1971 Minnesota Vikings ranked among the best defenses of all time
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By Adam Carlson

When talking about the NFL’s best defensive units of all time, the conversation has to include the Minnesota Vikings during the Purple People Eaters era.

The current version of the Minnesota Vikings is known for their stout defense under Mike Zimmer which includes a number of great playmakers and a number of great accomplishments under the stingy head coach.

However, this isn’t the first time the Vikings defense has been a dominating unit. In fact, the mere mention of the Purple People Eaters brings to mind a dominating defensive line that brought fear into the hearts of opposing teams.

Recently, Gary Davenport at Bleacher Report assembled a list of the ten best defenses to ever play in the NFL and the 1971 Minnesota Vikings were included on the list and were placed in the fourth position.

Here is what Davenport had to say about the team:

“(Alan) Page was hardly the only good player on a defense whose motto was “meet at the quarterback.” Carl Eller, like Page, is in Canton. Fellow linemen Jim Marshall and Gary Larsen earned a combined four Pro Bowl nods from 1968 to...

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