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NFL Hot Topics: Remember When Defense Was Needed to Win a Super Bowl?

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Aaron JacobsContributor IIIDecember 20, 2011

Remember when defense was needed to win championships?

While the Super Bowl remains a month and a half away, it appears that the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers could be on a collision course to meet in Indianapolis to decide the NFL championship. 

The Packers were just handed their first loss of the season to the Kansas City Chiefs, but many still like them as the favorites in the NFC.They are still the top seed in the conference, but the rank 31st in the NFL in both total yards allowed and passing yards allowed per game.

Green Bay's defense is also mediocre when it comes to points allowed per game (21.2 PPG) and rushing yards allowed per game (108.4 YPG).

The New England Patriots, similarly, are the top seed in their conference. The Patriots are also in the top 10 in almost every offensive category in the NFL.

However, the Patriots have a similar problem to the Packers—they rank dead last in the league in yards allowed per game and passing yards allowed per game.

The Patriots' defense is also sub-par when it comes to points allowed per game (21.2 PPG) and rush yards allowed per game (117.6 YPG). 

This leads to the question—does a good defense still matter in the NFL?

Teams like the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans and San Fransisco 49ers would undoubtedly say that defense is important. They've thrived on it this year, and we will be able to make a better determination around playoff time, as all are legit contenders.

But as of now, the two best teams in the NFL (the two 1-seeds) have two of the worst ranked defenses. 

Is this a shift in where power lies in the NFL?

The NFL used to be all about which team had the most intimidating defense. The old saying, "Offense sells tickets; Defense wins championships," may be a thing of the past. 

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