Sunday, December 09, 2007

One Last Statistic

One of keys to the game against New England (at least inferred) that Bill Cowher spoke about on "The NFL Today" was keeping the Patriots from hitting big plays, and the numbers show just what a big play offense they have.

Going into this week's game the Patriots have had 111 offensive drives (excluding kneel downs). What follows is a breakdown of those drives by number of plays, and the number of touchdown scores:
  • 1-4 Plays: 40 drives, 8 touchdowns (20%), 62 total points
  • 5-9 Plays: 36 drives, 24 touchdowns (66.6%), 177 points
  • 10-14 plays: 32 drives, 19 touchdowns (59.38%), 157 total points
  • 15+ Plays: 3 drives, 1 touchdown (33.3%), 10 total points


Not only is the Patriots' offense scoring more total points in the 5-9 play range, but they're also more efficient -- i.e. converting more possessions into touchdowns.

Clearly, the Steelers safeties, and whomever will be responsible for covering the tight end(s), will need to keep the play in front of them.

See you all at halftime!

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