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NY Jets: Do Teams Look to Establish the Run or the Pass More?

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One of the oldest cliches in football is, "You run to set up the pass." However, it has been a consistent thread through the history of the game that the passing game has become more and more important as time goes on.

I wanted to take a look at whether teams run to set up the pass or pass to set up the run. I went to Pro Football Reference's Play Finder and took a look at teams' run-pass ratios during the first quarter of games in 2016. This is the point where teams are establishing their offense and least likely to have their strategy dictated by score and time.

Sure enough, very few teams run to set up the pass these days.

Pass to Set Up the Run (>55% Passes): 20

Tm G Plays Pass Rush Pass % Run %
NYG 13 162 104 58 0.641975 0.358025
WAS 13 186 118 68 0.634409 0.365591
DEN 13 169 107 62 0.633136 0.366864
OAK 13 181 114 67 0.629834 0.370166
BAL 13 214 133 81 0.621495 0.378505
PIT 13 198 121 77 0.611111 0.388889
GNB 13 198 121 77 0.611111 0.388889
LAR 13 189 114 75 0.603175 0.396825
MIN 13 183 110 73 0.601093 0.398907
ATL 13 187 112 75 0.59893 0.40107
CIN 13 178 104 74 0.58427 0.41573
DET 13 179 104 75 0.581006 0.418994
SEA 13 166 96 70 0.578313 0.421687
KAN 13 191 110 81 0.575916 0.424084
CLE 13 166 95 71 0.572289 0.427711
IND 13 200 114 86 0.57 0.43
NWE 13 208 118 90 0.567308 0.432692
PHI 13 197 111 86 0.563452 0.436548
NOR 13 196 110 86 0.561224 0.438776
SDG 13 189 105 84 0.555556 0.444444

Balanced (Between 45% and 55% for Both Passes and Runs): 10

Tm G Plays Pass Rush Pass % Run %
ARI 13 217 119 98 0.548387 0.451613
CHI 13 172 94 78 0.546512 0.453488
NYJ 13 197 106 91 0.538071 0.461929
BUF 13 166 89 77 0.536145 0.463855
HOU 13 192 100 92 0.520833 0.479167
MIA 13 157 81 76 0.515924 0.484076
JAX 13 183 93 90 0.508197 0.491803
CAR 13 168 82 86 0.488095 0.511905
DAL 13 202 98 104 0.485149 0.514851
TAM 13 210 97 113 0.461905 0.538095

Run to Set Up the Pass (>55% Runs): 2

Tm G Plays Pass Rush Pass % Run %
SFO 13 188 83 105 0.441489 0.558511
TEN 13 185 81 104 0.437838 0.562162