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2016 DEFENSE EFFICIENCY RATINGS

2016 season totals, through Week 12

Revised as of 11/29/2016

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 schedule of opponents and an average percentage of fumbles recovered by the defense. The exceptions are the three columns marked NON-ADJUSTED. Rushing includes all rushing, not just running backs.

LAST WEEK represents last week's rank. WEIGHTED DEFENSE is adjusted so that earlier games in the season become gradually less important. It better reflects how the team was playing at the end of the season.

VARIANCE measures the statistical variance of the team's weekly DVOA performance. Teams are ranked from most consistent (#1, lowest variance) to least consistent (#32, highest variance). SCHEDULE represents the average offensive DVOA of all opponents, with teams ranked from hardest schedule to easiest schedule.

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

TEAM DEFENSE
DVOA
LAST
WEEK
WEI.
DEFENSE
RANK PASS
DEF
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF
RUSH
RANK
NON-ADJUSTED VAR. RANK SCHED RANK
TOTAL PASS RUSH
1 BAL -18.6% 4 -18.8% 1 -4.2% 8 -42.5% 1 -16.8% -1.3% -42.5% 4.7% 19 1.7% 8
2 DEN -16.9% 2 -16.5% 2 -27.0% 1 -4.8% 24 -17.7% -28.1% -5.3% 5.5% 25 2.6% 4
3 PHI -16.3% 1 -14.7% 3 -19.2% 2 -12.3% 12 -12.3% -11.4% -13.5% 8.2% 30 4.8% 1
4 SEA -15.1% 5 -13.7% 5 -5.7% 5 -26.0% 2 -11.4% -3.1% -21.0% 3.9% 14 1.3% 10
5 ARI -15.1% 3 -14.1% 4 -15.0% 3 -15.3% 11 -14.7% -15.6% -13.8% 2.5% 5 -0.4% 18
6 MIN -11.9% 6 -10.3% 7 -12.6% 4 -10.8% 16 -12.5% -11.8% -13.7% 4.0% 15 -1.8% 25
7 NYG -10.4% 8 -10.4% 6 -4.8% 7 -18.1% 8 -9.4% -4.2% -16.6% 2.7% 8 -0.9% 21
8 MIA -6.5% 7 -7.0% 8 -5.3% 6 -8.0% 19 -5.3% -4.9% -5.8% 4.0% 16 -0.4% 17
9 SD -5.7% 10 -5.9% 9 -1.8% 9 -11.6% 13 -6.7% -4.1% -10.7% 1.9% 2 1.0% 11
10 CAR -5.1% 13 -5.5% 10 7.4% 15 -23.8% 5 -1.0% 15.2% -25.0% 1.5% 1 1.4% 9
11 PIT -4.7% 14 -5.3% 11 3.8% 13 -17.5% 9 -3.6% 3.7% -14.6% 9.3% 31 0.9% 14
12 TB -3.9% 17 -5.3% 12 -1.0% 10 -7.4% 20 -1.8% 2.1% -6.6% 7.4% 28 1.0% 12
13 KC -3.4% 11 -3.1% 13 1.3% 11 -9.7% 17 -6.3% -0.4% -14.2% 10.1% 32 -2.5% 28
14 HOU -2.3% 12 -0.5% 15 3.7% 12 -9.3% 18 -0.9% 7.7% -10.9% 3.1% 10 -0.2% 15
15 LARM -2.3% 9 -1.5% 14 7.8% 16 -15.6% 10 -4.8% 3.5% -15.8% 2.7% 7 -0.6% 20
16 JAC -0.1% 15 0.0% 16 5.4% 14 -6.3% 23 -1.5% 4.2% -8.1% 4.6% 18 -1.1% 22
TEAM DEFENSE
DVOA
LAST
WEEK
WEI.
DEFENSE
RANK PASS
DEF
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF
RUSH
RANK
NON-ADJUSTED VAR. RANK SCHED RANK
TOTAL PASS RUSH
17 GB 1.8% 18 2.5% 17 17.2% 23 -18.7% 7 6.2% 23.7% -17.1% 5.6% 26 3.0% 2
18 CIN 1.9% 21 2.5% 18 8.5% 17 -6.4% 22 2.5% 7.5% -3.9% 4.9% 21 2.4% 6
19 BUF 3.3% 16 3.8% 20 9.9% 19 -4.3% 25 0.9% 6.7% -5.8% 8.0% 29 -3.6% 30
20 CHI 3.4% 19 3.8% 21 11.0% 20 -6.6% 21 3.5% 11.3% -6.8% 3.7% 12 -1.7% 24
21 NE 4.7% 20 3.7% 19 25.7% 28 -24.3% 4 4.1% 17.2% -13.9% 2.6% 6 -3.1% 29
22 NO 6.5% 24 5.4% 22 19.1% 25 -10.8% 15 2.5% 16.4% -16.6% 4.1% 17 -0.3% 16
23 NYJ 6.6% 23 6.1% 23 27.5% 29 -25.9% 3 6.3% 24.5% -22.1% 3.8% 13 -2.2% 27
24 ATL 7.4% 27 6.7% 24 14.4% 21 -4.1% 26 12.3% 22.8% -5.1% 2.0% 3 1.0% 13
25 WAS 7.8% 22 8.2% 26 9.8% 18 5.2% 32 10.0% 13.9% 4.9% 2.3% 4 1.9% 7
26 OAK 7.8% 29 7.8% 25 16.6% 22 -3.5% 27 7.7% 16.0% -3.1% 3.5% 11 -1.6% 23
27 DAL 8.5% 25 9.3% 27 25.2% 27 -20.8% 6 9.5% 27.2% -21.5% 5.2% 23 -0.4% 19
28 TEN 9.2% 28 10.4% 28 21.4% 26 -11.0% 14 5.7% 17.1% -13.2% 5.7% 27 -4.9% 31
29 SF 10.2% 26 11.7% 29 18.0% 24 2.5% 30 12.6% 20.0% 5.4% 4.8% 20 2.6% 5
30 CLE 17.8% 30 18.4% 32 33.3% 31 1.6% 29 20.5% 34.6% 5.6% 2.8% 9 2.6% 3
31 DET 18.4% 32 16.9% 30 34.5% 32 -3.3% 28 13.5% 30.7% -9.8% 5.4% 24 -6.2% 32
32 IND 18.6% 31 18.1% 31 28.0% 30 5.1% 31 17.6% 28.1% 2.5% 5.0% 22 -1.8% 26

