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This Week's NFL POP Culture Scores

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Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.
Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.

Despite the Denver Broncos offense scoring only four times (three TDs and one field goal) in 14 possessions in their Sunday night loss to the New England Patriots, the 2013 NFL POP Score rankings this week still have the Broncos in the top spot. The New Orleans Saints cut the Broncos lead from 34 points to 27 this week; the Saints scored on four of their nine possessions in their win over Atlanta last Thursday.

The biggest gain of this week was the St. Louis Rams; they scored 30 points in eight possessions against the Chicago Bears, increasing their POP Score from 1.46 to 1.61, an increase of 15 points.

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 12.

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

  1. Denver 2.64 (348 points on 132 possessions)
  2. New Orleans 2.37 (270 points on 114 possessions)
  3. Seattle 2.19 (258 points on 118 possessions)
  4. San Diego 2.15 (234 points on 109 possessions)
  5. Green Bay 2.08 (243 points on 117 possessions)
  6. Carolina 2.02 (216 points on 107 possessions)
  7. Chicago 1.97 (231 points on 117 possessions)
  8. Indianapolis 1.91 (221 points on 116 possessions)
  9. New England 1.89 (252 points on 133 possessions)
  10. Detroit 1.89 (240 points on 127 possessions)
  11. Dallas 1.88 (228 points on 121 possessions)
  12. Philadelphia 1.84 (237 points on 129 possessions)
  13. San Francisco 1.79 (222 points on 124 possessions)
  14. Atlanta 1.76 (189 points in 107 possessions)
  15. Minnesota 1.73 (213 points on 123 possessions)
  16. Tennessee 1.69 (204 points on 121 possessions)
  17. Pittsburgh 1.67 (210 points on 126 possessions)
  18. Cincinnati 1.63 (213 points on 131 possessions)
  19. Arizona 1.62 (210 points on 130 possessions)
  20. St. Louis 1.61 (195 points on 121 possessions)
  21. Kansas City 1.55 (198 points on 128 possessions)
  22. Washington 1.54 (192 points on 125 possessions)
  23. Miami 1.51 (192 points on 127 possessions)
  24. Baltimore 1.41 (192 points on 136 possessions)
  25. Tampa Bay 1.41 (168 points on 119 possessions)
  26. Buffalo 1.40 (192 points on 137 possessions)
  27. New York Giants 1.35 (177 points on 131 possessions)
  28. Oakland 1.31 (171 points on 131 possessions)
  29. Houston 1.24 (165 points on 133 possessions)
  30. Cleveland 1.23 (162 points on 132 possessions)
  31. New York Jets 1.19 (162 points on 136 possessions)
  32. Jacksonville 0.89 (114 points on 128 possessions)

NFL POP Score league average through Week 12: 1.69