NFL Playoff Picks And Super Bowl Odds: Patriots And Vikings Move On

Defense is still the buzzword for this year's NFL playoffs.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles ranked No. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, for fewest points allowed per drive during the regular season with the New England Patriots finishing a respectable sixth. But don't confuse these teams for some of the one-dimensional, defense-only squads we have seen in the past - they can score points, too.

The Patriots led the league in scoring efficiency (2.6 points per drive), the Eagles ranked fifth (2.2) and the Vikings finished eighth (2.0). The Jaguars weren't offensive dynamos but they finished above average at No. 13 (1.8).

And don't worry too much about Philadelphia's drop off in points with quarterback Nick Foles filling in for the injured Carson Wentz — the defense has stepped up, allowing 1.2 points per drive over the past four games, including the playoffs, giving them the second-best mark among playoff teams in that span behind the Vikings (0.7).

Source : http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/ct-nfl-playoff-picks-super-bowl-odds-20180118-story.html

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