Remaining Eight Playoff Teams' EPA

I noticed an interesting thing about the eight remaining teams in the playoffs. They are currently the eight and only eight teams that are in the upper-right quadrant of the Team EPA visualization (on the main page or full viz here.) This means they are the only eight teams to have both an above average defense and offense for the season to date. The Colts, Bengals, Vikings, and Redskins were below average in one category or the other.

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7 Responses to “Remaining Eight Playoff Teams' EPA”

  1. Ken R. says:

    Very interesting, Brian. A bit of validation it would seem.

  2. Brian Burke says:

    Nah. It's pretty unusual actually.

  3. Willy Hu says:

    At the end of the regular season though, Green Bay had a slightly below average defense, and Baltimore too, for that matter. Maybe troubling news in Candlestick/Mile High this Sunday for the Pack/Ravens?

  4. Anonymous says:

    oh great, the spammers have found this comment section. Looks like anonymous posts will have to be turned off.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If I exclude all but the remaining 8 teams, I notice that the Broncos are the only ones left in the upper right quadrant. Probably not all that significant, but it still looks good to a Broncos fan.

  6. Brian Burke says:

    It's even more fun to use the slider bar to look at the last-n games and see where the playoff teams fall.

  7. bigmouth says:

    The rarity of this outcome is just another reminder what a crap shoot the playoffs are.

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