How your team fares in the passing YPA battles

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Dec 23, 2009



More data from our friend Luis DeLoureiro of NFL Stat Analysis.net, who has has been tracking the performance of several key indicators for us this year, specifically passing yards per attempts. (See his look at the league-wide performance of YPA winners here.)
 
Here he looks at the importance of passing YPA (using our adjusted formula) for each team. This is not a look at the record of each team when it wins the passing YPA battle. It's a look at the number of times in each team's schedule that the side that won the passing YPA battle won the game.
 
In the case of the Giants, the winner of the passing YPA battle was won every game they've played this year. In other words, you can talk all you want about Ahmad Bradshaw or Brandon Jacobs, but the Giants win only when they pass better than the opposition.
 
The undefeated Colts, as you might imagine, are an unsual case. They're 14-0, but four times this year they've won the game when they lost the passing YPA battle. It speaks to the gutty, improbable  nature of many of their wins. Given the fact that teams that lose the passing YPA battle lose 75 percent of the time, Indy has certainly bucked the odds this year.
 
The 49ers are another unusual case: when they play, the winner of the passing battle has won only half the time. That's extremely rare, as you'll see from this list here.
 
Team
Team Record
Record of team that wins YPA battle
N.Y. Giants
8-6
14 of 14
Baltimore
8-6
13 of 14
Philadelphia
10-4
13 of 14
St. Louis
1-13
13 of 14
Tennessee
7-7
13 of 14
Arizona
9-5
12 of 14
Carolina
6-8
12 of 14
Detroit
2-12
12 of 14
Green Bay
9-5
12 of 14
New Orleans
13-1
12 of 14
Cincinnati
9-5
11 of 14
Dallas
9-5
11 of 14
Denver
8-6
11 of 14
Minnesota
11-3
11 of 14
New England
9-5
11 of 14
N.Y. Jets
7-7
11 of 14
Tampa Bay
2-12
11 of 14
San Diego
11-3
11 of 14
Chicago
5-9
10 of 14
Cleveland
3-11
10 of 14
Houston
7-7
10 of 14
Indianapolis
14-0
10 of 14
Jacksonville
7-7
10 of 14
Miami
7-7
10 of 14
Pittsburgh
7-7
10 of 14
Seattle
5-9
10 of 14
Buffalo
5-9
9 of 14
Kansas City
3-11
9 of 14
Oakland
5-9
9 of 14
Atlanta
7-7
8 of 14
Washington
4-10
8 of 14
San Francisco
6-8
7 of 14
 
 

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