NFL Week 5 Chiefs Remain Undefeated

The NFL standings are a mystery, and that’s the point. They are “designed” to be incomprehensible. The only thing we can reliably tell is that we don’t know how they work.

The NFL standings are based on “strength of victory” (SOV). That is, who won more games in the previous week? It doesn’t matter if a team has a bye week or not; it’s still counted as one win, no matter what.

That gives every team an equal chance of winning every game. But when you have 32 teams, that means that 14 of them have a better chance of winning than the other 14. And once you get to that point, it’s always going to look like something just happened to one team: last week the Chiefs beat the Bills 42-17; this week they beat the Saints 34-28.

It’s not really fair to say they’re now ahead of the Saints — or even that they’ve gotten much better than they were last week — because that would require knowing something about what could happen in the future (why they won last week) and what might happen in the past (how many games they played last year). And we know nothing about either one.

The NFL is better than ever and the NFL is still terrible. This year’s Chiefs are on pace to end the season with a 20-0 record, which would be the best in league history. But at the same time, no team from Kansas City in 1957 had a winning record and only one of them won more than three games.

The reason for the weirdness is that Kansas City has gotten so good at drafting quarterbacks that it does not matter who plays quarterback for them. The Chiefs have been led by three different quarterbacks since their inception in 1960: Len Dawson, George Blanda and Steve DeBerg. In fact, only two teams have found success without a franchise quarterback over the last 35 years: The 1998 Dallas Cowboys and the 2010 New England Patriots. Their starting quarterbacks were Troy Aikman, Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady, respectively.

But other than that, any team with a good quarterback will do well. If your team has a good quarterback, your team will do well!

The New England Patriots are undefeated; they have won their last 17 games. The Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have each lost once in the first four weeks of the season, also have unblemished records. The New York Giants, who have a 2-1 record, are one game ahead of the rest of the field.

The Indianapolis Colts are on a bye week, which seems like a good time to catch up on my NBA standings. After seven weeks, Miami is the league’s best team. The Heat have the best point differential (plus-13.6) and a better net efficiency differential than any other team (+3.4); Oklahoma City is second (plus-11.1).

The Minnesota Timberwolves are one game behind the Heat with a plus-10.4 net efficiency differential and tied for second with Detroit with a plus-9.2 point differential; each team has two losses so far. Oklahoma City is third with a plus-8.7 point differential but is tied for first with San Antonio with a minus-9.9 net efficiency differential and tied for ninth with Atlanta with a minus-5.5 point differential; each team has three losses so far:

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of missing the playoffs

We know what the problem is. The NFL is a league where winning by a large margin consistently results in the worst possible record. It’s why, despite being the best-run business in America, it would never work as a stock market.

So here are two solutions: don’t play for the win, and play for points.

In this version of the game, you need only to win. You only lose when you lose. If you’re not going to lose, you can do well without winning too much.

There are two problems with this approach:

it doesn’t work. The NFL’s current rules require that games end on ties (unless there’s a tie-breaker situation). But if your team is so dominant that it doesn’t care about losing, why should anyone else? By contrast, back in college football’s traditional days (the 16-game season) people really did care about winning; they played like they cared. But now they don’t have to play at all: they just have to score enough points to get by.

It looks selfish, and offends our sense of fair play. If everyone cares about winning – and I think many do – then you can’t expect them to be nice about it. And if good sports

If you’ve ever wanted to take a stab at predicting the NFL standings on a weekly basis, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is.

The Super Bowl LII Odds Report is now available each week with updated odds, spreads and over/unders. Just look for the bold new NFL Odds Report logo in the column to the right of our NFL team pages.

(This is not a game-theory simulation; it’s just an attempt at predicting the outcomes of games based on matchups, injuries and situational factors like “any given Sunday.”)

This week the NFL decided to institute a new rule: if a team’s defense makes no more than four big plays in a game, the offense gets credit for a touchdown. This is supposed to make it easier for defenses to finish games, but it also means that offenses have an incentive to keep throwing long passes even when they have no chance of completing them.

So which teams will be affected? The teams whose offenses are most likely to take advantage of this rule—the Broncos and the Seahawks, who both play in stadiums where the wind can blow the ball all over the place—will probably be at less risk than other teams. The Rams, who like to run the ball, already finished games with fewer than four big plays last year. And because the Browns are awful, their offense won’t get much credit for their touchdowns even if they manage to make one or two big plays.

The Week 5 games: Broncos at Cowboys, Seahawks at Giants and Bears at Vikings.

The most popular TV shows are the ones that make you feel good about yourself. You know who is doing well, and you want to be like them.

That’s why there are so many sports shows on TV. What better solidarity could there be than rooting together for your team? After all, no one knows about the NFL standings as well as you do. You’ve been following your team all season, and now it’s time to pass on your knowledge to those couch potatoes who’ve never heard of the Packers or the Jets.

But this can be a problem. When everyone else in your family says how much they hate their favorite team, you listen to them more than ever, because you want them to hate them too. If they loved their team, they’d remind everyone else of how much they hate it. It’s easier to avoid the topic altogether than try to explain why they really love it.

The practical reason to follow sports is that people who watch a game together have more fun together than people who don’t watch sports at all. But if you think the only way we communicate is by talking about sports, then being a sports fan is just wasting time instead of getting some real value out of your life.

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