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Denver Tops NFL POP Charts For 13 Straight Weeks

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The Denver Broncos have been the most productive offense in the NFL for 13 consecutive weeks. Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images.
The Denver Broncos have been the most productive offense in the NFL for 13 consecutive weeks. Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images.

The Seattle Seahawks not only beat the New Orleans Saints Monday to take a commanding lead in the NFC race for home field advantage in the playoffs, but they also inched closer to taking over second place in this week’s POP Score rankings. The Seahawks scored 24 points on nine possessions against the Saints, and the Seattle defense held the Saints to only one score in 10 possessions. Seattle is one point behind New Orleans in this week’s rankings.

Denver retained their lead with a solid performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos had five TDs in 10 possessions against a very good KC defense.

The biggest gainers of the week were a pair of teams in the bottom half of the rankings. Both the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars each gained 10 points, the most of any teams this week.

POP Score is based on the simple premise that it is the offensive team’s objective to score a touchdown (or at the least, kick a field goal) in each possession. POP Score stands for Points per Offensive Possession.

Here’s how it works: Let’s say a team has nine possessions in a game. On four of the possessions, they score a touchdown. On four of their possessions they kick a field goal. They punt once. Thus, they scored 24 points on their four TDs (extra points are not included in Pop Score); 12 points on their four field goals. Their offense scored 36 points on nine possessions. By dividing the 36 points by the nine possessions, you get a POP Score of 4.0.

(Maximum POP Score is 6.0, which would indicate that a team scored a touchdown every time they had an offensive possession.)

Here’s a look at the POP Score rankings through Week 13.

Team, POP Score, (Season Offensive Scores/Possessions)

  1. Denver 2.66 (378 points on 142 possessions)
  2. New Orleans 2.23 (276 points on 124 possessions)
  3. Seattle 2.22 (282 points on 127 possessions)
  4. San Diego 2.06 (243 points on 118 possessions)
  5. Carolina 2.05 (240 points on 117 possessions)
  6. New England 1.96 (282 points on 144 possessions)
  7. Detroit 1.96 (273 points on 139 possessions)
  8. Dallas 1.95 (255 points on 131 possessions)
  9. Green Bay 1.92 (246 points on 128 possessions)
  10. Chicago 1.9 (249 points on 131 possessions)
  11. Indianapolis 1.89 (242 points on 128 possessions)
  12. Philadelphia 1.83 (258 points on 141 possessions)
  13. San Francisco 1.81 (243 points on 134 possessions)
  14. Atlanta 1.81 (219 points in 121 possessions)
  15. Minnesota 1.72 (234 points on 136 possessions)
  16. Pittsburgh 1.7 (228 points on 134 possessions)
  17. Cincinnati 1.63 (228 points on 140 possessions)
  18. Tennessee 1.62 (216 points on 133 possessions)
  19. Arizona 1.61 (228 points on 142 possessions)
  20. Kansas City 1.57 (216 points on 138 possessions)
  21. St. Louis 1.57 (207 points on 132 possessions)
  22. Miami 1.53 (213 points on 139 possessions)
  23. Washington 1.52 (207 points on 136 possessions)
  24. Baltimore 1.49 (213 points on 143 possessions)
  25. Buffalo 1.45 (219 points on 151 possessions)
  26. New York Giants 1.39 (198 points on 142 possessions)
  27. Tampa Bay 1.35 (174 points on 129 possessions)
  28. Houston 1.34 (192 points on 143 possessions)
  29. Oakland 1.32 (186 points on 141 possessions)
  30. Cleveland 1.28 (186 points on 145 possessions)
  31. New York Jets 1.11 (165 points on 148 possessions)
  32. Jacksonville 0.99 (141 points on 142 possessions)

NFL POP Score league average through Week 13: 1.69