NFL Power Rankings: Rating the Best Safety Tandems of 2011

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NFL Power Rankings: Rating the Best Safety Tandems of 2011
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We all know Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed are two of the greatest safeties of all time, but they don't do it alone.

Do you know Ryan Clark? How about Dawan Landry?

They may not be as famous as those first two guys, but the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens couldn't function without them.

You know the saying, "Behind every powerful man is a great woman?" Well, a similar logic applies here.

Polamalu and Reed are two of the most dynamic defensive players in NFL history, and while their play certainly speaks for itself, they are a part of a team.

They aren't only part of their respective teams, they are part of a two-person team in the defensive backfield.

We call them, "safeties."

Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark are partners in crime. Ed Reed and Dawan Landry are a cohesive unit. This isn't baseball, there isn't one player going up to the plate. These guys are brothers.

Here are your top safety tandems of 2011.

*I will be including players who are currently free agents (Dawan Landry) as a part of their former team.

*Third-down rate or third-down percentage is referring to the percentage that defenses allow offenses to gain first downs on ALL third-down plays.

Example: Patriots allow four first downs on eight third-down attempts, that is a 50 percent third-down rate. That is also terrible!

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