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Checkdowns: How Much Does Time of Possession Matter?

Posted by Neil Paine on September 23, 2009

After the Dolphins racked up a huge time of possession figure but lost to the Colts on Monday night, Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats started thinking about how much time of possession matters. Now, obviously, time of possession can come as a byproduct of some good things, like moving the ball and converting 3rd downs, but here he's talking about holding everything else (yards, efficiency, etc.) equal and just asking how much T.O.P. contributes to winning in and of itself.