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2017 DEFENSE EFFICIENCY RATINGS

2017 season totals, through Week 6

Revised as of 10/17/2017

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 19 percent of DAVE for teams with six games and 27 percent for teams with five.

Opponent adjustments are currently at 60 percent strength and will climb 10 percent each week until they are at 100 percent after Week 10.

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
NON-ADJUSTED VAR. RANK SCHED RANK
TOTAL PASS RUSH
1 JAC -20.7% 1 -17.4% 1 -45.7% 1 8.8% 31 -21.1% -47.3% 9.7% 9.7% 28 0.8% 14
2 BUF -16.1% 3 -9.9% 6 -16.1% 3 -16.1% 11 -19.1% -22.9% -13.3% 1.7% 7 -2.2% 20
3 CIN -15.8% 2 -11.6% 3 -12.4% 7 -20.0% 7 -17.3% -17.5% -17.0% 0.9% 4 -7.9% 30
4 PIT -15.4% 5 -12.8% 2 -15.5% 4 -15.3% 12 -15.5% -17.8% -13.0% 0.8% 3 -3.0% 21
5 BAL -14.4% 6 -11.5% 4 -20.3% 2 -9.5% 16 -20.5% -33.9% -9.4% 17.9% 32 -7.3% 29
6 HOU -12.8% 9 -10.8% 5 -10.0% 8 -16.1% 10 -6.8% -2.9% -11.4% 7.3% 21 5.1% 7
7 DET -12.4% 8 -9.8% 7 -8.0% 9 -18.1% 8 -10.7% -1.5% -22.4% 2.8% 12 5.0% 8
8 DEN -11.3% 7 -9.7% 8 7.4% 18 -40.0% 1 -11.4% 9.7% -43.8% 2.2% 11 0.7% 15
9 LARM -9.8% 11 -9.2% 9 -13.6% 6 -5.8% 22 -8.3% -10.7% -5.8% 8.0% 26 -4.2% 23
10 WAS -9.5% 4 -6.4% 12 -7.4% 10 -12.6% 15 -4.6% -1.1% -9.6% 10.0% 29 6.7% 3
11 MIN -8.3% 16 -7.5% 11 2.9% 16 -23.9% 5 -6.0% 5.5% -22.1% 7.4% 23 2.4% 12
12 SEA -7.6% 10 -8.2% 10 -13.6% 5 0.4% 26 -11.8% -19.9% -1.1% 7.4% 22 -5.8% 26
13 CAR -6.1% 12 -5.4% 13 2.8% 15 -20.2% 6 -4.0% 5.7% -19.6% 8.5% 27 3.4% 10
14 PHI -5.2% 14 -4.7% 14 -0.1% 13 -16.4% 9 -6.2% -0.9% -18.1% 5.4% 18 5.4% 6
15 NO -3.9% 23 -0.5% 16 -5.0% 11 -2.4% 24 -0.3% -0.5% -0.2% 16.6% 31 0.5% 17
16 CHI -2.8% 17 -2.1% 15 1.1% 14 -7.5% 19 -2.4% -0.4% -4.8% 2.9% 13 6.5% 4
TEAM DEFENSE
DVOA
LAST
WEEK
DEFENSE
DAVE
RANK PASS
DEF
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF
RUSH
RANK
NON-ADJUSTED VAR. RANK SCHED RANK
TOTAL PASS RUSH
17 LACH 0.8% 15 1.2% 18 -1.0% 12 2.5% 28 1.7% 1.9% 1.6% 1.6% 5 3.2% 11
18 GB 1.3% 20 1.3% 19 10.6% 19 -8.1% 18 2.7% 13.6% -8.2% 3.3% 14 1.0% 13
19 ARI 2.1% 13 0.8% 17 23.1% 24 -24.3% 4 1.8% 22.7% -24.5% 3.5% 15 -4.2% 24
20 MIA 6.7% 18 5.1% 21 34.9% 28 -33.0% 2 9.0% 36.9% -30.1% 7.6% 24 6.4% 5
21 KC 6.8% 19 6.0% 22 7.1% 17 6.5% 30 13.4% 21.2% 4.2% 5.5% 19 11.9% 1
22 NYG 7.2% 27 4.8% 20 12.6% 20 0.5% 27 8.9% 14.4% 2.1% 1.8% 9 4.1% 9
23 NYJ 8.9% 21 6.8% 23 16.8% 21 0.0% 25 7.0% 12.1% 1.3% 7.9% 25 -5.1% 25
24 SF 9.3% 25 9.4% 24 30.9% 26 -14.4% 13 8.7% 29.3% -13.7% 1.6% 6 -4.1% 22
25 CLE 10.8% 28 9.8% 26 40.2% 32 -25.7% 3 7.6% 36.0% -27.6% 1.7% 8 -8.1% 31
26 TEN 11.4% 26 10.3% 27 29.2% 25 -9.5% 17 9.9% 26.4% -9.5% 5.9% 20 -6.9% 27
27 ATL 12.4% 24 9.7% 25 17.6% 22 4.2% 29 6.8% 9.3% 2.8% 0.2% 1 -11.3% 32
28 OAK 15.2% 31 12.3% 29 36.2% 29 -6.3% 21 12.7% 32.9% -8.0% 0.4% 2 -1.1% 19
29 IND 15.6% 30 14.1% 31 32.5% 27 -6.4% 20 13.6% 26.8% -3.6% 2.0% 10 -7.1% 28
30 DAL 15.9% 29 11.1% 28 20.7% 23 9.0% 32 16.9% 23.0% 8.0% 4.5% 17 -0.9% 18
31 TB 17.0% 22 13.5% 30 40.2% 31 -13.5% 14 15.6% 36.5% -11.8% 10.5% 30 0.7% 16
32 NE 21.1% 32 15.9% 32 38.2% 30 -3.6% 23 24.9% 44.7% -3.6% 4.0% 16 8.7% 2

