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Bears are NFL's No. 1 team in Aikman Ratings


According to the Aikman Efficiency Ratings, which rank NFL offenses and defenses based on several different categories and not just total yards, the Bears are the best team in the league.

The Bears offense (89.7) and defense (78.1) combined to score 167.8 points, tops in the NFL. The Rams (166.9) are second, followed by the Seahawks (162.3), Ravens (161.9) and Chiefs (160.3).

The Bears also rank first on defense, followed by the Vikings (75.6), Cowboys (75.6), Redskins (74.0) and Titans (73.9).

Offensively, the Bears rank 10th behind the Chiefs (100.9), Rams (97.3), Saints (95.4), Falcons (95.4), Steelers (91.2), Colts (91.2), Chargers (90.9), Bengals (90.2) and Panthers (89.8).

The Aikman Efficiency Ratings measure offensive and defensive performance using a combination of seven key statistics identified by Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, and then measured against league norms. An offense or defense performing exactly at league norms in all categories will earn a score of 75.

Based on total yards alone, the Bears rank 10th on offense and seventh on defense.