With the 2015 regular NFL season now two weeks old, the first issue of the BES rankings clearly reflects the strangeness that has occurred thus far.
The Colts (No. 32), Seahawks (No. 25), Ravens (No. 24) and Lions (No. 30) – teams who were in the playoffs last January – have yet to register a win and it is vividly depicted by where they stand among the other 28 teams.
The Colts, however, are the only team in that quartet that is ranked No. 32 in both BES Overall (1.46) and BES Offense (1.80). Those are shocking numbers to say the least but with the talent on the Colts roster, it’s doubtful their numbers won’t improve.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, and as expected, the Broncos (No. 1), Patriots (No. 2), Packers (No. 5) sit in the top-5 in BES Overall. However, they have some rather unexpected company in the Jets at No. 4.
Under first-year head coach Todd Bowles, the Jets are out to an impressive 2-0 start and boast a No. 6-ranked BES Offense (3.08) and No. 2 -ranked BES Defense (3.40). How long they’re able to sustain such high level of play remains to be seen but they look nothing like the 4-12 Jets of 2014.
Nonetheless, the season is still in its infancy and there is plenty football left to be played. Therefore, the fortunes of some teams can still be steered toward becoming playoff contenders and others, playoff spectators. Only time will tell.