Saturday, January 05, 2008

Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers Wild Card Game: Scott Green

Let's take a quick look at the wild card playoff game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The referee is Scott Green. Let's take a look at Scott Green in the 2007 NFL season.

But first, keep in mind that he is not working with his usual crew -- so statistics about his crew in the regular season don't seem to be as valid for the playoffs unless you imagine that the ref sets the tone for the rest of the crew.

And of course keep in mind that we are looking at statistics that only make sense if they to some degree depend on variations among the different ref crews.

Back to looking at Scott Green:
Home teams won 53% of the time (middle of the pack)
Total penalties were 10.7 per game, a little below average
Average yards per penalty was 8.6, which was second-highest and quite above average.
Total points per game was 45.5, which was fourth-highest so maybe it could be higher scoring than you'd ordinarily expect.
By the way, visiting teams averaged 24.1 points and home teams averaged 21.5 points.

Post comments if you have questions or comments on the game!


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