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Jared Allen signs with Bears

Jared Allen is staying in the NFC North. Allen, who made a name for himself with six exceptional years with the Minnesota Vikings, has signed a four-year contract with the rival Bears. Seeing Allen (who is 12th on the career sack list with 128.5) in a Bears uniform instead of Viking purple will probably be jarring for Vikings fans, but is he still a good enough defensive end to make a difference in the competitive NFC North?

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  • Where does Jared Allen rank among active defensive ends?

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  • If you were a Vikings fan, how upset would you be with Jared Allen for signing with the Bears?

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In the wake of the Seattle Seahawks' thunderous win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, many are asking: Just how good was the Legion of Boom & Co., compared to history's best defenses? Answer yourself by clicking on the images below!

Best NFL Defenses Ever

1962 Packers

1962 Packers

230.0 YPG, 10.6 PPG, 3.57 TO/gm, won NFL title.

1969 Chiefs

1969 Chiefs

225.9 YPG, 12.6 PPG, 3.36 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

1971 Vikings

1971 Vikings

243.3 YPG, 9.9 PPG, 3.21 TO/gm, won NFC Central.

1972 Dolphins

1972 Dolphins

235.5 YPG, 12.2 PPG, 3.29 TO/gm, 14-0 regular season, won Super Bowl.

1975 Rams

1975 Rams

237.3 YPG, 9.6 PPG, 2.86 TO/gm, won NFC West.

1976 Steelers

1976 Steelers

237.6 YPG, 9.9 PPG, 3.29 TO/gm, won AFC Central.

1977 Falcons

1977 Falcons

231.6 YPG, 9.2 PPG, 3.43 TO/gm, 2nd in NFC West.

1985 Bears

1985 Bears

258.4 YPG, 12.4 PPG, 3.38 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

1990 Giants

1990 Giants

262.9 YPG, 13.2 PPG, 2.13 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2000 Ravens

2000 Ravens

246.7 YPG, 10.3 PPG, 3.06 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2002 Buccaneers

2002 Buccaneers

252.8 YPG, 12.2 PPG, 2.38 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2013 Seahawks

2013 Seahawks

273.6 YPG, 14.4 PPG, 2.44 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

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Vikings to go with Mike Zimmer

And then there was one head-coaching vacancy -- the Cleveland Browns' -- with the Minnesota Vikings reportedly hiring Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer to replace Leslie Frazier. Zimmer helped the Bengals give up the third-fewest yards in 2013, and will be expected to turn around a defense that allowed the second-most yards and finished last in scoring defense. Can the Vikings (5-10-1 last season) turn things around with their new guy?

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Next for Browns, Bucs, Vikes?

Three coaches with just more than six seasons of experience between them no longer have jobs: Rob Chudzinski of the Cleveland Browns, Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings. Now the search is on for their former franchises, and some pretty noteworthy names are being brought up. Ex-Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels? He could be Cleveland's guy. Broncos defensive coordinator and former Jacksonville Jaguars boss Jack Del Rio? He might be off to the Twin Cities. And onetime NFC Champion Lovie Smith? The Florida Gulf Coast might be calling his name. What do you think of the firings and potential hirings?

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After more than 30 years of service, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome will close its doors for good. Minnesota's famous dome has served as a home to the Vikings, Twins, Golden Gophers, Timberwolves -- during their inaugural NBA season -- and even a soccer team or two. The Vikings, however, are the only team that remained stadium tenants from start to finish. Below we've listed some of the most memorable Metrodome moments involving the Vikings, and now it's up to SportsNation to rank them.

Best Metrodome Moments

Dorsett's 99-yard TD

Dorsett's 99-yard TD

Jan. 1, 1983: Tony Dorsett runs for a 99-yard touchdown, but Vikings beat the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

McMahon's comeback

McMahon's comeback

Sep. 19, 1985: Two days after being released from the hospital for muscle spasms and fighting an infection in his right leg, Jim McMahon convinces Mike Ditka to put him in with the Bears down 17-9 in the third quarter. McMahon throws three touchdown passes to lead the Bears to a 33-24 victory.

Walker's shoeless run

Walker's shoeless run

Oct. 15, 1989: On his first carry with the Vikings, Herschel Walker runs out of his shoe for 46 yards in a win over the Packers.

Wilson clinches it

Wilson clinches it

Dec. 25, 1989: Wade Wilson passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings clinch a playoff spot.

Vikings' comeback win

Vikings' comeback win

Oct. 4, 1992: Todd Scott intercepts Jim Harbaugh for a touchdown, which starts a 20-point Vikings comeback and leads to a Mike Ditka meltdown on the sideline.

McMahon beats Pack

McMahon beats Pack

Sep. 26, 1993: Jim McMahon's pass to little-used receiver Eric Guliford helps the Vikings beat the Packers 15-13 on five Fuad Reveiz field goals.

NFC title heartbreak

NFC title heartbreak

Jan. 17, 1999: The 15-1 Vikings blow the NFC Championship Game in overtime after Gary Anderson misses a kick that would have put them up 10 late in the 4th quarter.

Moss' flip

Moss' flip

Oct. 19, 2003: Randy Moss flips a no-look lateral over his head to Moe Williams on the last play of the first half that leads to a touchdown and the Vikings beat the Broncos.

Favre wins the North

Favre wins the North

Dec. 24, 2004: Brett Favre leads fourth-quarter comeback against the Vikings and Packers clinch NFC North with a 34-31.

Favre passes Marino

Favre passes Marino

Sep. 30, 2007: Brett Favre breaks Dan Marino's touchdown pass record.

AP's record day

AP's record day

Nov. 4, 2007: Adrian Peterson sets the NFL single-game rushing record in his rookie season against the Chargers.

Favre's miracle win

Favre's miracle win

Sep. 27, 2009: Brett Favre finds Greg Lewis in the back of the end zone on the last play of the game to beat the 49ers.

Favre's revenge

Favre's revenge

Oct. 5, 2009: Brett Favre beats the Packers in his first game against his old team, 24 hours after the Twins clinched the AL Central in a one-game playoff.

Favre beats Romo

Favre beats Romo

Jan. 17, 2010: Brett Favre throws four touchdowns as the Vikings clinch a spot in the NFC title game with a 34-3 win over the Cowboys.

Vikes clinch North

Vikes clinch North

Dec. 30, 2012: Vikings win a shootout against the Packers on the last day of the regular season to qualify for the playoffs.

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