Re: It's the passing game, stupid!
posted at 2/8/2011 1:31 PM EST
In Response to Re: It's the passing game, stupid!
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: It's the passing game, stupid! : [QUOTE... So 4/10 of the best passing O's this year made the playoffs and only 1 made it out of the wildcard round. 8/10 top ranked defense in points allowed made the playoffs. 7 making it to the div round where only 8 teams play and all 4 conference championship teams. I'm going to go with "it's not the passing game that wins the SB, but the total points allowed by the D" for $1000 Alex Posted by PatsEng[/QUOTE] This just proves that it helps to have a good scoring defense. Obviously. But it doesn't disprove that you cannot win without a good to great passing game. There are exceptions that in my view prove the rule, like the Pats losing SB 42. The Pats were a far superior team to the Giants in all respects, yes even defensively. The best team in NFL history in my opinion. Weird stuff happens, but that doesn't change in any way, my contention that you can't win consistently with a mediocre passing game.
Posted by Muzwell[/QUOTE]
I wasn't saying scoring defenses I was pointing out defenses who give up the least amount of points.
Here's a 10 year span of the SB winners.
2011 - GB 24th rushing, 5th passing, 2nd points allowed
2010 - NO 6th rushing, 4th passing, 20th points allowed
2009 - Pit 23rd rushing, 17th passing, 1st points allowed
2008 - NYG 4th rushing, 21st passing, 17th points allowed
2007 - Indy 18th, 12th passing, 23rd points allowed
2006 - Pit 5th rushing, 24th passing, 3rd points allowed
2005 - NE 7th rushing, 11th passing, 2nd points allowed
2004 - NE 27th rushing, 9th passing, 1st points allowed
2003 - TB 27th rushing, 15th passing, 1st points allowed
2002 - NE 13th rushing, 22nd passing, 6th points allowed
Over that span it doesn't seem to really matter if your rushing or passing was better overall as it looks like they are relatively even. It just looks skewed since the last 2 were won by passing teams although NO was also a very highly ranked rushing team. The only consistent thing that comes out is average points allowed per game. The top 10 in defense for points allowed won 70% of the SB's (2 being in the last 4 years), the top 10 passing teams won 30% (2 being a top 5 D, 2 being in the last 4 years), the top 10 rushing won 40% (2 being a top 5 D, 2 being in the last 4 years)
Looking at this honestly you could have an average passing or rushing O just as long as one or the other is slightly better then average and the biggest thing you need a dominating D that doesn't give up points. That's the only factor that seems constant over the 10 year period.