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Without a doubt, the most important stat in football is the final score.

However, outside of that, one of the most interesting debates in football is about which stat is the most important in the game. Everyone has their own preference and we'd like to hear your opinions on which stats are more important than the others.

So which is it? Is it time of possession? Is it third down conversion? Total yardage? Turnover margin? Something else? Let us know in the comments and be sure to give a strong defense!

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# 1 cmehustle @ 10/31/13 11:41 AM
Bill Parcells among many others have always stated turnover differential. I guess I would agree. But once a Alabama fan I worked with said all you have to do is look at 3rd down conversion percentage and that will tell you who won. Amazingly that was like 95 percent accurate at all the games we looked at! So I would go with those two.
 
# 2 weaponz248 @ 10/31/13 11:46 AM
3rd down percentage. While Turnover margin is a telling stat if you cant convert third down after you get the turnover it doesn't matter.
 
# 3 Xtra @ 10/31/13 01:13 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by weaponz248
3rd down percentage. While Turnover margin is a telling stat if you cant convert third down after you get the turnover it doesn't matter.
Quoted for truth.
 
# 4 kobestopper @ 10/31/13 01:17 PM
Turnover margin. Turnovers can lead to scores without even going to a 3rd down, more time of possession and yards so yea, i'd say turnovers.
 
# 5 wyoming @ 10/31/13 01:53 PM
In my opinion when it comes to playing Madden, or playing football in real life the time of possession is most important. 90% of the games i have played in regards of me controlling the ball i usually win the game. Look what the Pittsburgh Steelers did when the bus was in the back field. All Pittsburgh did was play great defense and control the clock by running all over teams in the league. That is exactly what my 9ers are doing this year as we speak.
 
# 6 rangerrick012 @ 10/31/13 02:51 PM
Turnovers without a doubt. Two examples from this year as a Raiders fan, we outgained the Chiefs in yardage but lost the turnover battle, specifically a Pick 6, and the game. The flipside of that is our game against the Chargers, where they had over 100 yards more than us offensively but didn't win because of red zone picks by Rivers. They had 5 turnovers to 0 for Oakland.

Teams can rack up yardage in garbage time which skews that quite a bit. If a guy throws for over 300 yards but has 4 picks like Matt Ryan this past Sunday then your team isn't going to win.
 
# 7 Sigma4Life @ 10/31/13 03:46 PM
Turnover margin because turnovers include lots of bonus yards and nullify a lot of other things like 3rd down percentage.

Scenario - Team 1 commits a turnover to Team 2 on it's own 20 yard line

A single turnover is equivalent to:

Team 2 forcing Team 1 to punt (i.e. failed 3rd down conversion)
Team 2 receiving the ball around their own 20 - 30 yard line then driving the ball back to Team 1's 20.
- A 60 yard drive would likely include several successful 3rd down conversions
- A 60 yard drive includes the obvious, 60 yards of offense

At the end of the day 2 or 3 turnovers might be equal to 100 - 200 yards of offense and lots of successful 3rd down conversions. A turnover significantly reduces the amount of other good plays you have to make in order to win a game because of the hidden yardage and field position advantages.
 
# 8 FloorGeneral @ 10/31/13 04:08 PM
The answer is clearly Turnover Margin. I'm shocked that 24 ppl said Time of Possession. I don't wanna come off like a prick, but if you think that's the answer, you don't have a clue about the game of football.
 
# 9 djp73 @ 10/31/13 04:31 PM
"time of possession is stupid" chip kelly
 
# 10 djp73 @ 10/31/13 04:33 PM
turnover margin btw
 
# 11 djp73 @ 10/31/13 04:34 PM
 
# 12 Bobhead @ 10/31/13 09:39 PM
I don't know what "turnover margin" means per-se, but turnovers are definitely the most important stat/

If you can't avoid gifting the opponent, you aren't going to win. This is true in ALL sports.
 
# 13 ven0m43 @ 10/31/13 11:35 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobhead
I don't know what "turnover margin" means per-se, but turnovers are definitely the most important stat/

If you can't avoid gifting the opponent, you aren't going to win. This is true in ALL sports.
Team 1 committed 2 turnover and team 2 committed 5 turnoffs in the game.

The debate should really only be between 3rd down percentage and turnover margin.

The turnover margin for team 1 is 5-2 = +3
" " " " team 2 is 2-5 = -3

Is it more important to have a greater turnover margin '+', versus 3rd down %, time possession, etc..
 
# 14 TheJokester117 @ 11/10/13 04:22 PM
For those voting Time of Possession:

Stanford barley wins the other day, 26-20, while owning time of possession 42:34-17:26.

I choose turnover margin, but I'd say 3rd down conversion % is equally as important.
 

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