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NFL Team Rankings, Week 13

Dec 03, 2013 12:08 PM EST

By Christopher Reina

Our NFL Team Rankings are based entirely on the The Trench Counter, which is an objective formula measuring average yards per pass and run on both offense and defense, along with first downs registered and given up, turnovers for and against, and total penalty yards.

Over time, The Trench Counter rankings begin to closely resemble the standings but goes even further to determine which teams are truly the best when on the line of scrimmage.

We are also including the Bill Parcells/Michael Lombardi stat that we modified called Total Rushes/Completions, which is listed as the second set of rankings below.

The chief aim of the Trench Counter is to take the subjective out of the equation and even the somewhat fluky nature of teams actually scoring points, which is of course the whole point on a game-by-game basis.

In Week 13, the Seattle Seahawks both delivered a statement on why they're clearly the best team in the NFL while also essentially securing homefield advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs. It is hard to remember a team with a better shot at reaching the Super Bowl so early in the season based on Russell Wilson's 15-0 record at home.

The Philadelphia Eagles have ascended to No. 3 in our rankings despite having their playoff chances in serious doubt as they battle the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East. The Cowboys, however, are ranked 25th despite having a better point differential. The Eagles have a more difficult schedule remaining and also must travel to Dallas for Week 17.

Click here to see the game-by-game results for Week 13.

Trench Counter (TC) Rankings

1. Seattle Seahawks: 8.7
2. Carolina Panthers: 6.8
3. Philadelphia Eagles: 5.0
4. New England Patriots: 4.6
5. San Francisco 49ers: 4.5
6. New Orleans Saints: 3.9
7. Denver Broncos: 3.1
8. Kansas City Chiefs: 2.8
9. Cincinnati Bengals: 1.6
10. Detroit Lions: 0.8
11. Indianapolis Colts: 0.6
12. Green Bay Packers: 0.2
13. Miami Dolphins: 0.1
14. Arizona Cardinals: -0.3
15. St. Louis Rams: -0.4
16. Chicago Bears: -0.4
17. Baltimore Ravens: -0.7
18. Buffalo Bills: -0.9
19. Pittsburgh Steelers: -1.0
20. San Diego Chargers: -1.3
21. Cleveland Browns: -1.4
22. Tennessee Titans: -1.4
23. Atlanta Falcons: -1.6
24. Dallas Cowboys: -1.7
25. Houston Texans: -1.9
26. New York Giants: -2.3
27. Washington Redskins: -2.5
28. Minnesota Vikings: -3.0
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -3.8
30. Oakland Raiders: -3.9
31. New York Jets: -4.3
32. Jacksonville Jaguars: -9.8

Total Rushes/Completions (TRC) Rankings

1. New Orleans Saints: 7.4
2. Detroit Lions: 7.3
3. Denver Broncos: 6.8
4. Carolina Panthers: 6.2
5. San Diego Chargers: 5.5
6. Houston Texans: 4.8
7. Seattle Seahawks: 4.3
8. Cincinnati Bengals: 3.7
9. Washington Redskins: 3.6
10. Buffalo Bills: 2.8
11. Kansas City Chiefs: 2.6
12. Baltimore Ravens: 2.4
13. New England Patriots: 2.0
14. Green Bay Packers: 1.3
15. Tennessee Titans: 1.2
16. Arizona Cardinals: 0.2
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: 0.1
18. Chicago Bears: -0.8
19. San Francisco 49ers: -1.1
20. Indianapolis Colts: -2.0
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -2.1
22. St. Louis Rams: -3.1
23. New York Jets: -3.2
24. Atlanta Falcons: -3.6
25. Oakland Raiders: -4.0
26. Philadelphia Eagles: -4.7
27. New York Giants: -4.8
28. Cleveland Browns: -5.2
29. Miami Dolphins: -5.6
30. Minnesota Vikings: -6.7
31. Jacksonville Jaguars: -7.4
32. Dallas Cowboys: -7.8


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