Well, aside from this being a pretty sorry attempt to try to find anything in the stats so you can prove your point, according to this, do you guys know which team will also not be a contender to win the SB? Green Bay
While they have the best yardage per play on offense (6.6
), their defense is not as hot as it was last year, so they also allow a pretty high yardage per play on defense as well, 6.2
yards per play to be exact. That is the third-worst amount in the entire NFL
. Only Tampa Bay and Carolina allow more yards per play!
So even if the number Cole cites would be meaningful (which I doubt), the Packers would merely have a 0.4 yard per play-differential
. Since 0.6 would be his alleged championship number, the Packers would NOT be championship contender
according to his stat.
This stat is funny anyway: You want to know which team would be a prime championship-caliber according to this stat? The Philadelphia Eagles
, who would have exactly the required 0.6 yard per-play differential
. Last I checked, though those guys have a losing record and would pretty much need to win out in order to even squeeze into the playoffs at all.
The stat is not even a good indicator to compare teams with similar differentials: The Chargers
have the same 0.1 yard-per-play differential as the Niners
, yet their season is falling apart and they have a losing record as well and are two games or so behind in their division. The Panthers have a slightly lesser differential, being dead even at a 0.0 yard-per-play differential, but however entertaining their offense might by and how many yards per play it might get, at the end, they still only got two wins right now.
So yeah, a stat that dismisses the Niners as championship contenders, but also does the same to the Green Bay Packers, while simultaneously putting the Eagles into championship consideration and putting the Chargers and Niners essentially on the same level really is mighty meaningful, according to Jason Cole
(Oh and if you guys want to check for yourselves:
for Offense and
for Defense. I calculated the differentials from those stats. Since they are the official NFL stats, my calculations should hold up unless I made an error somewhere, in which case feel free to correct me