DSR Stats

Defensive Success Rate (DSR) is the unweighted accumulation of opponent’s offensive success rates for each individual team. Success rate is a measure of how many plays gain 50% of needed yards on first down, 50% of needed yards on second down, or 100% of needed yards on third or fourth down.

Further in DSR stats, a standard down includes all 1st downs, 2nd down with 1-7 yards to go, or 3rd/4th downs with 1-4 yards to go. Meanwhile, passing downs are 2nd & 8 yards or more, as well as 3rd/4th downs & 5+ yards to go. Yardage gained on a QB scramble is considered yards gained on a passing play in the calculation. Offensive kneel-downs are not included.

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Where Did It Come From?

Mike Backherms, regular contributor to Big Cat Country, calculates and provides Inside The Pylon with OSR & DSR data.

Mike’s work was inspired by this awesome article written by Bud Elliott from Tomahawk Nation, and Bill Connelly from Football Study Hall (who provided stats utilized in Elliot’s article).

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