Top 10 Greatest Defensive Units in NFL History



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1973 Miami Dolphins

Perhaps no unit better epitomizes the team concept better than the Dolphins’ “No Name Defense,” which, despite a lack of big stars and loads of Hall of Famers (like most of the team’s coming up on this list), was the premier group in the NFL. After going undefeated the year before, the Dolphins actually got better in 1973 as they surrendered just 150 points in 14 games (setting an NFL record in doing so). They had five All-Pro team members, including the AP Defensive Player of the Year in Dick Anderson. Defensive end Bill Stanfill set a still-standing team record of 18.5 sacks, and the Dolphins won their second consecutive Super Bowl after allowing just 33 total points in their three playoff wins. Epic. Epic indeed.