NFL Power Points: Clash of Titans
The Titans' defensive rating improved after they held Jamal Lewis, the NFL's leading rusher, to just 35 yards.
The Colts had a more well-rounded improvement, increasing their offense rating two full points while seeing their defensive rating improve 1.6 points. Of course, their defense still lags well behind the league average with a negative 2.6 rating. Their contest against the Chiefs this week is looking like one of the biggest playoff shootouts in recent memory as it features the top two offenses, above average special teams, and poor defense.
At the end of the regular season, both the Cowboys and Panthers had almost identical overall ratings, ranking 19th and 20th, respectively. The complete lack of a Cowboys running game and the Panthers' home-field advantage turned into a clear and decisive win for the Panthers, improving their Power Points rating 2.7 points. But that lifted them only to a 16th ranking, and they look like easy meat for the Rams in St. Louis, where the home-field advantage is huge.