Statistics 101: Team Offense Edition

Thank Vishnu we're not the Panthers. Because they're bad. Like really really bad. And we're pretty good. Actually we're really good. Like really really good.

Join me after the jump for all kinds of ill Team Offense statistics ...

 

(1) Time of Possession

The Falcons average the highest TOP in the league (33:24). The Cardinals average the lowest TOP in the league (26:09).

(2) Plays from Scrimmage

The Falcons have the second-most plays from scrimmage this year (765). The Eagles have the most plays from scrimmage (784) and the Titans have the fewest plays from scrimmage.

(3) Penalties and Penalty Yards

The Falcons are the least penalized team in the league (42 penalties). The Lions are the most penalized team in the league (106).

The Falcons have 29th most penalties yards in the league (468 yards). The Eagles have the most penalties yards (910 yards) and the Dolphins have the least penalty yards (384 yards).

(4) Pass Yards Per Game

The Falcons have earned the 14th most passing yards per game (236.5 yards/game). The Colts have earned the most passing yards per game (297.7 yard/game) and the Panthers have earned the least passing yards per game (157.8 yards/game).

(5) Rush Yards Per Game

The Falcons have earned the 8th most rushing yards per game (127.9 yards/game). The Chiefs have earned the most rushing yards per game (174.3 yards/game) and the Seahawks have earned the least rushing yards per game (77.9 yards/game).

(6) 3rd Down Conversion Percentage

The Falcons have the second-highest 3rd down conversion percentage (48 percent). The Saints have the highest 3rd down conversion percentage (50 percent) and the Redskins have the lowest 3rd down conversion percentage (27.5 percent).

(7) 4th Down Conversion Percentage

The Falcons have the second-highest 4th down percentage in the league (82 percent). The Bengals have the highest 4th down percentage (90 percent but only one 4th down conversion more than the Falcons) and the Giants have the lowest 4th down percentage (22 percent - technically Pittsburgh has the lowest 4th down conversion percentage; but they have only attempted two 4th down conversions).

(8) Yards Per Game

The Falcons earn the 10th most yards per game (364.4). The Chargers earn the most yards per game (407.5) and the Panthers earn the least yards per game (259.2).

(9) Points Per Game

The Falcons score the 7th most points per game (25.1). The Patriots score the most points per game (30.4) and the Panthers score the least points per game (12.7).

(10) DVOA (Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average)

The Falcons have the 5th highest offensive DVOA (16.9% more successful than the league average). The Patriots have the highest offensive DVOA (45.2% more successful than the league average) and the the Panthers have the worst offensive DVOA (-37.9% or 39.7% LESS successful than the league average).

(11) Yards Per Play

The Falcons have managed the 24th most yards per offensive play (5.4). The Chargers have managed the most yards per offensive play (6.5) and the Panthers have managed the least yards per offensive play (4.5).

(12) Passing Yards Average (Per Completion)

The Falcons have the 30th highest yards per pass completion average (10.4 yards/completion). The Chargers have the highest yards per pass completion average (13.5 yards/completion) and the Rams have the lowest yards per pass per completion average (9.9 yards/completion).

(13) Rushing Yards Per Attempt

The Falcons have the 16th highest rushing average (4.1 yards). The Eagles have the highest rushing average (5.2 yards) and the Seahawks have the lowest rushing average (3.5 yards).

(14) Rushing TD Total

The Falcons have the 11th most rushing TDs in the league (9). But keep in mind that 5 teams are tied for the 6th most rushing TDs in the league (10). The Texans have the most rushing touchdowns (16) and the Panthers have the fewest rushing touchdowns (4).

(15) Passing TD Total

The Falcons have the 13th most passing TDs in the league (19). The Chargers have the most passing touchdowns (23) and the Panthers have the least passing touchdowns (7).

(16) Give-Aways

The Falcons have the 3rd least fumbles in the league (5). The Redskins have the least fumbles (3) and the Giants have the most fumbles (14).

The Falcons have the 2nd fewest interceptions in the league (5). The Chiefs have the least interceptions (4) and the Vikings have the most interceptions (17).

The Falcons have the 3rd least give-aways (10). The Chiefs have the least give-aways (8) and the Giants have the most give-aways (30).

 

 

Take some of these "rankings" with a grain of salt.

Example: 1.7 yards per rush separate the Eagles (the league's best rushing average) and the Seahawks (the league's worst rushing average). Hence you shouldn't lose any sleep when you read that the Falcons have the 16th highest rushing average in the league.

So ... what do y'all think? I wanted to avoid unnecessary homerism. But we're really good, which made that hard.

Next week we'll discuss Team Defense statistics. But in the interim (as always): GO FORTH AND BE STATISTICAL!

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