deluxe_247 wrote: Mercer Boy wrote: davus wrote:
I don't know how you figure that the Pats are more balanced than the Steelers. THat's not what the stats say.
The Steelers are just as balanced as the Pats AND they are a better team.
I'm not trying to create problems, but that IS what the stats say. Let's see the ranks that Az put up...
NE - 4th offense, 2nd defense
PIT - 11th offense, 1st defense
What combination of 11 and 1 beats 4 and 2...other than cancelling ones?
Both teams are solid. I have nothing against either one. Being that I live in PA I suppose I should want the Steelers to win anyway. I just want a good game, and I think any combination of the four remaining AFC teams would make a good AFC championship.
gotta agree with mercer here
I gotta disagree. You must be using points for and against which I think is much less accurate of a way to figure strength than yards per game, but you also have to consider the fact that by the very virtue of having a great D, some teams will not need to move the ball as much on offense to win games, yet they still may be very capable of moving the ball. (Case in point Steelers are one of the worst passing teams in the league, right? WRONG! Yards per attempt is a great way to look at the overall quality of the passing game. Steelers were 27th in passing yards per game, yet they were 3RD in yards per attempt)
Looking at it that way you have in yards per game
Steelers 1st D, 16th O
Patriots 9th D, 7th O
Keep in mind that the Steelers defense this year was just light years ahead of the Patriots and kept the offense off the field so that 16th rated offense is misleading and skewed simply by virtue of the incredible defense. To put it into perspective, the difference between the amount of yards given up per game by the Steelers compared with the Pats is equivalent to the the difference between the Pats and the Titans (conservatively) which were ranked like 26th. That is just a huge difference. 62.4 yards per game separating them.
The Steelers also had the #2 rushing attack, compared to the Pats' #7. Passing game goes to that Pats, they are ranked 11th vs. the Steelers 27th as mentioned before. You would be foolish to assume that the Pats passing game is leaps and bounds better than the Steelers because the simple truth is that the Steelers just have not needed to pass the ball much, but when they have passed, they have been very efficient doing so. In fact, if you extrapolate out by attempts the Steelers passing game, you will find that they have a BETTER passing game than the Pats.
Yards per attempt: Steelers 7.59; Pats 7.40, Colts 8.78.
The Patriots are not the most balanced team this year. No. I'd make the case that the Steelers are the most balanced and simply the best overall team in the playoffs. Unfortunately even that won't guarantee a Super Bowl for them. They have to play 110%.