It looks like the New England Patriots will end the 2012 NFL regular season with the most efficient offense in the league based on this year’s POP Score rankings. The Pats have a comfortable lead over the second place Atlanta Falcons in these weekly rankings.
Take a look at the rankings below and you will notice that of the 10 teams which have already gained playoff berths, eight of them are listed in the top 12 spots in the rankings. Washington (ranked tied for fourth) and the Cowboys (ranked 10th) will face off this Sunday night for the NFC East title and a playoff spot, meaning that nine of the top 12 in the POP Score rankings will be playoff teams.
(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.)