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Introducing The POP Score

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The Denver offense is POPping right now. Photo by Steve Nehf/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
The Denver offense is POPping right now. Photo by Steve Nehf/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos are sitting atop many rankings as the best team in the NFL thus far this season and that ranking is probably based on an offense that leads the league in points scored. Another way of looking at their success (and specifically their offensive success) after three weeks is that they are ranked No. 1 in the first POP Score rankings of the season.

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); and 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 3.

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

  1. Denver 2.92 (105 points on 36 possessions)
  2. Green Bay 2.29 (78 points on 34 possessions)
  3. Seattle 2.27 (75 points on 33 possessions)
  4. San Diego 2.23 (69 points on 31 possessions)
  5. Carolina 2.14 (60 points on 28 possessions)
  6. Indianapolis 2.14 (60 points on 28 possessions)
  7. Chicago 2.06 (66 points on 32 possessions)
  8. Miami 2.06 (66 points on 32 possessions)
  9. Dallas 1.97 (63 points on 32 possessions)
  10. New Orleans 1.97 (63 points on 32 possessions)
  11. Philadelphia 1.92 (69 points on 36 possessions)
  12. Atlanta 1.9 (57 points on 30 possessions)
  13. Detroit 1.83 (66 points on 36 possessions)
  14. Cincinnati 1.76 (60 points on 34 possessions)
  15. Oakland 1.76 (51 points on 29 possessions)
  16. St. Louis 1.55 (51 points on 33 possessions)
  17. Minnesota 1.54 (60 points on 39 possessions)
  18. Houston 1.5 (54 points on 36 possessions)
  19. Tennessee 1.5 (48 points on 32 possessions)
  20. Washington 1.5 (48 points on 32 possessions)
  21. Baltimore 1.42 (51 points on 36 possessions)
  22. New England 1.38 (54 points on 39 possessions)
  23. Kansas City 1.38 (51 points on 37 possessions)
  24. Arizona 1.36 (45 points on 33 possessions)
  25. Buffalo 1.34 (51 points on 38 possessions)
  26. New York Giants 1.26 (48 points on 38 possessions)
  27. San Francisco 1.18 (39 points on 33 possessions)
  28. New York Jets 1.12 (48 points on 43 possessions)
  29. Cleveland 1.11 (42 points on 38 possessions)
  30. Pittsburgh 1.03 (36 points on 35 possessions)
  31. Tampa Bay 0.75 (24 points on 32 possessions)
  32. Jacksonville 0.63 (24 points on 38 possessions)

NFL POP Score league average through Week 3: 1.63