Super Bowl Sunday is upon us and fans of both the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals are eager to see which team comes out on top. This week, the NFL and Amazon Web Services (AWS) released tons of statistics through Next Gen Stats (NGS) to show how each team made it to the championship game. One of their newest statistics -- called "Passing Score" -- turned out to be one of the most accurate predictors of success this season. The NFL and AWS told ZDNet that the statistic assesses whether a quarterback made the optimal decision after the play. Dozens of quarterback evaluation metrics exist but they all miss out on isolating the specific variables a quarterback must evaluate before a passing play, the NFL explained.
The 2016 NFL season has not been a particularly good one in terms of quarterback play. Half the league will end the year having started at least two different signal callers, and a few of last season's top quarterbacks have fallen off significantly. Injuries have affected the position in a big way in 2016. Two of the NFL's best quarterbacks suffered season-ending injuries in Week 16, while Teddy Bridgewater and Tony Romo haven't played at all because they got hurt in the preseason. A few quarterbacks stand out as the year's best, having separated themselves as MVP candidates.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Two Alabama teammates, quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver DeVonta Smith, join Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask as the finalists for the 86th annual Heisman Trophy. The winner will be announced Tuesday. BIO: The relatively unheralded recruit showed his gumption just by signing with Alabama in a recruiting class headed by Tua Tagovailoa with Jalen Hurts just having completed a terrific freshman season.
A version of this piece originally appeared on the website Football Perspective. Now that Week 2 is in the books, we can confirm what looked like a certainty after Sunday's games: NFL teams just had the greatest regular season week of passing the league has ever seen. Per Pro Football Reference, the 32 teams completed 814 passes out of 1,173 attempts--an astounding 69.4 percent completion rate. Those passes gained 8,915 yards, a remarkable average gain of 7.6 yards per attempt. And these players threw for 65 touchdowns against just 21 interceptions.