Tuesday, July 31, 2012

APR's top 25 regular season upsets: #3

# 3: 2011 Week 8: Saints 21, Rams 31 (ρ=1.3721)
Saints' season: finished 13-3, clinched the #3 seed in the NFC, and lost to the 49ers in the Divisional round of the playoffs.
Rams' season: finished 2-14. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo was fired after the end of the season.
What happened: the Rams didn't do well on defense in 2011. They gave up 407 points during the regular season, more than all but 6 other teams. But somehow, in this game, they managed to absolutely shut down one of the most potent offenses in the league. They got 6 sacks, 2 interceptions, and held the Saints to just 269 passing yards. This was, by a pretty big margin, the fewest yards produced by the Saints offense in an otherwise record-setting season.
Also of note: with 4 games, including 3 in the top 10, the 2011 season is by far the most represented. No other season has more than two games on the list.

Next week: the penultimate game of the list, and one I nearly left off.