“The best offense is a good defense.”
“Defense wins championships.”
Whichever side of the fence you’re on, almost EVERYONE has an opinion on which part of an NFL team is responsible for victory. Heck, even special teams probably believe it’s up to them to get a Super Bowl ring!
Well come in close 2015 Super Bowl prospective winners, we’ve got the ingredients you need to win a Super Bowl—backed by stats from the last 20 years worth of Super Bowl winners. So bookmark and print this article, then throw it at the field at the next home game so your team ensures victory at
Super Bowl XLIX!
1. You HAVE to be in the Top 10
Whether it’s a top ranked defense that you’re boasting or a top ranked offense, having one or the other is CRITICAL. Of all the Super Bowl winners in the past 20 years, only one team has failed to crack the top 10 on either side of the ball, the 2007 New York Giants.
Of all the teams who’ve won, exactly half have had BOTH a top 10 ranked offense and defense. The 2013 Champion Seattle Seahawks team was the first in eight years, with the last team to do it being the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers.
2. Lucky Number 7
14 of our past 20 winners have had a top 10 ranked offense, and 15 of the past 20 winners have had a top 10 ranked defense. So what? We already alluded to that above, right?
Well after taking the statistical average, the winner of the Super Bowl must be ranked around 7th on either side of the ball to take home the title. Offenses on average ranked 7.85 and defenses on average ranked 7.2.
To answer the question above, it seems as though top tiered defenses have slightly more weight in the biggest game of the season over offenses.
3. To the Nines
Additionally, winners in the past have averaged a point differential of 8.95. With the average points per games scored in the regular season: 26.17 and the average points allowed per game in the regular season: 17.13, teams who average an 8.95 differential are in good shape to be Super Bowl winners.
Not surprisingly, the New York Giants Super Bowl winning teams of 2007 AND 2011 were outliers, having point differentials of -0.4 and 1.4 respectively. Which leads me to my last ingredient..
4. Luck, Determination and Heart
Okay, so that’s really three ingredients. However, particularly for the New York Giants teams and to some degree the Baltimore Ravens team of 2012, it took more than stats, ranking and records, it took a little something extra.
For those teams things like luck, great coaching, big time plays and a few other intangibles really helped them to earn the title.
- If your team has an offense which is not in the top 10, it MUST have a defense ranked either 1st or 2nd (Exception: NYG)
- On the flip side, if your team’s defense is not in the top 10, simply having a top 10 offense (exception NYG) should be enough to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
- If your team is in the top 10 in offense, expect a half a point greater point differential: 9.56
- If your team’s defense is ranked in the top 10, expect more than a point and a half great differential: 10.66
What else do you think makes a Super Bowl winning team? Share your ingredients in the comments below.
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