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2004 Bills still the best team of the 2000 era?

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I don't think too many people remember how terrific that defense was. 

 

One quick measure of that was that if you look at DVOA, they weren't just the best team in the league that year, they were about 50% better than the next-best team when using unweighted figures and around 70% better when using the weighted figures, weighted for strength of schedule.

 

https://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/nfl/team-defense/2004

 

More FootballOutsiders has that 2004 defense as the 7th best ever!!!!!!!!!  They only look at teams from 1950 and onwards, but still.

 

https://www.footballoutsiders.com/dvoa-ratings/2014/historical-dvoa-estimates

 

It's a real shame that that offense, and in particular Bledsoe, just weren't very good. The offense was listed as 21st when unweighted and 18th when weighted for schedule difficulty.

 

 

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30 minutes ago, Thurman#1 said:

I don't think too many people remember how terrific that defense was. 

 

One quick measure of that was that if you look at DVOA, they weren't just the best team in the league that year, they were about 50% better than the next-best team when using unweighted figures and around 70% better when using the weighted figures, weighted for strength of schedule.

 

https://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/nfl/team-defense/2004

 

More FootballOutsiders has that 2004 defense as the 7th best ever!!!!!!!!!  They only look at teams from 1950 and onwards, but still.

 

https://www.footballoutsiders.com/dvoa-ratings/2014/historical-dvoa-estimates

 

It's a real shame that that offense, and in particular Bledsoe, just weren't very good. The offense was listed as 21st when unweighted and 18th when weighted for schedule difficulty.

 

 

Yup.  I didn't realize how good this defense was until this thread popped up.  What's weird is they finished seventh in points for which is quite the disparity.  Our defense was a turnover machine that year.  Another thing just looking at the scores that season we went 1-4 in games decided by five points or less.  Our two blowout losses were by the Pats which just reinforces that Mularkey wasn't a good coach.  We blew a lot of teams out but blew the end of 4th quarters in close games.  Oh, what could've been.

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