2017 DEFENSE vs. TYPES OF RECEIVERS

2017 season totals through Week 6

Revised as of 10/17/2017

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 JAC -60.9% 1 8.6 45.3 -16.5% 12 4.6 30.5 -9.5% 11 5.5 45.2 -22.6% 6 6.5 43.6 -26.3% 7 6.3 31.3
2 BAL -53.2% 2 5.9 42.4 -25.1% 8 5.6 47.3 -26.8% 4 5.2 26.2 70.0% 32 5.9 56.9 -26.1% 8 5.9 44.0
3 BUF -12.0% 8 8.8 83.9 -34.5% 4 7.3 48.3 -66.5% 1 7.6 30.8 -1.6% 16 7.5 42.0 3.4% 17 6.2 39.2
4 PIT 5.4% 16 6.4 36.9 -21.7% 11 4.3 17.5 -23.3% 5 5.5 41.6 -31.8% 2 6.7 49.9 8.5% 19 7.2 47.2
5 SEA 6.0% 17 7.1 43.6 15.7% 23 5.8 46.2 -44.5% 2 7.7 40.3 -19.1% 8 8.1 60.9 -63.3% 1 5.2 29.8
6 LARM -11.2% 9 8.6 78.8 -6.2% 17 4.9 44.4 -19.1% 8 4.6 24.5 -21.4% 7 5.8 43.0 0.0% 16 7.9 48.1
7 CIN -33.1% 5 8.3 53.8 -8.4% 16 4.6 25.9 31.4% 30 4.9 53.9 7.9% 22 5.3 41.4 -36.0% 6 9.9 38.1
8 HOU -2.2% 12 7.0 61.9 43.5% 31 4.1 36.6 10.5% 19 5.5 44.9 -26.3% 3 7.7 60.4 -38.6% 5 5.7 18.3
9 DET -26.8% 7 8.5 63.7 -13.4% 14 6.4 45.1 -7.6% 14 5.7 33.2 26.0% 28 6.5 63.5 -45.6% 3 8.0 57.7
10 WAS -32.1% 6 6.5 35.8 -40.5% 3 4.0 17.4 -27.5% 3 7.5 61.4 23.6% 27 7.9 84.6 -5.3% 12 9.2 44.6
11 NO 10.0% 19 7.9 65.9 0.4% 19 6.4 77.3 -17.3% 9 6.3 40.3 -23.5% 5 5.8 44.3 -3.6% 13 9.5 74.5
12 LACH 16.3% 21 7.4 66.7 -42.5% 2 4.4 21.8 12.0% 20 5.9 45.2 4.4% 18 4.8 41.9 -39.3% 4 6.9 34.7
13 PHI 0.8% 13 11.3 87.0 -26.4% 6 7.3 55.2 -0.9% 16 8.3 68.9 -13.3% 10 7.5 39.2 -25.6% 9 7.2 44.2
14 CHI 40.4% 29 7.0 59.1 -26.2% 7 6.5 29.9 -8.9% 12 5.0 41.2 -11.8% 11 7.2 55.4 -2.7% 14 6.8 36.9
15 CAR 21.2% 24 8.0 64.8 -11.8% 15 5.8 33.1 16.1% 24 6.3 42.0 -0.7% 17 5.3 40.2 -9.7% 11 7.7 45.1
16 MIN -33.9% 4 8.4 57.9 25.0% 26 6.2 63.6 4.4% 18 6.8 53.1 17.4% 26 7.2 49.7 -18.2% 10 5.8 31.1
