A new twist to the visualizations. I've received many good suggestions, and many of them have already been implemented. Chase Stuart, always with a historical perspective, suggested a plot of a single franchise's performance over the past several years. It was easy to do, so I decided to go ahead and publish it.
Already there are some great points that stand out.
- The most consistently balanced superior team since 2000 is PIT.
- The best offense is IND. NO and NE also have a case to be made.
- The best defense is BAL.
- CHI can't catch a break on offense.
- SF is winning this year not because of an improved offense, but because of a much better defense.
- HOU's improvement this season on defense is stunning. It's even greater than IND's decline in offense.
- Matt Ryan's and Joe Flacco's impacts on their respective offenses are significant.
- TB's offense really took a plunge this season. Their defense has steadily declined since their dominant season in 2002.
- The turnaround in CAR's offense is huge, thanks in large part to Cam Newton. This is probably CAR's best offensive year ever.