Week 14 Luck-Driven NFL Power Rankings: Vikings, NFC East Are Luckiest Teams
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Our NFL Luck Rankings — a betting-focused version of NFL Power Rankings developed by Action’s Predictive Analytics team — are updated for Week 14.
The Vikings take over the No. 1 spot for the first time in 2022, followed closely behind by all four NFC East teams. It should be no surprise Minnesota sits at the top considering its 9-0 record in one-possession games. The NFC East continues that trend, collectively checking in at 20-5-2 in such games.
For more on how our luck rankings work, check out this detailed overview of the concept.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the Week 14 NFL Luck Rankings!
Note: Luck% represents the win probability swing between a team’s expected winning percentage from their on-field performance and their actual winning percentage.
Luck-Based NFL Power Rankings
Using NFL Luck Rankings To Redefine Bad Beats
These rankings account for a lot of factors, but they are largely focused on quantifying a team’s on-field performance and comparing it to the actual score of games.
In the classical sense of bad beat, you wouldn’t call losing by 12 and failing to cover by 17.5 points a bad beat.
But what if I told you the way these teams actually played on the field was much closer? In fact, what if I told you based off the start of every play, the Rams should have won the game by seven points and covered!? Now, I bet you feel a whole lot worse!