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2017 DEFENSE EFFICIENCY RATINGS

2017 season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/19/2017

This page lists DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) for total defense as well as rushing and passing defense separated. The DVOA system is explained here. All numbers below are adjusted to an average percentage of fumbles recovered by the defense. Rushing includes all rushing, not just running backs.

DAVE is a formula which combines our preseason projection with current DVOA to get a more accurate forecast of how a team will play the rest of the season. Right now, the preseason projection makes up 80 percent of DAVE (90 percent for Miami and Tampa Bay).

No opponent adjustments are included in DVOA until after Week 4 of the NFL season.

Remember, since positive numbers represent more scoring, defense is better when it is NEGATIVE.

TEAM DEFENSE
DVOA
LAST
WEEK
DEFENSE
DAVE
RANK PASS
DEF
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF
RUSH
RANK
1 BAL -70.8% 1 -16.0% 1 -101.5% 1 -20.4% 12
2 CAR -46.4% 4 -13.0% 2 -40.4% 2 -56.5% 2
3 BUF -32.6% 3 -1.4% 13 -32.1% 5 -33.3% 7
4 DET -29.5% 6 -5.4% 7 -26.6% 6 -35.5% 4
5 TB -23.0% 13 0.7% 17 -2.1% 12 -72.8% 1
6 PIT -20.0% 9 -5.4% 8 -19.5% 8 -20.6% 11
7 LARM -19.1% 2 -9.2% 4 -39.0% 3 -2.4% 20
8 ARI -13.7% 20 -6.9% 5 -1.8% 13 -29.2% 8
9 DEN -12.1% 15 -6.8% 6 6.5% 16 -51.1% 3
10 SEA -9.2% 21 -9.8% 3 -24.3% 7 13.9% 28
11 CIN -8.0% 12 -1.7% 12 -5.8% 9 -9.2% 19
12 WAS -7.2% 16 0.0% 16 11.7% 20 -34.8% 5
13 LACH -5.4% 11 1.5% 18 11.4% 19 -20.3% 13
14 JAC -5.3% 5 -3.0% 10 -38.2% 4 32.3% 32
15 HOU -4.7% 22 -4.7% 9 5.1% 15 -14.1% 16
16 PHI 2.1% 8 -2.3% 11 -5.4% 10 15.8% 29
TEAM DEFENSE
DVOA
LAST
WEEK
DEFENSE
DAVE
RANK PASS
DEF
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF
RUSH
RANK
16 KC 2.1% 17 1.6% 19 -2.3% 11 8.1% 25
18 SF 3.4% 19 8.5% 31 19.3% 23 -10.4% 18
19 GB 4.3% 7 2.1% 20 2.5% 14 6.4% 24
20 DAL 8.1% 10 -0.1% 15 10.6% 18 4.7% 23
21 IND 8.4% 26 7.5% 29 38.7% 27 -27.6% 9
22 TEN 8.8% 29 5.9% 26 16.1% 21 0.5% 21
23 ATL 12.2% 18 4.5% 24 7.1% 17 24.2% 30
24 CHI 12.2% 27 3.7% 23 38.5% 26 -14.1% 15
25 CLE 13.8% 23 7.6% 30 37.3% 25 -24.4% 10
26 NYG 15.4% 28 -1.2% 14 28.6% 24 2.5% 22
27 OAK 16.1% 30 3.6% 22 18.7% 22 12.3% 26
28 MIN 21.9% 24 2.3% 21 51.9% 28 -17.8% 14
29 NYJ 34.7% 25 7.0% 28 59.9% 29 13.1% 27
30 MIA 36.6% 13 5.2% 25 67.8% 31 -34.0% 6
31 NO 48.6% 31 18.8% 32 101.7% 32 -12.9% 17
32 NE 49.6% 32 5.9% 27 62.7% 30 25.3% 31

2017 DEFENSE vs. TYPES OF RECEIVERS

2017 season totals through Week 2

Revised as of 9/19/2017

DVOA ratings represent value from the point of view of the defense, not fantasy football players, and include items that have no impact on fantasy football (such as how many interceptions are caught on passes intended to certain receivers). DVOA of defense against receivers does not include sacks or passes with no intended receiver listed. Passes per game and yards per game are more useful for fantasy football players. These numbers are adjusted based on the opposing offenses and include defensive pass interference.

Note that our decision of which receiver is 'number one' and which receiver is 'number two' is somewhat subjective. Teams are ranked in order of general passing defense DVOA.

