HERE’S WHY EAGLES ARE SUCKING WIND: NET YARDS PER PLAY!

By Peter Gleason

Want to know why the Eagles’ playoff chances are on life support?

A measly performance in net yards per play.

Net yards per play is a useful stat because it eliminates random factors such as turnovers, botched kicks and special teams touchdowns.

Of course, randomness plays a large role in the outcome for most sports, but it’s impossible to predict. Analyzing net yards per play gives us a great indication of how good a team truly is. It’s no surprise that the top of the net yards per play rankings is typically crowded with many of the best teams in the league while the bottom is full of sub-.500 and last-place teams.

NET YARDS PER PLAY RANKINGS

Team This Season Last 3 Home Away
Chargers 1.2 1.3 0.9 1.5
Chiefs 1.0 0.9 0.9 1.1
Steelers 0.9 0.2 0.6 1.2
Bears 0.6 0.1 1.3 -0.2
Ravens 0.5 0.7 0.8 0.2
Rams 0.5 -0.7 0.5 0.4
Packers 0.4 -0.8 0.5 0.3
Vikings 0.3 -0.1 1.0 -0.2
Saints 0.3 -0.0 0.6 0.0
Panthers 0.3 0.5 0.4 0.1
Colts 0.3 0.9 0.6 0.0
49ers 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.0
Texans 0.2 -1.5 -0.1 0.4
Cowboys 0.2 0.8 0.7 -0.5
Buccaneers 0.1 -0.6 0.3 -0.3
Titans -0.0 1.9 0.8 -0.7
Patriots 0.0 0.3 0.9 -0.8
Giants 0.0 0.9 -0.3 0.3
Broncos -0.1 -0.7 0.0 -0.2
Falcons -0.2 -0.4 0.1 -0.3
Browns -0.2 1.6 -0.5 0.3
Bills -0.2 1.3 -0.4 -0.1
Jaguars -0.3 -1.3 0.4 -1.1
Seahawks -0.5 -0.7 -1.1 0.1
EAGLES -0.6 -0.6 -0.1 -1.0
Dolphins -0.6 -0.1 0.2 -1.5
Bengals -0.6 -0.7 -0.7 -0.6
Redskins -0.7 -0.8 -0.8 -0.5
Lions -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.7
Jets -0.7 -1.6 -0.5 -0.9
Cardinals -0.8 -0.5 -0.4 -1.3
Raiders -1.0 -0.7 -0.6 -1.5

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