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2014 DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY RATINGS

2014 season totals, through Week 4

Revised as of 9/30/2014

This page lists DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) for total defense as well as rushing and passing offense separated. The DVOA system is explained here. All numbers below are adjusted to an average schedule of opponents and an average percentage of fumbles recovered by the offense. Opponent adjustments are currently at 40 percent strength and will rise each week until they are at full strength after Week 10. Rushing includes all rushing, not just running backs.

DAVE is our formula that combines in-season performance with preseason projections early in the season to get a more accurate look at how good teams are likely to be long-term. The projection is currently 45 percent of DAVE for teams with four games and 55 percent of DAVE for teams with three games.

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

TEAM DEFENSE
DVOA
LAST
WEEK
DEFENSE
DAVE
RANK PASS
DEFENSE
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEFENSE
RUSH
RANK
NON-ADJUSTED VAR. RANK SCHED RANK
TOTAL PASS RUSH
1 CIN -21.5% 5 -11.5% 1 -40.2% 1 11.1% 32 -18.2% -34.8% 10.6% 1.0% 7 8.9% 7
2 DET -20.6% 2 -10.0% 2 -12.4% 4 -30.5% 3 -24.7% -16.1% -35.3% 4.0% 15 -1.6% 17
3 ARI -14.4% 6 -7.0% 5 0.4% 9 -34.6% 1 -13.9% 2.0% -35.4% 4.9% 17 2.2% 10
4 DEN -11.2% 10 -6.6% 7 -7.6% 6 -17.2% 12 -2.5% 3.4% -12.3% 0.3% 1 13.3% 2
5 NYG -11.1% 19 -8.7% 4 -10.7% 5 -11.7% 15 -11.0% -12.2% -9.5% 9.8% 25 -1.9% 19
6 SF -9.3% 21 -6.9% 6 -4.9% 7 -17.6% 11 -13.9% -9.9% -21.4% 7.0% 22 1.0% 13
7 MIA -9.2% 8 -4.7% 9 2.9% 11 -24.9% 9 -17.7% -11.3% -26.0% 1.0% 6 -13.3% 32
8 SEA -8.9% 12 -10.0% 3 4.3% 12 -29.5% 4 -1.6% 19.2% -34.2% 6.0% 20 13.0% 3
9 BUF -8.6% 11 -5.8% 8 5.2% 14 -30.9% 2 -11.7% 3.0% -35.4% 2.5% 12 -1.2% 16
10 NE -8.0% 1 -4.5% 10 -16.0% 2 0.5% 25 -9.6% -18.2% -0.4% 21.9% 32 -9.7% 28
11 PHI -7.9% 7 -3.9% 11 8.6% 15 -26.1% 8 -8.7% 4.0% -22.6% 2.4% 11 -5.1% 24
12 HOU -6.5% 23 -2.8% 13 -14.4% 3 3.7% 29 -10.9% -25.2% 7.7% 6.1% 21 -9.4% 26
13 BAL -4.7% 15 -3.5% 12 14.2% 21 -27.5% 6 -4.8% 16.0% -30.1% 4.8% 16 12.5% 4
14 CHI -3.3% 4 -1.9% 15 2.6% 10 -10.6% 16 -1.3% 5.1% -9.1% 14.5% 29 -3.6% 21
15 SD -2.5% 22 1.1% 18 4.8% 13 -12.3% 14 -7.2% 4.2% -22.5% 2.4% 10 -5.8% 25
16 WAS -2.3% 3 -1.5% 16 18.5% 23 -28.5% 5 -5.9% 16.0% -33.6% 18.2% 30 -13.1% 31
TEAM DEFENSE
DVOA
LAST
WEEK
DEFENSE
DAVE
RANK PASS
DEFENSE
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEFENSE
RUSH
RANK
NON-ADJUSTED VAR. RANK SCHED RANK
TOTAL PASS RUSH
17 NYJ -1.4% 9 -2.1% 14 10.3% 16 -21.9% 10 -1.6% 9.2% -20.5% 3.6% 14 -2.0% 20
18 GB -1.1% 18 0.3% 17 -1.7% 8 -0.5% 23 1.2% -1.6% 3.5% 2.2% 8 3.5% 9
19 KC 3.5% 28 2.7% 19 10.3% 17 -6.9% 18 3.2% 8.1% -4.4% 9.5% 24 -4.0% 22
20 TEN 5.8% 14 5.0% 24 11.0% 19 0.4% 24 8.8% 16.9% 0.7% 11.7% 26 11.5% 6
21 OAK 6.9% 16 4.6% 22 32.1% 29 -12.7% 13 3.4% 25.4% -13.7% 0.8% 4 -12.6% 30
22 MIN 7.9% 20 5.4% 26 19.4% 24 -4.4% 20 12.8% 26.8% -2.1% 7.3% 23 2.2% 11
23 DAL 8.3% 24 7.4% 27 12.7% 20 1.3% 26 7.8% 10.2% 3.9% 5.4% 19 -4.0% 23
24 TB 8.8% 26 4.0% 20 44.6% 32 -27.2% 7 6.9% 47.7% -34.0% 0.8% 5 5.0% 8
25 IND 9.9% 27 8.6% 29 11.0% 18 8.5% 31 5.7% 6.9% 4.1% 2.6% 13 -9.6% 27
26 PIT 10.1% 25 5.0% 25 21.3% 26 -4.2% 22 9.0% 19.8% -4.6% 0.5% 2 0.9% 14
27 ATL 10.9% 17 8.7% 30 20.2% 25 2.8% 27 8.6% 13.8% 4.0% 12.5% 27 -1.7% 18
28 CAR 13.1% 13 4.5% 21 18.2% 22 6.2% 30 13.8% 21.3% 3.6% 19.4% 31 0.4% 15
29 CLE 13.4% 32 8.4% 28 23.9% 27 3.3% 28 17.5% 28.7% 6.9% 0.6% 3 14.8% 1
30 STL 14.2% 30 4.9% 23 42.3% 31 -6.2% 19 10.9% 31.5% -4.0% 2.3% 9 -9.9% 29
31 JAC 14.3% 29 9.9% 32 31.0% 28 -7.7% 17 13.8% 31.6% -9.8% 5.3% 18 2.1% 12
32 NO 20.2% 31 9.1% 31 41.2% 30 -4.4% 21 23.2% 42.1% 1.0% 12.6% 28 12.1% 5

