NFL Time of Possession 2021

Time of possession is the amount of time an NFL offense has the ball. While the time of possession isn't necessarily something that leads to wins, it does indicate teams doing positive things within a game. If a team has a high time of possession, chances are they are building long drives, getting first downs, but also forcing turnovers on the defensive side or forcing three-and-outs. Of course, you can have all the possession in the world, but putting up points is what will win games. We have seen time of possession be valuable in certain games, as teams have focused on keeping elite quarterbacks off the field. There are quick-scoring offenses that rank lower in time of possession because they score so quickly. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are a perfect example of that, as they rank in the middle of the league in time of possession. Flip through and see how teams are doing each season, and also how their time of possession changes when at home compared to on the road.

Time of possession is the amount of time an NFL offense has the ball. While the time of possession isn't necessarily something that leads to wins, it does indicate teams doing positive things within a game. If a team has a high time of possession, chances are they are building long drives, getting first downs, but also forcing turnovers on the defensive side or forcing three-and-outs. Of course, you can have all the possession in the world, but putting up points is what will win games. We have seen time of possession be valuable in certain games, as teams have focused on keeping elite quarterbacks off the field. There are quick-scoring offenses that rank lower in time of possession because they score so quickly. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are a perfect example of that, as they rank in the middle of the league in time of possession. Flip through and see how teams are doing each season, and also how their time of possession changes when at home compared to on the road.

TEAM PER GAME TOTAL
RANK NAME SEASON HOME AWAY LAST 3 LAST 1 SEASON HOME AWAY LAST 3 LAST 1
1 31.5 29.3 33.7 36.3 37 189 88 101 109 37
2 34.6 30 37.7 23.7 31 173 60 113 71 31
3 34.4 34.7 34 22.7 35 172 104 68 68 35
3 34.4 37 32.7 23.7 36 172 74 98 71 36
5 32.2 35.3 27.5 21.7 27 161 106 55 65 27
6 32 34 30.7 22 33 160 68 92 66 33
6 32 30.5 33 17.3 26 160 61 99 52 26
8 31.8 29.5 33.3 21 28 159 59 100 63 28
9 31.6 33 29.5 17.3 27 158 99 59 52 27
9 31.6 33 30.7 22.3 30 158 66 92 67 30
11 31 33.5 29.3 22.3 33 155 67 88 67 33
11 31 30.7 31.5 19.3 32 155 92 63 58 32
13 25.7 24.7 26.7 24.3 24 154 74 80 73 24
13 30.8 31 30.5 21.7 35 154 93 61 65 35
13 30.8 30.3 31.5 18.7 32 154 91 63 56 32
16 30.2 33 26 21.7 34 151 99 52 65 34
16 30.2 30 30.3 20.7 31 151 60 91 62 31
18 30 32 27 20.7 32 150 96 54 62 32
18 30 29 31.5 19 23 150 87 63 57 23
20 29.8 32.5 28 19.3 27 149 65 84 58 27
21 29.4 35.5 25.3 20 23 147 71 76 60 23
22 29.2 29.7 28.5 18.7 30 146 89 57 56 30
22 29.2 29.5 29 20 32 146 59 87 60 32
24 28.8 31 25.5 19.3 33 144 93 51 58 33
25 28 27.5 28.3 18 27 140 55 85 54 27
25 28 29 26.5 21.7 36 140 87 53 65 36
27 27.8 26 30.5 19 33 139 78 61 57 33
28 27.4 30.5 25.3 17.7 24 137 61 76 53 24
29 26.6 29.3 22.5 16.7 29 133 88 45 50 29
30 25.8 26.5 25.3 14.7 22 129 53 76 44 22
31 25.6 25.3 26 18.7 28 128 76 52 56 28
32 24.8 24 25.3 18 26 124 48 76 54 26