Remembering NFL Best: Ranking The Top 10 NFL Defenses Since 1985

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Remembering NFL Best: Ranking The Top 10 NFL Defenses Since 1985
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Buddy Ryan is one of the top defensive coordinators and the mastermind behind the 4-6

A common philosophy has been that a good offense wins games but defenses wins championships.

That saying is evident by the fact that 65 of the 80 teams to make the Super Bowl since 1970 finished in the top 10 in points allowed.

Out of those 15 teams who didn't make the top ten, only six won the Super Bowl and three of those six occurred in the past four seasons.

A fourth would have been the 28th ranked 2008 Arizona Cardinals defense, if Santonio Holmes doesn't make that outstanding catch in the end zone for the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the Super Bowl.

Prior to the new century, only the 1976 Oakland Raiders and 1983 Los Angeles Raiders accomplished that feat and their defenses were 12th and 13th, respectively.

This slideshow is to remember the top ten defenses since 1985. 

Please note that the last slide is our "All-Quarter Century" team.

 

Hope you enjoy.

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