(Photos courtesy of the Denver Broncos & New York Jets)
Talk of Fame Network
Who’s playing the best defense in the NFL these days?
Is it the team with the most takeaways and sacks?
Or is it the team that has allowed the fewest yards and points?
It turns out our listeners and readers of The Talk of Fame Network couldn’t decide. For the first time in the year we’ve been conducting these polls, we have a tie at the top between the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets. Both received 38 percent of the vote, followed by the Arizona Cardinals at 19 percent and the Seattle Seahawks at 6 percent.
In the first season under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the Broncos rank second in defense behind the Jets but lead the league with their 17 takeaways and 26 sacks. Denver also has scored four defensive touchdowns, all by cornerbacks, to bail out a struggling offense and stay unbeaten at 6-0. Aqib Talib has returned two interceptions for touchdowns, Chris Harris one and Courtney Roby scored on a fumble recovery.
On the first season under defensive-minded head coach Todd Bowles, the Jets have allowed only 75 points in their 4-1 start and an average of only 269.2 yards per game. The Jets rank second in both run and pass defense and have forced 15 turnovers, third best in the league.
The Seahawks remain the only defense this season to post a shutout, blanking the Chicago Bears 26-0, and the Cardinals rank third in the NFL in defense behind the Jets and Broncos.