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SAY HELLO TO THE FEARSOME THREESOME
Joe Marshall
October 17, 1977
Oakland won the Super Bowl with it, and two of the NFL's four undefeated teams use it. It's the 3-4 defense, and the only people who don't like it are the linemen
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October 17, 1977

Say Hello To The Fearsome Threesome

Oakland won the Super Bowl with it, and two of the NFL's four undefeated teams use it. It's the 3-4 defense, and the only people who don't like it are the linemen

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O.J. should know. In his first two games this year, running—or trying to—on a bad ankle against the 3-4 defenses of Miami and Denver, Simpson was held to a total of 114 yards, his output on an off day. His longest gain was just 10 yards.

And, as O.J. knows, the really bad news is that this season Buffalo plays six of its games against teams that play the 3-4 at all times. On the other hand, Walter Payton, one of Simpson's chief threats for the NFL rushing title, runs against only two teams that employ the 3-4. Sorry about that, O.J.

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