10 Nov 2011
Peter M.: You guys are great at compiling and analyzing football stats. I was wondering if you wanted to take a stab at the most powerful stat of all: PERCENTAGE OF MINUTES IN THE LEAD. Athletes are like race horses -- some are front-runners, others are more comfortable when trailing. This statistic reveals which teams exert the most CONTROL over their games. The Pittsburgh Steelers led the league in "Percentage of Minutes in the Lead" the year they last won the Super Bowl. I'm not sure what compiling this statistic would entail, but I'm anxious to see what you come up with.
Sure. This doesn't end up on our drive stats page but we do track it as part of our tracking of drive and pace stats. Here's a table showing the average amount of time during each game that teams have been in the lead, tied, or behind this season, through Week 9:
What do folks think? Particularly useful stat? I can't help but think of the memorable quote from Dan Duquette during one of those years where the Red Sox blew a big division lead, when he told a radio station that the Sox spent more days in first place than any other team. That's nice, but all 162 games count -- or in our case, all 60 minutes.
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