Football is often referred to as a game of numbers, and this is mostly true. Statistics can sometimes tell the story of a game, even without knowing the final score. This article will help you with both basic and more advanced statistics that are used in football.
Let's discuss a few basic statistics that are valuable for a new fan to know when watching a game.
Tackles are also counted, even those not behind the line of scrimmage! There be solo and assisted tackles, assisted tackles only being worth .5 of a tackle in the stat sheet.
Now that we've covered the more basic statistics in football, let's take a look at some of what are called advanced stats. These stats involve some calculation.
Yards per Attempt
Yards per attempt is the total number of yards gained divided by the number of attempts (rushing or receiving).
Red Zone Scoring Percentage
Third Down Conversion Percentage
Yards after the Catch
This is a statistic that doesn't have a complex formula, but it involves noting where the receiver caught the ball and where they ended up. The total number of yards in between is known as yards after the catch or YAC.
Passer rating is the most complex statistic on the list. It calculates based on several factors, how well quarterback is playing, the lowest score being 0 and the highest being 158.3. It involves four smaller formulas going into one larger one.
formula 1 = (completions/attempts - .3) * 5
formula 2 = (yards/attempt - 3) * .25
formula 3 = (touchdowns/attempts) * 20
formula 4 = 2.375 - (interceptions/attempts * 25)
Passer rating = ((formula 1 + formula 2 + formula 3 + formula 4) / 6) * 100