2012 NFL YAT (Yards At Touch) Leaderboard

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jun 10, 2013



Cold, Hard Football Facts reader Gerald D'Apice turned YAC (Yards After Catch) with YAT (Yards At Touch). It tells us how far downfield receivers are when they catch the football.

It provides plenty of compelling information that we discussed in greater detail here this off-season. For example, wildly inaccurate Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts threw the ball too far downfield in 2012. They were No. 2 in YAT, but 32nd in completion percentage.

YAT is fun. But like YAC, it doesn not boast a particularly high Correlation to Victory. Several second-rate teams, including the struggling Buffalo Bills, were among the YAT leaders in 2012.

The 7-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers led the NFL in YAT in 2012; the 10-6 playoff-contender Minnesota Vikings were dead last.

 

Rank

Team

YAT

% YAT

1

Tampa Buccaneers

8.67

65.1%

2

Indianapolis Colts

8.52

66.0%

3

New York Giants

8.16

66.5%

4

Buffalo Bills

8.04

68.8%

5

Seattle Seahawks

7.82

62.6%

6

Carolina Panthers

7.81

56.5%

7

Chicago Bears

7.64

66.5%

8

New York Jets

7.50

64.1%

9

San Francisco 49ers

7.40

60.3%

10

Jacksonville Jaguars

7.36

64.4%

11

New Orleans Saints

7.34

59.9%

12

Baltimore Ravens

7.14

59.7%

13

St Louis Rams

7.10

62.3%

14

Denver Broncos

7.03

60.5%

15

Dallas Cowboys

7.03

61.2%

16

Miami Dolphins

7.00

58.1%

17

Tennessee Titans

6.95

61.8%

18

Green Bay Packers

6.94

59.8%

19

Washington Redskins

6.93

55.0%

20

Detroit Lions

6.86

59.4%

21

Houston Texans

6.68

58.4%

22

Atlanta Falcons

6.55

58.6%

23

Cincinnati Bengals

6.43

56.6%

24

Pittsburgh Steelers

6.32

55.8%

25

Arizona Cardinals

6.28

62.6%

26

Kansas City Chiefs

6.27

58.3%

27

Philadelphia Eagles

6.06

54.6%

28

Oakland Raiders

5.83

51.1%

29

New England Patriots

5.67

51.0%

30

Cleveland Browns

5.56

49.7%

31

San Diego Chargers

5.42

50.8%

32

Minnesota Vikings

4.58

46.8%


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