Which NFL teams were the
biggest "ball hogs" in 2001?

Updated: July 10, 2002, 2:14 PM ET
By by Walter Lis, STATS. Inc.
The formula for success in the NFL over the past decade seems to change on a yearly basis. The Denver Broncos won back-to-back Super Bowls in the late-1990s with the balance of the legs of Terrell Davis and the cannon arm of John Elway. Dick Vermeil's Rams won the big game in 1999 with raw speed and firepower all over the field. Brian Billick's Baltimore Ravens completely upset the apple cart in 2000 with a dominating defense and a plodding offense.

Last year, the Patriots mixed a terrific defense with a ball-control offense during the regular season, and capped off their campaign by stopping the vaunted St. Louis attack in Super Bowl XXXVI. The Pats held the Rams to just three points through the first three quarters on Super Bowl Sunday, and New England was able to hang on before putting together an amazing final drive that culminated with Adam Vinatieri's storybook field goal. That the Patriots were able to shut down such a prolific offense sent shock waves through the entire league.

New England's performance was especially amazing when you consider that the Rams were so dominant in 2001 that they produced 90 more points than any other NFL team. The 503 points scored by Mike Martz' bunch was 18 percent higher than the next closest team, Indianapolis, which scored "just" 413 points during the regular season. The Rams averaged better than 31 points per game en route to a 14-win season.

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