The Chargers need some serious work in the security game
To no one’s surprise, the teams that were able to put up the most plays between turnovers made the playoffs. The Top 5 includes both top seeds and a number 2 seed; 3 of the 4 remaining teams are in the top ten. 75% of the teams that made the playoffs are in the top third, including all 4 remaining teams.
The Patriots had a crazy good year in this category, especially when we consider that the Patriots started 3 different QBs. Though, even the least zealous football fan knows that the Patriots had an outlier season, in regards of turnovers. The real meat of this stat, from a differential standpoint, is sitting at the near dead middle of this list, the difference from the number 14 Eagles and number 15 Redskins. The difference is the biggest gap on this list, outside the Top 5. The gap is about 6 more plays per turnover. Whenever we see a gap this large occurring outside the Top 5 or Bottom 5, this is an indicator of a breakpoint statistic. Breakpoint statistics are stats that have a noticeable divide outside of the top team and bottom team groupings that correlates to success. 9 of the teams above the 14/15 split on this chart made the playoffs, that is 64% of teams. Below the 14/15 threshold, we see the only playoff teams are Wild Cards and the weakest division winner. Breakpoint statistics show barriers that if teams cannot overcome them, will seriously hamper their chances of post season success. In this case, the barrier is getting the most production between turnovers.