2014 DEFENSE vs. TYPES OF RECEIVERS

2014 season totals through Week 4

Revised as of 9/30/2014

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 CIN -4.6% 12 11.2 66.4 -10.5% 9 8.3 56.9 -73.4% 2 8.6 28.9 -41.2% 1 10.4 75.1 -29.8% 3 7.7 28.3
2 NE -27.7% 4 9.5 73.0 10.0% 13 3.9 29.4 -14.3% 12 4.4 27.5 23.9% 19 8.3 70.5 -26.5% 5 6.8 44.8
3 HOU 29.0% 23 8.7 77.6 -53.7% 1 8.2 46.3 8.8% 18 7.3 69.7 -31.1% 3 7.5 52.4 -57.3% 1 4.1 28.9
4 DET -30.3% 3 8.1 41.3 -14.5% 8 4.3 18.8 0.0% 14 7.3 52.4 15.2% 15 7.9 56.8 19.9% 20 5.9 40.2
5 NYG -17.7% 7 8.0 57.6 -8.9% 10 6.6 61.3 -59.1% 3 3.9 31.9 18.4% 17 7.4 47.2 58.9% 29 6.1 48.4
6 DEN -19.0% 6 9.6 56.6 10.7% 14 9.4 56.0 36.6% 28 7.8 59.2 -20.3% 5 7.6 66.9 27.5% 24 8.3 52.4
7 SF -1.7% 14 9.5 71.2 -23.4% 5 7.2 50.8 41.8% 30 7.9 57.1 -36.1% 2 7.2 30.4 -28.3% 4 5.9 17.9
8 GB 2.8% 15 8.7 62.6 -14.6% 7 6.1 30.8 -27.9% 9 5.4 29.9 4.3% 10 7.4 47.0 55.3% 28 4.9 46.8
9 ARI -8.7% 11 10.4 61.3 38.8% 24 7.0 35.2 -15.1% 11 6.9 60.6 26.1% 20 7.0 61.2 -25.3% 6 6.4 26.1
10 CHI 46.8% 26 5.2 60.0 35.4% 22 6.9 85.1 -78.2% 1 5.9 39.1 36.1% 24 6.5 56.3 -44.2% 2 5.9 27.6
11 MIA 56.5% 30 7.9 90.0 -30.1% 4 7.7 42.1 -53.5% 4 7.9 35.9 5.5% 11 8.9 54.7 26.2% 22 7.2 59.5
12 SEA -15.2% 8 8.1 55.3 60.5% 31 6.4 65.6 -31.4% 8 6.7 48.1 90.5% 31 7.4 46.4 1.1% 14 9.9 39.9
13 SD -23.6% 5 5.5 47.2 -51.3% 2 5.4 40.9 11.4% 19 6.2 52.8 76.5% 29 7.1 46.2 69.1% 30 8.4 66.3
14 BUF 9.3% 18 7.7 67.9 49.9% 28 7.1 68.4 -26.9% 10 8.9 57.4 -3.5% 9 8.9 65.6 2.4% 15 9.0 60.1
15 PHI -3.8% 13 11.6 94.3 29.7% 21 8.0 76.0 -33.1% 7 5.3 31.4 -17.4% 6 7.7 34.9 119.2% 32 5.7 36.4
16 NYJ 6.4% 17 7.7 67.8 51.4% 29 8.5 73.5 38.6% 29 6.8 51.7 41.9% 25 7.0 45.3 -7.5% 10 6.9 39.8
