Harvard students think they have a way to predict the NFL season (they don't) and they put their results in this post at the Harvard Sports Analysis, which is a blog written by Harvard students.
Before we get into the process, let's peep the results, which are very neat! These are the playoff odds, after they've gone through their formula.
Yes, that's Kansas City you see there right ahead of New England, Indy and Denver. The author explained how they arrived at this.
The method that I came up with uses Pro Football Reference's Approximate Value statistic, the site's best measure of trying to tease out individual talent. Then, using ESPN's NFL depth charts, I aggregated each team's per game approximate value of what I considered to be the "core" makeup of an NFL team: QB, RB, 2 WR, TE, Top 2 OL, the Top-4 "Front Seven" defensive players, and the Top-2 players from the secondary.