Lindholm: Is Defense Dead In The NFL?

CBS Chicago

By Scott Lindholm-

(CBS) It’s a new day in the NFL, one that seriously brings into question the importance of defense. This chart shows the gradual increase in points per game and yardage per game from 1970 through this year:

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This chart shows how the Bears ranked in both points scored and points allowed from 1970-2013. In both cases, the closer to 1 the better:

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As every Bears fan can attest, it’s been a rare year in which both the offense and defense were among the best in the league other than the obvious examples of 2006 and 1985. The Bears have consistently been among the best defenses in football, but a potent offense was much more difficult to achieve.

An argument can be made that going into 2013, the Bears defense was running on fumes–Brian Urlacher retired, Lance Briggs…

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