x NFL 2.2% x 8.9 74.6 -2.2% x 6.4 48.4 -0.6% x 7.0 51.9 0.0% x 8.1 60.7 0.0% x 8.2 50.8
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 KC 26.6% 27 9.2 94.1 -29.3% 5 5.0 23.4 29.5% 28 6.9 61.6 -2.6% 15 6.3 62.1 -56.6% 2 6.4 22.9
18 DEN -51.0% 3 8.0 52.0 -1.4% 18 4.8 26.9 29.9% 29 5.6 42.8 27.5% 30 7.9 67.7 -1.8% 15 6.0 32.9
19 GB 19.6% 22 9.1 83.8 -22.1% 10 4.1 36.7 -14.2% 10 6.0 35.7 -7.5% 12 6.3 38.7 26.9% 27 5.3 30.0
20 NYG -6.0% 11 9.8 86.7 25.9% 27 5.4 44.2 -20.0% 7 6.1 37.5 6.0% 20 9.1 71.6 18.8% 23 6.9 44.0
21 NYJ 24.0% 25 6.9 63.6 -23.8% 9 6.5 40.1 -21.7% 6 6.6 39.1 -23.9% 4 7.8 51.3 19.3% 24 7.0 54.5
22 ATL 2.3% 14 7.7 46.8 21.0% 25 5.7 40.8 -8.0% 13 6.2 47.9 5.2% 19 8.9 61.4 3.6% 18 9.1 61.4
23 DAL 3.2% 15 6.7 57.3 7.3% 21 7.2 50.0 -4.8% 15 6.6 47.8 27.1% 29 7.7 53.7 46.8% 32 7.8 55.5
24 ARI 7.1% 18 4.9 42.7 -13.6% 13 6.0 47.0 19.0% 25 9.5 89.1 8.4% 23 7.1 54.2 11.2% 20 7.3 38.8
25 TEN -10.3% 10 9.1 72.2 46.2% 32 6.3 58.2 2.6% 17 4.6 34.5 6.6% 21 7.6 53.7 23.0% 25 7.3 48.9
26 SF 21.2% 23 7.8 66.1 39.1% 29 5.0 47.6 27.5% 27 7.9 62.5 -66.4% 1 5.6 31.9 38.0% 30 9.7 65.0
27 IND 12.6% 20 6.9 58.8 28.3% 28 7.5 68.0 15.1% 22 6.7 76.0 8.9% 24 7.9 68.2 43.1% 31 7.0 50.8
28 MIA 42.0% 30 7.7 71.6 39.5% 30 5.0 47.8 22.1% 26 4.3 34.6 -3.3% 14 9.5 54.7 11.6% 21 6.9 41.5
29 OAK 27.3% 28 6.3 61.7 17.5% 24 4.7 40.1 15.2% 23 5.7 39.2 14.1% 25 6.2 55.3 32.9% 29 6.8 52.9
30 NE 45.2% 31 6.9 94.8 5.5% 20 7.8 58.6 13.0% 21 6.0 46.2 -5.3% 13 8.8 59.6 31.8% 28 8.8 75.2
31 TB 25.8% 26 11.8 112.3 12.0% 22 7.9 69.1 38.5% 32 6.1 45.7 -16.2% 9 6.2 35.8 18.3% 22 6.5 48.8
32 CLE 58.1% 32 6.0 82.2 -56.2% 1 4.6 26.8 32.0% 31 3.9 25.1 40.5% 31 9.5 73.3 23.9% 26 7.0 44.4
x NFL 2.2% x 8.9 74.6 -2.2% x 6.4 48.4 -0.6% x 7.0 51.9 0.0% x 8.1 60.7 0.0% x 8.2 50.8

