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2014 DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY RATINGS

2014 season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/16/2014

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. (Prior to Week 4, there are no opponent adjustments.) 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 75 percent of DAVE. 

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
1 WAS -37.8% 14 -9.8% 2 -39.1% 2 -36.3% 4
2 CAR -26.8% 1 -11.3% 1 -29.5% 3 -20.9% 8
3 DET -25.2% 2 -4.2% 9 -13.7% 9 -41.0% 3
4 NE -25.2% 20 -6.4% 4 -49.3% 1 3.6% 25
5 ARI -22.1% 6 -6.2% 5 -5.0% 12 -44.7% 1
6 PHI -18.6% 10 -3.8% 10 3.5% 17 -41.9% 2
7 MIN -15.8% 4 -2.2% 15 -22.2% 6 -10.1% 15
8 CIN -14.9% 12 -6.2% 6 -26.7% 4 11.9% 29
9 TEN -11.0% 3 0.3% 19 -22.3% 5 2.0% 22
10 BAL -10.7% 18 -4.2% 8 -10.1% 10 -11.8% 13
11 DEN -9.2% 11 -4.4% 7 -6.7% 11 -14.6% 12
12 MIA -9.2% 9 -1.7% 17 2.3% 16 -25.7% 7
13 CHI -8.7% 22 -2.2% 14 -18.9% 7 0.4% 21
14 BUF -4.7% 17 -3.0% 11 -2.7% 13 -9.1% 16
15 NYJ -2.0% 5 -2.8% 13 12.8% 20 -35.3% 5
16 HOU -1.7% 16 0.9% 20 -15.9% 8 21.9% 32
TEAM DEFENSE
DVOA
LAST
WEEK
DEFENSE
DAVE
RANK PASS
DEFENSE
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEFENSE
RUSH
RANK
17 SF 0.6% 13 -2.8% 12 2.1% 15 -2.1% 18
18 TB 3.5% 19 -0.4% 18 36.5% 27 -28.4% 6
19 JAC 4.7% 7 4.5% 26 6.9% 19 2.4% 23
20 OAK 5.1% 15 2.6% 23 19.3% 21 -3.5% 17
21 SEA 7.0% 8 -6.4% 3 26.5% 23 -18.0% 10
22 DAL 7.2% 31 6.4% 27 5.1% 18 10.1% 28
23 GB 9.0% 28 3.8% 24 1.0% 14 15.4% 30
24 NYG 9.8% 30 -1.9% 16 37.0% 28 -19.2% 9
25 PIT 11.7% 23 2.0% 22 26.4% 22 -0.1% 20
26 STL 14.8% 29 1.7% 21 32.2% 25 2.8% 24
27 SD 15.9% 21 8.1% 28 32.6% 26 -11.0% 14
28 IND 19.8% 26 10.2% 32 37.1% 29 -0.8% 19
29 ATL 20.7% 24 9.6% 31 41.2% 30 4.5% 27
30 CLE 23.9% 27 9.3% 30 31.2% 24 15.7% 31
31 NO 28.8% 32 3.9% 25 48.8% 31 3.8% 26
32 KC 29.9% 25 8.8% 29 69.7% 32 -16.0% 11

2014 DEFENSE vs. TYPES OF RECEIVERS

2014 season totals through Week 2

Revised as of 9/16/2014

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 include defensive pass interference. Opponent adjustments will not appear until after Week 4.

