Re: It's the passing game, stupid!
posted at 2/14/2011 3:10 AM EST
Green Bay averaged 3.8 YPC in the regular season and about the same in the playoffs, they still averaged 27 attempts per game in the playoffs. Again balance...
Your stats from the previous years are quite skewed, The Saints averaged 4.5 YPC in the regular season and tied for 7th in attempts per game, a very prolific and effective running game.
Pittsburgh averaged 3.7 YPC in the season prior but were 9th overall in attempts, in the playoffs they increased their rushing attempts to 32 a game. 3 more attempts a game in the playoffs than in the regular season, this is a trend amongst all these teams you mention.
The Giants averaged 4.6 YPG in the regular season, in the playoffs they rushed 118 attempts, that's 34 more attempts than the next closest team, I don't know where you get your stats from but mine come directly from NFL.com.
There's your evidence, real stats from the source, not stats I reworked to fit an argument I formulated.
Playoff teams run the ball, regardless of how effective, why? Because you keep opposing teams honest this way, play action only works in unison with the run game. When it's cold a lot more can go wrong with a ball thrown in the air as opposed to a clean handoff to a bruising back.
That you even mention the Giants is silly, they were quite obviously a running team with the thunder and lightning running back tandem they had and they beat us playing the same smash mouth football we used to play when Antoine Smith was our horse.
Balance wins... running the ball makes you a better passing team.