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Making a point

Charting the NFL's all-time stingiest defenses

Posted: Friday December 15, 2000 1:35 AM

With their 34-20 win against the New York Jets, the Baltimore Ravens broke single-season record for fewest points allowed in a 16-game season. How do the Ravens stack up against some of the other top defenses? Here's a comparison of the NFL's stingiest defenses since the league expanded the schedule in 1978.

2000 Baltimore Ravens | 1986 Chicago Bears | 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers | 1978 Denver Broncos | 1985 Chicago Bears | 1992 New Orleans Saints | 1994 Cleveland Browns | 1993 New York Giants


2000 Baltimore Ravens
Ravens
Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis has more than 100 tackles for the 5th year in a row. Doug Pensinger/Allsport
Charting the Ravens
POINTS ALLOWED   165  
Yards Allowed/Game  247.9 
Shutouts  
Most points allowed  36 (JAX) 
Sacks  34 
Interceptions  23 
Fumbles Recovered  26 
Turnover Margin  +24 
Team Record  12-4 
Team Finish  ?????? 
 


1986 Chicago Bears

Bears
Mike Singletary
Mike Singletary was the heart and soul of the Bears defense. Jonathan Daniel/Allsport
Charting the Bears
POINTS ALLOWED   187  
Yards Allowed/Game  258.1 
Shutouts  
Most points allowed  31 (CLE) 
Sacks  62 
Interceptions  31 
Fumbles Recovered  16 
Turnover Margin  +10 
Team Record  14-3 
Team Finish  L Divisional 
 


1978 Pittsburgh Steelers

Bears
Ray Lewis
Joe Greene is one of four Hall of Famers on the '78 defense. Scott Cunningham/Allsport
Charting the Steelers
POINTS ALLOWED   195  
Yards Allowed/Game  260.5 
Shutouts  
Most points allowed  24 (twice) 
Sacks  44 
Interceptions  27 
Fumbles Recovered  21 
Turnover Margin  +9 
Team Record  17-2 
Team Finish  Won S.B. 
 


1978 Denver Broncos

Broncos
Ray Lewis
Steve Foley, Denver's all-time INT leader, had six picks in '78. David Cannon/Allsport
Charting the Broncos
POINTS ALLOWED   198  
Yards Allowed/Game  278.0 
Shutouts  
Most points allowed  31 (NYJ) 
Sacks  30 
Interceptions  31 
Fumbles Recovered  13 
Turnover Margin  +10 
Team Record  10-7 
Team Finish  L Divisional 
 


1985 Chicago Bears

Bears
Richard Dent
Defensive end Richard Dent led the NFL with 17 sacks in '85. Jonathan Daniel/Allsport
Charting the Bears
POINTS ALLOWED   198  
Yards Allowed/Game  258.4 
Shutouts  
Most points allowed  38 (MIA) 
Sacks  64 
Interceptions  34 
Fumbles Recovered  20 
Turnover Margin  +22 
Team Record  18-1 
Team Finish  Won S.B. 
 


1992 New Orleans Saints

Saints
Rickey Jackson
Rickey Jackson was one of three '92 Saints with 10 or more sacks. Stephen Dunn/Allsport
Charting the Saints
POINTS ALLOWED   202  
Yards Allowed/Game  254.2 
Shutouts  
Most points allowed  21 (3 tms) 
Sacks  57 
Interceptions  18 
Fumbles Recovered  20 
Turnover Margin  +9 
Team Record  12-5 
Team Finish  L Wildcard  
 


1994 Cleveland Browns

Browns
Eric Turner
Safety Eric Turner had nine of the Browns' 18 INTs in '94. Stephen Dunn/Allsport
Charting the Browns
POINTS ALLOWED   204  
Yards Allowed/Game  301.6 
Shutouts  
Most points allowed  26 (DEN) 
Sacks  38 
Interceptions  18 
Fumbles Recovered  13 
Turnover Margin  -2 
Team Record  12-6 
Team Finish  L Divisional 
 


1993
New York Giants


Giants
Lawrence Taylor
L.T. and the Giants allowed more than 20 points only once. T.G. Higgins/Allsport
Charting the Giants
POINTS ALLOWED   205  
Yards Allowed/Game  291.4 
Shutouts  
Most points allowed  31 (DAL) 
Sacks  41 
Interceptions  18 
Fumbles Recovered  10 
Turnover Margin  +11 
Team Record  12-6 
Team Finish  L Divisional 
 


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