So today using Twitter I selected 6 teams I thought would win – well, I was wrong, as the Seahawks lost and so did the Bears. Maybe I should start looking at data, instead of going with my “gut” feeling?
First I downloaded NFL CSV data from http://www.repole.com/sun4cast/data.html
Then, looking at overall team data, using a combination dual axis chart comparing passing yards for offense and number of fumbles:
As of last week you can see Denver (who at the time I write this remains undefeated has the most offensive passing yards (with quarterback Peyton Manning). New Orleans is undefeated and you see see why as they have high numbers in passing yards but low number of offensive fumbles. Kansas City is also undefeated with low number of fumbles.
Just for fun I looked at who has the least number of fumbles, but it is confusing with a combination chart.
So I decide to filter for Green Bay only, as it is a team I follow:
One thing that Sam Ko pointed out to me – what to do with bye weeks, when the teams don’t play? I will have to “ponder” that one when comparing overall team statistics. Maybe just look at averages?
With Green Bay, you can see by the statistics that they lost the game on 9/22, as they had a high number of fumbles with low passing yards.
The easily won 9/15 against the Washington football team with over 400+ passing yards (courtesy of Aaron Rodgers as quarterback).
Their first game they lost to San Francisco but it was a close game.
What is nice is if “hover” over the 9/15 game you can see that Green Bay had 441 yards in passing in the game they won.
Looking forward to playing more with the NFL data as the weeks go by.