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Week 11 NFL POP Culture Scores

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Montee Ball and the Denver Broncos retained their hold on the top spot in Jerry Tapp's POP Scores again this week. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.
Montee Ball and the Denver Broncos retained their hold on the top spot in Jerry Tapp's POP Scores again this week. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.

The gap has tightened a bit in the 2013 NFL POP Score as the New Orleans Saints are 34 points behind the Denver Broncos in this week’s rankings. Denver scored five times in 13 possessions against the Kansas City Chiefs’ stingy defense, while the Saints scored on five of their 10 possessions against a formidable San Francisco D.

If we look back at the POP Score rankings after Week 7 and compare to this week’s rankings, we see that the offense that has made the biggest gain in their POP Score are the New England Patriots. The Pats were at 1.53 after Week 7, but are now at 1.9 for the year. They have scored 90 points in 31 possessions in their last three games, a three-week POP Score of 2.9.

The biggest gain of this week was the Tampa Bay Bucs. They scored 30 points on 12 possessions against Atlanta and increased their POP Score from 1.27 to 1.4, an increase of 13 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 11.

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

  1. Denver 2.75 (324 points on 118 possessions)
  2. New Orleans 2.41 (255 points on 106 possessions)
  3. Seattle 2.19 (258 points on 118 possessions)
  4. Green Bay 2.11 (219 points on 104 possessions)
  5. Carolina 2.11 (198 points on 94 possessions)
  6. San Diego 2.04 (198 points on 97 possessions)
  7. Indianapolis 2.0 (212 points on 106 possessions)
  8. Chicago 1.99 (213 points on 107 possessions)
  9. Dallas 1.94 (213 points on 110 possessions)
  10. Detroit 1.93 (222 points on 115 possessions)
  11. New England 1.9 (222 points on 117 possessions)
  12. Philadelphia 1.84 (237 points on 129 possessions)
  13. Atlanta 1.79 (177 points in 99 possessions)
  14. San Francisco 1.75 (198 points on 113 possessions)
  15. Minnesota 1.72 (189 points on 110 possessions)
  16. Pittsburgh 1.68 (192 points on 114 possessions)
  17. Washington 1.65 (186 points on 113 possessions)
  18. Tennessee 1.65 (183 points on 111 possessions)
  19. Cincinnati 1.63 (213 points on 131 possessions)
  20. Miami 1.54 (177 points on 115 possessions)
  21. Arizona 1.5 (180 points on 120 possessions)
  22. St. Louis 1.46 (165 points on 113 possessions)
  23. Kansas City 1.42 (165 points on 116 possessions)
  24. Buffalo 1.40 (192 points on 137 possessions)
  25. Baltimore 1.40 (174 points on 124 possessions)
  26. Tampa Bay 1.40 (153 points on 109 possessions)
  27. New York Giants 1.33 (159 points on 120 possessions)
  28. Houston 1.30 (159 points on 122 possessions)
  29. Cleveland 1.29 (153 points on 119 possessions)
  30. New York Jets 1.28 (159 points on 124 possessions)
  31. Oakland 1.28 (153 points on 120 possessions)
  32. Jacksonville 0.86 (102 points on 118 possessions)

NFL POP Score league average through Week 11: 1.69