September 6, 2011


It's How Well They Throw the Ball (ALLEN BARRA, 9/06/11, WSJ)

In 1995, George Ignatin and I--we did a column for The Wall Street Journal for several years called By the Numbers--did a study of the first 35 seasons of NFL history, starting with 1961, and found that in about 84% of NFL games the winner was the team that averaged the higher yards per throw. Ten years later I updated the study with California researcher T.J. Troup. The needle stayed at 84%. All research since then confirms our findings: Simple yards per throw--or, as some phrase it, yards per pass (YPP)--is the most underrated statistic in pro football and the single most important indicator of a team's strength on offense.

Posted by at September 6, 2011 6:38 AM

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