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Week 7 NFL POP Culture Scores

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The Saints are consistently one of the NFL's most efficient offenses. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.
The Saints are consistently one of the NFL's most efficient offenses. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.

The Denver Broncos retained their lead in this week’s POP Score rankings even with a less than stellar offensive performance against the Colts on Sunday night. They scored 30 points in 16 possessions against the Colts and saw their POP Score drop from 3.23 to 2.96. The biggest gain in the rankings was made by the Washington Redskins who moved up seven spots to 16th in the rankings. The Steelers’ offense also had a big move in the rankings moving up six spots to 18th.

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 7.

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

  1. Denver 2.96 (243 points on 82 possessions)
  2. Green Bay 2.22 (144 points on 65 possessions)
  3. New Orleans 2.22 (144 points on 65 possessions)
  4. San Diego 2.21 (150 points on 68 possessions)
  5. Atlanta 2.12 (123 points on 58 possessions)
  6. Indianapolis 2.1 (153 points on 73 possessions)
  7. Seattle 2.1 (162 points on 77 possessions)
  8. Chicago 2.08 (156 points on 75 possessions)
  9. Carolina 2.05 (117 points on 57 possessions)
  10. Dallas 2.01 (153 points on 76 possessions)
  11. Detroit 1.96 (153 points on 78 possessions)
  12. Philadelphia 1.76 (150 points on 85 possessions)
  13. San Francisco 1.72 (141 points on 82 possessions)
  14. Cincinnati 1.64 (126 points on 77 possessions)
  15. Miami 1.63 (114 points on 70 possessions)
  16. Washington 1.63 (111 points on 68 possessions)
  17. New England 1.53 (132 points on 86 possessions)
  18. Pittsburgh 1.5 (96 points on 64 possessions)
  19. St. Louis 1.48 (117 points on 79 possessions)
  20. Tennessee 1.44 (111 points on 77 possessions)
  21. Kansas City 1.43 (120 points on 84 possessions)
  22. Buffalo 1.42 (129 points on 91 possessions)
  23. Baltimore 1.41 (123 points on 87 possessions)
  24. Minnesota 1.38 (99 points on 72 possessions)
  25. Arizona 1.36 (114 points on 84 possessions)
  26. Cleveland 1.31 (105 points on 80 possessions)
  27. New York Jets 1.3 (114 points on 88 possessions)
  28. Houston 1.28 (102 points on 80 possessions)
  29. Oakland 1.25 (81 points on 65 possessions)
  30. New York Giants 1.25 (111 points on 89 possessions)
  31. Tampa Bay 1.07 (72 points on 67 possessions)
  32. Jacksonville 0.77 (63 points on 82 possessions)

NFL POP Score league average through Week 7: 1.66

Biggest POP Score increase of the week: The Washington Redskins’ offense had the biggest gain in their POP Score. The Redskins offense scored 33 points on 12 possessions against the Chicago Bears. That pushed their POP Score from 1.39 to 1.63, a 24-point gain, the largest increase of any team this week.