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The One Big Ravens Data Point

January 21, 2013

strat-o-matic gameBefore there was fantasy football, and long before there were personal computers, there was Strat-O-Matic football. The game was a full analog, and a statistically-based simulation that provided each player offensive and defensive cards to play. One player would select an offensive play (run, pass, draw, etc.), and one player the opposing defensive scheme (blitz, goal-line, man to man, etc.). Paired together with a roll of the dice, the cards would consider down, field position, and the performance statistics of the teams to produce an outcome of the play, like a 2 yard running gain, a quarterback sack, fumble, or a touchdown pass. It was fun, took some thought, and consumed hours for my buddy and me.

One thing it didn’t calculate is which players “wanted it more.” All NFL teams use “big data” to understand the “tendencies” of their opponents in any game situation, hoping to gain a strategic edge, but often the game comes down to mano y mano execution. Whoever wins more of the physical, one on one battles wins the game.

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While I’d rather not think any more about the game, there are data points that tell the story of yesterday’s 28-13 win by the Baltimore Ravens over my New England Patriots. Here’s a big one. When each team entered the “red zone” (within 20 yards of scoring):

  • The Patriots scored once in 4 trips.
  • The Ravens scored touchdowns on all 4 trips.

pollard-ridleyStill, there’s one play in the game that illustrates the one big data point that mattered. With New England trying to rally early in the 4th quarter, Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard absolutely crushed Patriots running back Stephen Ridley, causing a fumble the Ravens recovered. Throughout the game, the Ravens won the 1 on 1 physical battles that decide games.

All the data in the world wasn’t going to help the Patriots yesterday. The Ravens just wanted it more.

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