PASS OR FAIL? RANKING THE PLAYOFF TEAMS
We came up with 13 categories that help weigh the two most important elements of 21st century NFL football: Passing the ball and stopping the pass. We took the regular-season statistics and ranked each conference’s six teams from 1 to 6 in the following categories: yards per pass attempt, yards allowed per pass attempt, the current starting quarterback’s passer rating, overall passer rating allowed, passer rating differential, interception differential, turnover differential, red-zone offense, red-zone defense, third-down offense, third-down defense, sacks per pass play and sacks allowed per pass play. Here’s how each conference stacked up (the lower the point total, the better):
1. Broncos (35 points)
Best stat: The NFL’s best red-zone offense with a 76.1 touchdown percentage.
Worst stat: No. 5 among AFC playoff teams in turnover differential (even).
Thing that could mess up all this number crunching: In 12 trips to the playoffs, Peyton Manning has gone one-and-done eight times, including five times at home.
2. Bengals (36)
Best stat: No. 1 among AFC playoff teams and second in the NFL in third-down defense (32.9 percent).
Worst stat: Ranks tied for last among AFC playoff teams in interception differential (even, 20-20).
Thing that could mess up all this number crunching: In playoff games, Andy Dalton is 0-2 with no touchdowns, four interceptions and a 48.6 passer rating.
3. Chiefs (40)
Best stat: Ranks first among AFC playoff teams in interception differential (plus-14) and turnover differential (plus-18).
Worst stat: Ranks last among AFC playoff teams in third-down offense and sacks allowed per pass play.
Thing that could mess up all this number crunching: The Chiefs went 0-5 against this year’s AFC playoff teams.
4. Patriots (47)
Best stat: Ranks first among AFC playoff teams and seventh in the NFL in defensive sacks per pass play.
|Atlanta||0||Top 1st Inning|
|NY Mets||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Pittsburgh||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Miami||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Baltimore||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Boston||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Detroit||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||3:05 PM|
|Chicago WSox||3:05 PM|
|Kansas City||3:05 PM|
|Phoenix||4||1st Qtr 8:45|
|Charlotte||4||1st Qtr 9:40|
|Golden State||8:00 PM|
|San Jose||3:00 PM|
|Louisiana||10||1st Half 14:54|
|Duke||4||1st Half 15:35|
|Saint Josephs||2||1st Half 17:46|
|Michigan State||2:30 PM|
|Vancouver FC||6:00 PM|
|Delaware||20||2nd Half 15:21|
|Wright State||12:00 PM|
|Northwestern St||5||1st Half 16:16|
|Stephen F Austin||4|
|Fla Gulf Coast|
|St Francis-PA||2:00 PM|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|