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 NE -28.2% 5 10.5 89.4 -78.7% 1 4.3 22.6 -63.9% 5 4.5 18.2 6.9% 18 9.1 82.9 -54.2% 3 6.8 44.8
2 WAS 17.8% 21 5.2 51.1 -40.2% 3 4.3 38.9 -44.4% 8 5.6 46.7 20.9% 21 5.0 40.0 28.8% 23 4.3 22.8
3 CAR -19.8% 7 9.0 59.4 -36.7% 5 7.3 37.0 27.3% 25 8.8 22.3 -55.8% 4 9.9 63.9 -12.4% 16 7.3 49.9
4 CIN -5.9% 12 13.2 102.2 2.8% 15 9.5 48.9 -57.8% 6 10.5 43.1 -55.9% 3 10.4 86.4 -68.1% 2 9.3 41.2
5 TEN -17.8% 8 12.1 112.1 -34.9% 6 3.7 17.5 41.6% 30 1.8 12.8 -4.1% 13 8.3 64.0 -38.6% 5 3.5 19.5
6 MIN 62.9% 30 8.9 77.8 1.6% 14 5.0 28.8 -41.7% 9 3.4 14.2 -64.9% 2 7.2 72.6 -24.6% 12 6.1 35.6
7 CHI -0.9% 14 6.1 54.1 -18.4% 8 4.8 45.6 -65.6% 4 5.5 29.8 13.2% 19 4.9 38.4 -31.8% 7 6.6 31.4
8 HOU 24.0% 23 10.6 95.3 -1.4% 13 7.1 36.9 -6.2% 17 6.6 70.9 -70.2% 1 7.6 56.8 -121.6% 1 5.7 29.4
9 DET -53.5% 2 7.7 48.3 10.4% 17 4.9 23.6 -2.2% 18 9.4 47.8 -15.2% 11 7.3 66.4 31.8% 24 5.2 50.1
10 BAL -7.4% 11 13.1 63.5 -17.5% 10 6.2 15.2 -96.7% 1 4.9 10.5 -29.7% 9 9.8 53.0 -0.5% 18 5.5 32.6
11 DEN -1.9% 13 9.7 87.3 -25.8% 7 8.7 66.4 25.2% 24 9.6 45.5 -32.8% 8 11.2 100.4 -13.0% 15 9.2 68.1
12 ARI -50.1% 3 10.9 76.4 30.2% 25 9.9 56.6 -78.7% 2 4.7 37.3 14.4% 20 9.4 75.2 -27.3% 10 5.2 34.6
13 BUF 1.2% 15 10.5 81.5 19.4% 19 8.8 61.4 -55.0% 7 12.1 78.9 -33.0% 7 9.9 90.7 13.0% 20 8.5 71.2
14 GB 18.3% 22 8.9 54.2 -62.6% 2 5.0 35.9 -1.7% 19 4.3 19.1 -37.9% 6 6.4 26.6 76.7% 30 4.3 39.8
15 SF 13.9% 19 6.6 61.9 9.1% 16 7.2 41.0 44.7% 32 6.9 45.5 -47.2% 5 7.6 45.2 -35.0% 6 8.3 33.2
16 MIA 58.3% 29 9.3 82.1 -39.5% 4 6.8 30.8 -72.3% 3 8.2 38.0 2.0% 16 10.0 70.2 -23.8% 13 7.3 59.9
x NFL 4.2% x 8.6 71.3 6.5% x 6.1 44.7 -12.7% x 6.1 38.4 0.0% x 7.8 58.8 0.0% x 6.3 39.1
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 PHI -17.7% 9 9.9 67.4 -3.4% 12 7.3 92.4 -38.5% 10 5.7 25.8 0.1% 14 7.8 32.2 63.7% 29 6.4 27.3
18 DAL -20.2% 6 6.0 35.2 43.0% 28 5.4 60.2 -32.0% 12 4.8 26.5 -28.9% 10 7.8 73.4 -30.9% 8 2.2 5.4
19 JAC 6.6% 17 7.0 67.7 -16.3% 11 5.7 26.6 27.8% 26 9.2 73.7 25.0% 24 10.0 63.4 14.6% 21 6.9 25.6
20 NYJ 9.2% 18 10.4 118.9 58.9% 30 7.1 45.4 35.1% 28 7.6 54.0 -10.7% 12 7.5 35.2 -27.1% 11 7.7 33.8
21 OAK 38.0% 27 5.7 61.5 24.5% 22 3.8 27.3 19.6% 21 4.0 22.5 22.3% 22 6.4 50.4 63.0% 28 4.3 16.9
22 PIT 17.7% 20 8.7 88.5 20.3% 20 4.2 28.4 -14.4% 15 3.8 30.4 32.4% 25 8.1 74.2 -19.5% 14 3.6 22.3
23 SEA -12.6% 10 7.7 61.6 69.2% 31 5.1 43.6 -12.0% 16 3.9 38.2 138.5% 32 7.8 55.9 -0.6% 17 8.4 46.8
24 CLE 134.5% 32 2.8 48.6 25.5% 23 5.9 52.9 19.7% 22 8.0 62.0 1.0% 15 8.2 76.3 -30.1% 9 6.7 51.0
25 STL -60.6% 1 5.9 47.0 76.7% 32 4.9 60.8 -16.5% 14 4.7 21.9 87.6% 31 3.2 30.5 16.9% 22 4.1 30.2
26 SD 77.7% 31 5.3 59.1 -18.2% 9 3.9 41.3 22.7% 23 6.3 57.3 72.7% 28 4.5 18.8 60.7% 27 7.5 57.3
27 TB 36.3% 26 8.1 75.8 33.5% 27 5.2 16.9 44.5% 31 3.5 25.9 37.8% 26 7.3 83.6 -50.4% 4 5.1 15.5
28 NYG 49.4% 28 7.9 72.7 28.6% 24 7.0 71.9 11.9% 20 1.8 12.5 22.6% 23 7.6 39.6 1.4% 19 3.6 38.4
29 IND -38.2% 4 9.7 63.8 20.9% 21 5.3 48.2 -27.4% 13 7.7 23.6 78.3% 29 8.2 74.1 88.4% 31 5.9 72.8
30 ATL 27.9% 25 10.2 37.4 17.6% 18 6.5 70.8 -33.4% 11 5.6 44.2 45.4% 27 5.7 63.8 49.0% 26 6.8 72.9
31 NO 5.2% 16 9.3 95.6 33.3% 26 8.4 68.9 32.1% 27 7.8 96.8 6.4% 17 9.7 40.1 43.6% 25 9.7 49.1
32 KC 27.1% 24 7.9 85.2 49.9% 29 6.1 66.8 37.7% 29 3.8 34.4 86.2% 30 4.9 37.4 96.5% 32 8.1 22.1
x NFL 4.2% x 8.6 71.3 6.5% x 6.1 44.7 -12.7% x 6.1 38.4 0.0% x 7.8 58.8 0.0% x 6.3 39.1