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Why 3 Is The Most Important Number In Football

Many teams have two good wide receivers or corners but it’s that third depth player that has been the difference maker in squads’ playoff runs.

Jarrett Boykin
Jarrett Boykin

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The number three is increasingly becoming the most important number in today’s NFL. Why? Because it’s now a determining factor when comparing team’s depth in its most important positions.

For example, when comparing teams on paper, it’s the third wide receiver, the third cornerback, or the third pass-rusher that tends to be the decisive factor when giving one team an edge over the other. Having two quality players atop the depth chart is a significant reason why teams win football games, but a third quality player will usually ensure the team is a winning team for the entire year.

If you take a look back at the 2013 NFL division and Wild Card winners, each team had a third player on its team — whether it was their slot receiver, their nickel back, or a third pass-rusher that helped them to the postseason.

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