Ranking every position group on every playoff team

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Every NFL team is a mixture of strengths and weaknesses. No team excels in every area. So a good way to examine the forthcoming matchups in the postseason is to look at which units are strongest and weakest.

I've ranked various units for all 12 playoff teams below, using Football Outsiders' advanced stats combined with scouting reports and consultation with the FO staff. Rather than worry about defining different parts of the front seven for teams with different schemes, I ranked each team's front seven twice: against the pass and against the run. Some teams, such as New England and Pittsburgh, are mostly solid across the board. Atlanta, on the other hand, is clearly stronger on one side of the ball.

Offense | Defense | Special Teams | Overall



1. Green Bay Packers
2. New England Patriots
3. Atlanta Falcons
4. Seattle Seahawks
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
6. Detroit Lions
7. Dallas Cowboys
8. Kansas City Chiefs
9. New York Giants
10. Miami Dolphins
11. Houston Texans
12. Oakland Raiders

I'm a strong believer in Matt Ryan as the MVP and was the only writer to vote for Ryan every single week in ESPN's MVP poll. But given their longer track records of success, it's fair to rank Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady ahead of Ryan as the quarterbacks you most want in this year's playoffs. Nobody escapes pressure and makes ridiculous throws the way Rodgers does when he's on his game, and no quarterback is as consistently excellent as Brady.