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Team Yards per Play Differential: 2016 NFL Season

One of several NFL statistics helping to explain offensive and defensive efficiency is "yards per play" for and against.  Teams with a differential above zero gain more yards on a per play basis than they allow, the opposite is true for a negative differential.  This statistic is very useful in determining a team's all around quality on both sides of the ball.

Red denotes a negative differential, bubble size indicates size of differential.  (You can use your cursor to zoom in on any portion of the chart)

More about Team Yards per Play Differential

Yards per Play Differential has been a very useful statistic for predicting Super Bowl winners.  A majority of Super Bowl winning teams have a positive differential.  In fact even the New York Giants' wins in 2011 and 2007 seasons (where they were longshots), they still maintained a positive yards per play differential despite being poorly ranked in many other statstical categories.  The 2001 New England Patriots were an exception, they finished the season with a negative differential then went on to win it all.

Team Yards per Play Differential
RankTeamYards per PlayYards per Play AgainstYards per Play Differential
1Atlanta Falcons6.75.61.1
2Seattle Seahawks5.65.00.6
3Washington Redskins6.45.80.6
4New England Patriots5.95.20.6
5Arizona Cardinals5.44.80.6
6Dallas Cowboys6.05.50.5
7Chicago Bears5.95.50.4
8Denver Broncos5.14.70.4
9Pittsburgh Steelers5.85.50.3
10Miami Dolphins5.85.60.2
11San Diego Chargers5.65.40.2
12New Orleans Saints6.26.00.2
13Tennessee Titans5.75.50.1
14Jacksonville Jaguars5.15.00.1
15New York Giants5.25.10.1
16Cincinnati Bengals5.45.40.0
17Kansas City Chiefs5.55.50.0
18Buffalo Bills5.65.60.0
19Baltimore Ravens5.25.20.0
20Minnesota Vikings5.05.1-0.1
21Green Bay Packers5.75.9-0.2
22New York Jets5.35.5-0.2
23Carolina Panthers5.25.6-0.3
24Indianapolis Colts5.66.0-0.4
25Detroit Lions5.55.9-0.4
26Houston Texans4.75.1-0.4
27Oakland Raiders5.76.1-0.4
28Philadelphia Eagles5.05.6-0.6
29Tampa Bay Buccaneers5.25.8-0.6
30Los Angeles Rams4.45.2-0.8
31Cleveland Browns5.15.9-0.8
32San Francisco 49ers4.95.9-1.0
Team Yards per Play Differential By Season:
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