That's definitely true but it's a cop out to this thread. The numbers don't lie. You can say there are no trends or whatever but when 7 of 8 are in the final 8 that's not coincidence, nor is it coincidence when only 2 of 8 are playing.
It's not a cop out to this thread and regardless of how you feel I'm not a fan of either squad because it doesn't matter and you fail to appreciate that. I've messed around with stats plenty of times just for fun but it's not going to prove anything. The harder you dig the more you will just go in circles.
Eventually you will come to the shocking conclusion that good teams make the playoffs and the best ones win the Superbowl.
And even though I'm not a huge fan of stats much further than for discussion or fun, I'll try to look at some stats that are a lot more specific to each squad.
The Steelers have a great defense.
But they also have a 1st round QB as do many of the teams in the top 8 or 12, I would choose 12 for my pool since 12 teams make the playoffs.
Their yards per pass play is 2nd in the leauge, but they pass the 6th least times in the league.
This is most likely because they run the ball the 8th most times in the league which most likely sets up play action very well. This makes sense because they have the 2nd most passing plays of 20 yards or more.
So is Big Ben ranked so high because of the consistent run game or is the run game consistent because of Big Ben?
Is the defense good because they aren't on the field long or is the offense good because the defense keeps getting the ball to them?
On top of this Green Bay has one of the best passing games in the league. It's not all about defense.
It's a fruitless pursuit to try and prove anything this omnipotent with stats. But you could at least use something more telling than points per game.
It becomes exponentially more fruitless to try and prove it with points per game because it is all the variables smushed together with no telling what actually happened. It's the vaguest insight to a teams success besides their win percentage.
It's also not a coincidence that any respectable analyst or coach always talks about defense being the way to win a championship.
They also mention that the QB position is the most important position on the team. Yah know the whole balance thing? It'd probably be a difficult task but I doubt many analysts who say defense wins championships would say the MLB or CB is more important than the QB.
Again, I'm not arguing against improving the offense but the stats don't lie and they say you have to be dominant in at least one area of the game. Being average on both sides of the ball has you sitting home.
Who says this? I'm guessing everybody.
read this a few times to really appreciate the obviousness. I mentioned going in circles and this is what you're doing. Most teams that are average all around usually do sit at home.
I'm actually for going defensively heavy this off season because Rivera is a defensive minded coach and the draft has some great DT and CB prospects. Going offensively heavy in FA would be a better choice IMO.
You fix what you can fix the fastest first, then build the other. Fans may not like winning games 16-12 because they want excitement and explosiveness but it's not what wins championships.
I can't remember the last time 11 men won a championship all by themselves. And we barely scored over 12 points a game this season at 12.2 PPG which matters a good bit to you I'm sure. And I think the Steelers and Packers have very explosive offenses. Meh Indeed.