Data Points: Offensive points per game for 2010

Thursday’s Data Points examined how the NFC West teams fared at picking up yards in the passing game, as well as how successful they were at scoring.

Offensive points per game is an important category, one that doesn’t include interceptions returned for touchdowns, punt returns for touchdowns, or any other miscellaneous scoring. Most fans only see points per game, which include all the various types of scoring. But OPPG is the oldest, simplest way of determining the productivity of an offense. Who cares about total yards if an offense consistently sputters in the red zone?

Below is a look at how NFL teams fared in this category in 2010. The Patriots (28.5 ppg) ranked first, followed closely by the Chargers (26.1) and Eagles (26.1). In case you’re wondering, the highest offensive points per game mark in NFL history is 36.3, set by the 1950 Los Angeles Rams.

— Elliot Harrison

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