Friday, 6 September 2013

Unproductive Productivity

Well the NFL is back and it got me thinking about this tweet:

I am interested in things like this because of records like Liverpool not losing when Ian Rush scored and similar for Man U when Van Nistelrooy scored. I always thought these records reflected poorly on the player. Basically the rest of the team was so good that if they got a goal from you they were really unlikely to lose.

What caught my eye about the above list was how similar the players records were to what I thought there team record would be in those seasons. The two exceptions were Roddy White and Marques Colston but it turns out Atlanta have won 67 games in that span and  New Orleans 56 (they followed that their shock 11-5 to win the 2006 NFC South with 7-9 and 8-8 seasons and finished 13-3 the year they started 13-0 and of course you have the bounty season).

What other individual stats correlate poorly with team stats?

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