Numbers in red represent NFL averages for the season.

vs. #1 WR vs. #2 WR vs. Other WR vs. TE vs. RB
Rk Team DVOA Rk Pa/G Yd/G DVOA Rk Pa/G Yd/G DVOA Rk Pa/G Yd/G DVOA Rk Pa/G Yd/G DVOA Rk Pa/G Yd/G
1 BAL -100.2% 2 8.5 41.5 -158.9% 1 7.1 59.5 -109.5% 1 6.8 20.0 48.7% 28 5.9 58.5 -51.5% 5 6.5 55.5
2 CAR 34.5% 22 7.7 55.5 -42.9% 10 5.4 19.5 -27.8% 8 5.6 16.5 -117.4% 1 5.3 25.0 -18.0% 10 6.5 42.5
3 LARM -123.8% 1 5.6 44.0 17.5% 22 4.1 48.5 -44.2% 6 3.5 7.5 21.1% 19 4.7 63.5 16.9% 22 6.7 28.0
4 JAC -18.2% 8 5.9 44.5 -5.2% 15 4.2 21.5 39.4% 27 8.2 37.0 -42.6% 7 9.3 75.5 8.2% 20 6.6 26.0
5 BUF -2.5% 12 9.0 70.5 -132.2% 2 6.1 14.0 -24.6% 9 7.4 42.5 44.9% 27 6.2 47.5 -20.4% 9 6.3 35.5
6 DET -4.1% 11 10.8 55.0 -70.7% 6 6.5 24.5 28.0% 22 5.7 41.0 -26.5% 8 10.5 68.0 -74.4% 2 8.7 73.5
7 SEA 34.7% 23 7.4 55.0 -19.1% 12 7.3 36.5 -18.9% 10 8.0 45.5 -73.5% 4 5.7 40.0 -84.2% 1 5.9 30.5
8 PIT 14.3% 17 7.3 40.0 11.0% 20 3.6 28.5 -49.8% 3 7.3 45.5 -8.6% 12 8.6 64.0 -27.3% 7 8.0 35.5
9 CIN -4.6% 10 4.8 50.5 -67.2% 7 5.6 7.5 96.9% 32 2.3 31.5 -5.2% 14 1.0 9.5 -0.8% 15 5.7 37.5
10 PHI -1.7% 13 8.8 54.5 -81.8% 4 6.1 34.5 28.9% 23 6.1 47.0 -14.4% 10 6.9 69.5 74.0% 32 5.2 40.0
11 KC 30.6% 21 12.6 109.0 -22.7% 11 8.3 37.0 38.3% 26 8.4 70.5 -7.0% 13 7.6 70.0 -37.8% 6 6.6 32.5
12 TB 12.7% 16 14.0 69.0 -79.9% 5 9.4 51.0 83.9% 30 8.9 84.0 -96.5% 2 9.1 42.0 17.8% 23 6.6 55.0
13 ARI 94.2% 32 5.0 43.0 -43.6% 9 7.2 62.5 -8.6% 14 7.9 66.0 34.2% 24 6.4 54.0 0.3% 16 8.4 28.5
14 GB 58.8% 28 6.6 85.5 44.7% 25 5.3 72.0 -47.9% 4 5.1 20.5 -88.0% 3 6.7 12.5 44.1% 26 2.6 14.5
15 HOU -11.0% 9 5.0 52.0 0.2% 18 4.8 36.0 10.7% 19 5.3 37.0 -0.2% 15 6.9 30.0 13.6% 21 5.7 30.0
16 DEN -71.4% 3 10.8 67.0 7.9% 19 7.5 44.0 1.6% 17 7.5 47.0 6.6% 16 6.7 57.0 7.0% 19 8.8 28.5
x NFL 3.3% x 7.6 59.6 -4.2% x 5.7 43.7 -0.2% x 6.0 41.5 0.0% x 6.7 53.4 0.0% x 6.9 40.8
