step 4: passer ratings

So. Where do we start? We know that passing is important, but does it predict the future? Man...I hope so. That would save me some steps. 0.5 Just for reference, I've created a passer rating in the data that's built as follows: Top to bottom: perfect, pretty good, medium, poor, no attack/overpass, error 1. Let's [...]

step 3.5: attack efficiency does explain the past

To be fair, predicting the past is easier. It's already happened. We're just looking for which metrics help explain something that has already happened. To it's credit, attack efficiency differences between two teams in a single set is wildly indicative of who won that set. So yes, we do care about attack efficiency, definitely don't [...]