Real Passing Yards per Attempt

Through Week 4 of the 2011 Regular Season

About Real Passing Yards Per Attempt. The Cold, Hard Football Facts constantly use passing yards per attempt as a way to measure the effectiveness of each quarterback at getting the ball downfield. Longtime CHFF readers know that a quarterback’s average per attempt has an incredibly high correlation to success.
 
Real Passing Yards Per Attempt is a little more advanced and a team-wide indicator. It doesn’t just reward a quarterback for throwing the football. Instead, as a team indicator, it also includes the impact of sacks. We use only NET passing figures to determine yards per attempt. This is gross passing yards, minus yards lost via sacks. But we also divide it by total dropbacks – that is, not just pass attempts, but sacks as well. This formula yields a team’s TRUE average per pass attempt, its Real Passing Yards Per Attempt.

RankTeamAttPYdsSacksYds LostRPYPA
1   ∼ New England16315534149.22
17  ↑ 1Miami138103514856.25
28  ↑ 1Minnesota11168010615.12
31  ↓ 4Jacksonville1126219714.55
26  ↑ 4Kansas City1126888495.32
6  ↓ 2Houston1139616357.78
29  ↑ 2Indianapolis13982210745.02
11  ↓ 6Detroit16212455407.22
2  ↑ 1Green Bay14213257468.58
10  ↑ 3N.Y. Giants125106611847.22
9   ∼ New Orleans17414109707.32
21  ↓ 7N.Y. Jets147100511576.00
8  ↑ 8Oakland1219282137.44
12  ↑ 5Philadelphia14511287437.14
13  ↓ 5Pittsburgh1391163141016.94
7  ↑ 4San Diego15712868317.61
24  ↑ 2San Francisco10779514855.87
30  ↑ 2Seattle135846141005.01
32  ↓ 4St. Louis156870191224.27
16  ↓ 1Baltimore1409738346.34
23   ∼ Atlanta164113513945.88
22  ↑ 2Denver1429459495.93
14  ↓ 4Arizona130104912776.85
19  ↑ 1Tampa Bay1489766336.12
18  ↑ 4Cincinnati1369609596.21
25  ↓ 4Chicago131960151145.79
20  ↓ 1Washington1439898726.07
5  ↑ 2Carolina16313868477.83
3  ↑ 3Tennessee13311524308.19
15  ↓ 3Buffalo14610403226.83
4  ↓ 2Dallas16213607367.83
27  ↓ 2Cleveland1729847435.26





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