Tuesday, November 9, 2010

No. 1 Defense

Do the talking heads of the NFL realize how silly they sound when they crown a team the No. 1 defense? Unless you're saying, "I think the No. 1 defense in the NFL is..." But that's not how it's said. The No. 1 defense is stated as fact and the problem is the rolling criteria. Here are a list of the NFL's "No. 1" defenses:
Points - Steelers (15.4)
Yards - Giants (250.6)
Rushing Yards - Steelers (58.2)
Passing Yards - Saints (166.3)
Sacks - Packers (28.0)
Interceptions - Packers/Bucs (14)
Takeaways - Steelers (21)

All the teams above have been touted as the No. 1 Defense by some blowhard while trying to support his/her own point. What about the Ravens? What about the Jets? Aren't the Titans the dirtiest defense in the NFL? I guess that's not a rankable attribute. If we go by who leads the most categories, it would be the Steelers. But what about the Black & Gold's problems with giving up late game leads - or being 24th against the pass attack? How do we take that into account?

When people from New Jersey meet each other, the common - and almost reflex-like - question asked is, "What exit?" This refers to the exit one lives off of the New Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway. I assert that from now on, when someone cites a team as the No. 1 defense, we must quickly respond with "Which category?"

1 comment:

  1. Nice NJ ref Chris! Gotta do that sometimes, I know!

    I think that the Steelers are the Best Team in the League. However, I did like Al Michaels saying this past Sunday that when he's asked that he would refer to what day it is and who's hot then. Funny; but I think the Steelers got it.

    As far as Defenses go, I can say that based on stats you posted and seeing highlights and game play, I still say that the Steeler's Defense has it. The Packers are beasty with their's too!

    Its easy to get caught up in the flavor of the month but I think that as the sand in the Season's Hourglass runs out a little more we are seeing the Steelers able to come up as the Best in the League.

    Then again, a week from now I may start saying "What Category?" Heh! Life in the League.


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