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Rushing Percentage

What is Rushing Percentage?

This statistic measures a team's mix of rushing plays compared to passing plays.  It is calculated by dividing the total number of plays in a game by the total number of rushing plays in a game.  The rush percentage plus the pass percentage should equal 100%.

Sporting Charts explains Rushing Percentage

The NFL has become a pass friendly league, so the average rush percentage has gone down over time.  However, the rushing game is still important in every game, so a coach must be sure he is mixing in enough rushing plays to keep the opposition on their toes.  A team averages about 50-60 plays per game, and lately, about 15-25 rushes per game.  In theory, coaches try to keep it as close to a 50-50 split as possible, but with the athleticism of modern players and the proven success of a heavy passing game, the rush percentage per game has crept down to approximately 40%.

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