NFL Playoffs: Analyzing and Ranking every Team

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Nov 10, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; A salute to veterans logo on an NFL football during the second half between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field. Jacksonville won 29-27. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

In the NFL playoffs, one bad day can send a team packing and teams that lack balance are far more susceptible to early or surprising exits. If a team’s success is tied heavily to one phase of the game and that phase fails them – or simply isn’t up to par – teams go home early.

We have seen it with good offensive teams that lack defense: 2012 Broncos, 2011 Packers, endless Colts teams, etc. We have also seen it with good defensive teams that lack offense: Endless Ravens teams in the last 10 years, the Tony Dungy Buccaneers, etc. With that being said, I took a look at who are the most and least balanced teams in the 2013 playoffs. I took a look at the following 23 categories (8 offense, 7 defense, 8 special teams) and added up the team’s regular season rankings in all 23 categories.

Offense                             Defense                                         Special Teams

Yards Per Game               Yards Per Game                           Net Punting


Passing YPG                       Passing YPG                                 % of Punts Inside 20


Rushing YPG                      Rushing YPG                                Fair Catches Forced


Points Per Game               Points Allowed Per Game           FG %


Giveaways                        Takeaways                                      Kick Return Avg.


Turnover Differential           Sacks                                         Punt Return Avg.


Sacks Allowed                       3rd Down Conv. Allowed         KR Avg. Allowed


3rd Down Conversion %                                                              PR Avg. Allowed