Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.
It is one of the oldest cliches in sports, but it remains true even in this age of the quarterback-driven NFL.
For every Joe Flacco that throws 11 touchdown passes and zero interceptions during a four-game playoff run, there’s a club that totals 10 takeaways in those postseason wins. Hence the story of the 2012 Baltimore Ravens on their way to a Super Bowl title in 2012.
While quarterback Drew Brees was lighting up teams in 2009, the New Orleans Saints were forcing a total of 47 turnovers in 19 contests en route to winning Super Bowl XLIV.
Get the picture? But the purpose here is to rank, not preach. And submitted for your approval is how all 32 NFL defenses rank as the chase for Super Bowl XLVIII is underway.
And if your favorite club isn’t where you would expect them to be, we won’t take offense to you being a little defensive.