Final 2010 Passing Yards Per Attempt

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 02, 2011



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(Passing yards per attempt is a "Quality Stat" because it has a direct correlation to winning football games.
Click here to read more about this "Stat That Matters." Passing YPA also cuts through the complex clutter of the passer rating formula and gives you a number that actually means something.
 
NOTE: Most stat-keepers do not calculate passing YPA properly! They ignore sacks, as if these game-changing plays don't matter! If you want to know why our passing yards per attempt figures are more accurate than any others you'll find anywhere, see the information below the chart.)
 
 
PASSING YARDS PER ATTEMPT UPDATE
Data is current through the end of the 2010 season.
 
Final 2010 Passing Yards Per Attempt
  Team Att. Yards Sacks Yards Lost YPA
1 San Diego 544 4,746 38 227 7.76
2 New England 507 4,022 25 175 7.23
3 Green Bay 541 4,355 38 231 7.12
4 N.Y. Giants 539 4,002 16 117 7.00
5 Pittsburgh 479 3,890 43 290 6.90
6 Houston 574 4,369 32 226 6.84
7 Dallas 576 4,208 32 169 6.64
8 Indianapolis 680 4,700 16 91 6.62
9 Denver 580 4,306 40 268 6.51
10 New Orleans 661 4,636 26 195 6.46
11 Tampa Bay 494 3,564 30 203 6.41
12 Philadelphia 561 4,215 50 313 6.39
13 Baltimore 491 3,629 40 294 6.28
14 Tennessee 474 3,278 27 171 6.2
15 San Francisco 500 3,613 44 257 6.17
16 Cincinnati 590 3,988 28 221 6.10
17 Jacksonville 469 3,356 37 289 6.06
18 Washington 605 4,261 46 348 6.01
19 Atlanta 577 3,725 23 158 5.95
20 Oakland 493 3,472 44 291 5.92
21 Miami 558 3,752 38 228 5.91
22 N.Y. Jets 525 3,420 28 178 5.86
23 Kansas City 475 3,189 32 221 5.85
24 Cleveland 478 3,203 35 214 5.83
25 Chicago 466 3,397 55 382 5.79
26 Detroit 633 4,001 27 191 5.77
27 Seattle 544 3,533 35 194 5.77
28 Minnesota 505 3,327 35 230 5.74
29 Buffalo 519 3,363 33 213 5.71
30 St. Louis 590 3,512 34 244 5.24
31 Arizona 561 3,264 50 353 4.76
32
Carolina
484
2,635
50
346
4.29
 
 
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Here's a little look at our passing yards per attempt formula and why it's superior to others.
 
Only our YPA is correct
Most every team yards per attempt figure you see out there is wrong! Or, at the very least, it's not calculated properly. Go to ESPN.com, Yahoo Sports, wherever. Basically, a lot of places like that will publish a net yards figure and then, in the next column, the yards per attempt figure will be based upon gross passing yards. The math just doesn't add up, at least not when you use the published figures.
 
So here's what you'll find from the Cold, Hard Football Facts. We use only NET passing figures to determine yards per attempt. This is gross passing yards, minus yards lost via sacks, divided by passsing attempts. If we were merely looking at individual quarterbacks and their yards per attempt, we might (might!) be inclined to use gross passing yards, so as not to penalize the quarterback if he has a sieve of an offensive line.
 
Sacks count as pass attempts
Our yards per pass attempt is a "Quality Stat" – a stat that has a direct correlation to victory. So we're looking at team data. After all, it's teams that win and lose football games.
 
There's more to our calculations, though. Instead of just dividing the net passing yardage by pass attempts, we add in the number of sacks to the attempts column. We believe this gives a far more accurate gauge of a team's ability to pass the ball. After all, when a QB is sacked, it's because he was attempting to pass. Why shouldn't this attempt to pass count as an attempt?
 
For example, if a quarterback attempts 10 passes for 100 yards, his yards per attempt is 10.0 YPA. Easy enough, right? But what if that QB was sacked three times and lost 22 yards? Suddenly, the team's passing YPA is a mere 6.0 (78/13).
 
Hey, the team only gained 78 net yards when attempting to pass. And those 3 sacks came on attempts to pass. So, to accurately measure a team's ability to pass, that's our formula:
  • Net passing yards/(pass attempts + sacks allowed)

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