Our Week 10 BES Rankings mark the fourth week that the New Orleans Saints (7-2) have held the top spot. They first appeared there in our Week 7 report and have since extended their winning streak to seven games.
Understandably, the Saints are generating a considerable amount of Super Bowl buzz in media circles. However, the BES was three weeks ahead of the hype. Will there be another team that heats up enough to dethrone the Saints before the postseason? Stay tuned…
The BES was 11-3 (.786) in Week 10 predicting winners based on our Week 9 report. As a result, our season record improves to 82-49 (.626). Additionally, the BES is 41-14 (.745) over the last four weeks. Here’s an overview of how the BES has performed from week-to-week thus far in 2017:
More Tests Ahead for Saints – The Saints manhandled the Buffalo Bills (5-4) on the road with a defining 47-10 victory. Nonetheless, they’ll go on the road to face the Rams (7-2) in Week 12 before a divisional brawl at home against the Panthers (7-2) in Week 13. Furthermore, both teams come equipped with top-16 BES Defenses, something the Saints haven’t dealt with since escaping the Chicago Bears (3-6) in Week 8.
Patriots, Steelers Again Top AFC Teams in the BES – The Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2) and New England Patriots (7-2) rank No. 5 and No. 6 respectively in this week’s report. Last year, the Patriots finished the 2016 season No. 1 in our Week 17 BES rankings while the Steelers closed at No. 2. Currently, both teams own BES Offenses and Defenses in the top-10 and are gathering similar momentum towards their Week 15 rematch of last year’s AFC Championship.
Panthers Bounce Chiefs From Top-10 – The Carolina Panthers (7-3) have maneuvered into the BES Top-10 after defeating the Miami Dolphins (4-5) 45-21 . The win was the Panthers third in as many weeks thus their jump from No. 11 last week to No. 9 in our Week 10 BES Rankings. Consequently, they bounced the Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) from the top-10 entirely while bumping the Dallas Cowboys (5-4) down to No. 10.
Notable Risers and Sliders
- Los Angeles Rams (+.18) – The Rams (7-2) continue to rise, climbing from No. 5 last week to No. 3 in BES Overall. They’ve also gained +.25 points in BES Defense, going from 2.93 to a dominant 3.18.
- Atlanta Falcons (+.17) – The Falcons got a nice momentum boost after defeating the Cowboys in Week 10. They’ll need to sustain it for an upcoming four-game stretch that includes the Seahawks, Vikings and Saints.
- Houston Texans (-.11) – The Texans are 0-2 and in steep decline since losing quarterback Deshaun Watson (knee) for the season. Over that span their BES Overall score has taken a hit of -.35 points.
- Washington Redskins (-.18) – The Redskins have a respectable 4-5 record against the highest SOS (2.65) in our Week 10 BES Rankings. That makes them a dangerous draw, especially for the Saints in Week 11.
Ball Security: Kansas City Chiefs (3.70)
Pass Protection: New Orleans Saints (3.34)
Point Yield: Dallas Cowboys (3.51)
Ball Control: New Orleans Saints (3.20)
Point Suppression: Jacksonville Jaguars (3.53)
Pass Pressure: New Orleans Saints (3.67)
Takeaways: New York Jets (3.79)
BES Games of Week 11
- Rams (No. 3) @ Vikings (No. 4): This is an absolutely beautiful matchup for those who love watching good defenses. However, though the two seem evenly matched, the Rams have a slight edge in momentum.
- Patriots (No. 6) @ Raiders (No. 25): If we had to pick an upset special for Week 11, this would be it. Raiders get the 2016 playoff matchup that eluded them last January due to the loss of quarterback Derek Carr to a late-season leg injury.
- Eagles (No. 2) @ Cowboys (No. 10): The loss of Ezekiel Elliot to a six-game suspension and some offensive line struggles for the Cowboys have sapped some excitement for this game. However, it’s still one of the better games of Week 11.
- Titans (No. 11) @ Steelers (No. 5): The Titans rank 29th in BES Offense and face an uphill battle in this one. Conversely, the Steelers have been sketchy against the AFC South with a 30-9 home loss to the Jaguars (6-3) and a narrow 20-17 win over the Colts (3-7).