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2021 Playoff Analysis Update

So I need to make some updates to some of the grades I gave out to some teams now that wild card weekend is over.


Cincinnati Bengals
Elite Quarterback
7 points
Joe Burrow
Premiere Offensive Weapons
2 points per player
Ja'Marr Chase
Tee Higgins
Joe Mixon / Samaje Perine
Elite Pass Rushers
4 points per player
Trey Hendrickson
Sam Hubbard
Quality Offensive Coaching
6 points
--
Quality Defensive Coaching
6 points
--
Number of Successful Comebacks
7 total points if the team successfully staged at least 3 comebacks
2
Elimination Game Experience
2 points each for offense, defense, and special teams units, provided a majority of key role players on a given unit have experience in elimination game scenarios.
Offense
Defense
Special Teams
Quarterback Elimination Game Experience
6 points if a quarterback has experience in an elimination game
Yes
Score Range
27 - 33

Now that the Bengals have a playoff game under their belt, the lack of postseason experience is no longer a major concern holding them back. Even though it’s arguable, I’ll award them full credit anyway when it comes to having the requisite postseason experience to succeed.


Los Angeles Rams
Elite Quarterback
7 points
--
Premiere Offensive Weapons
2 points per player
Cooper Kupp
Sony Michel
Odell Beckham
Tyler Higbee
Elite Pass Rushers
4 points per player
Aaron Donald
Von Miller
Quality Offensive Coaching
6 points
--
Quality Defensive Coaching
6 points
Raheem Morris
Number of Successful Comebacks
7 total points if the team successfully staged at least 3 comebacks
3
Elimination Game Experience
2 points each for offense, defense, and special teams units, provided a majority of key role players on a given unit have experience in elimination game scenarios.
Offense
Defense
Special Teams
Quarterback Elimination Game Experience
6 points if a quarterback has experience in an elimination game
Yes
Score Range
27 - 41

The Rams definitely deserve a good bit more credit on offense than I originally thought. Tyler Higbee and Odell Beckham were crucial to Los Angeles’ win over Arizona. Even though the Cardinals went out of their way to keep Cooper Kupp draped in double coverage, Stafford made some hay throwing the ball to Beckham and Higbee - in fact, their first couple touchdown drives could be attributed to those two serving as reliable outlets in the passing game.

Going into Tampa Bay, Los Angeles now has just enough weaponry to compensate for Kupp’s absence should Todd Bowles elect to snuff out the star receiver through aggressive bracket coverage. It’ll be a way more interesting game than I originally thought before the playoffs even began. An upset is very plausible.