vs. #1 WR vs. #2 WR vs. Other WR vs. TE vs. RB
Rk Team DVOA Rk Pa/G Yd/G DVOA Rk Pa/G Yd/G DVOA Rk Pa/G Yd/G DVOA Rk Pa/G Yd/G DVOA Rk Pa/G Yd/G
17 ATL 21.4% 20 8.4 52.5 -2.8% 17 6.0 29.0 18.0% 20 7.0 55.5 -22.1% 9 9.9 73.5 -2.2% 13 12.4 71.5
18 DAL -23.7% 6 7.8 47.5 21.6% 23 6.9 59.0 -47.2% 5 6.3 42.0 17.8% 18 5.5 39.5 44.8% 27 8.4 50.5
19 LACH 19.1% 19 7.2 76.0 -15.2% 13 5.0 31.5 -17.9% 11 5.6 49.5 89.5% 32 6.8 62.0 -60.3% 3 6.7 5.5
20 WAS 2.4% 15 5.1 34.0 -44.6% 8 4.1 19.0 -16.8% 13 7.3 76.0 57.8% 29 6.6 104.0 -7.8% 12 7.9 46.5
21 TEN -42.6% 5 9.3 69.0 86.5% 29 6.2 94.5 -17.8% 12 5.5 18.5 16.0% 17 5.3 28.0 3.2% 18 6.1 46.0
22 OAK 51.7% 25 8.3 66.5 15.8% 21 5.4 49.5 -28.0% 7 6.2 20.5 -10.2% 11 6.7 44.0 -1.8% 14 6.2 30.5
23 SF -45.1% 4 7.7 34.5 92.3% 31 4.9 36.0 29.0% 24 5.3 60.0 -53.4% 6 5.6 24.0 19.5% 24 9.9 42.0
24 NYG -21.3% 7 8.8 45.5 57.0% 26 5.7 46.5 -3.8% 15 4.8 35.0 30.8% 20 7.7 52.0 2.5% 17 6.0 26.5
25 CLE 55.7% 27 8.7 115.0 -108.6% 3 5.7 7.0 1.0% 16 4.1 21.0 32.6% 23 9.0 81.0 26.2% 25 8.0 36.5
26 CHI 86.1% 31 5.9 79.5 -9.8% 14 5.6 43.0 3.2% 18 4.9 27.0 79.3% 31 6.6 84.5 -56.2% 4 7.4 28.5
27 IND 17.1% 18 7.7 39.5 42.7% 24 5.9 86.5 32.9% 25 7.6 100.0 62.0% 30 5.7 65.0 -17.0% 11 5.7 34.0
28 MIN -0.3% 14 8.4 64.5 157.0% 32 6.1 96.5 24.0% 21 8.2 62.0 43.0% 26 6.2 40.5 -21.4% 8 7.4 39.0
29 NYJ 62.9% 29 5.3 55.5 77.6% 27 4.1 50.5 78.5% 29 4.5 15.5 -60.2% 5 8.1 58.0 57.0% 30 6.4 68.0
30 NE 44.5% 24 9.3 111.0 -3.2% 16 6.5 33.5 50.4% 28 8.2 76.5 31.0% 21 7.7 62.5 46.9% 28 8.6 88.5
31 MIA 54.0% 26 8.2 100.0 84.7% 28 4.3 54.0 -67.4% 2 7.6 11.0 31.2% 22 12.4 104.0 58.7% 31 7.4 65.0
32 NO 73.6% 30 7.3 65.0 88.4% 30 7.4 117.5 87.1% 31 3.5 48.0 39.5% 25 6.6 73.5 55.2% 29 8.8 92.5
x NFL 3.3% x 7.6 59.6 -4.2% x 5.7 43.7 -0.2% x 6.0 41.5 0.0% x 6.7 53.4 0.0% x 6.9 40.8

