This is a follow-up to my number crunching from last night (found here
) in which I tried to figure out an alternate way of looking at defensive red zone performance. The method normally used is just to look at what percentage of red zone trips result in points. The problem with this is that it treats field goals as having the same value as touchdowns - this is not true. I tried weighting the values of field goals relative to touchdowns, but someone in the comments pointed out a simpler method to create the sort of metric I was looking for: Points per red zone trip (PPT). On this scale, a team that scores a TD on every red zone trip would show 7 PPT, a team that scored a field goal every time would get 3 PPT, etc. I'll go back later tonight to edit the defensive charts with this stat as well. Someone else in the comments asked what the offensive numbers looked like, so without further ado, here's theChart
||Red zone %
All data from here
Well, hell. What do you make of that? I can't see much of a pattern there at all. I guess maybe the teams that play more of a smashmouth style are higher up on the list? I'm willing to chalk this up to limited sample size and uneven competition, and just come back to this in a few weeks. It does make me question how much sample size and opponent quality affected the defensive numbers as well. What do you think?