling offense (with the benefit of 8 turnovers no less). The previous week, the far below average offense of the Bears was very efficient (9 YPA, 4YPR, no sacks allowed, etc, etc), and the week before that, a below average Miami offense performed similarly (9.5 YPA, 6.8 YPR, etc, etc). This is where my model excels - in the face of bias (I'm not trying to insult you or anyone else at all - humans are biased - I'm the same way). On the outside, everyone sees a 58-0, 8 forced turnover massacre of the Cardinals and thinks Seattle's defense is playing at an elite level. They fail to remember the previous two weeks against inferior (even compared to the average) offenses, where that same defense allowed an average YPA over 9 (very high) and average YPR over 5 (very high) to go along with other poor defensive stats.
I don't disagree that Seattle has a top level defense. But I only care about how they're playing now. And "now" doesn't mean the previous game that can be filled with almost entirely random noise (like 8 turnovers). In my model, now means the previous three weeks, where Seattle has performed poorly, even if they had been facing above average offenses. The fact that the two were far below average only drops them further in the rankings. A shutout of one of, if not the worst offense in the league, helps their ranking, but isn't near enough to dig them out of the hole dug by their previous two showings against below average offenses.
I truly wasn't trying to sound arrogant or condescending, if I came across that way. Good luck this week sir.
Thanks for clarifying, Keep up the great work..!
BOL to you sir..!