Offense Versus Defense


Offense, offense, offense. We certainly are hearing a lot about offense here on Arrowhead Addict. Todd Haley, an offensive coordinator, is a hot name for the Chief’s head coaching job. The Cardinals are on a big roll in the playoffs. Can an offensive dominant team win the Super Bowl? Sure, it can and does happen. The old adage is that defense wins. Let’s put some of this to the test. Let’s look at what happened to the top ten offenses and defenses in terms of making the playoffs. In honor of the Cardinal’s run, let’s choose this year.

Here are the top ten offenses this year, as measured by total offense.

  1. New Orleans
  2. Denver
  3. Houston
  4. Arizona
  5. New England
  6. Atlanta
  7. New York Giants
  8. Green Bay
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Carolina

Here are the top ten defenses this year, as measured by total defense

  1. Pittsburgh
  2. Baltimore
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Washington
  5. New York Giants
  6. Minnesota
  7. Tennessee
  8. Dallas
  9. Tampa Bay
  10. New England

At first glance, the samples could be read as roughly equivalent. Fifty percent of the top ten offenses made the playoffs and sixty percent of the top ten defenses did. However, let’s go a bit deeper. Twenty percent of the top five offenses made the playoffs while eighty percent of the top five defenses made the playoffs. The most striking aspect of this list is that the top three offenses failed to make the playoffs entirely. On the other hand, the top three defenses were all playing in the conference championships.

Offense is fun to watch. To win, defense carries the day. We can all place our bets wherever we want. I am going to place mine on the side that shows consistent winning, the defense.

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