Net Yards Per Play Report: Bengals Continue to Climb Rankings Through NFL Week 9

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) resets between plays in the first quarter during a
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) resets between plays in the first quarter during a / Sam Greene / USA TODAY NETWORK

Another week of the NFL season is in the books, and we've seen some shifts in the net yards per play standings.

In order to calculate net yards per play, you simply take the amount of yards gained per play on offense, and then subtract the amount of yards given up per play on defense. The final number you get is net yards per play.

Net yards per play serves as a great starting point to your handicapping, but it shouldn't be the only thing you look at. Things like third down conversion rate and red zone efficiency isn't calculated into net yards per play.

Here are the latest rankings in this stat heading into Week 10 of the NFL season.

Falcons Climb Despite Loss to Chargers

The Atlanta Falcons lost sole possession of the NFC South lead when they fell to the Chargers, but their ranking in net yards per play climbed up from 28th to 24th. Their defense had one of the better performances of the season.

Now, they'll face the Panthers on Thursday Night Football in a rematch of their Week 8 meeting. The Panthers enter the game ranking 18th in net yards per play, but they're dead last in third down conversion rate, which will hurt them against a team like Atlanta.

The Falcons are listed as 2.5-point favorites.

Bengals Continue to Climb Net Yards per Play Rankings

The Cincinnati Bengals got off to a terrible start to their season, but they continue to win games and have begun to climb up the net yards per play rankings. The latest jump saw them move up from 15th in the NFL, to 13th, in just one week.

Both their defense and offense had a strong game against the Panthers that resulted in a 42-21 victory. Week 10 will serve as their BYE week.

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