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Defensive Hog Index: You Gotta Believe

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Defensive Hog Index: You Gotta Believe

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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Bad Knees's picture

Wouldn't it be wonderful if Green Bay plays the Jet's in the Superbowl! It...could...happen!

bomdad's picture

Bad Knees, that would be awesome. I hope they would have lots of Favre Face stats.

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Keep in mind that I'm a true Pack, but I'm not unrealistic. A few weeks ago, when we first started talking about the wildcard, I didn't think the Pack would get very deep in the playoffs, even if they got there. Now, looking at how the top teams have declined in the last few weeks, I think the Pack's chances are the best they could be. I think that getting to the superbowl is a very real possibility. I can't wait.

Go Pack Go!

NickGBP's picture

Just don't forget to enjoy the fact that they made it to the playoffs. I know that's not enough...but it's still a big accomplishment. This isn't like the Vikings who are going for broke; if TT does his part the future for the Packers is extremely bright. Obviously you never know what can happen so you want to make the most of this opportunity, but for now enjoy knowing that your team went from 6-10 to 11-5 in a single season after starting 4-4. Pretty damn impressive.

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