2017 DEFENSE BY PASS DIRECTION

2017 season totals through Week 6

Revised as of 10/17/2017

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 JAC -41.7% 3 -54.8% 1 -9.5% 14 -83.2% 1 -18.3% 9 -3.3% -247.5% -25.0% -52.2% 1.1% -6.0%
2 BAL -69.5% 1 -19.6% 4 32.3% 31 89.0% 30 -45.1% 1 9.7% 167.6% 90.9% -90.3% -61.0% 8.4%
3 BUF -42.4% 2 -17.1% 5 -11.9% 12 -37.2% 2 -21.1% 8 -117.6% -269.5% 32.3% -31.9% 10.3% -25.4%
4 PIT 5.1% 24 -12.6% 8 -30.4% 2 36.4% 20 -24.8% 4 59.2% 54.6% 3.9% -14.4% -19.7% -42.1%
5 SEA -22.9% 5 -13.7% 7 -17.1% 8 5.5% 9 -25.1% 3 -60.0% 104.1% 26.5% -10.5% -47.4% -25.5%
6 LARM -1.3% 18 13.5% 16 -31.7% 1 59.7% 25 -24.4% 5 134.1% 87.4% -50.6% -32.0% -1.1% -29.0%
7 CIN -11.5% 12 3.8% 13 -17.1% 7 92.2% 31 -23.5% 7 93.5% 109.2% 84.7% -24.2% -7.3% -30.4%
8 HOU -2.7% 16 26.0% 21 -27.5% 4 9.4% 11 -11.9% 13 -65.0% 151.3% 45.2% 19.4% -32.8% -46.4%
9 DET -8.6% 13 -21.7% 2 -20.5% 6 18.6% 14 -24.1% 6 22.3% 18.6% 14.1% -16.9% -28.0% -29.7%
10 WAS -23.8% 4 -1.7% 10 -7.1% 16 9.0% 10 -17.3% 10 -48.6% 35.9% 76.6% -17.0% -12.4% -23.0%
11 NO -15.1% 9 9.8% 15 -2.8% 18 133.0% 32 -33.1% 2 51.6% 163.1% 169.0% -24.5% -13.8% -56.2%
12 LACH -17.8% 8 -14.9% 6 10.9% 24 2.9% 8 -8.4% 17 -57.3% 27.1% 25.2% -10.9% -17.7% 3.6%
13 PHI -21.9% 6 44.6% 28 -29.7% 3 -27.1% 3 -8.5% 16 -95.4% 89.5% -12.9% -10.8% 38.4% -33.1%
14 CHI 13.8% 28 34.1% 25 -26.7% 5 -15.3% 4 1.9% 22 -68.3% 109.5% -49.2% 23.9% 21.0% -21.1%
15 CAR -1.5% 17 3.2% 11 9.4% 23 17.3% 13 1.2% 21 58.0% -54.0% -11.4% -13.9% 9.1% 13.4%
16 MIN -13.5% 10 28.1% 24 -6.6% 17 31.5% 17 -10.5% 14 39.0% -46.5% 51.0% -25.7% 41.3% -19.6%
