Each team likes to go about things in a different way. Whether it be how they attack free agency, employ personnel, or even (as we’ve found out with our relationship with teams) use analytics.
While most of that is behind the scenes, one of the areas we can break down with the use of our player participation collection, is to look at what offensive packages teams use. It’s more often than not how the offense lines up that dictates what defense comes onto the field, and it’s for that reason it’s important to understand what packages teams prefer.
The Primary Packages
The first thing to say is that the NFL clearly favors three packages: 11 personnel (one back, one tight end, and three receivers), 12 personnel (one back, two tight ends, and two receivers) and 21 personnel (two backs, one tight end, and two receivers). The table below that indicates the league average for each:
|11 Personnel||12 Personnel||21 Personnel|
The most notable exceptions to this come from certain teams. The San Francisco 49ers, for example, use 22 personnel (one receiver) on 25.95% of plays. That’s substantially more than the second-highest usage of this package from the Seattle Seahawks (17.92%), and way above the league average here at 5.87%.
The only other team to use a different package on more than 10% of their plays has been the Arizona Cardinals who utilized a four-receiver set with one back on 15.24% of plays. The league average is 1.43%.
But enough spiel. You came here to see how your team fares, so here’s a table with the package percentages for the three main packages for every team (numbers represent percentages).
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