Does the number of rushing attempts and sacks have a correlation to winning in the NFL?

Statistical correlation to winning or losing is up to the eyes of the beholder. But there are some consistencies when you go back week to week and examine the same statistical categories, like number of offensive plays, rushing attempts and sacks allowed.

Last week, winners averaged 60.9 snaps, not including penalties, while losers averaged 63.7 snaps, not including penalties.

10 of the 14 winners had fewer or equal sacks than the losers.

Winners averaged 30.6 rushing attempts. Losers averaged 21.8 rushing attempts.

Below are the complete tallies for last weekend’s games. You have the teams listed with the winner first, followed by number of plays, rushing attempts and finally sacks and yards lost.

 

NE  – 68; 29; 1 for -7

Buf  – 71; 28; 3 for -18

 

Indy -  65; 37; 2 for -6

Jags – 63; 12; 4 for -30

 

Cinn - 58; 28; 0 for -0

NYG – 70; 20; 4 for -26

 

Tenn – 60; 37; 1 for -6

Mia   – 56; 15; 2 for -16

 

Minn – 68; 34; 2 for -14

DET  – 61; 17; 2 for -21

 

NO -  62; 29; 1 for -6

ATL – 71; 18; 1 for -3

 

TB  – 43; 22; 1 for -5

SD  – 65; 26; 2 for -14

Tampa had two TDs on Punt & INT returns, so fewer plays

 

DEN – 61; 22; 1 for -6

CAR – 64; 21; 7 for -43

 

BAL -  62; 28; 0 for -0

OAK – 73; 24; 3 for -18

 

SEA – 67; 43; 4 for -22

NYJ -  50; 22; 3 for -31

 

DAL -  54; 25; 3 for -16

PHIL – 66; 23; 2 for -11

 

HOU – 62; 35; 1 for -7

CHI -   56; 23; 0 for -0

 

PITT – 62; 29; 1 for -3

KCC – 63; 35; 2 for -6

OT game

 

SF -  64; 34; 5 for -31

STL - 80; 37; 2 for -16

OT tie game

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