Denver’s Offensive Dominance Visualized
At DallasCowboys.com, I posted some visualizations to put Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ dominance in perspective:
Using expected points, we can see if the Broncos have been lucky at all in regards to their league-leading 179 points. Guess what? They haven’t. Here are the nine teams with at least 100 expected points.
With 176.5 expected points, Denver’s output has really been what they’ve deserved given how well they’ve played. Their expectation is nearly 30 percent higher than the league’s second-place offense. It’s really just incredible.
And how about Mr. Manning himself? His level of dominance has been unprecedented.
All of the following charts will rank the top-10 quarterbacks in each category. Manning ranks so far ahead of the other passers that you don’t even need to know the numbers; you can just immediately see the effect. First, let’s look touchdown rate, the percentage of throws resulting in a touchdown.
And finally, adjusted yards per attempt, a stat that accounts for both touchdowns and interceptions.
It’s truly amazing that a player can stand out so far from his peers in a league comprised of the best of the best. If the Cowboys are going to win on Sunday, they not only need to contain the best quarterback of all-time, but they need to do it at a time when he just might be playing the best football anyone has ever played.