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The Art of Scoring Non-Offensive Points

Since most people have shown either only a slight interest in statistics or have stated "the only thing that matters is the scoreboard," I have decided to compare Denver to the rest of the teams. These charts will measure each teams' total scoring, broken down by offensive points per game, total defensive points scored and total special teams points scored.

You can check out the complete NFL standings for points per game at my website: www.queuestats.webnode.com

More after the jump

For years, Denver has struggled to score much on special teams, and while they have often had a great defense (before 2006), they rarely scored non-offensive points. These change the landscape of every game and can make good teams great.

This first chart will show the top 14 teams in the league that have a winning record that is separated by more than 1 game.

 

League Standings




Team Record Off PPG Def Points ST Points Total PPG
Atlanta Falcons (6-2) 23.6 7 0 24.5
Baltimore Ravens (6-2) 21.9 0 0 21.9
New England Patriots (6-2) 23 14 21 27.4
New York Giants (6-2) 27 0 0 27
New York Jets (6-2) 21.9 7 0 22.8
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) 20 7 7 21.8
Green Bay Packers (6-3) 21.4 28 0 24.6
New Orleans Saints (6-3) 21.3 9 0 22.3
Chicago Bears (5-3) 15.9 7 14 18.5
Indianapolis Colts (5-3) 25.4 14 0 27.1
Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) 20.3 14 7 22.9
Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) 23.9 7 0 24.8
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-3) 17 21 0 19.6
Tennessee Titans (5-3) 25.8 9 9 28






Avg

10.3 4.1 14.4

 

This second chart will show the middle 8 teams in the league that are within 1 game of a .500 record.

 

League Standings




Team Record Off PPG Def Points ST Points Total PPG
Oakland Raiders (5-4) 22.8 14 16 26.1
Houston Texans (4-4) 24.1 0 0 24.1
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) 20.6 0 0 20.6
Miami Dolphins (4-4) 16.5 11 0 17.9
Seattle Seahawks (4-4) 13.4 9 14 16.3
St. Louis Rams (4-4) 17.5 0 0 17.5
Washington Redskins (4-4) 16.8 14 7 19.4
San Diego Chargers (4-5) 25.6 9 0 26.6






Avg

7.1 4.6 11.7

 

This third chart will show the bottom 9 teams in the league that have a losing record more than 1 game away from a .500 record.

 

League Standings




Team Record Off PPG Def Points ST Points Total PPG
Arizona Cardinals (3-5) 14.4 35 7 19.6
Cleveland Browns (3-5) 17.3 14 0 19
Minnesota Vikings (3-5) 18.6 0 7 19.5
Cincinnati Bengals (2-6) 19.3 13 0 20.9
Detroit Lions (2-6) 22.8 14 7 25.4
San Francisco 49ers (2-6) 15.4 7 7 17.1
Carolina Panthers (1-7) 10.8 2 0 11
Dallas Cowboys (1-7) 18.4 0 14 20.1
Buffalo Bills (0-8) 17.9 0 7 18.8






Avg

9.4 5.4 14.8

 

 

Comments

In the first chart, only 2 out of the 14 teams (Ravens and Giants) have failed to score on defense or special teams.

In the second chart, 3 out of the 8 teams (Texans, Jaguars, Rams) have failed to score on defense or special teams.

In the third chart, none of the 9 teams have failed to score on defense or special teams.

Denver is just 1 of 6 teams to have not scored any defensive or special teams points. What is remarkable about this is that regardless of the team or record, at every level, teams are averaging at least 7 points scored on defense and 4 points on special teams. Obviously some have scored only a single touchdown in one of them, but at least they have scored a non-offensive touchdown at some point.

When a team is playing well in many phases, this may not effect the outcome as often.

However, Seattle would be 3-5 if not for their special teams performance against San Diego. Arizona scored 3 defensive touchdowns against New Orleans. Cleveland score 2. It is doubtful that Arizona and Cleveland could have defeated New Orleans without those defensive points.

These scores change the game and have a more profound impact on teams that struggle on both offense and defense.

Advice From A Simple Fan

In order for Denver to win for the first time in 5 weeks, they need to do the following:

  1. Wink must call an aggressive, frequent-blitzing defensive game-plan to disrupt the Chiefs
  2. Denver (32nd in my Misc Stat) must limit penalties and turnovers

If they do these things, points will come. Whether Denver wins on Sunday or not is difficult to say, but its time they show a different version from the first half of the 2010 Broncos. While non-offensive points do not guarantee wins, they certainly help.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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