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    98 Vikings - Third Best Team ever?

    OK, so when talking about the 1998 Minnesota Vikings, many people, myself included, praise the offense and slam the defense.
    Is this really justified?
    I always knew that the 98 Vikings still hold the record for points scored in a single season.
    But where did they rank defensively that year?
    I looked it, and we were sixth in total points allowed.

    So I started thinking, "Number one offense and number six defense?
    That is a pretty damn good team.
    Probably one of the best in the modern era."
    I figured I had nothing better to do in the offseason, so I did a little research.

    I took the points scored and points allowed for every team in the past 20 years.
    I calculated the points differential (scored - allowed) and ranked them.
    As it turns out, the 98 Vikings came in third overall!
    Here are the top ten.
    Team Points Scored Points Allowed Differential
    1999 St. Louis Rams 526 242 284
    1991 Washington Redskins 485 224 261
    1998 Minnesota Vikings 556 296 260
    1996 Green Bay Packers 456 210 246
    2001 St. Louis Rams 503 273 230
    1994 San Francisco 49ers 505 296 209
    1987 San Francisco 49ers 459 253 206
    1995 San Francisco 49ers 457 258 199
    1992 San Francisco 49ers 431 236 195
    2005 Indianapolis Colts 439 247 192

    I was also able to identify some real stinkers in the past 20 years.
    I give you the bottom ten:
    Team Points Scored Points Allowed Differential
    2004 San Francisco 49ers 259 452 -193
    1999 Cleveland Browns 217 437 -220
    2003 Arizona Cardinals 225 452 -227
    1987 Atlanta Falcons 205 436 -231
    2000 Arizona Cardinals 210 443 -233
    1990 Cleveland Browns 228 462 -234
    1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 239 473 -234
    1991 Indianapolis Colts 143 381 -238
    2000 Cleveland Browns 161 419 -258
    1990 New England Patriots 181 446 -265

    And I know everyone is curious as to where the 2006 Minnesota Vikings fell.
    Unfortunately we were in the bottom third of the past 20 years.
    With a differential of -45, we ranked 416 out of 626 teams.
    I expect the 2007 Vikings to be much higher!
    Zeus wrote:
    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

    =Z=

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    Re: 98 Vikings - Third Best Team ever?

    That just pisses me off even more that we didnt win the Super Bowl.

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    Re: 98 Vikings - Third Best Team ever?

    That just pisses me off even more that we didnt win the Super Bowl.

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    Re: 98 Vikings - Third Best Team ever?

    FYI: The (statistically) worst team to ever win the superbowl: The 2006 Indianapolis Colts.
    Rank Year Team Points Scored Points Allowed Difference
    164 2006 Indianapolis Colts 427 360 67

    For anyone who wants to look at the data I put together, it is attached.
    Maybe later this week I will get a wild hair and finish up with the data from 1967-1985.


    [file name=team rankings.txt size=24625]http://www.purplepride.org/media/kunena/attachments/legacy/files/team rankings.txt[/file]
    Zeus wrote:
    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    Re: 98 Vikings - Third Best Team ever?

    "Mr" wrote:
    That just pisses me off even more that we didnt win the Super Bowl.
    Thanks Paul for the data.
    I have to agree with Mr. Anderson.
    9 years has not healed the wounds from losing to the Falcons in the NFC Championship game.
    If only we would have just run the clock out before halftime.
    Oh well, maybe this year.
    I wonder where the 75 Vikes ranked.
    Another gut wrenching loss, although we got
    hosed on that pass interference call in 75.

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    Re: 98 Vikings - Third Best Team ever?

    Good stuff Nodak.
    I remember a lot of blow out games that year.


    I also remember a lot of intereceptions by the Viking D that year.
    Teams would panic once they got behind and I think that helped the D a bit.


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    Re: 98 Vikings - Third Best Team ever?

    Nice work Paul interesting reading, I don't think you can judge teams on stats alone but I do think they were the best team never to win the SB.

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    Re: 98 Vikings - Third Best Team ever?

    Good Stuff NP

    Stupid Fat Denny, why did you run out the last 30 seconds of regualtion?

    My fists still hurt from pounding on the floor after that loss.

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    Re: 98 Vikings - Third Best Team ever?

    1998 Minnesota Vikings > 1996 Green Bay Packers.


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    Re: 98 Vikings - Third Best Team ever?

    "singersp" wrote:
    1998 Minnesota Vikings > 1996 Green Bay Packers.

    Hell yeah.

    But what about. Vikings 2007-2012, the beginning of a dynasty

    Thanks to PPE for the sig.

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