New York Giants Jump to the Top of the NFL POP Score Rankings

Jerry Tapp@@StatsonTappSenior Analyst IIISeptember 26, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants scored three offensive touchdowns and kicked five field goals in their 36-7 win over Carolina in last Thursday’s game.

The Giants scored on eight of nine offensive possessions, punting only once in the game, meaning their offense put points on the board in eight of the nine possessions.

With that offensive performance, the Giants vaulted into a first place tie with the Atlanta Falcons for the best POP Score with a 2.8, signifying the most efficient offense unit in the league.

POP Score is based on the simple premise that it is the offensive team’s objective to score a touchdown (or at the least, kick a field goal) in each possession. POP Score stands for Points per Offensive Possession. Here’s how it works: The Falcons in Week One had nine possessions in their game. On four of the possessions, they scored a touchdown. On four of their possessions they kicked a field goal. They punted once. They scored 24 points on their four TDs (extra points are not included in Pop Score); 12 points on their four field goals. The Atlanta offense scored 36 points on nine possessions. By dividing the 36 points by the nine possessions, you get a POP Score of 4.0. Maximum POP Score is 6.0, which would indicate that a team scored a touchdown every time they had an offensive possession.

Here’s a look at the POP Score rankings through Week 3.

Team, POP Score, (Season Offensive Scores/Possessions)

1tie. New York Giants: 2.8 (19 scores in 30 possessions)

1tie. Atlanta: 2.8 (17 scores in 30 possessions)

3. Pittsburgh: 2.56 (14 scores in 31 possessions)

4. Baltimore: 2.45 (17 scores in 33 possessions)

5. Buffalo: 2.23 (12 score sin 31 possessions)

6. Detroit: 2.18 (17 scores in 33 possessions)

7tie. Houston: 2.17 (16 scores in 36 possessions)

7tie. San Francisco: 2.17 (14 scores in 29 possessions)

9. New England: 2.16 (16 scores in 32 possessions)

10. Cincinnati: 2.09 (14 scores in 33 possessions)

11. Washington: 2.08 (15 scores in 36 possessions)

12. Minnesota: 2.03 (14 scores in 31 possessions)

13. San Diego: 1.97 (13 scores in 29 possessions)

14. New Orleans: 1.83 (13 scores in 36 possessions)

15. Chicago: 1.82 (13 scores in 33 possessions)

16. New York Jets: 1.8 (12 scores in 30 possessions)

17tie. Arizona: 1.69 (12 scores in 32 possessions)

17tie. Oakland: 1.69 (12 scores in 32 possessions)

19. Denver: 1.64 (12 scores in 33 possessions)

20. Kansas City: 1.62 (14 scores in 37 possessions)

21tie. Seattle: 1.5 (10 scores in 30 possessions)

21tie. Dallas 1.5 (9 scores in 28 possessions)

23. Miami: 1.46 (10 scores in 35 possessions)

24tie. Tampa Bay: 1.45 (11 scores in 33 possessions)

24tie. Green Bay: 1.45 (10 scores in 31 possessions)

26tie. Indianapolis: 1.41 (10 scores in 34 possessions)

26tie: Jacksonville: 1.41 (11 scores in 33 possessions)

28. Tennessee: 1.4 (10 scores in 30 possessions)

29. Carolina: 1.39 (7 scores in 28 possessions)

30. St. Louis: 1.31 (11 scores in 32 possessions)

31. Cleveland: 1.22 (10 scores in 37 possessions)

32. Philadelphia: 1.14 (9 scores in 37 possessions)

Biggest gainers this week: Oakland (up 14 spots); Cincinnati (up 7 spots); Arizona, New England, Tennessee (all up 6 spots)

Biggest losers this week: San Diego (down 11 spots); St. Louis (down 11 spots); Carolina (down 9 spots)

NFL POP Score league average through Week 3: 1.81

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