With MBL Season 40 concluded, let’s take a look at which teams created the most Misery per Play. Misery is defined as a sack, forced fumble or interception. Misery will then be totaled up and divided by the total number of defensive plays over that season to create a Misery Percentage (Misery Index) and also Total Plays/Misery. Let’s dive in:
The Panthers had the highest Misery Index from Season 40, causing a sack, fumble or INT on 16.7% of their defensive plays or Misery happened on about every 6 defensive plays. On the other end of the spectrum, the Raiders caused the least amount of Misery, as they caused a sack, fumble or INT on 5.7% of their plays. The average amount of Misery created amongst all 32 teams was on 10.8% of the 21,975 defensive plays from Season 40, or about once every 9 plays.
The first 8 teams in the Misery Index had a winning record. The Misery Index for teams with winning records was 12.6%, which means Misery occurred about once every 8 plays for these teams, while teams with losing records only caused Misery on 9.4% of plays, or about once every 12.5 plays. Now let’s take a look at the Misery Index within each division:
The NFC North dominated in the misery index, leading all divisions, as they were the only division to get over 200 sacks. The NFC South was right behind them, but did it by forcing over 20 more fumbles than the next closest division. Not surprisingly, both the NFC North and NFC South included two teams in the top 5 of the Misery Index in the MBL. Although the Jets forced a league high 24 fumbles, the AFC finished last in the Misery Index, mostly due to the fact that this division excelled at forcing fumbles and INTs.