To explain the columns below, Median is a median point spread, and can be used to get a feel for how good a team is without overly weighting a blowout win or blowout loss. HS is Brian Burke’s Homemade Sagarin, as implemented in Maggie Xiong’s PDL::Stats. Pred is the predicted Pythagorean expectation. The exponent for this measure is fitted to the data set itself. SOS, SRS, and MOV are the simple ranking components. MOV is margin of victory, or point spread divided by games played. SOS is strength of schedule. SRS is the simple ranking.

In median point spreads, the top three are Green Bay, Houston, and New England. Pythagoreans favor Green Bay, San Francisco, and Houston. On top of SRS are Green Bay and San Francisco, no other teams are even close. The third highest is now Chicago, still sporting the highest strength of schedule of them all.