Teams know they can't win with just defense

While defense is needed to win a championship, in today's NFL you need an offense that can score points, too, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: June 20, 2007
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Colts might have opened a new era by winning the Super Bowl this year.

They are the first Super Bowl winner since the 1983 Raiders to not finish in the top 10 in scoring defense. In a league that usually evolves into defense-dominated games in the playoffs, offense carries more importance than teams want to admit.

As the cliché goes, defense wins championships. While defense is obviously still an important part of the equation, a defense not accompanied by a ...

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