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- Like the Bears, the Philadelphia Eagles also rose five spots in the standings.  Because these rankings don't account for Philly's wildly successful special teams unit, it's hardly a surprise that the Eagles still rank just 24th after several slipshod efforts that resulted in wins anyways.

LeSean McCoy's inevitable rebound (tied largely to offensive line health) began last week, while questions about Nick Foles' mechanics persist.  As fun as the Chip Kelly-engineered offense is to watch, however, the more intriguing unit may be Philly's 10th-ranked defense.  The Eagles grade out as only slightly above-average in both run and pass defense, but as we can see, things have not exactly gone smoothly:



Much of that stems from the inconsistent cornerback play, as the likes of Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher have committed some head-scratching errors this season.  But the Eagles have boosted their 31st-ranked sack percentage all the way up the seventh this season, while also receiving steady support from veterans Malcolm Jenkins, DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin.  If the #FreeBrandonGraham movement ever reached Eagles headquarters, that sack rate might shoot up even higher.

The Eagles face four division games in their final five contests, with a daunting road trip to Seattle sandwiched in between.  So while Philly's stock figures to rise over the next six weeks, they will likely remain a tricky postseason proposition until the final month.


- The Denver Broncos are the new number one team in the rankings, eeking past the sister-kissing Bengals.  This looks like a deserved change, for while Cincy looked like the league's most complete team over the first two weeks, defensive debacles against New England and Carolina raise enough questions about the Bengals (even while ignoring their recent past).

In spite of a poor running game, the Broncos have surged to the top behind more than just Peyton Manning's immaculate right arm.  Denver is currently just one of three teams to sit in the top 10 of both run and pass defense success rate, along with the Giants and Dolphins.  The Broncos rank first in the latter category, the result of a premier edge-rushing duo in Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware supporting a secondary with three Pro Bowl-caliber starters in Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and Chris Harris, Jr.

The offensive line has had peculiar issues run-blocking, whether for Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman, but a below-average ground game is not going to hold back an elite defense and passing attack.  In a season where no team looks particularly dominant, the Broncos stand out as a potential candidate to fill that void.


Here are the updated team efficiency rankings after six weeks.  As always, observations, questions and snide remarks are welcome in the comments section.


RANK TEAM LAST WK GWP Opp GWP O RANK D RANK
1 DEN 3 0.62 0.50 7 3
2 CIN 1 0.62 0.50 1 6
3 SEA 2 0.59 0.56 8 12
4 MIA 5 0.58 0.49 19 2
5 SF 12 0.57 0.48 13 4
6 DAL 9 0.56 0.51 5 21
7 DET 7 0.56 0.48 22 1
8 CLE 14 0.55 0.51 2 25
9 GB 6 0.55 0.52 18 5
10 SD 4 0.55 0.45 4 9
11 BAL 10 0.54 0.51 12 20
12 WAS 8 0.52 0.47 6 15
13 NO 11 0.52 0.46 3 28
14 KC 17 0.51 0.56 25 17
15 IND 13 0.51 0.50 9 22
16 NE 19 0.51 0.50 16 7
17 CAR 21 0.51 0.51 21 8
18 CHI 23 0.51 0.49 11 23
19 TEN 15 0.51 0.52 20 19
20 PIT 18 0.49 0.48 14 18
21 HOU 22 0.48 0.49 15 26
22 NYG 16 0.47 0.48 23 16
23 BUF 20 0.46 0.53 27 11
24 PHI 29 0.46 0.48 24 10
25 NYJ 26 0.45 0.53 31 13
26 ARI 25 0.43 0.54 28 24
27 MIN 27 0.43 0.49 30 14
28 ATL 24 0.41 0.48 10 32
29 OAK 30 0.40 0.51 26 29
30 STL 28 0.40 0.47 17 30
31 JAC 31 0.39 0.51 32 27
32 TB 32 0.35 0.48 29 31

TEAM OPASS ORUNSR% OINT% OFUM% DPASS DRUNSR% DINT% PENRATE
ATL 7.4 38 3.4 1.4 8.0 55 1.0 0.49
ARI 5.9 30 0.0 1.6 7.6 67 4.1 0.40
BAL 6.8 42 1.4 1.1 6.8 64 1.8 0.31
BUF 6.0 35 2.3 1.8 6.6 66 2.6 0.61
CHI 6.5 47 2.6 1.9 6.9 58 4.0 0.49
CAR 6.5 36 0.9 2.0 6.4 63 3.1 0.45
CIN 8.3 40 1.9 0.9 5.6 48 3.2 0.44
CLE 7.5 45 0.7 1.3 6.7 52 2.2 0.47
DAL 7.1 47 2.6 2.8 6.7 57 3.6 0.36
DEN 7.6 37 1.6 1.3 5.4 64 1.9 0.50
DET 6.2 40 1.9 1.8 5.2 62 3.4 0.39
GB 6.4 40 1.0 1.5 5.8 49 4.4 0.35
HOU 7.3 37 3.7 2.4 6.6 49 2.5 0.47
IND 7.2 40 2.7 1.3 6.7 56 3.1 0.48
JAC 5.3 36 3.6 1.5 7.2 63 0.4 0.27
KC 5.8 40 2.5 1.8 6.2 54 1.3 0.28
MIA 5.5 53 2.7 2.4 5.4 64 1.6 0.25
MIN 5.2 43 4.5 0.9 6.3 60 2.6 0.47
NE 6.2 43 0.9 1.8 6.0 54 3.6 0.68
NO 6.9 52 2.8 1.1 7.4 63 0.6 0.25
NYG 6.1 41 2.5 2.2 7.2 69 4.8 0.36
NYJ 4.8 45 3.3 2.7 6.2 64 0.5 0.52
OAK 5.9 39 3.8 1.6 7.3 55 1.3 0.41
PHI 6.4 34 2.9 1.9 6.1 60 1.3 0.41
PIT 6.5 44 1.4 1.5 6.6 61 1.5 0.63
SD 8.2 31 1.0 1.5 5.8 52 2.0 0.45
SF 6.9 41 2.1 1.0 5.5 61 3.2 0.56
SEA 6.2 51 1.4 2.4 6.5 68 1.1 0.49
STL 6.3 44 2.5 2.7 7.7 61 2.1 0.67
TB 5.8 36 3.3 2.5 7.8 62 1.8 0.47
TEN 6.4 42 3.2 1.8 6.5 54 3.3 0.55
WAS 7.4 42 3.5 1.7 6.3 64 1.0 0.63
Avg 6.5 41 2.4 1.7 6.5 59 2.4 0.46