To those of us who witnessed this season in person, we still enjoy the greatest team ever.
1) 1972 Miami Dolphins
2) 1985 Chicago Bears
3) 1984 San Francisco 49ers
4) 2007 New England Patriots
5) 1991 Washington
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The undefeated 1972 Dolphins sit on the throne of the greatest NFL teams of all time. They had, by all accounts, a cupcake of a schedule. Red velvet, maybe?
Despite their -4.27 SOS (strength of schedule), that is only good for the second easiest on the list (stay tuned). The ’72 Dolphins are the only team on this list to best the league in points for and points against.
The amazing thing about the 1972 season is they did it mostly with backup quarterback Earl Morrall at the helm, winning nine games. He was also named as a first-team All-Pro that season. Additionally, both Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris (which still might be the greatest name of all time) rushed for over 1,000 yards and made the Pro Bowl in 1972.
Legendary Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry coined the ’72 Dolphins’ defense as the “No-Name Defense” because the offense won the headlines while the defense quietly dominated. The team ended up with four All-Pro selections and nine Pro Bowlers.
Now let’s hit the nutty numbers narrative.
As already stated, they led in points for and against. The Dolphins were also first in yards gained and yards allowed. They tied the Steelers for first in fumbles recovered and were second in defensive interceptions.
Additionally, Miami was second in offensive first downs and allowed the least amount of first downs in the league. The Dolphins ranked third in both net yards gained and allowed per pass attempt. If that wasn’t enough, they ranked first in rushing attempts, yards, and yards per attempt. Despite rushing the ball 69 more times than the next-closest team, and 354 more times than they passed the ball, they ranked second in yards per carry with 4.8.
The greatest team we’ll probably ever see.