Re: Pass D still pathetic
posted at 12/4/2012 6:22 PM EST
Points and yardage are part of a vector. They both matter.
Actually, put them together, considering yardage as an concrete outcome of the abstract figure for drives, and you get Points Per Drive, which is the stat that matters. You can track this on FOOTBALLOUTSIDERS and do math for a game pretty easily. Just discount kneel downs, and drives with less than a minute on the clock (unrealistic drives that quite infrequently yeild points) and divide the points into that.
For a defense, giving up 21 points on 7 drives is very bad. Over 4 quarters it's a terrible performance. 3 points per drive, only a little more than what NE allowed in the Superbowl last season (2.65), is equal to what NE's record pace offense is scoring now (2.98) in context. Over the average game it would equate to about 30-36 points scored against. The 32nd ranked defense in PPD only gives up 2.5 PPD.
Giving up 21 points on 14 drives is very good. One means you were basically dominated, allowed clock to run off, and left your offense on the bench. The opponent is scoring about half the time they get the ball, or more depending. At 1.5 points per drive, you are among the elite, I think Seattle has something close to that and are ranked 5th overall.
So two games, two scores of 21 points, two dramatically different performances. Points are not all that matters folks. One means you got spanked. The other means you got the ball back to your offense consistently.
What they did with it from there is their bag.
Just tired of hearing that yardage and 3rd down conversion doesn't matter, because they track the stats for a reason. They do matter ... they tell you the story of the game.
And FWIW, New England's offense scored 2.15 ppd in that game against NY. That would be good enough to notch 9th in the NFL overall, whereas the defense allowing 2.65 would be 32nd.
The offense, in that game, greatly outperformed the defense.
And yards do matter, because they feed right into this stat .... which matters.