2016 DEFENSE vs. TYPES OF RECEIVERS

2016 season totals through Week 12

Revised as of 11/29/2016

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 DEN -19.1% 3 8.6 55.8 -80.1% 1 5.2 23.3 -23.7% 4 6.0 37.3 -19.7% 6 7.7 53.7 2.8% 17 6.9 47.8
2 PHI -29.5% 1 9.8 78.0 0.8% 18 6.5 52.6 -11.0% 10 6.6 50.7 -38.3% 3 4.7 30.2 13.6% 24 6.8 37.3
3 ARI -27.2% 2 6.8 52.5 29.3% 29 7.2 62.2 -3.0% 14 8.5 58.5 -37.3% 4 4.8 22.9 -48.3% 1 5.0 21.4
4 MIN -9.6% 8 8.6 52.5 -16.2% 5 5.7 34.3 -33.7% 2 8.8 56.1 4.2% 19 7.3 61.6 -10.1% 11 7.2 42.3
5 SEA -5.5% 12 9.6 87.4 0.4% 17 5.7 37.9 -19.8% 5 5.4 40.1 4.0% 18 7.4 51.8 -15.2% 8 6.6 37.4
6 MIA -7.6% 9 9.4 82.0 -27.7% 2 5.6 30.3 10.8% 20 7.0 50.2 -14.8% 8 7.1 53.7 -24.5% 5 6.3 31.2
7 NYG -17.6% 4 9.4 69.3 -12.2% 10 6.8 49.6 -11.4% 8 8.1 72.5 11.5% 23 8.2 71.2 -31.9% 4 8.5 34.5
8 BAL 3.0% 20 8.1 73.1 -13.0% 7 7.8 55.7 13.6% 23 5.5 33.9 -40.4% 1 8.2 43.0 12.8% 23 6.8 42.3
9 SD -1.0% 18 9.3 85.2 -0.3% 16 6.7 50.6 -45.4% 1 6.5 42.4 -9.5% 10 7.2 52.2 -5.0% 16 8.8 50.2
10 TB -13.0% 6 9.1 70.6 11.1% 24 6.0 53.5 -11.4% 9 5.6 41.9 -21.7% 5 8.2 60.0 22.6% 27 5.6 41.4
11 KC 4.1% 21 9.6 78.4 -5.7% 11 7.7 57.9 -8.2% 12 8.4 70.6 -4.8% 15 4.8 41.1 -7.8% 14 6.2 32.8
12 HOU -1.0% 17 10.1 74.3 -27.4% 3 5.8 44.8 16.2% 27 5.0 39.5 -40.1% 2 6.8 35.8 29.9% 28 5.8 45.8
13 PIT 22.5% 30 8.6 88.8 -17.2% 4 7.2 40.9 -25.8% 3 7.1 43.4 -5.6% 13 8.8 60.9 -6.7% 15 6.9 52.6
14 JAC 15.4% 27 7.1 51.2 16.8% 26 6.0 51.6 5.1% 17 6.0 47.5 -1.1% 16 6.4 51.8 -40.9% 2 7.0 33.3
15 CAR 7.1% 23 9.4 80.8 -1.7% 14 5.6 46.9 15.1% 24 6.6 53.9 4.2% 20 9.0 65.0 -11.6% 10 8.0 46.9
16 LARM -6.8% 10 6.8 42.4 7.7% 23 8.5 69.2 11.8% 22 8.5 66.6 8.0% 22 6.3 41.7 -12.9% 9 5.5 36.5
x NFL 0.0% x 8.7 72.5 0.0% x 6.5 49.8 0.0% x 6.9 52.5 0.0% x 7.4 55.7 0.0% x 6.8 42.1
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 CIN -5.9% 11 6.6 54.1 6.8% 20 5.1 43.0 -10.5% 11 6.0 44.5 13.5% 25 7.9 67.6 4.2% 18 7.9 46.4
