Point Differential and the ChiefsOctober 19th, 2009 by Lee Eldridge
I enjoy looking at the numbers and attempting to understand what gives them relevance. One stat often overlooked in football is point differential. How many more points does a team score than it gives up? Or for a bad team, how many more points does it give up than it scores?
The reason I find this stat informative is because it really shows how poorly a team is playing on BOTH sides of the ball.
In the Chiefs case, they’re -46 in point differential, meaning they’ve given up 46 more points than they’ve scored this season. Sounds bad. And it certainly ain’t good.
But there are six teams that are worse:
St. Louis Rams: -115
Tennessee Titans: -114
Detroit Lions: -85
Cleveland Browns: -79
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -79
Oakland Raiders: -77
The Chiefs have played one of the most difficult schedules in the league, yet they’ve been quite a bit more competitive than these six teams. And after watching Washington yesterday, I would certainly list the Redskins among the worst teams in the league.
Maybe the Chiefs aren’t quite as bad as we thought. Or maybe there’s just a lot more bad out there than usual.