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New York Giants' Offense Keeps No. 1 Spot in NFL POP Score Rankings

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14: Wide receiver Domenik Hixon #87 of the New York Giants pulls in a 39-yard catch against cornerback Chris Culliver #29 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter on October 14, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The Giants won 26-3.(Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Jerry TappSenior Analyst IIIOctober 17, 2012

The New York Giants made a pretty strong statement with their 26-3 win over the 49ers last week in San Francisco. The Giants defense obviously held the 49ers to a field goal, while the offense scored on six of 11 possessions against a San Francisco defense that was considered one of the top D’s in the league.

The Giants offense remains in the top spot of this week’s NFL POP Score rankings. It is the only offensive unit that has scored either a touchdown or kicked a field goal on over 50 percent of its offensive possessions this season (it has scored a TD or FG in 35 of their 62 possessions, or 56.5 percent).

(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 6.


Team, POP Score (Season Offensive Scores/Possessions)

1. New York Giants 2.56 (35 scores in 62 possessions)

2. New England 2.35 (34 scores in 69 possessions)

3 (tie). Atlanta 2.23 (31 scores in 66 possessions)

3 (tie). Pittsburgh 2.23 (23 scores in 47 possessions)

5. Denver 2.11 (25 scores in 61 possessions)

6. New Orleans 2.09 (23 scores in 56 possessions)

7. San Francisco 2.08 (27 scores in 62 possessions)

8. Baltimore 2.07 (27 scores in 61 possessions)

9. Chicago 2.04 (22 scores in 50 possessions)

10 (tie). Green Bay 1.98 (24 scores in 65 possessions)

10 (tie). Minnesota 1.98 (28 scores in 62 possessions)

12. Houston 1.96 (28 scores in 69 possessions)

13. San Diego 1.88 (26 scores in 64 possessions)

14. Detroit 1.86 (26 scores in 58 possessions)

15. Washington 1.83 (25 scores in 69 possessions)

16. Cincinnati 1.8 (26 scores in 70 possessions)

17 (tie). Dallas 1.75 (18 scores in 48 possessions)

17 (tie). Tampa Bay 1.75 (21 scores in 55 possessions)

19. Buffalo 1.61 (20 scores in 69 possessions)

20. New York Jets 1.5 (19 scores in 64 possessions)

21. Seattle 1.49 (21 scores in 61 possessions)

22. Cleveland 1.46 (24 scores in 74 possessions)

23. Indianapolis 1.45 (19 scores in 58 possessions)

24. Oakland 1.44 (18 scores in 54 possessions)

25. Miami 1.43 (20 scores in 69 possessions)

26. St. Louis 1.4 (22 scores in 62 possessions)

27. Philadelphia 1.37 (21 scores in 68 possessions)

28 (tie). Arizona 1.29 (21 scores in 72 possessions)

28 (tie). Carolina 1.29 (12 scores in 51 possessions)

28 (tie). Tennessee 1.29 (19 scores in 65 possessions)

31. Kansas City 1.19 (20 scores in 73 possessions)

32. Jacksonville 1.11 (14 scores in 54 possessions)

Biggest gainers this week: New York Jets (up 10 spots this week); Green Bay (up five spots this week)

Biggest losers this week: Cincinnati (down five spots this week); Indianapolis (down five spots this week); Kansas City (down five spots this week); San Francisco (down five spots this week); Buffalo (down four spots this week); Houston (down four spots this week)

NFL POP Score league average through Week 6: 1.74


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