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Inside the advanced metric that loves Aaron Rodgers this season

Stats are like podcasts: their numbers are seemingly endless, and it’s hard to know which one to listen to at a given time. That’s why when Sports Info Solutions came out with its Total Points stat, which had Aaron Rodgers as having created the most points in the NFL this season, eye brows raised.

Who were these people? Why should we listen to them? And what is this statistic truly telling us if it’s accomplishing its stated goal? Come to think of it, what is that goal?

To understand, we have to back up. Sports Info Solutions used to be Baseball Info Solutions before expanding into football four years ago. They were an advanced metrics pioneer, leading the way for stats like Defensive Runs Saved in baseball to become part of our mainstream discussion of the sport.

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