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28 May 2013

Stacking the Box

Mike Sando at the NFC West looks at the running backs who did the most against "loaded" boxes. The best was ... Chris Johnson? Who's been screwing with this machine?

(Ed. Note: Thanks to ESPN Stats and Information we'll have some of this data in Football Outsiders Almanac 2013 as well. -- Aaron Schatz)

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 28 May 2013

2 comments, Last at 30 May 2013, 2:53pm by V


by Nick L. (not verified) :: Wed, 05/29/2013 - 11:41am

If Chris Johnson is averaging 7.8 YPC when running against a stacked box, then that means he is averaging 3.9 YPC when running against a non-stacked box.
I wonder how much these numbers are skewed by big runs. It is probably easier to break off a big run when there are 8 in the box.

by V (not verified) :: Thu, 05/30/2013 - 2:53pm

Good point, Nick - I'd like to see the data split out for 'successful runs' vs. 'unsuccessful'. I'd assume the percentage of success is less, but the magnitude of the success is increased.