HoosierCat Posted January 22, 2004 Report Share Posted January 22, 2004 Interesting piece. Caught my eye since it seems to run counter to some of the conventional wisdom 'round these here parts...http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/Comme...harkush1828.htmWhile we have had it pounded into us for years that teams have to be able to stop the run to win in the NFL, the Eagles’ success suggests otherwise. Over the last three seasons, Philadelphia has ranked 18th, ninth and 22nd in the league defending the run, and yet it has appeared in three straight NFC title games.New England, with the second-best record the last three seasons, was 19th vs. the run, but sixth in QB sacks when it won the Super Bowl in 2001, 31st vs. the run in 2002 and fourth vs. the run this year. Green Bay has ranked 16th, 21st and 10th vs. the run over the past three seasons, while the Rams have been third, 14th and 20th.The numbers go on and on, and what they’ll bear out is the most important correlation between winning and defense in the NFL today — the ability to rush the passer. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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