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In Era of Offense, Defense Matters

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The NFL is a business that places the value of scoring in the same stratosphere as it does multi-billion dollar television contracts. After all, those contracts aid in funding the lucrative paydays bestowed upon the league’s elite quarterbacks who, in turn, play an integral role in generating all of those precious points. It’s why the 38-35 double overtime shootout between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos in this year’s playoffs was instantly deemed a classic, while the 9-6 regular season slugfest between the Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers back in 2011 was met with vitriol in the twittersphere.

How could Alabama and LSU be considered the two best teams in the nation if they couldn’t score, people tweeted. Never mind the fact that both offenses...

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