Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Defense Wins Championships

Of the top 10 offensive teams in the NFL this season, only one, Green Bay, reached the title round. But all of the final four teams were in the top 10 for defense. Of the top 10 rushing-offense teams this season, only one reached the title round. But of the top rushing defenses, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 -- the Steelers, Bears and Jets -- made the final four.

Defense wins championships.

Of the top 10 passing-offense teams this season, only one, Green Bay, made the title round. Of the top 10 passing defenses, two did, the Jets and Packers. Defense has prevailed over offense emphatically, with defenses No. 2 (Pittsburgh) and No. 5 (Green Bay) reaching the Super Bowl, while offense No. 9 (Green Bay) is the highest represented.

In recent super bowls, defense has led the way. In 2008, the Giants took the trophy by holding the Patriots, who had just set the NFL record for regular-season scoring, to 14 points in the Super Bowl. In 2009, the Steelers won the Super Bowl by controlling Kurt Warner and the Arizona offense. Last year, the Saints won the Super Bowl by holding back the Indianapolis offense while chipping in a defensive touchdown themselves.
With both teams being built around defense, the trophy might go to whichever's offense steps up when needed most.

Im picking Aaron Rogers and Green Bay to send the Steelers packing.

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