DEFENSE CAN’T REST
Not since the 1977 Falcons has the NFL’s top scoring defense failed to make the playoffs. Heading into Week 16, Baltimore and Tennessee — both 8-6 — were tied for the lead in scoring defense at 18.1 points allowed per game. Pending the Ravens-Chargers result Saturday night, Tennessee held the sixth and final playoff seed in the AFC. Baltimore was eighth.
Here is how the last 10 teams with the top-ranked scoring defense fared. Five reached the Super Bowl. Three won.
Year Team Rec. Finish
2017 Vikings 13-3 Lost NFC title game
2016 Patriots 14-2 Won Super Bowl
2015 Seahawks 10-6 Lost NFC divisional
2014 Seahawks 12-4 Lost Super Bowl
2013 Seahawks 13-3 Won Super Bowl
2012 Seahawks 11-5 Lost NFC divisional
2011 Steelers 12-4 Lost AFC wild card
2010 Steelers 12-4 Lost Super Bowl
2009 Jets 9-7 Lost AFC title game
2008 Steelers 12-4 Won Super Bowl