Is there a relationship between having good regular season stats (points scored per game and points allowed per game) and winning a championship? Here is a look at the numbers since the NFL expansion/realignment in 2002.
A project for Hack the Pats Hack-a-thon on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at The Boston Globe lab by Daigo Fujiwara. Part of Hacks Hackers Boston. Data taken from NFL.com and uploaded here in Google Doc. See it on GitHub. Lives on the web at daigofujiwara.com/nfl
Charting how many points a team averaged in their 16 game regular season. means the team won Super Bowl. Click on the team name below the chart (in the legend) to show/hide. Hover to show the average points scored.
Charting how many points the team allowed in each game. means won Super Bowl that year. Toggle on the team name below the chart to show/hide. Hover to reveal the stats.
In the span:
|XXXVII||January 26, 2003||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||48–21 vs Oakland Raiders||18th||1st|
|XXXVIII||February 1, 2004||New England Patriots||32–29 vs Carolina Panthers||12th||1st|
|XXXIX||February 6, 2005||New England Patriots||24–21 vs Philadelphia Eagles||4th||2nd|
|XL||February 5, 2006||Pittsburgh Steelers||21–10 vs Seattle Seahawks||9th||3rd|
|XLI||February 4, 2007||Indianapolis Colts||29–17 vs Chicago Bears||2nd||23rd|
|XLII||February 3, 2008||New York Giants||17–14 vs New England Patriots||14th||17th|
|XLIII||February 1, 2009||Pittsburgh Steelers||27–23 vs Arizona Cardinals||20th||1st|
|XLIV||February 7, 2010||New Orleans Saints||31–17 vs Indianapolis Colts||1st||20th|
|XLV||February 6, 2011||Green Bay Packers||31–25 vs Pittsburgh Steelers||10th||2nd|
|XLVI||February 5, 2012||New York Giants||21–17 vs New England Patriots||9th||25th|
|XLVII||February 3, 2013||?||at New Orleans, Louisiana|