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Offense and Defense Rankings of Super Bowl Winners since 1999

March 03, 2010 06:42PM
I kept thinking of the ol' statement "Defense wins Super Bowls." Of course the hot statement is "It's a QB driven league." Actually, it is my thinking that it is both. I thought, great offenses without a top 10 defenses rarely win it all. With that in mind, I went back to see the rankings of all the Super Bowl winners since and including the 1999 St. Louis Rams.

I'm listing their ranking on offense and defense the year they won as well as the previous season.

After reviewing all the rankings, which are based on total yards, the odds of being a Super Bowl Champion with a top 10 defense far outweigth having a top 10 offense. Frankly, it's not even close.

73% (8) of the last 11 winners had a top 10 defense.
36% (4) of the last 11 winners had a top 10 offense.
18% (2) of the last 11 winners had both (Rams and Patriots).

The median defensive ranking of the last 11 winners is 7.
The median offensive ranking of the last 11 winners is 16.

The average defensive ranking of the last 11 winners is 10.
The average offensive ranking oCurrentf the last 11 winners is 13.

The key is balance.

Note: New England in 2001 and Indianapolis in 2006 turned on defensively in their playoff runs. If New Orleans doesn't improve defensively, I'm here to predict, they will never get back to the Super Bowl.

...................................Current........Previous
Year.....Team...............D.....O..........D.....O

1999....St. Louis..........6......1..........10....27
2000....Baltimore.........6......16........2.....24
2001....New England..24.....19.......20...22
2002....Tampa Bay.....1.......24.......6.....26
2003....New England..7.......17.......23...21
2004....New England..9.......7.........7.....17
2005....Pittsburgh........4.......15......1......16
2006....Indianapolis.....21.....3........11....3
2007....NY Giants........7.......16......25....14
2008....Pittsburgh........1.......22......1......17
2009....New Orleans...25.....1........23.....1



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/03/2010 07:03PM by jemach.
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  Offense and Defense Rankings of Super Bowl Winners since 1999

jemach1051March 03, 2010 06:42PM

  Re: Offense and Defense Rankings of Super Bowl Winners since 1999

PhillyRam73March 03, 2010 10:15PM

  not without a top ten defense they don't...

jemach86March 03, 2010 10:37PM

  One player does not make a top ten D and may in fact hurt it

PhillyRam92March 03, 2010 10:43PM