Earlier this season, I wrote a post about how San Francisco did an excellent job limiting their opponent's starting field position. After a similar dominant performance against Pittsburgh in Week 15, I decided to revisit this topic. This year, the 49ers lead all teams in average starting field position for their opponents; their opponents, on average, start at their own 24.4 yardline. The next best teams? New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. In fact, this year, there is a 0.73 correlation between win percentage and average opponent starting field position.
But let's go back. Since 2000, we see a 0.45 correlation between win percentage and average opponent starting field position.
Keith Goldner is the creator of Drive-By Football, and Chief Analyst at numberFire.com - The leading fantasy sports analytics platform. Follow him on twitter @drivebyfootball or check out numberFire on Facebook.