27 Sep 2013
The 2013 NFL season is on pace to be the pass-happiest season in NFL history. In other words, the pass ratio (60.1 percent) is set to break last year's mark (57.65 percent). Using DVOA, we found the correlation with wins for passing and rushing efficiency along with some data on whether or not you need a good running game to succeed with play-action passing.
If the running game was ever truly a quarterback's best friend, it's been replaced by defense.
The NFL's not that different from normal life. If you want to get to a far away destination (Super Bowl), it's quicker to go through the air than by ground. When all the rules are in favor of the pass, building your team to run will never get you where you want to go.
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Short-yardage passing had a good year, except at the end of the Super Bowl. We look at the return of quarterback runs, the rise in pass-happy strategy, and 2014 success rates for offense and defense.