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“Success” metric says Cowboys are the NFL’s best offense

It’s true. The Cowboys have the most successful offense in the NFL. How do I know this? Well, Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) has a website where he tracks many things, including “success rate”.

For the uninitiated, “success rate” in the NFL is defined as:

  • 1st down: gaining 40% of yards needed for a first down
  • 2nd down: gaining 60% of yards needed for a first down
  • 3rd down: converting a first down

Using those simple rules Sharp has tracked every play from the last few years in the NFL, and uses the numbers to determine the success rate of each team.