NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Weekend Matchups Preview


Offense vs Defense Matchups

 Chiefs vs Titans
  • Kansas City had the 4th most efficient offense in the NFL
  • Tennessee's defense ranked 21st in DVOA
  • Chiefs defense ranked 30th in DVOA
  • Titans had the 18th most efficient offense in the NFL
Jaguars vs Bills
  • Jacksonville had the 16th most efficient offense in the NFL
  • Buffalo's defense ranked 15th in DVOA
  • Jaguars defense ranked 1st in DVOA
  • Bills had the 7th least efficient offense in the NFL
Saints vs Panthers
  • New Orleans had the 2nd most efficient offense in the NFL
  • Carolina's defense ranked 7th in DVOA
  • Saints defense ranked 8th in DVOA
  • Panthers had the 17th most efficient offense in the NFL
Rams vs Falcons
  •  Los Angeles had the 6th most efficient offense in the NFL
  •  Atlanta's defense ranked 22nd in DVOA
  •  Rams defense ranked 6th in DVOA
  •  Falcons had the 9th most efficient offense in the NFL

Pass Offense vs Pass Defense Matchups



Chiefs vs Titans
  • Kansas City ranked 8th in pass offense
  • Tennessee's defense ranked 24th in pass defense
  • Chiefs defense ranked 23rd in pass defense
  • Titans ranked 20th in pass offense
Jaguars vs Bills
  • Jacksonville ranked 15th in pass offense
  • Buffalo's defense ranked 12th in pass defense
  • Jaguars defense ranked 1st in pass defense
  • Bills had the 4th WORST pass offense
Saints vs Panthers
  • New Orleans ranked 6th in pass offense
  • Carolina's defense ranked 10th in pass defense
  • Saints defense ranked 5th in pass defense
  • Panthers ranked 17th in pass offense
Rams vs Falcons
  •  Los Angeles ranked 7th in pass offense
  •  Atlanta's defense ranked 19th in pass defense
  •  Rams defense ranked 3rd in pass defense
  •  Falcons ranked 10th in pass offense

The Bills are the only playoff team outside of the top 20 in pass offense.

Of the top 10 pass offenses this year, eight of them made the playoffs.

Only four of the 20 worst pass defenses made the playoffs.

Rush Offense vs Rush Defense Matchups



Chiefs vs Titans
  • Kansas City had the 5th best ground game in the NFL
  • Tennessee's rush defense ranked 7th
  • Chiefs had the WORST run defense
  • Titans ranked 8th in rush offense
Jaguars vs Bills
  • Jacksonville had the 12th best ground game in the NFL
  • Buffalo's defense was the 2nd WORST in the NFL
  • Jaguars defense ranked 26th
  • Bills ranked 19th in rush offense
Saints vs Panthers
  • New Orleans had the best ground game in the NFL
  • Carolina's rush defense ranked 6th
  • Saints rush defense ranked 23rd
  • Panthers ranked 11th in rush offense
Rams vs Falcons
  • Los Angeles had the 9th best ground game in the NFL
  • Atlanta's rush defense ranked 20th
  • Rams rush defense ranked 22nd
  • Falcons ranked 16th in rush offense

All 12 playoff teams finished in the top 20 rush offense.

Six of the top 10 rush offenses in the NFL made the playoffs.

Eight of the 15 worst run defenses in the NFL made the playoffs.

Chiefs, Bills & Patriots were the leagues worst against the run.

Four of the top 7 run defenses made the playoffs.


The Saints, Patriots, Chiefs, Steelers and Rams had a top 10 rush and pass offense.

The Chiefs, Patriots and Falcons were the only playoff teams with a bottom 15 rush and pass defense.

Data via http://www.footballoutsiders.com/