A few weeks ago Kerry Byrne of Cold, Hard, Football Facts wrote a piece titled "Why The Packers Can Win the Super Bowl". It was the first time I'd heard of his sites new metric, the Defensive Hog Index, which the Packers ended the year number one in. I didn't pay much attention (stat lover that I am) at the time. But today, Toni Monkovic has a post over at the Fifth Down looking at the D.H.I. and the Packers.
Money quote from an interview with Byrne:
I actually love Green Bay’s chances to at least reach the Super Bowl...The No. 1 defensive hogs are obviously big. But they do a lot of things well. In particular, they’ve been dominating the passing battle. And teams that dominate the passing battle generally win. The Packers are second only to New Orleans in passer rating differential, and have come on strong in recent weeks while the Saints have come back to earth.
The second point is actually more relevant as far as I'm concerned. It's a passing league. I'm still not sure I'm sold on the D.H.I., but it makes for good reading and debate.
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