Real Passing Yards per Attempt

Through Week 12 of the 2012 Regular Season

About Real Passing Yards Per Attempt. The Cold, Hard Football Facts 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, often close to 80 percent in a given season.

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.

Bottom line: it rewards teams for protecting the passer.

 

RankTeamAttPYdsSacksYds LostRPYPA
2  ↑ 3New England4233316151037.34
19  ↑ 3Miami3532504221686.23
31  ↓ 4Minnesota3592186271385.31
28  ↑ 2Jacksonville3752492342365.52
29   ∼ Kansas City3612230251345.43
7  ↓ 3Houston3832878151206.93
15  ↑ 1Indianapolis4493205261506.43
13  ↑ 2Detroit5013601251646.53
17  ↑ 1Green Bay3832876372126.34
10   ∼ N.Y. Giants396289414916.84
9  ↓ 6New Orleans4433343211486.89
25  ↑ 3N.Y. Jets3572378271655.76
18  ↓ 5Oakland4513185241826.32
26   ∼ Philadelphia4152707341995.59
20   ∼ Pittsburgh4042758231376.14
22  ↓ 3San Diego3762689322156.06
8  ↑ 3San Francisco2912411311876.91
14  ↑ 3Seattle2822099211356.48
21  ↑ 2St. Louis3552528281866.11
16  ↓ 2Baltimore3962880261686.43
4  ↑ 2Atlanta4293425211517.28
1   ∼ Denver410326016987.42
32   ∼ Arizona4342603462884.82
3  ↓ 1Tampa Bay3502789161097.32
11  ↓ 2Cincinnati3752842261526.71
30  ↑ 1Chicago3282203352545.37
5  ↑ 2Washington3142608261737.16
6  ↑ 2Carolina3322747281977.08
24   ∼ Tennessee3932565191365.90
23  ↓ 2Buffalo357235920896.02
12   ∼ Dallas4663446261806.64
27  ↓ 2Cleveland3972456201295.58





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