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NFL Best and Worst Decisions and Execution (Week 16)

Here is the Best and Worst from Week 16.

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NFL BEST Decision – LV vs DEN

With 13:49 remaining in the 4th quarter and leading by 1 point, the Raiders faced a 4th and 1 from the DEN 46-yard line. Coach Bisaccia’s decision to GO increased his team’s (pre-snap) win probability by +9%. Based on our Edj Power Indexes (EPIs) and the game state, a GO came with an expectation for the Raiders to go on to win the game 62% of the time, and a punt came with an expectation to win the game 53% of the time.

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NFL WORST Decision – GB vs CLE

With 2:14 remaining in the 4th quarter and leading by 2 points, the Packers faced a 4th and 6 from the GB 42-yard line. Coach LaFleur’s decision to punt cost his team -12% in (pre-snap) win probability. Based on our EPIsand the game state, a punt came with an expectation for the Packers to go on to win the game 52% of the time, and a GO came with an expectation to win the game 64% of the time.

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NFL BEST Play Execution – JAX vs NYJ

With 41 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter and trailing by 5 points, the Jaguars faced a 2nd and 10 from the NYJ 31-yard line. Jacksonville’s QB Trevor Lawrence scrambled left and ended up running. He was eventually pushed out of bounds at the NYJ 5-yard line. This 26-yard gain increased the Jaguars win probability by +33%, going from 35% to 68%.

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NFL Worst Play Execution – DET vs ATL

With 39 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter and trailing by 4 points, the Lions faced a 1st and goal at the ATL 9-yard line. Detroit’s QB Tim Boyle threw an interception. This turnover cost the Lions -53% in win probability, going from 53% to less than 0.5% effectively ending the game for the Lions.

Bottom Line

In addition to X’s and O’s, football is a game of coaching decisions and player execution and it’s important to understand both in the context of their impacts on win probability.

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