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Billy Spikes


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:16 pm    Post subject: Forced Fumbles Reply with quote

http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?seasonType=REG&offensiveStatisticCategory=null&d-447263-n=1&d-447263-o=2&d-447263-p=1&d-447263-s=FUMBLES_TOTAL&tabSeq=2&season=2012&role=OPP&Submit=Go&archive=false&conference=null&defensiveStatisticCategory=GAME_STATS&qualified=false

A big statistic that shouldn't go unnoticed is the fact that the Patriots defense forced 42 fumbles this season, I'm not sure what is the record for most in a season although i do know that in 2010 the Giants forced 42 fumbles aswell which was the most since the Dolphins in 2006 who had 35.

Either way, hopefully we keep the trend in the playoffs where every turnover is huge.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How many recoveries did the Pats have? Forcing fumbles is nice but if you can't recover them, that stat is kinda useless.


That SB game...ugh. I believe we forced 4 fumbles and recovered none of them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NinjaZX6R wrote:
How many recoveries did the Pats have? Forcing fumbles is nice but if you can't recover them, that stat is kinda useless.


That SB game...ugh. I believe we forced 4 fumbles and recovered none of them.


Recovering the ball is often random... forcing fumbles is a skill.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NinjaZX6R wrote:
How many recoveries did the Pats have? Forcing fumbles is nice but if you can't recover them, that stat is kinda useless.


That SB game...ugh. I believe we forced 4 fumbles and recovered none of them.


Which is why, while it's impressive, it's tough to project it as making a difference in the playoffs.

Obviously, the more fumbles the team forces, the higher the likelihood that they will recover one.

Teams which are very dependent upon turnovers are very boom/bust in the playoffs. The sample size goes from small to tiny and you're (generally) playing teams which are more protective of the ball.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ESPN has the Pats at 21 fumble takeaways, with 5 coming against the Jets alone Laughing. So it's a 50% recovery rate, which is reasonable. So yes, the more the better.

Considering the correlation between turnover differential and wins, and Tom Brady's knack for minimizing turnovers, It's a huge stat.
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