Originally Posted by 76Texan
We tied with the Saints at 25 (meaning good) in fewest total number of third and fourth down conversion attempts.
That's by itself is good already.
I don't have time to factor in the two OT games; there were a few in there.
That ought to make it even better.
Then you add the fact that we were on the positive side of the turnover battle, that part also makes it even better.
In conclusion, you can safely say that the other assertion is totally incorrect.
Factor our penalties into that. A made-up example:
1st and 10: Gain 5 yards, gets called back for holding.
1st and 20: Gain 10 yards.
2nd and 10: Gain 6 yards.
3rd and 4: Gain 4 yards.
1st and 10: Gain 8 yards.
2nd and 2: Gain 3 yards.
1st and 10: Illegal hands to face of a defensive lineman, -5 yards.
1st and 15: Gain 7 yards.
2nd and 8: Gain 8 yards.
And the clock keeps rolling. We go forward, then back....then forward...clock keeps ticking. Penalties extend our T.O.P. because the clock ran during a holding penalty or illegal hands to the face.
Then we stall and kick a FG or punt.
There are a lot of factors that explain stats. For every stat, there is a lot going on around that stat that must be critiqued.
T.O.P. is not a good indicator of the efficiency of an offense, IMO. It's what you end up with on the scoreboard that matters. That's the only stat that matters.