Vikings D is No. 3
Posted Jul. 01 at 10:47 PM
You probably knew that the Bears led the league in special teams and defensive TDs a year ago, with 9. It’s not even surprising to hear that they led the league in 2005, too, with 6 -- even without return man extraordinaire Devin Hester.
What is surprising is the fact that two other teams also finished among the top 3 in defensive and special teams TDs in both seasons: the Tennessee Titans, led by now-suspended return man Pacman Jones’ 5 TDs; and the Minnesota Vikings. With 7 TDs last year and 5 the year before, Minnesota ranked behind only the Bears and Titans in 2006 and Bears and 49ers in 2005.
The top teams in terms of defensive and special teams scores over the last 10 years are presented below. The Bears, incidentally, have finished in the top 3 in each of Lovie Smith’s three seasons as head coach.
Year - D/ST TDs, Team
2006 - 9 Bears, 8 Titans, 7 Vikings
2005 - 6 Bears, 49ers, 5 Vikings, Titans
2004 - 10 Bills, 9 Ravens, 7 Bears
2003 - 7 Lions, Kansas City, Patriots
2002 - 6 Ravens, Lions, Texans, Patriots, Saints, Raiders
2001 - 7 Patriots, 6 Bears, Dolphins, Jets, Chargers
2000 - 9 Broncos, 7 Raiders, Bucs
1999 - 11 Rams, Kansas City
1998 - 13 Seahawks, 10 Saints
1997 - 10 Broncos, Chargers
Source: FANTASY FOOTBALL INDEX research
Posted by Drew Ehrlich | Mar. 18 at 06:39 AM
I could be wrong but I think this post is from last year and could be confusing for any casual drop-in reader. If you have received tons of pleasantly insulting messages regarding this year's edition, such as Dave Anderson's, then you might want to post a couple here.
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