2012 NFL YAC Leaderboard: Panthers Tops; Bills The Worst

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jun 10, 2013



Here's a look at the NFL Yards After Catch (YAC) leaderboard in 2012. As noted elsewhere this off-season, YAC is a fun, buzz-worthy stat. But at the end of the day, it has a very low Correlation to Victory.

Plenty of bad teams boast high YAC (Browns, Raiders); and plenty of good teams suck at racking up YAC (Broncos, Colts, Bears).

The 7-9 Carolina Panthers led the NFL in average YAC in 2012. Four of the top six teams failed to make the playoffs and two of the top four teams in YAC were two of the worst offenses in football (Browns, Raiders).

 

 Team

Record

YAC/Catch

% YAC

Carolina Panthers

7-9

6.02

43.5%

Washington Redskins

10-6

5.66

45.0%

Cleveland Browns

5-11

5.63

50.3%

Oakland Raiders

4-12

5.58

48.9%

New England Patriots

12-4

5.43

49.0%

San Diego Chargers

7-9

5.25

49.2%

Minnesota Vikings

10-6

5.21

53.2%

Miami Dolphins

7-9

5.05

41.9%

Philadelphia Eagles

4-12

5.05

45.4%

Pittsburgh Steelers

8-8

5.01

44.2%

Cincinnati Bengals

10-6

4.93

43.4%

New Orleans Saints

7-9

4.92

40.1%

San Francisco 49ers

11-4-1

4.88

39.7%

Baltimore Ravens

10-6

4.83

40.3%

Houston Texans

12-4

4.75

41.6%

Detroit Lions

4-12

4.69

40.6%

Green Bay Packers

11-5

4.67

40.2%

Seattle Seahawks

11-5

4.66

37.4%

Tampa Buccaneers

7-9

4.66

34.9%

Atlanta Falcons

13-3

4.63

41.4%

Denver Broncos

13-3

4.58

39.5%

Kansas City Chiefs

2-14

4.49

41.7%

Dallas Cowboys

8-8

4.47

38.8%

Indianapolis Colts

11-5

4.38

34.0%

Tennessee Titans

6-10

4.30

38.2%

St Louis Rams

7-8-1

4.29

37.7%

New York Jets

6-10

4.19

35.9%

New York Giants

9-7

4.12

33.5%

Jacksonville Jaguars

2-14

4.06

35.6%

Chicago Bears

10-6

3.85

33.5%

Arizona Cardinals

5-11

3.76

37.4%

Buffalo Bills

6-10

3.65

31.2%


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