A New Formula You Might Not Want To Pass On

September 15, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL has become a pass-happy league. Everyone knows that, and, for the most part, seems to accept it.
Fans don’t spend hundreds of dollars on tickets, high definition TVs, and NFL Sunday Ticket packages because they enjoy watching teams run dives, traps, and counters for five yards. They would much rather watch Drew Brees, Andre Johnson, Peyton Manning, and Larry Fitzgerald light up defenses with amazing touchdown passes and record-setting offenses. And understandably so.
But is such an emphasis on the pass really a good thing for a team? Is a grounding of the ground game the surest way to ensure success where it matters most—in the standings? Funny that you asked…
To answer this question, I reviewed statistics from Week 1 and created the thrilling new statistical category Points per Pass Attempt (PPA). Simply put, PPA is the number of points a team’s offense scores divided by the amount of pass attempts its quarterback makes. For instance, if...

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