Defensive Real Passing Yards per Attempt

Through Week 16 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
12  ↑ 1New England5603890442905.96
10   ∼ Miami5523804422725.95
25  ↓ 4Minnesota6154655362396.78
24  ↑ 2Jacksonville5103880302176.78
15   ∼ Kansas City5594042453136.17
11  ↓ 2Houston4603144342055.95
21  ↑ 1Indianapolis4853628392256.49
22  ↑ 2Detroit5394010302316.64
23   ∼ Green Bay5153968432366.69
9  ↑ 2N.Y. Giants5523618312055.85
8  ↓ 1New Orleans4653222473325.64
19   ∼ N.Y. Jets5463985412426.38
28  ↓ 1Oakland5084001362476.90
20   ∼ Philadelphia6244549372716.47
13  ↓ 1Pittsburgh5283511311795.96
30  ↑ 2San Diego5184187332377.17
5  ↓ 3San Francisco5363412372755.47
1   ∼ Seattle4942893432864.85
26  ↑ 2St. Louis4984028493126.79
14   ∼ Baltimore5163657412576.10
31  ↓ 1Atlanta4893979312317.21
18   ∼ Denver5754153392746.32
4  ↑ 1Arizona5913755453195.40
17   ∼ Tampa Bay5163680342446.25
2  ↑ 1Cincinnati5643431412625.24
27  ↓ 2Chicago4683601281846.89
32  ↓ 1Washington4823971352317.23
7  ↑ 1Carolina5233573513755.57
16   ∼ Tennessee5113610352216.21
3  ↑ 3Buffalo5373544563885.32
29   ∼ Dallas5964572292126.98
6  ↓ 2Cleveland5743544391785.49





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