7 Most Dominant NFL Defenses in History

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As the current National Football League season winds down, sports analysts are trying to come up with different scenarios where playoff-bound teams have a chance to bring home a Super Bowl title. And while the game has become very offense-minded over the last decade with high-octane running and passing attacks, there’s still validity in the saying, “Offense wins games. Defense wins championships.”

The squad with the most balance is the one that is usually victorious. League history is littered with defensive units that wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks and won championships for their teams, but there are seven in particular that revolutionized the sport.

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7. 1960s Green Bay Packers

Legendary head coach Vince Lombardi led one of the most intimidating defensive units in NFL history in the 1960s. In a dominant 1962 season, the team yielded just 10.8 points per game, shut out three opponents, and limited opposing quarterbacks to a 43.5 rating. It had five Hall of Famers in defensive linemen Willie Davis and Henry Jordan, linebacker Ray Nitschke, cornerback Herb Adderley, and safety Willie Wood. The Packers defense of the ’60s won five championships, including the first two Super Bowls.

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