As the playoffs draw closer, our Week 14 BES Rankings arrive with movement in the top-10. The Minnesota Vikings (10-3) and Philadelphia Eagles (11-2) hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively for a second straight week. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons (8-5) jumped to No. 10, joining the Carolina Panthers (9-4) and New Orleans Saints (9-4) in a trio of NFC South representatives in the BES Top-10.
After going a combined 26-6 in Weeks 12-13, the BES fell back to earth in Week 14 with an 8-8(.500) effort based on our Week 13 report. Here’s an overview of how the BES has performed from week to week:
NFC South, Best in the BES – The NFC South paces all divisions with a combined BES Overall score of 2.68. The division features three teams – Saints, Panthers and Falcons – in the BES Top-10 and has a combined record of 30-22.
With the Saints and Panthers currently tied for first place and only a game ahead of the Falcons, it appears the division champion won’t be determined until Week 16 or 17. Regardless, whichever team emerges with the NFC South title will be a daunting opponent in the NFC playoffs.
Jaguars Crack the Top-5 – If there’s a team worthy of the “Squad that Nobody Wants to Face in January” label, it’s the Jacksonville Jaguars (9-4) who claimed the No. 5 spot in BES overall this week.
Anchored by No. 3 BES Defense, the Jaguars have become explosive on offense as well. The unit is averaging 28 points per game in their last three contests. More specifically, the Jaguars also feature league’s top ground attack, averaging 149.0 yards per game. Overall, they’re a dangerously balanced team and a serious postseason threat.
Ball Security: Los Angeles Chargers (3.56)
Pass Protection: Minnesota Vikings (3.50)
Point Yield: Philadelphia Eagles (3.34)
Ball Control: Minnesota Vikings (3.31)
Point Suppression: Jacksonville Jaguars (3.73)
Pass Pressure: Philadelphia Eagles (3.54)
Takeaways: Baltimore Ravens (3.66)
BES Games of Week 15
- Patriots (No. 4) @ Steelers (No. 3): The Patriots (10-3) got derailed by the Dolphins (6-7) in Week 14. Will the return of star tight end Rob Gronkowski (suspension) get them back on track against the Steelers (11-2)?
- Chargers (No. 10 ) @ Chiefs (No. 15): The Chiefs (7-6) have a bit of momentum coming off their sound 26-15 defeat of the Raiders (6-7). But will it be enough to extinguish the white hot Chargers who are 7-2 in their last nine games?