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They Like To Move It
Tim Layden
September 24, 2012
Where does speed figure into the wins column? A five-year snapshot of teams' quick-strike abilities (the number of scoring drives they accomplished in fewer than four plays) suggests that better teams—playoff teams—get down the field fast. Here, the top 10 quick-strike teams in each of the past five years, and how deep they went in the postseason.
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September 24, 2012

They Like To Move It

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1. Green Bay Packers [Division] 1. New York Giants 1. Philadelphia Eagles [Wild Card] 1. New Orleans Saints 1. Jacksonville Jaguars [Division]
2. Dallas Cowboys 2. Philadelphia Eagles [Wild Card] 2. New Orleans Saints [Division] 2. Baltimore Ravens [Conference] 2. Cleveland Browns
3. Baltimore Ravens [Conference] 3. Kansas City Chiefs [Wild Card] 3. Green Bay Packers [Wild Card] 3. Detroit Lions 3. Chicago Bears
4. Minnesota Vikings 4. Oakland Raiders 4. New York Giants 4. Tennessee Titans [Division] 4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers [Wild Card]
5. Houston Texans [Division] 5. Pittsburgh Steelers [Super Bowl] 5. Arizona Cardinals [Division] 5. Carolina Panthers [Division] 5. Dall Cowboys [Division]
6. New York Giants [NFL Champion] 6. Seattle Seahawks [Division] 5. New England Patriots [Wild Card] 6. Arizona Cardinals [Super Bowl] 6. Green Bay Packers [Conference]
7. Detroit Lions [Wild Card] 7. Tennessee Titans 7. Denver Broncos 7. Chicago Bears 7. New England Patriots [Super Bowl]
7. Atlanta Falcons [Wild Card] 7. New York Jets [Conference] 7. Atlanta Falcons 8. Minnesota Vikings [Wild Card] 8. Seattle Seahawks [Division]
9. New York Jets 9. Washington Redskins 7. Buffalo Bills 9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9. Atlanta Falcons
9. New Orleans Saints [Division] 10. Minnesota Vikings / San Francisco 49ers 7. Dallas Cowboys [Division] 10. San Diego Chargers [Division] / New York Jets 10. Houston Texans / Oakland Raiders

Where does speed figure into the wins column? A five-year snapshot of teams' quick-strike abilities (the number of scoring drives they accomplished in fewer than four plays) suggests that better teams—playoff teams—get down the field fast. Here, the top 10 quick-strike teams in each of the past five years, and how deep they went in the postseason.

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NFL Champion

Super Bowl

Conference

Division

Wild Card

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