|Chris Hu said:
Pittsburgh vs Dallas for SB. Just watch.
Nope both Green Bay and Atlanta can shred the Arlington's Cowgirls defense (especially the questionable secondary) for massive points. Plus if the Giants make it they have the defense to shut them down for another victory for the third time.
It's pretty hard to beat a team three times in a season. I don't remember it happening except the 1999 season IIRC when the Titans went 13-3 but lost the division to the 14-2 Jaguars, whose 2 losses came to the Titans, and Tennesee beat them a third time en route to the Super Bowl. It might have happened since then, but I don't recall.
Dallas doesn't have a great defense but while you guys compare turnovers and yardage and sacks and etc etc Dallas is top 5 in the only stat that really matters for a defense, and that is points given up. Now that stat can sometimes be misleading, for example the Pats lead the league in points given up per game but they really only faced one scary offense this season and that is Seattle, who was very off and on week to week, but Wilson threw all over them. Only faced two top 10 offenses all season, one was #9 in week one, and the other was Pittsburgh who IIRC were without Ben for that game. Dallas had a top 3 divisional opponent they had to play twice plus Green Bay and a healthy Pittsburgh. They won all four games. They are 2nd in the league in TOP last I checked.
I mean, look at the Denver Broncos. #4 in points per game, #4 in yards per game, top 10 IIRC in third down percentage, top 10 in takeaways, fewest touchdown passes allowed, fewest yards gained per pass attempt, you could go on and on about how phenomenal the defense was. Yet because of how putrid the offense was, they had the 2nd or 3rd most plays ran against them, and every game they eventually wore down. Dallas has the exact opposite setup. Their offense is so good and more importantly efficient, they make the defense much better.
Of course, they are in the wrong conference this season. To get to the SB they could have to play through Green Bay, Seattle, or Atlanta. The less scary offenses are the Lions and Giants, either of which can ignite at any time. Compare that to the AFC where thanks to injury/Osweiler you have three teams with no QB, which is half the field.
GB and Atlanta have the offense to shred anyone in the playoffs defense. You have to worry about your teams offense, not the defense.