When you look back on Super Bowl 48, the first thing that comes to mind was the dominating defense of the Seattle Seahawks that shut down the explosive Denver Broncos offense.
The defense is such an important part of any NFL team. Offenses can throw points up on the board but the defense shuts down the opponent and lessens the pressure on its own offense at the same time.
Here is a list of the Three Worst Defenses in the NFL.
At the top of the list, or better said, the bottom of the league is the Dallas Cowboys.
According to data from Bovada and betonline, last season Dallas was 8-8 straight up, 9-7 against the spread and 9-7 on the OVER/UNDER.
The Dallas defense was ranked No. 26 in the league allowing 27 points a game.
The Dallas defense lost Sean Lee to an ACL tear, while Demarcus Lawrence a defensive end will miss up to 10 weeks after breaking a foot.
DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher two of the best pass rushers signed with other teams.
Look for Dallas to give up the most points in the league and be near the top in scoring, as Tony Romo and company will have to score a lot to stay in games.
Another NFC East club, the Washington Redskins has a very weak defense. Last season the Redskins were 3-13 SU, 5-11 ATS and 8-8 O/U. The Washington defense last season was ranked No. 30 allowing nearly 30 points a game.
The defense has aging veterans with 5 players likely to start who are 30 years or older. The pass rush could be strong with Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo and former Cowboys star Jason Hatcher.
However, the secondary has one player who is 35 and one who is 31. The Redskins will need quarterback Robert Griffin III to lead his team to scores on almost every possession if the team hopes to stay close in games.
The Buffalo Bills have not had strong defenses since Bruce Smith retired. Last season the Bills were 6-10 SU, 8-8 ATS and 10-6 O/U.
The defense was ranked No. 20 allowing just over 24 points a game.
Buffalo lost safety Jairus Byrd and replaced him with Da’Norris Searcy, who is not as talented as Byrd. Kiko Alonso the Bills best linebacker will miss the season with an ACL tear and Marcell Dareus their defensive tackle likely will be suspended at least one if not two games by the league.
Nevertheless, the Bills have talent such as Mario Williams at defensive end and Kyle Williams at defensive tackle.
However, at linebacker, the club is under water and no one was drafted on the defensive side of the ball until the third round.
Since the season is 17 weeks long, anything can happen and likely will. Other teams could and might join these three at the bottom of the defensive heap.
However, you can be assured that opposing offenses will look forward to meeting any of these three teams each week.