Top 5 NFL teams of all time
When it comes to picking the top five NFL teams of all time, it’s not an easy task.
Fans everywhere have their own opinions and any list is almost certainly going to garner some criticism. But here it goes, the top five best NFL of all time in order. Yeah really.
1. 1985 Chicago Bears — Okay, who can forget the “Super Bowl Shuffle,” and a swaggering Chicago Bears’ team whose only loss of the season came without their flashy quarterback Jim McMahon, who guided his team to a 35-3 record between 1984-86. After finishing the 1985 campaign with a regular season record of 15-1, scoring 456 points while allowing only 198, ‘da Bears rumbled their way through the playoffs, shutting out the Giants and then the Rams for the NFC title, before going on to dismantle the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Unforgettable.
2. 1972 Miami Dolphins — There is a lot of controversy surrounding the ’72 Dolphins, who cruised to an undefeated 17-0 season. But many will argue that Miami was able to pull it off because of an ultra easy schedule, with its opponents that season combining for winning percentage of under .400. Still, others will argue that it was the Fins’ #1 offense and #1 defense, which scored more points than any other team that year and also allowed the fewest points that season, was what propelled them. We have the same opinion, as the 1976 Dolphins were the only team in NFL history to ever do this. Agree or disagree, this was a huge accomplishment.
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3. 1962 Green Bay Packers — Who can argue that the 1962 Packers had some of the best players to ever set foot on Lambeau Field. Names like Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Max McGee and Boyd Dowler. All who under the direction of the best coach in football history, Vince Lombardi, used their power sweep and a stingy defense to grab the NFL Championship title that year, beating the Giants 16-7. The Packers allowed opponents only 11 points per game that season, and amassed 109 points to 14 for the opposition during their first four games of the season. Incredible.
4. 1989 San Francisco 49ers — Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig and John Taylor. A west coast offense that nobody could defend and the best coach ever — Bill Walsh. The ’89, 49ers had some of the best NFL players ever. That season Montana completed more than 70 percent of his passes while averaging 9.5 yards for every pass, many to wide receivers Jerry Rice, who hauled in 82 passes for 1,483 yards, and John Taylor, who snagged 60 passes for 1,077 yards. The ground assault was equally as effective, as Craig rushed for 1,000-plus yards that year. The ‘Niners finished the season with a 55-10 blowout of the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV, validating Terry Bradshaw’s famous prediction, “There is no way the 49ers can lose.”
5. 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers —The City of Pittsburgh was riding high midway through the 1979 NFL season, and it was only going to get better. The defending NFL champion Steelers were quickly becoming he NFL’s best offensive team that year. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw, tossed for 3,724 yards and 26 TDs, while running back Franco Harris averaged 4.4 yards per carry on his way to 1,186 yards rushing that fall. While the receiving duo of Lynn Swann and John Stallworth were formidable threats, and all helped the Steelers to a 12-4 regular season record, before thumping the Rams 31-19 in Super Bowl XIV.
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