New York Giants' Offense Takes Top Spot in NFL POP Score Rankings

Jerry Tapp@@StatsonTappSenior Analyst IIIOctober 10, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to pass against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants defeated the Cleveland Browns 41-27 last Sunday, scoring more than 35 points for the third time in five games this season. In the game, the Giants offense had 11 possessions, scoring five touchdowns and two field goals in those 11 series.

The Giants offense this week takes the top spot in the league’s POP Score rankings, replacing the Atlanta Falcons, who dropped to fourth in the weekly rankings. The Giants offense has scored a touchdown or kicked a field goal in 29 of their 51 possessions this season, a 56.9-percent success rate, tops in the NFL.

Note: 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 1 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 5.


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

1. New York Giants: 2.65 (29 scores in 51 possessions)

2. San Francisco: 2.52 (26 scores in 52 possessions)

3. New England: 2.47 (29 scores in 57 possessions)

4. Atlanta: 2.44 (27 scores in 54 possessions)

5. Pittsburgh: 2.33 (18 scores in 36 possessions)

6. Denver: 2.13 (22 scores in 52 possessions)

7. New Orleans: 2.09 (23 scores in 56 possessions)

8. Houston: 2.07 (25 scores in 58 possessions)

9. Chicago: 2.04 (22 scores in 50 possessions)

10. San Diego: 2.02 (23 scores in 52 possessions)

11tie. Baltimore: 1.94 (23 scores in 54 possessions)

11tie. Cincinnati: 1.94 (22 scores in 54 possessions)

11tie. Minnesota: 1.94 (22 scores in 51 possessions)

14. Detroit: 1.91 (20 scores in 44 possessions)

15tie. Buffalo: 1.75 (17 scores in 55 possessions)

15tie. Green Bay: 1.75 (18 scores in 53 possessions)

17. Washington: 1.65 (20 scores in 60 possessions)

18. Indianapolis: 1.56 (16 scores in 48 possessions)

19. Tampa Bay: 1.53 (16 scores in 45 possessions)

20. Dallas: 1.46 (12 scores in 39 possessions)

21. Seattle: 1.44 (17 scores in 50 possessions)

22. Oakland: 1.43 (14 scores in 42 possessions)

23. St. Louis: 1.42 (19 scores in 53 possessions)

24tie. Cleveland: 1.4 (19 scores in 60 possessions)

24tie. Miami: 1.4 (17 scores in 60 possessions)

26. Kansas City: 1.35 (19 scores in 62 possessions)

27. Philadelphia: 1.33 (16 scores in 54 possessions)

28. Arizona: 1.32 (17 scores in 59 possessions)

29. Carolina: 1.29 (12 scores in 51 possessions)

30. New York Jets: 1.21 (14 scores in 54 possessions)

31. Tennessee: 1.13 (13 scores in 53 possessions)

32. Jacksonville: 1.11 (14 scores in 54 possessions)


Biggest Gainers This Week

  • Indianapolis (up nine spots this week)
  • Cleveland (up eight spots this week)
  • Chicago (up five spots this week)
  • Minnesota (up five spots this week)
  • New Orleans (up five spots this week)
  • San Francisco (up five spots this week)


Biggest Losers This Week

  • Arizona (down 10 spots this week)
  • Carolina (down 10 spots this week)
  • Cincinnati (down six spots this week)
  • Kansas City (down six spots this week)

NFL POP Score league average through Week 5: 1.75


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