2003 Carolina Panthers 15.6 OYPP.
2011 Carolina Panthers: 16.6 OYPP
2003 Carolina Panthers turnover per possession: ranked 21st (.152)
2011 Carolina Panthers turnovers per possession: ranked 22nd (.145)
So... the 2003 Panthers OYPP is very similar to this years OYPP and they turned the ball over more often that the 2011 Carolina Panthers.
One went to the Super Bowl, the other is 4-9. Why?
2003 Panthers defensive stats:
Yards per drive: 7th
points allowed per drive: 6th
TDs allowed per drive: 7th
Punts forced per drive: 5th
Drive success rate (three and outs): 7th
Doesn't get any simpler than that. One played in a Super Bowl and the other is 4-9 and the only major difference is the defense.
Thank you and goodnight.
You figure it out.
Simple. Because as usual you are leaving out the other half of the story when it comes to yards per point. Turnovers. Scoring defense yards per point allowed. Which is also a measurement that is most affected by your own offense's turnovers and where they take place.
Which is why net yards per point is an even better measurement. You are looking at one stat that doesn't tell the whole story and are surprised by it.
Offensive yards per point only tells you how efficient your offense was. It says nothing about your defense. That's yet another reason why it's not a fuging team stat. Offensive yards per point measures how good your offense is in scoring points. It doesn't tell you where your defense had to start defending from or how many boneheaded turnovers it had to deal with.
Carolina's scoring defense yards per point allowed 2003: 8th Carolina 16.3
Carolina's scoring defense yards per point allowed 2011: 30th Carolina 13.4
This number doesn't just measure the number of turnovers, or efficiency, but where they took place. Which is more important.
An offensive turnover in our opponent's red-zone for example, hurts our offense, but can sometimes help our defense. If it happens at their 5 yard line...our opponent needs to travel 95 yards to score. That's actually more convenient for our defense than having to defend from their 20-25 yard line which is league average.
But it does hurt your offense's efficiency.
Edited by Showtime, 12 December 2011 - 10:15 PM.