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ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 6: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)


The Jets Are the Top-Rated Team in Football, at Least According to One Formula

We’ve heard before that the Jets are the best team in football, but it’s usually Rex Ryan saying so, and we’re beginning to think that guy’s a little biased. But this week, one formula tells us the same thing: Football Outsiders' DVOA ratings — that's Defense-adjusted Value Over Average — has the Jets ranked number one after Week Nine. Even Football Outsiders' Aaron Schatz admits it's controversial, noting that other systems (such as ones used by and Jeff Sagarin) don't show the Jets nearly as much love. So how are the Jets rated higher than every other team, including the undefeated Packers? As you'd imagine, the Jets' high ranking is based largely on the strength of its defense and special teams, though Schatz also notes a few positive things about their offense, like how they rarely lose yardage and have a lot of what he calls "partial successes," meaning plays that gain yardage, but not much yardage. By the way, this is only the second time in the twenty-year history of DVOA that the Jets are rated number one. The other came back in Week Four of 1993.

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