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Yards Per First Down Attempt: 2016 NFL Season

Yards Per First Down Attempt measures the yards a team generates on average on their first downs.  Gaining at least some yards on first down opens the door for your next two plays, allowing an offense to mix up running and passing plays.

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According to Dr. Massey, an assistant professor at the Yale School of Management, in a Wall Street Journal article he indicated that "When it comes to first down, he says, the magic number is four. That's the number of yards Mr. Massey says teams need to gain on first and 10. Those that do, he says, are more likely to be successful in making a first down and keeping the drive alive".

Yards Per First Down Attempt
TeamRush YardsPass YardsOverall Yards
1Atlanta Falcons6.2510.088.10
2Chicago Bears6.978.167.58
3New Orleans Saints5.617.836.84
4Miami Dolphins6.127.696.83
5San Francisco 49ers7.036.286.64
6Arizona Cardinals6.546.646.59
7Buffalo Bills6.875.936.47
8Carolina Panthers5.767.176.45
9Seattle Seahawks5.627.146.44
10Kansas City Chiefs5.147.566.36
11Washington Redskins4.787.726.31
12New England Patriots4.687.986.24
13Dallas Cowboys5.936.566.17
14Oakland Raiders5.216.906.11
15San Diego Chargers4.977.326.05
16Baltimore Ravens5.856.186.03
17Philadelphia Eagles5.486.425.98
18Green Bay Packers5.516.375.96
19Indianapolis Colts4.637.045.95
20Jacksonville Jaguars5.406.395.92
21Tennessee Titans5.516.275.87
22New York Jets5.346.355.82
23Minnesota Vikings4.227.165.75
24Los Angeles Rams5.985.355.69
25Cleveland Browns6.295.145.62
26New York Giants4.316.855.55
27Pittsburgh Steelers5.175.875.52
28Denver Broncos4.506.355.48
29Cincinnati Bengals4.376.545.40
30Tampa Bay Buccaneers4.396.515.34
31Detroit Lions4.116.485.33
32Houston Texans5.275.315.29
Yards Per First Down Attempt By Season:
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