Originally posted on sportzweb.blogspot.com  |  Last updated 1/15/13
Where's the D?
If defense wins you championships than offenses wins you NFL playoff divisional round games!

Are we seeing a new trend in the NFL?  Lately do you wanna build your team around a solid defense or a defensive minded coach?  The last 3 NFL postseason  teams have been racking up the points in a alarming fashion especially in the divisional round of the playoffs.  Dating back to the 2009 though out the playoffs NFL teams have been averaging around 23 points per game (ppg), Not including the Superbowl .  In the Divisional rounds of the playoff NFL teams are averaging a remarkable 27 ppg almost 5 points higher than the playoff average.  This year The Numbers are even more mind blowing with teams averaging 34.5 ppg 11 points higher than the playoff average ppg and a total of 276 total points scored the highest amount scored over the last 4 years by 44 points.  So, is Defense the answer any more in the new NFL?  According to the stats I would have to say yes that defense still wins you championships.  The NFL average of 23 ppg dips down to 21 ppg in conference championships games and in the last 4 years only 1 team has won by more than 7 points.  After reviewing the box scores in these championship games it appears that having a solid stable defense to keep the games close has paid huge dividends in winning.  Not convinced yet,  Just take a look at the last decade of Superbowl winners
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Try Outs, Ep. 1: What happens when two regular dudes attempt to workout with professional boxer Raquel Miller
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Former commissioner Bud Selig and Braves GM John Schuerholz are headed to the Hall of Fame

WATCH: Josh Lambo has worst FG attempt of season so far

WATCH: Chiefs win game with incredible special teams play

WATCH: Jeff Fisher lost his challenge flag vs. Patriots

Colin Kaepernick benched for Blaine Gabbert in Chicago

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Gronkowski releases statement, has no plans to retire

Sean Payton unhappy about Brandin Cooks trade rumors

Report: A 2015 investigation led to Kevin Wilson’s departure from Indiana

Houston denies report that Art Briles is candidate for coaching position

Draymond Green defends himself again after kicking Harden

WATCH: Video of Pirates Jung Ho Kang car crash that led to arrest

Final College Football Playoff rankings: Alabama reigns

Best of Yardbarker: CFB Championship Week chaos

Five teams on upset alert in NFL Week 13

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL sweaters)

New faces help Spurs continue unparalleled success

The Pirates prepare for rarely chartered waters in dealing Andrew McCutchen

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 12/2: High-kicking it into the weekend

Jeff Fisher is the unkillable cockroach of NFL head coaches

Four teams to keep an eye on at the 2017 Winter Meetings

Eugene Monroe opens up about NFL’s drug policy

Ideal MLB offseason blueprint for every team

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Final College Football Playoff rankings: Alabama reigns

Sporting life: Gifts for real fans (that aren't ugly NFL Christmas sweaters)

New faces help Spurs continue unparalleled success

The Pirates prepare for rarely chartered waters in dealing Andrew McCutchen

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Everything you need to know for CFB Championship Week

Jeff Fisher is the unkillable cockroach of NFL head coaches

Four teams to keep an eye on at the 2017 Winter Meetings

Porzingis reshapes Knicks by elevating his game

TailGreater: Your championship week playlist is set

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker