Stats Are For Losers (and 6-3 Underachievers)

As Jim Zorn’s favorite beat writer pointed out last week, going into the Steelers game the Redskins were ranked in the top ten in the NFL in yards per game but the bottom ten in scoring per game.

 

Those facts remain intact after the conclusion of Week 9.  Per nfl.com, Washington is currently 10th in yards/game (348.3) and 25th in points/game (19.0).  That alone is big enough chasm to prompt a closer look at red-zone inefficiency and inability to capitalize on turnovers.  Is the root of the problem play-calling, missed assignments, stupid penalties, or all of the above?  Or, do the numbers really point out a problem at all?

 

DC-media-darling Greg Blache & Clemson/Tennessee-object-of-desire Will Muschamp would have us believe, stats are for losers.  The 59 year-old Blache “got raised old school” and offers this: “We don’t worry about numbers here. Statistics are for losers. I’m not a stat guy. I’m not interested in them, because you can do anything you want with numbers, you can manipulate them, and work around with them…  Our job is to win and lose football games. And on Sunday, you either won it or you lost it.”  The 37-year-old Muschamp is a bit less eloquent: “Stats are for losers. I like winning games.”

 

Perhaps, but consider this.

 

A 6-3 team in the bottom ten in scoring may be masking something, but it’s not off-the-charts bad.  The Patriots, Ravens, and Panthers all have winning records and are averaging less than 22 points/game.  However, those teams are ranked in the bottom half of the league in yards/game.

 

When points scored are stated as a fraction of yards, the Redskins rank above only the woeful Oakland Raiders in the entire NFL.  See below for a chart of points per 100 yards of offense.  Zorn’s charges are netting less than five and one-half points per hundred yards.  If they were able to hit the league average of 6.8, their scoring output would jump from 19.0 to 23.7, which would be good enough for 13th in the league instead of 25th.  Not a sermon, just a thought…

 

 

Team

G

Pts / G

Yds / G

Pts / 100Yds

1

Bears

   8

    27.9

     334

           8.36

2

Chargers

    8

     28.0

      343

            8.16

3

Jets

    8

     26.0

      327

            7.95

4

Titans

    8

     24.9

      314

            7.91

5

Steelers

    8

     22.2

      283

            7.86

6

Packers

    8

     26.2

      337

            7.80

7

Giants

    8

     28.2

      371

            7.61

8

Cardinals

    8

     29.2

      387

            7.56

9

Eagles

    8

     27.5

      368

            7.46

10

Seahawks

    8

     18.9

      256

            7.39

11

Bills

    8

     22.8

      321

            7.09

12

Cowboys

    9

     24.0

      345

            6.95

13

49ers

    8

     21.4

      311

            6.88

14

Saints

    8

     27.0

      403

            6.70

15

Colts

    8

     20.9

      313

            6.66

16

Browns

    8

     17.8

      267

            6.65

17

Vikings

    8

     22.8

      342

            6.65

18

Panthers

    8

     21.8

      327

            6.64

19

Ravens

    8

     21.4

      323

            6.63

20

Texans

    8

     24.5

      374

            6.55

21

Patriots

    8

     21.0

      323

            6.50

22

Jaguars

    8

     20.0

      313

            6.40

23

Broncos

    8

     23.8

      374

            6.35

24

Buccaneers

    9

     22.2

      350

            6.34

25

Lions

    8

     17.1

      275

            6.24

26

Falcons

    8

     22.1

      361

            6.13

27

Dolphins

    8

     21.4

      349

            6.12

28

Rams

    8

     15.6

      263

            5.94

29

Bengals

    9

     13.9

      238

            5.83

30

Chiefs

    8

     15.8

      282

            5.58

31

Redskins

    9

     19.0

      348

            5.46

32

Raiders

    8

     13.4

      264

            5.06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Average

 

     22.1

      324

           6.81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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