Offensive Hog Index

Through Week 1 of the 2011 Regular Season

About the Offensive Hog Index. The Offensive Hog Index is our effort to quantify which team has the best offensive line in football. This isn't rocket science, folks. The Offensive Hog Index simply looks at at each team in three major, easy-to-understand categories and ranks them by average in these categories. The top offensive line is that which posts the highest average rating across the board. The Offensive Hog Index is based upon these criteria:
YPA –Yards Per Rush Attempt. So simple, even you can understand it. This rates a team's ability to run the ball effectively. NPP% Negative Pass Plays, expressed as a percentage. This is how often a team's pass plays end in either a sack or interception. The theory is that teams with poor offensive lines generally surrender more sacks (duh!) and that their quarterbacks are forced into making bad throws more often. These negative pass plays are calculated as a percentage of drop backs, not just pass attempts. So if a team attempts 38 passes, suffers two sacks and throws two INTs, their NPP% will be 10 percent (4 NPP/40 dropbacks). 3down% – Success rate on third down the higher the percentage, the greater the offensive success and the better the offensive line.

Week 1 Offensive Hog Index overview
New England led the Offensive Hog Index virtually wire to wire in 2010. And they raced out of the gates in the No. 1 spot in 2011, too.

The Patriots were not particularly dominant in any one area, but they were good at everything: running the ball, protecting the passer and converting third downs, as you might expect from a team that produced an amazing 622 yards of offense.

The most impressive part of the performance? New England played the game with what was largely a new patchwork offensive line: roookie Nate Solder started at right tackle in place of injured Sebastian Vollmer and, by all accounts, was dominant in his debut; right guard Brian Waters was just signed a week before the game; and workhorse center Dan Koppen went down with an injury late in the first half.

Baltimore is No. 2 on the Offensive Hog Index after Week 1. That's an impressive number when you consider that its Week 1 opponent, Pittsburgh, boasted the league's No. 1 Defensive Hogs in 2010.
1   New England4.8294.08461.5435.33
19   Miami4.9079.431814.292918.00
16   Minnesota6.12317.653236.361617.00
9   Jacksonville3.47217.691250.00512.67
12   Kansas City6.0047.891323.082614.33
13   Houston4.071312.002345.45915.00
24   Indianapolis4.00148.821711.113020.33
14   Detroit3.60193.03218.182716.00
4   Green Bay3.81175.41666.6718.00
31   N.Y. Giants3.751813.892810.003125.67
5   New Orleans3.86165.77764.2928.33
22   N.Y. Jets2.812910.421942.861119.67
7   Oakland4.8784.35535.711810.33
3   Philadelphia7.3828.571661.5437.00
24   Pittsburgh4.131215.563033.331920.33
14   Los Angeles2.85278.001446.15716.00
26   San Francisco2.66310.0008.333221.00
29   Seattle2.912614.292933.331924.67
21   Los Angeles5.92512.502516.672819.33
2   Baltimore5.4863.33343.75106.33
11   Atlanta7.86111.542133.331913.67
19   Denver2.922511.762246.15718.00
8   Arizona3.96156.90941.671312.33
10   Tampa Bay3.50206.25842.861113.00
16   Cincinnati4.211012.902741.181417.00
28   Chicago3.262316.223137.501523.00
27   Washington2.852810.532033.331922.33
32   Carolina2.743012.202427.272426.00
18   Tennessee3.31228.331536.361617.67
6   Buffalo4.18117.411150.0059.00
30   Dallas2.463212.502533.331925.33
22   Cleveland3.19247.141026.672519.67

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