Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Oct 2010

Highest rated defence/offence to not make the playoffs

While discussing San Diego with a friend we started wondering what was the highest rated offensive and defensive team not to make the playoffs. San Diego currently has the 5th ranked offence and the 4th ranked defense, and looks like a lock not to be in the post-season.

Posted by: thomwong on 25 Oct 2010

1 reply , Last at 16 Dec 2010, 4:43pm by andrew

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Re: Highest rated defence/offence to not make the playoffs
by andrew :: Thu, 12/16/2010 - 4:43pm

Our stats don't go back that far, but I'd submit the 1977 Atlanta Falcons as the greatest defense to not make the playoffs.

They gave up fewer pts per game than the 2000 Ravens, than the 1969 Vikings, or any of the Steel Curtain Steelers or any of them (if you go back to the dark ages you can probably find some more but it was hardly the same game.

In 1977 the Falcons gave up the following points in games:

6,10,3,0,3,10,14,10,6,21,0,16,23,7.

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