Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Apr 2012

percentage of NFL fumbles that are unforced

I've been looking for the stats that break down what proportion of NFL fumbles are unforced and what proportion are forced. Seems like that ought to be easy to find but I haven't been able to.
I've found analyses that break down the likelihood of fumbles by type of play, along with the likelihood of each type being recovered or lost, but I haven't found the info on unforced vs forced.
I'd appreciate any help I can get.

Posted by: bob_40 on 01 Apr 2012

1 reply , Last at 24 May 2012, 11:40pm by AndreaMelendez

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Re: percentage of NFL fumbles that are unforced
by AndreaMelendez :: Thu, 05/24/2012 - 11:40pm

Where chance truly matters is when the football hits the ground. San Francisco is credited with forcing 20 fumbles in the regular season, and its opponents fumbled 11 other times without being forced (according to Elias). Of those 31 total fumbles, the 49ers recovered 15, or 48.4 percent. There isn't much more left of this run...lets hope Ryan Mallett is something.

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