Kansas City was the last Super Bowl champion to finish first across the board in the four major defensive statistical categories – run, pass, total and scoring defense. The Chiefs lined up five Hall of Famers on defense that season – tackles Buck Buchanan and Curley Culp, linebackers Bobby Bell and Lanier and cornerback Emmitt Thomas.
Denver finished in the Top 5, allowing the third fewest points in the league, but an inexperienced and scrambled quarterback position cost the Broncos. That offensive inefficiency doomed Denver to a 9-7 finish.
There is no closer race this season than the league MVP, with Matt Ryan and Derek Carr the frontrunners. And while votes will not be counted until next month, former coach Jim Fassel already has made his choice.
New England owner Robert Kraft doesn’t want to see the Oakland Raiders or San Diego Chargers move. But they may have no choice, and, if that were to happen, he tells the Talk of Fame Network why he could … and maybe would … support them.