If we look at how well every playoff team played this year and place more emphasis on games later in the season, the Seattle Seahawks are the best team in the NFL heading into the playoffs.
Below is a look at the Weighted DVOA for all 12 playoff teams (via FootballOutsiders.com). According to Football Outsiders, DVOA “breaks down the entire season play-by-play, comparing success on each play to the league average based on a number of variables including down, distance, location on field, current score gap, quarter, and opponent quality.” Weighted DVOA places more emphasis on games late in the season.
And as we can see no teams are playing better right now than Seattle, Denver, and New England. At the other end, Indianapolis, Houston, and Minnesota are limping into the playoffs, playing below the average NFL team…
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