NFL Chernoff faces
Here are some Chernoff faces through week 16 of the 2011 NFL season. From the graph there seems to be two classes of elite NFL teams: 1) tall skinny faces with brownish hair and 2) short, wider faces with green hair.
The first group represents teams with mainly passing offenses who score a lot of points, but also get a lot of points scored against them. These teams are Detroit, New England, New Orleans, and Green Bay.
The other group relies more heavily on running offenses and a stingy defense to earn their wins. These teams are Houston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.
If you look at the 2010 Chernoff faces from last year at the end of the season, you’ll notice that Green Bay has moved from being a team that won with great defense to a team that is now winning with a highly productive offense. You should also notice that the two super bowl teams from last year, Pittsburgh and Green Bay, are located in the area of the graph that I defined as group 2.
Finally, one of the things I find most amazing about both of these graphs from 2010 and 2011 is that they demonstrate very clearly just how many penalties the Raiders are committing. You’d think they would try to improve upon this from one year to the next, but I guess it’s just part of their “style” where, here, “style” means being one of the worst franchises of the decade.