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Field Position, Efficiency, Scoring: A Look at the Rams

Field Position, Efficiency, Scoring: A Look at the Rams

I stumbled across some less used statistics and of course I wanted to see what they could tell us…if anything about where the Rams are sitting right now as compared to previous years. I pulled up 2010 through the current year because these represent the Bradford Era.

First of all let’s start with field position. I wanted to look at this because it’s been quite apparent with all the penalties and called back punt returns that this statistic should look pretty bleak.

It’s quite apparent that in the Bradford years our special teams pretty much have sucked for all four years! Surprisingly, we ranked worst in starting field position and still managed to equal the 2010 record if you consider 7-8-1 is approximately the same as 7-9. I can’t see any correlation between ranking and the overall win/loss record. If ST penalties hadn’t been a factor we might have had a lot more wins. At least we would have started in better position that leads to easier scoring. This stat by itself doesn’t do much for predicting the season win loss total.

That made me wonder how we did driving for points considering how we always start in such a hole.

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"Below is a list of statistics for drives starting inside own 20 yard line for each NFL team including drives, drives starting in own 20 yards and drives starting in own 20 yards as a percent of total drives.

Drives that start deep a team’s own zone are the most difficult because they have the full field to gain (to score points). Touchbacks start on the 20 yard line, so when a team must punt the ball away, the goal is to back the opponent to inside the 20 yard line."

YEAR

DRIVES

OWN 20
OR LESS

PERCENT

RANK

Record

2010

199

43

21.61

22

7-9

2011

196

47

23.98

14

2-14

2012

182

56

30.77

1

7-8-1

2013

64

20

31.25

4

2-3

Rams statistics of drives starting at the 20 yard line or less.

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Next I wanted to pull the scoring drive efficiency and see if that might shed some light on the future. The first thing that jumps out is how terrible things were in 2011. 18.9% scoring drives led us to that terrible 2-14 record. Does anyone want Bradford to sit?

The good news is that even though we’ve had a tuff couple of games we are slightly ahead of 2012 in the number of scoring drives. You could round things off and say we have the potential to equal, or surpass 2010, and 2012. It only takes a few less penalties to improve field position or the receivers to step up a bit.

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"Scoring drive efficiency is a measure of what percent of a team’s drives end up in a score for the team. This gives an indication as to how often a team is able to convert its offensive chances into points on the board. The higher the scoring drives efficiency… the better."

YEAR

SCORING
DRIVES

DRIVES

%

YARDS

AVG YDS

RANK

Record

2010

60

199

30.2

3042

51

22

7-9

2011

37

196

18.90

1980

54

32

2-14

2012

50

182

27.5

2944

59

27

7-8-1

2013

18

64

28.1

1019

57

23

2-3

Rams Scoring Drives and efficiency.

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The last statistic I looked at is "Points per Drive." As you can see we are almost equal to last year, and way ahead of 2010. The bad news is the points against per drive; it’s the highest it’s ever been in the last four years. That’s a testament to how much the drop off in defense is also hurting the team.

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"Points per drive statistics measure the number of points a team generates on the average drive. This statistic details how well a team uses its offensive opportunities to generate points. The below grid details each teams points per drive, the points per drive allowed and the differential between the two.

The higher the point per drive the better, and in theory the highest this statistic could be is 8, which would occur if a team scored a touchdown AND a two point conversion every time they have the ball."

YEAR

POINTS PER DRIVE

POINTS PER DRIVE AGAINST

POINT DIFF.

RANK

Record

2010

1.45

1.72

-0.26

20

7-9

2011

0.98

2.12

-1.14

32

2-14

2012

1.64

1.88

-0.24

22

7-8-1

2013

1.61

2.27

-0.66

28

2-3

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Summary:

1. This offense is not worse than last year, like so many suggest. Sure it’s not as good as we’d hoped for, but considering all the changes and youth, at least it isn’t worse.

2. The defense is costing us more games than the offense is. If we had last year’s defensive production we would easily be over .500.

3. This team is so close to making a huge step. It would only take a minor improvement in one of several key areas. A little better field position and a little better defense would do it. Especially if they were combined. The offense is operating well enough to win games. Yeah I know that’s hard to believe but that’s what the stats tell me.

Stats Link:

http://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/stats/team-points-per-drive-statistics/2013/

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