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Why do you think all time great offenses fail in the playoffs?

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If you look at the highest scoring teams in nfl history, the offenses falter in January.

Off the top of my head. 83 Skins, 84 Dolphins, 04 Colts, 07 Pats, 10-12 Pats, 11 Saints, 11 Packers, 13 Broncos, 19 Ravens etc. 

 

why do you think this is?

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Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.

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It's important to play defense in the playoffs, and, at least in the Saints case, they did not.

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You play better defenses in the playoffs and they are allowed to be more physical 

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They rarely face adversity. The first sign of it they’re unsure how to handle it and fight back. 

 

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Offenses will almost always have a cold streak where they will turn the ball over or just have too many errors to overcome for a quarter or two. You need the defense to hold your opponent in check long enough to over come that.

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I think it also has a lot to do with the 12 game winning streak the Ravens had going. It's hard to sustain that. That and the Ravens players were way too high on themselves.

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My guess is because a lot of those teams are not used to playing in low Scoring physical games. They are not sure how to react when they get tested by adversity and have to grind out a win. 

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Generally speaking transcendent offenses have developed some sort of tactical advantage that defenses are unprepared for. By the time the playoffs come around, there's enough on tape to figure it out.

That and really strong defensive lines (like you often see in the playoffs) are the great equalizer. 

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Other than Lamar, who is the superstar on the Ravens offense?

 

That scheme was figured out, just like it was against the Chargers. Teams are also allowed to be more physical, which hurts finesse offenses.

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I think it’s because those teams overwhelm with elite talent. In the playoffs teams try and pick one thing to shutdown vs attacking everything.

Also coordinators are distracted by head coach openings I’m sure when a team is doing well. That can also hurt these teams when guys aren’t focused.

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GSOT rams in 1999 the last "historic" offense to win it all? and the most memorable play in that SB came from their defense.

Edited by August4th

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4 hours ago, Elky said:

Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.

Offense is also much easier to construct consistently, year after year. Good defense is statistically noisy - teams that have great defenses for one year (see: Jacksonville) usually fall apart not long after.

I don't have the data on this, but I'd be curious what the relationship between defensive DVOA to playoff success is versus offensive DVOA. My gut feeling is that it's way easier to cash in for a single season with a great defense, but if you have a great defense, you can definitely expect it to fall apart in subsequent seasons.

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