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Week 10 NFL POP Culture Scores

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The Saints are fast becoming one of the most productive offenses in the NFL. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images.
The Saints are fast becoming one of the most productive offenses in the NFL. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images.


The Denver Broncos retained their lead in this week’s POP Score rankings, but their lead has shrunk thanks to a big performance by the New Orleans Saints’ offense, who now have taken over second place. The Saints scored 42 offensive points in nine possessions (scoring seven TDs) in their 49-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. The Saints had the biggest gain in POP Score for the week increasing their POP Score 23 points to 2.44 from 2.21 last week

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 10.

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

  1. Denver 2.86 (300 points on 105 possessions)
  2. New Orleans 2.44 (234 points on 96 possessions)
  3. Green Bay 2.23 (207 points on 93 possessions)
  4. Seattle 2.13 (228 points on 107 possessions)
  5. San Diego 2.08 (183 points on 88 possessions)
  6. Chicago 2.04 (198 points on 97 possessions)
  7. Carolina 2.01 (177 points on 88 possessions)
  8. Dallas 1.94 (213 points on 110 possessions)
  9. Detroit 1.94 (198 points on 102 possessions)
  10. Indianapolis 1.89 (183 points on 97 possessions)
  11. New England 1.85 (204 points on 110 possessions)
  12. Philadelphia 1.83 (216 points on 118 possessions)
  13. San Francisco 1.78 (180 points on 101 possessions)
  14. Minnesota 1.74 (171 points on 98 possessions)
  15. Atlanta 1.74 (153 points in 88 possessions)
  16. Washington 1.71 (174 points on 102 possessions)
  17. Cincinnati 1.64 (189 points on 115 possessions)
  18. Pittsburgh 1.56 (159 points on 102 possessions)
  19. Tennessee 1.54 (159 points on 103 possessions)
  20. Miami 1.5 (159 points on 106 possessions)
  21. St. Louis 1.46 (165 points on 113 possessions)
  22. Arizona 1.46 (156 points on 107 possessions)
  23. Kansas City 1.44 (150 points on 104 possessions)
  24. Baltimore 1.38 (156 points on 113 possessions)
  25. Cleveland 1.38 (141 points on 102 possessions)
  26. Houston 1.36 (144 points on 106 possessions)
  27. New York Jets 1.34 (147 points on 110 possessions)
  28. Buffalo 1.32 (165 points on 125 possessions)
  29. New York Giants 1.28 (141 points on 110 possessions)
  30. Tampa Bay 1.27 (123 points on 97 possessions)
  31. Oakland 1.24 (129 points on 104 possessions)
  32. Jacksonville 0.86 (90 points on 104 possessions)

NFL POP Score league average through Week 10: 1.69