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Thanks in large to their No. 1 BES Defense, the Saints have won their last six games and extend their stay atop the BES Rankings to a third week.

Week 9 BES Rankings

With our Week 9 BES Rankings we introduce a new format to our report. We wanted to streamline our report and make it a little more reader-friendly. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the new format. Any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated in the comments section.

Accuracy Update

The BES had a rough Week 9, going 7-6 based on our Week 8 data. Our season total now stands at 71-46 (.607).  Nevertheless, the BES is 30-11 (.732) in the last three weeks.

Rams HB Todd Gurley

TOP-10 Report

Saints holding off Eagles The New Orleans Saints (6-2) own the No. 1 spot in the BES for a third consecutive week.  However, the Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) are closing in, narrowing the gap to .07 points from .12 in our Week 8 report. The Eagles get a bye in Week 10 while the Saints confront the erratic  Buffalo Bills (5-3).

Cowboys supplant Chiefs – The Dallas Cowboys continued their steep ascent up our rankings and into the BES Top-10 with a resounding 28-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) in Week 9. The game was a collision of two teams trending in opposite directions. The Chiefs are now 1-3 in their last four contests while the Cowboys are 3-1.

Rams Breach The Top-5 – Occupants of the BES Top-10 for the last three weeks, the Los Angeles Rams (6-2) have finally entered the top-5. They are 5-1 in their last six games, including a current three-game winning streak. Furthermore, they join the Eagles, Saints and Vikings as a quartet of arguably  the NFC’s hottest teams.

Cowboys HB Ezekiel Elliott

Notable Risers and Sliders

  • Oakland Raiders (+.32) This might be a head-scratcher for most. However, consider the Raiders are 2-1 in their last three outings which includes a stunning upset over the Chiefs.
  • Dallas Cowboys(+.22) – As Ezekiel Elliott’s week-to-week availability continues to play out in the courts, he continues to fuel the Cowboys resurgence in the BES.
  • Kansas City Chiefs (-.30) – Not the best way to enter the bye week. However, one could argue the bye couldn’t have come at a better time for the Chiefs and their 30th ranked BES Defense.
  • Buffalo Bills (-.43) – The Bills are 2-2 in their last four games and fresh off a Week 9 divisional loss to the New York  Jets. A big win over the Saints in Week 10  could steer their momentum in the right direction.

Category Leaders

Ball Security: Kansas City Chiefs (3.70)
Pass Protection: Dallas Cowboys (3.29)
Point Yield: Dallas Cowboys (3.61)
Ball Control: Pittsburgh Steelers (3.06)
Point Suppression: Minnesota Vikings (3.45)
Pass Pressure: New Orleans Saints (3.68)
Takeaways: New York Jets (3.84)

BES Games of Week 10

  • Vikings (No. 3) @ Redskins (No. 15): The Redskins shocked the Seahawks in Week 9. Could they upset the Vikings as well?
  • Chargers (No. 16) @ Jaguars (No. 7): Two good defenses plus Melvin Gordon vs. Leonard Fournette (assuming he plays). Expect a physical ballgame.
  • Cowboys (No. 8) @ Falcons (No. 24): The Cowboys can’t afford to look past the Falcons to their Week 11 clash with the Eagles.
  • Saints (No. 1) @ Bills (No. 13): The Bills tend to get up for games like this but the Saints defense is no joke.

2017 Week 1 BES Rankings Scale/Key

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