Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Sep 2008

Inside the Numbers -- Rams at Seahawks

Here's this week's Seahawks (not yet D)VOA preview for the Seattle Times. If the Rams are on track to put up the worst numbers of the DVOA era -- and they certainly seem to be -- why is everyone in the Emerald City so nervous about the possibility of an 0-3 start?

Posted by: Doug Farrar on 19 Sep 2008

3 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2008, 7:07pm by FourteenDays

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by Yaguar :: Fri, 09/19/2008 - 10:13pm

The Rams' only TD has come by way of Torry Holt tipping an underthrow to himself one-handed with a DB draped over him, fighting for the ball. Torry Holt is still the all-time leader in receiving yards per game, but he has slowed considerably because of the Rams' absolutely atrocious management, starting with the decision to kick Mike Martz out.

Martz is over in San Francisco, where J.T. O'Sullivan is now putting up offensive numbers that the Rams couldn't even dream of.

Don't despair, Seahawks fans. This is the free win it looks like. Take a deep breath, and remember that you're in the NFC West. All you need is to make up two games against the Cardinals. I promise you, that's doable.

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by BucNasty :: Sun, 09/21/2008 - 10:07am

If you subtract the Rams' 72 sack yards allowed from their 335 passing yards gained through two games, you're looking at 131.5 net passing yards per contest. Ouch.

The NFL doesn't already do that? I'm pretty sure that's how they do it in Madden, so I figured the league would be the same way. Of course, I also figured that teams were always able to elect to kickoff after winning the toss.

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by FourteenDays :: Mon, 09/22/2008 - 7:07pm

Therefore, VOA (the "Classic Coke" of our numbers) gets a workout for a few weeks.

You know, this isn't a terribly flattering thing to say about DVOA (or DYAR), if you think about it.