Week 14 NFL POP Score rankings: The Patriots’ offense keeps rolling!

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As the NFL regular season starts to wind down, people are talking about the post-season awards that will be handed out to individual players. One name that is getting a lot of attention is New England QB Tom Brady.

The Patriots are the league’s highest-scoring team and they have won seven straight, scoring a mind-numbing 284 in those seven contests, an average of 40.6 per game.

Brady’s numbers are just as impressive: He has thrown 29 TD passes and has been intercepted only four times. He also has a passer rating of 104.2, which is tied (with Robert Griffin III) for the league lead.

The Patriots also top the NFL POP Score rankings for the seventh straight week. How impressive has the Brady-led offense been? Just in the past five weeks, the New England offense has had 51 offensive possessions and have scored (touchdown or field goal) on 29 of them (56.9 percent). Equally as impressive is that in those 51 possessions, they have scored a touchdown on 22 possessions (43.1 percent). In comparison, eight NFL teams have scored 23 or fewer TDs in the whole season; the Patriots have scored 22 in the past five games.

(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: The Falcons in Week One had nine possessions in their game. On four of the possessions, they scored a touchdown. On four of their possessions they kicked a field goal. They punted once. They scored 24 points on their four TDs (extra points are not included in Pop Score); 12 points on their four field goals. The Atlanta 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 14.

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

1. New England 2.68 (74 scores in 139 possessions)

2. New York Giants 2.3 (69 scores in 137 possessions)

3. Atlanta 2.11 (63 scores in 138 possessions)

4tie. Denver 2.02 (58 scores in 141 possessions)

4tie. Tampa Bay 2.02 (60 scores in 144 possessions)

6. Washington 1.99 (56 scores in 137 possessions)

7. San Francisco 1.98 (55 scores in 132 possessions)

8tie. Cincinnati 1.95 (58 scores in 143 possessions)

8tie. New Orleans 1.95 (53 scores in 143 possessions)

10. Green Bay 1.88 (52 scores in 139 possessions)

11tie. Baltimore 1.86 (56 scores in 142 possessions)

11tie. Detroit 1.86 (60 scores in 150 possessions)

11tie. Houston 1.86 (60 scores in 160 possessions)

14. Seattle 1.84 (50 scores in 131 possessions)

15. Dallas 1.83 (53 scores in 133 possessions)

16tie. Indianapolis 1.69 (51 scores in 140 possessions)

16tie. Pittsburgh 1.69 (52 scores in 142 possessions)

18tie. Buffalo 1.65 (49 scores in 144 possessions)

18tie. Minnesota 1.65 (50 scores in 140 possessions)

20. Carolina 1.6 (41 scores in 133 possessions)

21. Chicago 1.59 (48 scores in 141 possessions)

22. San Diego 1.53 (47 scores in 141 possessions)

23. Oakland 1.51 (49 scores in 147 possessions)

24. Philadelphia 1.49 (47 scores in 143 possessions)

25. Tennessee 1.46 (47 scores in 144 possessions)

26. Cleveland 1.44 (49 scores in 150 possessions)

27. Miami 1.38 (42 scores in 141 possessions)

28tie. New York Jets 1.28 (39 scores in 145 possessions)

28tie. St. Louis 1.28 (40 scores in 138 possessions)

30. Jacksonville 1.21 (43 scores in 153 possessions)

31. Kansas City 1.17 (41 scores in 146 possessions)

32. Arizona 0.99 (37 scores in 163 possessions)

Biggest gainer this week: San Francisco (up three spots this week)

Biggest loser this week: New Orleans (down three spots this week)

NFL POP Score league average through Week 14: 1.73

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