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Top 15 NFL Defenses of All-Time

List Criteria: Team had to lead league in one category, and have winning record.

Since 1970 merger. Strike years not included (no 1982, 1987), Plus only selecting 1 team, and 1 year. Most teams won SB, a few made playoffs, and 1 (77 ATL) missed playoffs.

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    #1 simply because they had NO OFFENSE in 2000.They went 5 games without an offensive TD. They killed my Gmen in SB and faced top teams in playoffs. Greatest Defense EVER!! Sorry Bears fans

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    1985 Chciago Bears

    Team went 15-1 and trounced NE in SB. Often said to be greatest ever. My argument is this, they played in a very very weak division that year. Det, Min, GB and TB didn't have winning records. Plus those teams were at the bottom of offense in NFL. Played 2 teams with winning records (LA Rams and Mia-which beat them). Sorry Bears fans. Team was great, but not greatest.

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    1976 Pittsburgh Steelers

    This team statistically was better than the 1978 squad. I think the whole defense should be in HOF. Name a weakness? Green, Lambert, Ham, Blount, Shell. Wow!!!

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    1972 Miami Dolphins

    Team not only went undefeated, but their no-name defense stymied people. They gave up fewest total yards and points. Oh and did I mention they went 16-0!!!

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    1986 New York Giants

    It's not so much their dominating regular season defense. They ranked 2nd behind Chicago. But they had the MVP in Lawrence Taylor, then beat SF 45-3 and Wash 17-0 in playoffs. Fielded one of the best LB corps of all time.

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    2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Tony Dungy built this defense and Jon Gruden let it go wild. With Brooks, Saap and that Cover 2, they were unstoppable. They annihilated Oak in SB and brought the Bucs into glory.

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    1977 Atlanta Falcons

    The Grits Blitz!!! Had a good Offense with QB Steve Bartkowski, but their Defense kicked ass that year. Atl went to playoffs for first time the following year, but this team set everything up. Plus the wild card wasn't set up to 1978, and they were really good for a few more years.

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    1973 Los Angeles Rams

    The Fearsome Foursome was winding down, but this team gave up an average on 9 points per game!!! They dominated the West in the 70's, and if they had consistent QB play, could've one a SB. Team hit you hard!!

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    1994 Dalls Cowboys

    I hate the Cowboys, but I give credit where credit is due. This defense was good against the run, the pass, special teams, and take- aways.

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    1988 San Francisco 49ers

    The 49ers had some incredible defenses in the 80's and early 90's, and last years squad may in time pass this one, but this team won the SB. Plus they had Ronnie Lott!! Nuff Said!!!

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    1974 Minnesota Vikings

    The Purple People Eaters. Had great players and a great coach (Bud Grant). Just couldn't win the big one. Allowed less than 10 points per game and continued to won the old North Division.

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    1991 Philadelphia Eagles

    From 1986-1993 this team had an incredible front 7 led by Reggie, Jerome and the boys. Played during a time when NYG, SF, CHI, DAL, WASH and NFC was soooo tough

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    1987 New Orleans Saints

    One of the greatest LB corps of all time- Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling, Vaughn Johnson and Sam Mills. Won their first EVER Playoff berth. Who Dat Nation was born!!!

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    1977 Denver Broncos

    The Orange Crush. I remember Mecklenburg and Tom Jackson. But they got their ass kicked by Dal in SB. However defense cannot be ignored!!!

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    1975 Oakland Raiders

    One of John Maddens best crews. Finished 3rd overall, and if it wasn't for those great Steelers teams, this team would've won more SB's.

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