Worst Super Bowl-winning offenses

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Feb 18, 2007



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Some teams score about as often as the Cold, Hard Football Facts crew did back in high school ... yet even a few of them manage to tag the prom queen once in a while. Here's a look at these fat-faced, pock-marked little studs who scored the big victory.
 
WORST SUPER BOWL-WINNING OFFENSES
Team
Record
Points Scored
PPG
2000 Ravens
12-4
333
20.81
1990 Giants
13-3
335
20.94
1982 Redskins
8-1
190
21.11
2002 Buccaneers
12-4
346
21.63
2003 Patriots
14-2
348
21.75
 
How do you win a Super Bowl with a mediocre offense?
 
Easy, you field a great defense.
 
The 2000 Ravens, for example, claimed the worst offense of any Super Bowl champion. But they also boasted the best defense of any Super Bowl winner (10.3 PPG), and arguably the greatest defense in history.
 
The 1990 Giants, 2002 Buccaneers and 2003 Patriots were all teams that fielded the No. 1 scoring defense in the league in their Super Bowl seasons.
 
Perhaps the only surprise on the list is the 1982 Redskins. That squad is famous for its star-studded offense, led by "The Diesel," John Riggins; a great offensive line that gave the world the term "The Hogs" (and the Cold, Hard Football Facts our "Hog Index"); a great quarterback in Joe "Norman Einstein" Theismann, who would be named league MVP in 1983; and a great cast of wide receivers.
 
Yet those 1982 Redskins scored just 21.1 PPG. Clearly, the nine-game, strike-shortened 1982 season was an unusual one and gave us a number of stastitical anomalies.

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