x NFL -5.5% x 12.7% x -1.9% x 27.7% x -6.4% x 9.4% 37.2% 40.9% -9.1% 8.2% -12.5%
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 KC 1.8% 21 26.2% 22 -16.3% 9 30.2% 16 -14.1% 12 13.4% 41.3% 51.5% -4.8% 20.6% -43.6%
18 DEN -12.1% 11 25.0% 20 -7.8% 15 80.2% 28 -15.1% 11 34.4% 175.0% 108.7% -19.7% 12.3% -24.6%
19 GB 4.6% 23 24.6% 19 -12.0% 11 11.3% 12 1.1% 20 -13.9% 67.6% 17.7% 10.6% 19.9% -19.1%
20 NYG 9.4% 26 4.7% 14 -2.0% 19 33.4% 18 -3.3% 18 97.3% -50.0% 50.5% -7.8% 21.0% -11.7%
21 NYJ 0.7% 19 -8.0% 9 -13.3% 10 2.7% 7 -9.5% 15 62.7% -82.0% -28.0% -17.8% 8.9% -8.1%
22 ATL -8.2% 14 41.1% 27 3.0% 21 -7.6% 5 6.2% 25 9.1% 192.7% -46.2% -10.9% 35.9% 13.0%
23 DAL 10.6% 27 27.2% 23 12.4% 25 36.3% 19 11.3% 29 0.0% 165.2% -2.6% 13.0% 3.7% 14.8%
24 ARI -6.2% 15 45.5% 30 -0.7% 20 50.9% 23 -2.6% 19 -40.6% 121.5% 91.1% 1.4% 27.7% -24.5%
25 TEN 1.7% 20 3.3% 12 22.9% 28 0.2% 6 14.0% 30 7.6% -80.7% 28.8% 0.0% 19.3% 21.6%
26 SF 22.4% 30 -21.2% 3 25.8% 30 46.7% 22 5.9% 24 33.1% 47.4% 57.4% 19.3% -32.5% 14.5%
27 IND 13.9% 29 74.3% 32 -9.9% 13 65.8% 26 5.8% 23 56.4% 67.2% 74.8% 1.4% 77.0% -38.8%
28 MIA 2.4% 22 51.3% 31 23.1% 29 22.8% 15 20.7% 31 21.7% -26.5% 57.5% -1.5% 64.8% 19.0%
29 OAK 27.2% 32 22.3% 18 16.9% 27 87.8% 29 7.8% 26 44.3% 163.7% 90.1% 23.8% 8.8% -3.6%
30 NE 7.0% 25 45.4% 29 15.7% 26 42.3% 21 9.0% 27 0.6% 114.3% 62.7% 9.6% 29.0% -0.3%
31 TB 23.0% 31 19.0% 17 9.0% 22 51.6% 24 10.0% 28 58.6% -18.3% 94.4% 16.0% 25.7% -7.3%
32 CLE -18.3% 7 34.9% 26 57.9% 32 67.1% 27 21.1% 32 -36.5% -388.5% 201.8% -15.1% 44.1% 34.6%
x NFL -5.5% x 12.7% x -1.9% x 27.7% x -6.4% x 9.4% 37.2% 40.9% -9.1% 8.2% -12.5%