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  • Broncos have #1 ranked defense in playoffs.

    Yes, it's true. The Broncos are first in yardage at 259 yards given up per game and #2 in points (17) of all 12 playoff teams during these playoff games. Yes, it's a small sample size, but certainly not insignificant as all data is from playoff games. All data given is per game.

    Also, the Broncos are #1 against the run (65 yds), the Pats are #2(69 yds), and while we are ranked #4 against the pass of all 12 teams, we are #1 against the pass of the 4 remaining teams! To put it in perspective, Seattle is #10 (but#1 in points) of all playoff teams against the pass, and the Pats are #11 and dead last of the remaining 4.

    And it's not like the Broncos went against some deadbeat offense either. The Chargers were highly ranked during the regular season, and Rivers was the 4th best passing QB in the playoffs, IMO. I just think the game plan defensively was superb and guys stepped up, for 3 quarters anyway.

    Anyway, like I said, it's a small sample size, but very encouraging, to me at least, that our defense is playing at a playoff level. I am getting more and more confidence that we can compete at a high level defensively this Sunday and beyond.

    For the record, we are ranked 6th offensively in yards per game out of 12, but 2nd behind the Pats, of the final 4! SF is 7th & Seattle is 11th and dead last of the 4. We lead the final 4 in passing yardage, but trail all 4 in rushing yards with 133, which is much higher than our regular season average, IIRC.

    Here's the link:

    http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorysta...1&d-447263-n=1

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    I realize you didn't come up with this statistic, but who cares how things stack up on the basis of a single game? This statistic is like a bikini: what it reveals is interesting but what it covers up is essential.

    The fact is: Net-net, Denver has at best an above average Defense, taking into account ALL games played this season.

    Combining statistics w/ common sense, I'd say that Denver's D ranks #3 among the 4 teams still in the playoffs.

    #1. Seattle
    #2. San Francisco
    #3. Denver
    #4. New England

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Armchair Bronco View Post
      I realize you didn't come up with this statistic, but who cares how things stack up on the basis of a single game? This statistic is like a bikini: what it reveals is interesting but what it covers up is essential.

      The fact is: Net-net, Denver has at best an above average Defense, taking into account ALL games played this season.

      Combining statistics w/ common sense, I'd say that Denver's D ranks #3 among the 4 teams still in the playoffs.

      #1. Seattle
      #2. San Francisco
      #3. Denver
      #4. New England
      I'm surprised you would think Seattle has the best Defense.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Doggcow View Post
        I'm surprised you would think Seattle has the best Defense.
        Well, unlike Obama who thinks that an increase in Federal employment means that unemployment is falling, I'm actually capable of looking at simple statistics and reaching common sense conclusions:

        Regular Season Stats

        Fewest Points Allowed Per Game - Seattle - #1
        Fewest Passing Yards Allowed Per Game - Seattle - #1
        Fewest Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game - Seattle - #13
        Fewest Receiving TD's Allowed - Seattle - #3
        Fewest Rushing TD's Allowed - Seattle - #1 (tied w/ Carolina)
        Total Interceptions - Seattle - #1
        Forced Fumbles - Seattle - #4
        Overall Ranking - Seattle - #1

        http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/stats/by..._group=Defense
        Last edited by Armchair Bronco; 01-15-2014, 01:51 AM.

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        • #5
          Dude, Seattle has a great defense. Nobody knows about it because of the over hype of Russell Wilson. I think Wilson is great, but that defense and that running game is what is really sexy about that team. And yes, Russell Wilson is fun to watch. He's like Jake Plummer only good.

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          • #6
            I'm surprised, but like everyone else I'm still upset that our real defense is on IR.


            Originally posted by Armchair Bronco View Post
            Well, unlike Obama who thinks that an increase in Federal employment means that unemployment is falling
            Wherever you get your info, consider a new source. Federal employment is at an all-time low.



            Today the US government employs just 2% of people with jobs. In 1966 under LBJ, it was more than double: 4.3%.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Armchair Bronco View Post
              Well, unlike Obama who thinks that an increase in Federal employment means that unemployment is falling, I'm actually capable of looking at simple statistics and reaching common sense conclusions:

              Regular Season Stats

              Fewest Points Allowed Per Game - Seattle - #1
              Fewest Passing Yards Allowed Per Game - Seattle - #1
              Fewest Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game - Seattle - #13
              Fewest Receiving TD's Allowed - Seattle - #3
              Fewest Rushing TD's Allowed - Seattle - #1 (tied w/ Carolina)
              Total Interceptions - Seattle - #1
              Forced Fumbles - Seattle - #4
              Overall Ranking - Seattle - #1

              http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/stats/by..._group=Defense
              Last I checked a job is a job. Fed or private it counts the same.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Taco John View Post
                Dude, Seattle has a great defense. Nobody knows about it because of the over hype of Russell Wilson. I think Wilson is great, but that defense and that running game is what is really sexy about that team. And yes, Russell Wilson is fun to watch. He's like Jake Plummer only good.
                *If* Wilson is over-hyped, it's not his fault. Even Wilson knows that Marshawn Lynch is the heart of the team and the defense is the soul.

