Expected points and EPA explained

Looking at how ESPN's new play-by-play metric works

Originally Published: September 15, 2012
By Alok Pattani | ESPN Stats & Information Group

Let's start with what seems like a pretty basic question: Which team has the best offense in the NFL? How about the best defense? Special teams?

Although opinions on these matters can vary wildly, the objective statistical measure of these aspects of football has usually been something that relies on yards. The league's offenses are ranked by which teams averaged the most yards per game; the defenses are judged by who allowed the fewest yards per game.

But, as most experienced ...

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