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A Soggi Perspective: Which Defense is Truly the Best in the League?

Spin the wheel to find out which team has the best defense!

Let’s play every dad’s favorite game, Defense Wins Championships! This is a game show where teams will give their stats and make a case why they are the best defense in the league! Strength of schedule will be included in this as well, to give us some insight into which team really is the best of the best.

First up, we have the New England Patriots. They have been considered a generation defense. How great are they? Let’s see!

  • Total Yards Allowed- 3,757
    • Passing- 2,384
    • Rushing- 1,373
  • Points Allowed- 181
    • Passing TD’s- 10
    • Rushing TD’s- 6
  • Turnovers- 36
    • Picks- 25
    • Fumble Recoveries- 11
  • Defensive Percentages
    • Opponent’s Drive Ending in TD- 17.2%
    • Opponent’s Drive Ending in Turnover- 19.0%

Next, we have the San Fransisco 49ers, the only defense that has been mentioned in the same breath as the Patriots all season. How do they fair?

  • Total Yards- 3,766
    • Passing- 2,161
    • Rushing- 1,605
  • Points Allowed- 258
    • Passing TD’s- 19
    • Rushing TD’s- 8
  • Turnovers- 26
    • Picks- 11
    • Fumble Recoveries- 15
  • Defensive Percentages
    • Opponent’s Drive Ending in TD- 27.6%
    • Opponent’s Drive Ending in Turnover- 15.4%

I’ve been hearing rumblings that the Buffalo Bills are in contention for the best defense. Lets see!

  • Total Yards- 4,087
    • Passing- 2,667
    • Rushing- 1,420
  • Points Allowed- 222
    • Passing TD’s- 13
    • Rushing TD’s- 11
  • Turnovers- 21
    • Picks- 13
    • Fumble Recoveries- 8
  • Defensive Percentages
    • Opponent’s Drive Ending in TD- 21.9%
    • Opponent’s Drive Ending in Turnover- 12.5%

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been mentioned as having a great defense. Let’s see how they stack up.

  • Total Yards- 4,303
    • Passing- 2,858
    • Rushing- 1,445
  • Points Allowed- 259
    • Passing TD’s- 22
    • Rushing TD’s- 6
  • Turnovers- 35
    • Picks- 19
    • Fumble Recoveries- 16
  • Defensive Percentages
    • Opponent’s Drive Ending in TD- 27.9%
    • Opponent’s Drive Ending in Turnover- 20.6%

The last team to look at as elite is the Baltimore Ravens!

  • Total Yards- 4,400
    • Passing- 3,054
    • Rushing- 1,346
  • Points Allowed- 257
    • Passing TD’s- 13
    • Rushing TD’s- 11
  • Turnovers- 22
    • Picks- 12
    • Fumble Recoveries- 10
  • Defensive Percentages
    • Opponent’s Drive Ending in TD- 34.0%
    • Opponent’s Drive Ending in Turnover- 14.6%

By looking at the numbers, there absolutely is a clear choice here. TheNew England Patriots have the best defense in the league by far. They boast the fewest yards allowed, fewest points scored, most turnovers, and they are the only team that has a better chance to get a turn over versus letting up a touchdown. The stats are just ridiculous. Look for a greatest of all time post after the Super Bowl to compare the all time greatest defenses.

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