The Top 10 Greatest Defenses in NFL History (2024)

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By Edcel Panganiban July 03, 2024 04:19 1. The Pittsburgh Steelers "Steel Curtain": 1970s 2. Baltimore Ravens: 2000 3. New York Giants - Big Blue Wrecking Crew: 1986-1990 4. DallasCowboys "Iron Curtain": 1966-1982 5. The Purple People Eaters Minnesota Vikings: Late 1960s. 6. Miami Dolphins: 1972 7. Seattle Seahawks "Legion of Boom": 2013 8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2002 9.Kansas City Chiefs: 2024 10. Philadelphia Eagles: 1991 SHOP Mystery Signed Memorabilia Mystery Signed Football 8x10 Photo Mystery Signed Baseball Jersey Mystery Signed Football Jersey Mystery Signed Baseball 8x10 Photo LATEST What is Donovan McNabb's Net Worth in 2024? Are There any Vegan NFL Players? What is Andy Dalton's Net Worth in 2024? Is Weed Allowed in the NFL? Why Former NFL Player Ricky Williams Quit Football New Orleans Saints' Trade for Ricky Williams: A... The Top 10 Greatest College Football Quarterbac... What Happened to Jason Campbell? What Happened to Cedric Benson? Who is the Youngest NFL Player Ever? How Did Jason Pierre-Paul Lose His Fingers? Do Any NFL Players Have Diabetes? Where There Openly Gay NFL Players? When did Boomer Esiason Retire from the NFL? What is Boomer Esiason's Net Worth in 2024? What is Doug Flutie's Net Worth in 2024? What Is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Ownership o... Robert Griffin III: An Insane Rookie Year and H... The Top 10 Fantasy Football Picks of 2024 Is Nick Bosa the Best Bosa Brother In the NFL?:... Legacy of Defeat: The Top 10 Worst Teams in NFL... How 'Sauce' Gardner Earned His Iconic Nickname Alex Collins: A Tragic Loss in the World of Foo... Is Eddie George the Best Ohio State RB Ever? Andre Rison: A Rollercoaster Ride Through Legal... The Enduring Love Story of Peyton Manning and A... Tony Romo and Candice Crawford: A Journey of Lo... Drew and Brittany Brees: Navigating Fame, Famil... Jason and Kylie Kelce: A Heartwarming Tale of L... Chad Ochocinco's Name Changes: A Journey Throug... Rob Gronkowski: The Unmatched Legacy of the Ult... A Deep Dive: How Robert Kraft Has Made Billions... A.J. Brown: Turning the Eagles Franchise Around Is Terry Bradshaw an Underrated Hall of Fame Qu... Puka Nacua's Meteoric Rise in the NFL: A Phenom... Deshaun Watson's Make or Break 2024-25 Season: ... The Dynamic Watt Brothers: TJ and JJ Growing Up... The Journey of Devin and Jason McCourty: From C... Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin: The Dynamic Footb... A Look Into the Lives of Seth and Stephen Curry... Shannon and Sterling Sharpe: The Story of NFL B... The Family Legacy of John Harbaugh: A Story of ... How Did Marshawn Lynch Get His Nickname "Beast ... Terry Bradshaw: A Legendary Influence on FOX Sp... Who Owns the Jacksonville Jaguars? Kareem Hunt: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of a Star Where Was Puka Nacua Born? What Year Did Colin Kaepernick Start Playing Fo... How Skip Bayless Ignited the Controversial Care... FAN ARCH PODCAST NETWORK Mystery Signed Memorabilia

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Some defenses become legendary in the annals of NFL history, casting a shadow over all other football teams during their peak. In this article,we take a deep dive into the top 10 greatest defenses in NFL history, documenting when they were at their best during those years of dominance, who helped make them great key players, what made them unique defining characteristics, and much more.

1. The Pittsburgh Steelers "Steel Curtain": 1970s

Years of Dominance: 1970s

  • Team greats: Mean Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Jack Hamel, Mell Blount and Donnie Shell
  • Records: Gave up just 9.9 points per game in the regular season of '76
  • Identity: Imposing run stoppers, which are the most talented and deepest of all defenses
  • Key games: AFC championship game vs. Raiders
  • Team Record: The Steel Curtain of the 1970s has won four Super Bowls, a feat no one has matched before or since.

2. Baltimore Ravens: 2000

Years of Dominance: 2000

  • Notable Players: Ray Lewis, Rod Woodson, Tony Siragusa
  • Statistical accomplishments: Established NFL records for fewest points allowed (165) and, in a 16-game season, Fewest rushing yards allowed(970).
  • Key Features: Electric, heavy-hitting, and undisputed in the new wave
  • Key Games: "The Run" Super Bowl trample, allowing 23 points in four playoff games

3. New York Giants - Big Blue Wrecking Crew: 1986-1990

Years of Dominance: 1986-1990

  • Key Players: Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, and Jim Burt
  • Career Statistical Accomplishments: One of the most comprehensive sapid superstars from an age packed full of gaping offensive talent.
  • Key Games: Playoffs wins over tough Super Bowl teams
  • Historical Significance: Was a force in an offensive era, winning marquee playoff matchups against elite teams.

4. DallasCowboys "Iron Curtain": 1966-1982

Years of Dominance: 1966-1982

  • Star Players: Bob Lilly, Randy White, and Too Tall Jones
  • Notable stat: Consistent top 0.1%-file play across multiple player generations
  • Longevity: Covered most of the 20th century, so several all-time defenses are performing at their best on this list.

5. The Purple People Eaters Minnesota Vikings: Late 1960s.

Dominance Era: Late 1960s- Late 1970s

  • Notables: Alan Page, Carl Eller, Paul Krause
  • Career Stats: Averaged just 3.4 yards per carry in 1969
  • A dominant pass rush led the league in total defense, passing defense, and rushing defense en route to a World Championship victory.
  • Legacy: According to Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Johnny Unitas and Bart Starr.

6. Miami Dolphins: 1972

Years of Dominance: 1972

  • Banner Players: Nick Buoniconti, Dick Anderson
  • Statistical Accolades: Led the only unbeaten team in the Super Bowl era
  • Defining Traits: Excellent quarterback play with few, if any, premier names

7. Seattle Seahawks "Legion of Boom": 2013

Years of Dominance: 2013

  • Notable Players: Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor
  • Statistical accomplishments: Most challenging for the past since 2000

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2002

Years of Dominance: 2002

  • Prominent Players: Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Ronde Barber
  • Strength: Pass defense, the same triumvirate as always, and it just works

9.Kansas City Chiefs: 2024

Years of Dominance: 2024

  • Key Players: Speedy WRs Marquise Brown and Xavier Worthy
  • Positional Traits: Projected to test pro defenses due to top gear they possess, and that showed up on the field dynamite downfield targets
  • Best Qualities: Expected to add a new dimension of quickness and playmaking ability to Kansas City's offense.

10. Philadelphia Eagles: 1991

Years of Dominance: 1991

  • Key Stat: This season, opponents were held below 300 yards in total offense.
  • The Ability: Allowing under 300 Yards of Total Offense
  • Significance: Known for top-tier defense in 1991.

These inspirational units display greater depth than mere names regurgitated by sports analysts. Their statistical accomplishments, overarching qualities, and historical backdrop have anchored them in the pantheon of memorable NFL defenses.

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