Best defensive division in 2016? NFC West, AFC West make strong cases.
Last season there really wasn’t any division that stuck out as a studs when it came to defense in the league. This year we really feel that’s going to change, we have two divisions that we feel stick out as the leagues tops and here’s why.
Since 2013, the Seattle Seahawks have ranked no lower than second in total defense, setting the defensive standard for the entire OBAFL.
Like the groups in Seattle and Denver — a number of teams (Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants) have beefed up their units in the off-season.
Any team that has to play the NFC West knows those games are going to be hard-fought. The Seahawks have boasted the NFL’s No. 1 scoring defense in each of the last four years. Their defense is a headache for every team; they have studs everywhere, beginning with the defensive line and ending with arguably the best two safeties in the game ( Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor). In Arizona, Bruce Arians loves to bring pressure, and bringing in Chandler Jones to play opposite Calais Campbell is huge. Not to mention, Patrick Peterson is one of the best corner-backs in the league. The Cards have a ton of weapons.
I believe the Rams have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL — Aaron Donald is unblock-able and Robert Quinn is an elite edge rusher. There is a little bit of a youth movement in San Francisco, but the unit is still fairly stout but that just my 2 cents.
The Broncos have one of the best defense in the AFC if you go stat for stat and player personnel. They have some of the best edge rushers ( Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware) and defensive backs ( Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., T.J. Ward, among others) in the league. The Chiefs create so many takeaways and turn them into points, and their defense is stingy, tough and very physical. There was a lot of excitement last season in Oakland with Khalil Mack earning All-Pro honors at two positions. Adding some choice defensive pieces in free agency (FS Reggie Nelson, LB Bruce Irvin and CB Sean Smith) will help immensely. San Diego still has work to do on the defensive side, but the group is coming along.
The bottom line is what division do you feel makes it’s case for best Defense in the OBAFL. Please leave your comments below.