The following is a table of the previous Superbowl winners and how they ranked in 4 categories: points scored, yards gained, points allowed, and yards allowed.  The SUM of RANKINGS column is merely the sum of all 4 rankings, and is intended to give a measure of that team’s overall dominance on both sides of the ball (lower this number the better).  Note the 1972 Dolphins were only team ranked #1 in all 4 statistics.  The DEF – OFF column attempts to assign a number to show which side of the ball led that team, i.e. was it a defensive team (low negative value, such as -23 for the 2013 Seahawks) or was it an offensive team (high positive value, such as +43 of the 2009 Saints).  For this column a value close to zero (0) suggests the team was well-balanced.

How many of these 49 Superbowl winners finished as both top 10 defenses and top 10 offenses? Answer is 28. Here’s the interesting part: from 1966 through 1999 (34 seasons) 26 / 34 = 76.5% of them managed this feat. From 2000-2014 (15 seasons) it has only happened 2 / 15 = 13.33% of the time. What changed? Free agency and the salary cap began in 1994, and it took a few years for the top teams to start losing players.

Source for stats: Pro-Football-Reference

YEAR SB Winner OFF RANK Points OFF RANK Yards DEF RANK Points DEF RANK Yards SUM of RANKINGS DEF – OFF
2014 NE 4 11 8 13 36 6
2013 SEA 8 17 1 1 27 -23
2012 BAL 10 16 12 17 55 3
2011 NYG 9 8 25 27 69 35
2010 GB 10 9 2 5 26 -12
2009 NO 1 1 20 25 47 43
2008 PIT 20 22 1 1 44 -40
2007 NYG 14 16 17 7 54 -6
2006 IND 2 3 23 21 49 39
2005 PIT 9 15 3 4 31 -17
2004 NE 4 7 2 9 22 0
2003 NE 12 17 1 7 37 -21
2002 TB 18 24 1 1 44 -40
2001 NE 6 19 6 24 55 5
2000 BAL 14 16 1 2 33 -27
1999 SL 1 1 4 6 12 8
1998 DEN 2 3 8 11 24 14
1997 DEN 1 1 6 5 13 9
1996 GB 1 5 1 1 8 -4
1995 DAL 3 5 3 9 20 4
1994 SF 1 2 6 8 17 11
1993 DAL 2 4 2 10 18 6
1992 DAL 2 4 5 1 12 0
1991 WAS 1 4 2 3 10 0
1990 NYG 15 17 1 2 35 -29
1989 SF 1 1 3 4 9 5
1988 SF 7 2 8 3 20 2
1987 WAS 4 3 6 18 31 17
1986 NYG 8 10 2 2 22 -14
1985 CHI 2 7 1 1 11 -7
1984 SF 2 2 1 10 15 7
1983 LAR 3 7 13 4 27 7
1982 WAS 12 7 1 4 24 -14
1981 SF 7 13 2 2 24 -16
1980 OAK 7 16 10 11 44 -2
1979 PIT 1 1 5 2 9 5
1978 PIT 5 8 1 3 17 -9
1977 DAL 2 1 8 1 12 6
1976 OAK 4 2 12 18 36 24
1975 PIT 5 7 2 4 18 -6
1974 PIT 6 8 2 1 17 -11
1973 MIA 5 9 1 3 18 -10
1972 MIA 1 1 1 1 4 0
1971 DAL 1 1 7 3 12 8
1970 BAL 6 8 7 9 30 2
1969 KC 2 3 1 1 7 -3
1968 NYJ 2 3 4 1 10 0
1967 GB 9 9 3 1 22 -14
1966 GB 4 8 1 3 16 -8
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