This idea popped up at a 3a.m. on a trip to the can; I hope that's not reflective of it's worth! BTW, I sent in a trademark claim on it already. In an effort to measure how explosive a team is we measure total yards, yds/play, yrds/attempt, first downs, etc. but all these can be skewed by situational circumstances. maybe my stat can also, we'll have to see. here goes- If a team is really smoking they would move the ball in large chunks at a time, maybe gaining a first down on every play by exceeding 10yds (or more if they've been penalized). If a team is stinking (like Cleveland at Pitt in the second half last week) they might have a dozen or more plays and not get a first down at all but still gain a total of nearly a hundred yards, a total that would be misleading considering each possession was a 3 and out. So if you calculate the number of plays divided by the number of first downs gained, you could get a decent measurement of a team's explosiveness. 10 first downs gained on 10 plays (the ideal ratio of 1 to 1) obviously is more explosive than 10 first downs on 30 plays. The stat would isolate the true offensive potential of team more than just saying the Pats racked up 25 first downs vs. 12 for the Fins and provide a gauge to compare the fire power of one team to another. here's my problem - I have to leave for work soon and can't do any of the math. I was hoping some stat nuts out there like me would calculate the plays/FD's value of at least a few of the Pat's games this year and maybe compare them to other teams or Pats teams from the past. TD's would count as a first down, but kneel downs should not be included in the number of plays. Punts should be counted as a play, but I'm not sure how to handle FG's. Have some fun and I'll check back around 6p.m. Thanks!