Green Bay (9-0), New Orleans (7-3), Chicago (6-3), Atlanta (5-4) and Tennessee (5-4) are horrible teams?
Defenses! Teams who could care less how many yards the opposing team gets because they can put up more points
Yards allowed per game. aka. "total defense":
19 New Orleans 361.4
20 Carolina Panthers 361.4
23 Minnesota Vikings 366.7
25 Chicago Bears 376.3
27 Arizona Cardinals 378.6
28 Green Bay Packers 384.8
Still amazes me how many people that sit around and talk football all day can't figure this one out. The Panthers aren't the only ones putting up a lot of passing yards on some of these teams. The Panthers are just the only ones with Steve Smith.
Yards allowed also says nothing about a team's defense ability to stop the other team from scoring points. Which is what matters. And most people still haven't figured out that throughout the course of a season the offense
has more to say about how many points their defense gets put on them than their own defense does.
When two high octane passing teams meet there will be LOTS of passing yards on both sides. And lots of points too if they are both efficient. When a passing team meets a running team with a defense built to stop other teams from getting any kind of yards and runs the ball to stop the clock like:
#5 Jacksonville Jaguars: 296.4 yards.
We don't get a lot of yards either. A lot of the relationships between football and stats are counter
-intuitive and you have to break down each side to figure out where the problem is. It requires more than 2+2 straight logic to figure out. And you can't just loo at one stat ranking and say this defense is "this". Or it's good at "this". It's usually wrong and a big mistake.
Some teams are just better at stopping the pass and also run
the clock out a lot which simply keeps the yardage and score down for both teams:
Total pass defense:
5 Jacksonville Jaguars 189.3
9 Washington Redskins 216.7
15 Tennessee Titans 224.2
Best 3 "pass defense" teams we faced all year as of right now.
And the funny part is, these "pass defenses" are not even half responsible for stopping the pass.
This particular stat ranking is only about 25% responsible for the lack of yards the other teams get against them.
They get to decide about 25% of that number. The other team gets to decide about 25% of that number.
And the clock itself
as well as the play calling decides 50% of that number.
And what accounts for lots of passing yards just as much as a team completing a pass, is the play calling, clock, and "incompletions". Yeah...not just completions, but in
completions as well.
Because when you're playbook is 80% pass, and you throw one incompletion you stop the clock when you go into your huddle for the next play. This lengthens the time of the game
and often times more than doubles it. This means you're going to have lots of yards if you can just complete more than 50% of your passes. So do penalties. So when you have an inefficient offense that passes a lot, has a lot of incompletions as well as long bombs to one of the best receivers in the league, as well as penalties that stop the clock a lot...you're going to end up with lots and lots of yards...but also few points to show for it. But we're about to face yet another team with a pretty good defense, who is decent at stopping the pass:
#4 Lions 184.0 yards. "Best" pass defense we played all year. And that has so much more to do with the schedule and the teams they have faced. One of the easiest schedules in the league.
The Titans aren't doing something amazing you know. We're just one of the worst and most inefficient offenses in the league:25th!
So when an all around balanced team(run + pass, offense and defense), like the Titans, faces us we get our ass whooped. Same for Atlanta. And it's ugly a lot of times.
Because to be a good team that mainly relies on the pass you have to be very efficient at it. And these teams: Green Bay (9-0), New Orleans (7-3), are winning because they have very efficient passing offenses: #1, #3. Don't matter how many yards they allow because their teams are good at getting points, which is what matters. Chicago just has an overall very efficient offense: run + pass: #8. Again, good at getting points. Defense wise...one of the "worst" in the league if you just look at the "yards" rankings that is.
You wanna win? You need an efficient offense. You want a good defense at stopping points? Get an efficient offense. You want a winning record? Get an efficient offense.