Posted: 1/8/2013 11:21:26 AM
Myth #1 - Patriots have had an easy schedule
Of the remaining playoff teams, New England has played 5 of the 7. No one else can make that claim. Of the playoff teams in the AFC, the Patriots, Ravens & Texans are all tied for Strength of Schedule at .496.
Myth #2 - Patriots haven't beaten anyone all year
Their Strength of Victory (.466) is the highest of all the AFC playoff teams & 3rd amongst all playoff teams. Only team in the AFC with a higher SOV is Jacksonville. Some otehr examples: Denver (.385), Atlanta (.418) & Houston (.432)
Myth #3 - Patriots don't have a running game
New England finished the season with the 7th best Rushing Offense in football at 136.7 yards/game. Only playoff teams left that are ahead of them are San Francisco & Seattle. Atlanta was 29th. Green Bay 20th.
"But they ran a lot because they had the lead a lot" - Denver led more than any other team in football yet the Broncos are down the list at 16th with 114.5 yards/game.
Myth #4 - Patriots passing game has taken a step back due to injuries
At 291 yards/game, they finished 4th in the NFL. Only the Saints, Lions & Cowboys ahead of them. 1st among playoff teams. Seattle 27th. San Francisco 23rd.
Myth #5 - Patriots Defense SUCKS
Although they give up a lot of yards, they finished tied with Houston for 9th for Points Allowed. They finished first in the NFL in Takeaway Margin though, +25 was best in the NFL. 2nd in the AFC was Houston at +12. First in AFC in Interceptions (20), 4th in NFL. First in NFL in Fumbles (21).
Some extra tidbits:
- First in NFL in Punting Average (50.3)
- First in AFC, 4th in NFL in Offensive Interceptions (9)
- First in NFL in First Downs (444), Second was 382
- First in NFL in 3rd Down Conversions (48.7%)
Lastly, only because I was so amazed by the number. Atlanta only gave up 415 yards due to penalties this year, 2nd best was the Giants at 578. Dead Last? Baltimore at 1,127