2017 DEFENSE BY PASS DIRECTION

2017 season totals through Week 2

Revised as of 9/19/2017

As with the defense vs. receivers table above, this following table does not include sacks or passes with no intended receiver listed. These numbers are adjusted based on the opposing offenses and include defensive pass interference. Short passes are defined as passes going up to 15 yards through the air; deep passes go 16 or more yards through the air. All directions are listed from the offensive perspective.

Numbers in red represent NFL averages for the season.

Rank Team Left Rk Middle Rk Right Rk Deep Rk Short Rk D Left D Mid D Right Sh Left Sh Mid Sh Right
1 BAL -155.5% 1 -105.4% 1 -34.9% 5 20.1% 12 -130.9% 1 -40.2% 163.3% -4.0% -207.1% -165.7% -52.5%
2 CAR -30.2% 6 -59.2% 2 -18.6% 9 -108.5% 2 -20.4% 8 -106.3% 0.0% -111.1% -20.6% -59.2% -7.1%
3 LARM -58.3% 2 -13.6% 8 -10.8% 15 97.4% 28 -44.2% 2 230.0% 0.0% -99.0% -132.5% -13.6% -1.6%
4 JAC 0.7% 20 -36.6% 4 -14.0% 12 17.5% 11 -20.1% 9 59.7% 72.6% -47.2% -18.7% -42.6% -3.9%
5 BUF -32.4% 5 82.5% 29 -42.2% 4 -53.1% 4 -19.3% 10 -224.3% 0.0% -9.6% -20.0% 82.5% -53.6%
6 DET -28.0% 8 -7.4% 10 -47.0% 1 -49.0% 5 -26.3% 6 -36.7% -110.0% -40.7% -26.8% -0.2% -48.7%
7 SEA -6.3% 16 -58.8% 3 -18.3% 10 -8.4% 7 -28.1% 4 -107.0% 140.0% 364.4% 21.3% -85.4% -26.4%
8 PIT -45.1% 3 29.3% 21 -23.6% 7 12.0% 10 -26.6% 5 -29.5% 92.6% 12.5% -53.5% 13.8% -42.1%
9 CIN 0.8% 21 13.6% 15 -43.8% 2 -6.0% 8 -3.6% 17 -99.0% 176.1% -98.9% 5.5% -8.6% -33.5%
10 PHI 15.5% 24 -13.6% 7 -17.4% 11 -0.7% 9 -5.0% 15 3.8% -106.3% 36.8% 16.6% -3.6% -38.8%
11 KC 20.1% 27 13.1% 14 -30.6% 6 -10.9% 6 13.0% 27 15.8% 1.0% -104.7% 23.4% 18.3% -5.3%
12 TB -16.2% 14 -4.4% 12 -22.4% 8 70.1% 24 -24.1% 7 -106.6% 116.0% 133.1% -7.8% -14.5% -43.7%
13 ARI 8.0% 23 -14.6% 6 4.0% 22 70.9% 25 -12.1% 11 13.6% 187.7% 23.5% 7.3% -47.5% 0.0%
14 GB -26.1% 10 20.6% 19 22.3% 27 23.9% 13 -4.3% 16 -62.4% 149.6% 73.2% -12.1% 6.8% -4.3%
15 HOU -8.9% 15 46.2% 24 -4.2% 19 41.8% 19 -8.9% 12 -33.9% 312.0% 208.7% 3.4% 10.5% -28.4%
16 DEN -25.8% 11 18.0% 18 -42.4% 3 105.2% 29 -37.2% 3 56.4% 242.5% 114.8% -40.8% -8.7% -50.5%
x NFL -6.3% x 13.1% x -1.6% x 36.0% x -7.6% x 11.0% 78.5% 45.7% -10.5% 4.5% -12.8%
Rank Team Left Rk Middle Rk Right Rk Deep Rk Short Rk D Left D Mid D Right Sh Left Sh Mid Sh Right
17 ATL -22.5% 13 58.4% 26 6.3% 24 -56.3% 3 2.7% 21 76.3% 0.0% -329.9% -28.8% 58.4% 27.3%
18 DAL -0.7% 18 22.0% 20 -1.6% 20 -136.3% 1 20.5% 29 -104.6% -127.0% -216.8% 18.1% 31.7% 14.9%
19 LACH -36.8% 4 37.8% 23 50.5% 31 39.6% 17 -5.4% 14 -104.7% 246.7% 71.5% -28.2% 8.4% 35.8%
20 WAS 44.9% 32 -11.5% 9 -13.4% 13 29.0% 15 -1.6% 19 184.1% -60.5% 88.7% 18.3% 7.5% -26.5%
21 TEN -22.8% 12 -1.7% 13 29.3% 29 41.3% 18 0.0% 20 134.4% -188.9% 107.4% -50.4% 22.2% 18.0%
22 OAK -30.1% 7 61.0% 27 -9.5% 16 53.6% 22 -2.4% 18 -26.8% 191.2% 86.3% -31.5% 54.4% -29.2%
23 SF -4.2% 17 -20.5% 5 13.5% 25 23.9% 14 -5.9% 13 44.6% 18.8% -1.4% -22.4% -33.2% 17.2%
24 NYG 37.4% 28 -7.0% 11 4.8% 23 41.9% 20 8.4% 25 -16.2% 0.0% 104.2% 54.1% -7.0% -7.8%
25 CLE -27.2% 9 16.3% 16 27.3% 28 70.9% 26 6.7% 23 0.7% -377.0% 277.1% -33.5% 33.6% 1.8%
26 CHI 0.7% 19 80.9% 28 -11.7% 14 48.5% 21 12.2% 26 -58.4% 195.5% 54.9% 15.6% 56.8% -23.1%
27 IND 19.9% 26 113.5% 32 -9.0% 17 105.9% 31 5.1% 22 81.2% 215.4% 61.8% -4.4% 77.8% -24.0%
28 MIN 43.9% 30 55.2% 25 -6.8% 18 67.0% 23 16.4% 28 62.9% 333.6% -10.8% 37.1% 21.7% -6.0%
29 NYJ 7.9% 22 94.6% 30 2.5% 21 105.7% 30 7.7% 24 121.8% 0.0% 84.6% -26.0% 94.6% -21.7%
30 NE 44.0% 31 17.3% 17 37.8% 30 72.0% 27 24.3% 30 17.3% 0.0% 126.4% 56.6% 17.3% -2.0%
31 MIA 17.4% 25 101.4% 31 21.1% 26 35.6% 16 34.3% 32 -106.4% 222.1% 23.6% 24.7% 84.3% 20.7%
32 NO 38.4% 29 34.8% 22 122.1% 32 205.2% 32 26.1% 31 240.0% 127.9% 220.1% 20.2% 17.8% 46.4%
x NFL -6.3% x 13.1% x -1.6% x 36.0% x -7.6% x 11.0% 78.5% 45.7% -10.5% 4.5% -12.8%