x NFL 13.3% x 8.1 66.4 11.3% x 6.3 49.0 0.9% x 5.9 44.2 16.5% x 7.0 53.0 14.9% x 6.0 37.9
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 2.8% 16 9.4 73.7 14.9% 17 7.0 76.6 -9.9% 13 4.3 36.8 70.0% 28 4.6 38.8 24.5% 21 7.2 45.0
18 IND -32.7% 2 9.4 55.9 -16.8% 6 6.2 64.5 -46.5% 5 4.6 36.2 86.5% 30 5.9 64.7 88.9% 31 6.6 62.5
19 TEN 23.9% 20 11.9 91.3 39.6% 25 5.9 39.4 -43.1% 6 4.1 24.8 26.4% 21 6.3 48.0 -13.0% 8 4.0 21.6
20 DAL -10.5% 10 8.1 44.6 12.5% 16 6.3 45.8 5.1% 16 5.9 55.6 6.2% 12 8.8 91.5 -3.6% 11 6.1 37.6
21 BAL 20.6% 19 8.9 75.8 29.5% 20 8.0 45.1 13.4% 20 5.0 55.6 -8.7% 7 6.8 38.0 -7.5% 9 5.8 28.8
22 CAR 37.1% 24 9.7 85.1 11.9% 15 6.5 45.6 44.2% 31 5.8 34.8 -23.5% 4 7.7 62.4 2.6% 16 6.3 41.5
23 WAS 45.4% 25 7.6 92.8 -34.6% 3 6.7 61.2 16.9% 22 7.8 56.5 54.8% 27 6.8 51.6 -24.5% 7 4.1 14.0
24 MIN 54.9% 29 8.4 64.3 -8.6% 11 8.6 59.6 28.2% 26 4.7 36.1 -7.2% 8 6.7 63.6 44.6% 27 5.4 33.3
25 ATL -11.4% 9 7.1 54.1 44.6% 27 5.7 70.7 8.2% 17 7.1 53.6 28.4% 22 5.8 52.7 29.5% 25 7.7 61.9
26 PIT 24.5% 21 9.0 81.4 17.6% 19 3.4 30.2 15.9% 21 8.9 64.0 33.2% 23 8.0 66.7 10.0% 18 4.4 27.7
27 CLE 110.8% 32 3.8 61.9 4.7% 12 7.8 52.1 26.2% 24 6.8 40.7 12.5% 13 6.2 53.8 -0.9% 13 7.8 62.9
28 JAC 51.1% 28 8.1 86.7 35.8% 23 5.5 32.3 63.2% 32 8.5 100.5 17.0% 16 9.6 74.5 36.5% 26 7.9 37.4
29 OAK 46.8% 27 7.7 71.6 17.4% 18 6.0 47.0 26.8% 25 4.4 41.6 13.5% 14 6.0 58.5 18.4% 19 4.2 25.7
30 NO 25.3% 22 7.2 64.8 52.4% 30 7.8 69.4 35.7% 27 5.4 44.1 21.6% 18 8.6 44.3 26.9% 23 7.9 49.7
31 STL -38.5% 1 6.6 70.7 94.7% 32 4.8 42.5 4.1% 15 3.4 19.7 93.3% 32 4.0 45.5 -3.2% 12 4.5 29.1
32 TB 80.3% 31 9.4 91.9 44.1% 26 4.6 24.6 25.2% 23 4.5 43.0 51.9% 26 8.3 71.1 8.9% 17 5.8 29.6
x NFL 13.3% x 8.1 66.4 11.3% x 6.3 49.0 0.9% x 5.9 44.2 16.5% x 7.0 53.0 14.9% x 6.0 37.9