The BES was 11-4 (.733) in Week 13 predicting straight-up winners based on our Week 12 Report. That brings our combined tally from the last three weeks to 33-12 (.733), an impressive mark as the postseason draws near.
This week we crown a new No. 1 team in BES Overall. The Raiders (10-2), with their impressive come-from-behind win over the Bills (6-6) in Week 13, managed to leapfrog the Patriots (10-2) and Cowboys (11-1) for claim to the top spot in our rankings. Currently enjoying a six-game winning streak, the Raiders No.2 BES Offense is complimented by a steadily improving defense that has earned a ninth-place ranking in the BES this week.
Week 14 offers the Raiders an opportunity to extend their streak to seven games when they travel to face the Chiefs (9-3) in a rematch of their Week 6 battle in which the Chiefs defeated the Raiders 26-10. The second game could decide the eventual AFC West Champion as well as the top seed in conference.
The Lions (8-4) made a surprising debut in the BES Top-10 in our Week 9 rankings with a record of 5-4. They have since won three straight games, further legitimizing their No. 4 ranking in BES Overall.
Despite the lack of a running game (the team ranks 29th in rushing), Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has guided the team to seven wins in their last eight games, throwing for a remarkable 14 touchdowns and only one interception in that span.
The Lions own a two-game lead on the rest of the NFC North but it is a gap that could potentially shrink when they go on the road to face the Giants (8-4) in Week 15 and the Cowboys in Week (16).
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