Real Passing Yards per Attempt

Through Week 16 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
6  ↓ 1New England6054560261746.95
21  ↓ 1Miami4693190302175.96
31   ∼ Minnesota4552701311775.19
29  ↑ 1Jacksonville5453448432825.38
28  ↑ 1Kansas City4592888362015.43
12  ↓ 1Houston5183771241916.61
18   ∼ Indianapolis6004183402396.16
14  ↑ 1Detroit6984867281956.44
13   ∼ Green Bay5183977462616.59
11  ↓ 4N.Y. Giants5173744191316.74
4  ↑ 2New Orleans6284791241727.08
30  ↓ 2N.Y. Jets4582973462815.34
16  ↓ 2Oakland6014142272086.26
24  ↑ 2Philadelphia5813864472805.71
17  ↓ 1Pittsburgh5513878352126.26
26  ↓ 1San Diego5113455473005.65
9   ∼ San Francisco4073269402496.76
8  ↑ 2Seattle3862984271626.83
20  ↑ 2St. Louis5153531352336.00
15  ↑ 2Baltimore5273813342206.40
3   ∼ Atlanta5714481261857.20
1  ↑ 1Denver5554355211377.32
32   ∼ Arizona5743158563604.44
10  ↓ 2Tampa Bay5313922261616.75
19   ∼ Cincinnati5143664442286.16
27   ∼ Chicago4543041422875.55
2  ↓ 1Washington4243566322317.31
5  ↓ 1Carolina4563667352416.98
25  ↓ 1Tennessee5253425372445.66
22  ↑ 1Buffalo4853205301615.91
7  ↑ 5Dallas6214774342416.92
23  ↓ 2Cleveland5343464322115.75





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