I don't think you guy understand how much pressure a good offense puts on the opposite team. Yes the defense picked up in the playoffs but that can be for a couple of different reasons:
1) Additional film of what the opponent is doing that year.
2) Players are more focused on their jobs and not whats is happening next week etc.
When you have a great offense you force other teams to try and adjust to you
That makes sense right there.
Originally Posted by midgensa
How many points or yards will a defense give up if they are one & done as compared to a team that makes it all the way to the SB? Typically, the team that plays more games will have a defense that gives up more points & certainly will have given up more yards than the one & done team. Ergo the one & done team may falsely appear to have had a better defense. Then there's the teams that get the 1st round bye as well.