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Week 4 NFL POP Score Rankings

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The San Diego Chargers are the second most efficient offense in the NFL through four weeks. Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images.
The San Diego Chargers are the second most efficient offense in the NFL through four weeks. Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images.

The Denver Broncos offensive juggernaut rolled on as they scored five TDs and one field goal on their eight possessions against the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s no surprise that they extended their lead in this week’s POP Score rankings as the league’s most efficient offense.

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 4.

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

  1. Denver 3.14 (138 points on 44 possessions)
  2. San Diego 2.29 (96 points on 42 possessions)
  3. Indianapolis 2.29 (87 points on 38 possessions)
  4. Green Bay 2.29 (78 points on 34 possessions)
  5. New Orleans 2.23 (96 points on 43 possessions)
  6. Carolina 2.14 (60 points on 28 possessions)
  7. Seattle 2.0 (90 points on 45 possessions)
  8. Chicago 1.98 (93 points on 47 possessions)
  9. Detroit 1.96 (96 points on 49 possessions)
  10. Atlanta 1.9 (78 points on 41 possessions)
  11. Philadelphia 1.89 (87 points on 46 possessions)
  12. Miami 1.88 (81 points on 43 possessions)
  13. Dallas 1.83 (75 points on 41 possessions)
  14. Minnesota 1.8 (90 points on 50 possessions)
  15. Tennessee 1.7 (75 points on 44 possessions)
  16. New England 1.69 (81 points on 48 possessions)
  17. Cincinnati 1.5 (66 points on 44 possessions)
  18. Kansas City 1.47 (72 points on 49 possessions)
  19. Houston 1.44 (72 points on 50 possessions)
  20. San Francisco 1.44 (69 points on 48 possessions)
  21. Washington 1.4 (63 points on 45 possessions)
  22. Oakland 1.39 (57 points on 41 possessions)
  23. Buffalo 1.33 (72 points on 54 possessions)
  24. Baltimore 1.3 (69 points on 53 possessions)
  25. Pittsburgh 1.3 (60 points on 46 possessions)
  26. Arizona 1.24 (57 points on 46 possessions)
  27. St. Louis 1.22 (60 points on 49 possessions)
  28. Cleveland 1.19 (57 points on 48 possessions)
  29. New York Jets 1.07 (60 points on 56 possessions)
  30. New York Giants 1.04 (54 points on 52 possessions)
  31. Tampa Bay 0.73 (33 points on 45 possessions)
  32. Jacksonville 0.5 (27 points on 50 possessions)

NFL POP Score league average through Week 4: 1.61

Biggest gainer of the week: The New England Patriots offense had the biggest gain in their POP Score this week. The Pats offense scored 27 points on nine possessions against the Falcons on Sunday night raising their POP Score from 1.38 to 1.69. That 31-point increase moved them from a tie for 22nd place in the rankings to 16th.