Defensive Real Passing Yards per Attempt

Through Week 12 of the 2013 Regular Season

About Defensive 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. The same goes for defense.

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. Defensive Real Passing Yards Per Attempt is merely its defensive counterpart. 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 the TRUE average per pass attempt, its Real Passing Yards Per Attempt.
 
Bottom line: it rewards defenses for generating sacks.

 

RankTeamAttPYdsSacksYds LostDRPYPA
6  ↑ 3New England4072653342295.50
13  ↑ 1Miami4052790332085.89
22  ↑ 1Minnesota4433261241626.64
27  ↑ 3Jacksonville3622779171137.03
10  ↓ 6Kansas City4042844382735.82
9  ↓ 1Houston3082055271655.64
28  ↓ 1Indianapolis3512831291527.05
25  ↓ 1Detroit4173214201696.97
21  ↑ 1Green Bay3682877371916.63
12   ∼ N.Y. Giants4212718181335.89
7  ↓ 2New Orleans3592413372355.50
18  ↓ 2N.Y. Jets4032938321856.33
23  ↓ 2Oakland3973038302036.64
20   ∼ Philadelphia4843472241716.50
15  ↑ 2Pittsburgh3772598231306.17
31   ∼ San Diego3863243292077.32
4  ↑ 6San Francisco3912468271925.44
1   ∼ Seattle3672207342234.95
26  ↓ 1St. Louis3562933332166.98
14  ↑ 1Baltimore3742728382386.04
30  ↓ 1Atlanta3592933221707.25
19   ∼ Denver4523346322316.44
5  ↑ 2Arizona4452827292335.47
17  ↑ 1Tampa Bay4052872241836.27
2   ∼ Cincinnati4292548342265.02
29  ↓ 1Chicago3382671191327.11
32   ∼ Washington3663146271697.58
8  ↓ 2Carolina3872632342575.64
16  ↓ 3Tennessee3562545261546.26
11   ∼ Buffalo3962771372525.82
24  ↑ 2Dallas4553473261896.83
3   ∼ Cleveland4132444311525.16





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