                For some reason, the coaches have put the training wheels back on Wilson the last few games. Maybe the thinking goes like this: "A world-class defense can win us the Super Bowl, so we don't need Wilson to be extra-ordinary and either risk an injury or an ill-timed turnover." Actually, this method worked wonders for the Baltimore Ravens back when Trent Dilfer was taking snaps.

                Seattle's conservative approach is working, but the ratio of exciting plays by Wilson has declined accordingly. I just hate it when a gifted athlete is unnaturally chained to the pocket.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by peacepipe View Post
                  Last I checked a job is a job. Fed or private it counts the same.
                  Unlike in the NFL, where CB's on the Seahawks are spared sanctions that other teams have to abide by.

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                  • #10
                    The purpose of the thread isn't to try to make the Broncos out to be the 2000 Ravens, or the Seahawks the 2008 Broncos, because they aren't. And I acknowledge that we only played one game while some played two.

                    But to say these stats mean nothing is disingenuous in the least, and in denial in the most. Every team in the playoffs is good and all the tape is out on them. There are no scheme advantages anymore; you are what you are, and the numbers suggest that the Broncos are playing the best defense they have played all year. Just when you need it.

                    I just thought with all the handwringing going on with the defense, especially after the loss of Harris, this board would be glad to know how well this defense played when compared to the other playoff games.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by R8R H8R View Post
                      The purpose of the thread isn't to try to make the Broncos out to be the 2000 Ravens, or the Seahawks the 2008 Broncos, because they aren't. And I acknowledge that we only played one game while some played two.
                      I wasn't finger pointing. The news is good, but IMO a better analysis would be based on the last 4 or 5 games, including the playoffs.

                      Using stats from a single game doesn't really do much to illuminate the shadows.

                      Anyway, this season it was never really about the defense, anyway. Look at the Dallas game. PFM and the Broncos basically said: We're gonna have a track meet. Let's see if you can keep pace with us. What emerged was one of the highest scoring games in modern NFL history.

                      Denver doesn't need a great defense if the offense continues to put up 30 or 40 points per game. And Seattle may not need a great offense if their D can hold opponents to 13 or 14 points per game.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Armchair Bronco View Post
                        *If* Wilson is over-hyped, it's not his fault. Even Wilson knows that Marshawn Lynch is the heart of the team and the defense is the soul.

                        For some reason, the coaches have put the training wheels back on Wilson the last few games. Maybe the thinking goes like this: "A world-class defense can win us the Super Bowl, so we don't need Wilson to be extra-ordinary and either risk an injury or an ill-timed turnover." Actually, this method worked wonders for the Baltimore Ravens back when Trent Dilfer was taking snaps.

                        Seattle's conservative approach is working, but the ratio of exciting plays by Wilson has declined accordingly. I just hate it when a gifted athlete is unnaturally chained to the pocket.
                        Carroll needs to grow a pair.

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                        • #13
                          worst economy ever. look at how many entirely dropped out of workforce. 16 can't come soon enuff

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by R8R H8R View Post
                            Carroll needs to grow a pair.
                            Fox needs to grow a pair. Carroll is more like Lance Armstrong: he still has one functioning nut.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Armchair Bronco View Post
                              I wasn't finger pointing. The news is good, but IMO a better analysis would be based on the last 4 or 5 games, including the playoffs.

                              Using stats from a single game doesn't really do much to illuminate the shadows.

                              Anyway, this season it was never really about the defense, anyway. Look at the Dallas game. PFM and the Broncos basically said: We're gonna have a track meet. Let's see if you can keep pace with us. What emerged was one of the highest scoring games in modern NFL history.

                              Denver doesn't need a great defense if the offense continues to put up 30 or 40 points per game. And Seattle may not need a great offense if their D can hold opponents to 13 or 14 points per game.
                              The problem with analysis of the last few games is the level of competition of those games. The Chargers were the only real good team. So how would we have known if those stats meant anything?

                              Even though I believed they were getting better, it isn't until the playoffs that you know for sure, because as we know, everyone is good and playing at a different intensity.

                              Anyway, and hopefully, the Broncos can continue this trend like they had to when the offense doesn't score 30 points like they did last Sunday.

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