18 WAS 9.3% 25 9.7 88.6 17.7% 27 4.4 37.1 6.8% 18 6.2 50.4 13.7% 26 8.9 71.7 -39.1% 3 6.4 33.6
19 BUF 8.5% 24 7.6 72.5 -12.4% 8 6.7 44.0 20.6% 31 6.6 60.7 14.5% 27 6.0 46.3 -18.7% 7 5.5 30.3
20 CHI -2.1% 16 6.9 66.5 7.5% 22 8.5 61.2 17.0% 28 7.0 60.8 13.4% 24 6.1 43.9 -8.3% 13 7.1 36.4
21 ATL 13.4% 26 8.2 68.9 -12.2% 9 7.2 52.6 19.1% 29 7.4 57.9 -7.9% 11 9.3 58.7 19.4% 26 10.7 66.2
22 OAK 4.2% 22 8.4 74.5 -0.5% 15 7.0 66.8 4.7% 16 8.0 54.3 2.0% 17 7.7 66.7 5.3% 19 5.4 38.8
23 GB 26.2% 32 8.3 85.2 33.8% 32 5.1 47.4 15.4% 26 5.6 48.6 -14.8% 7 7.8 67.3 -20.4% 6 6.1 30.9
24 SF 16.3% 28 9.6 85.3 11.4% 25 6.5 42.9 -12.2% 7 5.6 45.2 -5.5% 14 7.1 54.5 9.6% 22 5.8 38.9
25 NO -10.0% 7 8.6 60.5 7.2% 21 6.0 57.1 15.2% 25 7.8 67.4 7.5% 21 7.6 57.6 43.8% 32 6.6 49.1
26 TEN -13.8% 5 9.5 72.7 30.4% 30 7.4 73.6 -5.4% 13 8.9 54.9 -7.3% 12 8.3 62.2 40.7% 30 5.9 49.8
27 DAL -3.7% 15 8.9 68.7 -5.3% 12 7.6 53.3 10.7% 19 6.6 51.4 36.0% 30 7.5 67.6 7.2% 21 7.9 52.0
28 NE 2.5% 19 8.7 76.5 5.7% 19 7.0 49.8 11.1% 21 6.8 52.3 26.9% 29 9.0 55.2 13.7% 25 7.8 56.6
29 NYJ -5.4% 13 9.2 78.0 30.8% 31 6.2 49.7 20.0% 30 7.4 59.5 -10.4% 9 8.1 52.7 -9.3% 12 7.5 44.2
30 IND 25.4% 31 9.9 91.8 -14.8% 6 6.3 55.9 2.5% 15 6.3 42.8 41.7% 32 7.9 78.9 40.5% 29 6.7 43.8
31 CLE 22.3% 29 7.7 74.3 20.1% 28 5.8 49.4 -19.1% 6 6.8 48.2 37.8% 31 7.3 62.2 5.7% 20 5.6 36.6
32 DET -4.4% 14 8.4 67.2 -2.1% 13 5.9 38.3 33.0% 32 6.9 66.0 16.2% 28 7.0 60.7 41.6% 31 7.4 51.6
x NFL 0.0% x 8.7 72.5 0.0% x 6.5 49.8 0.0% x 6.9 52.5 0.0% x 7.4 55.7 0.0% x 6.8 42.1

2016 DEFENSE BY PASS DIRECTION

2016 season totals through Week 12

Revised as of 11/29/2016

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 DEN -11.7% 7 -31.4% 2 -33.0% 2 -6.5% 5 -29.2% 2 -21.0% 27.9% -21.7% -9.6% -45.9% -34.8%
2 PHI -2.4% 18 -39.4% 1 -7.7% 17 39.0% 22 -31.7% 1 38.6% 24.8% 45.6% -20.9% -52.2% -24.6%
3 ARI -5.7% 12 -29.6% 3 -8.1% 16 3.7% 7 -15.9% 5 17.5% 17.0% -21.1% -12.5% -36.9% -5.9%
4 MIN -19.6% 3 29.4% 25 -34.6% 1 -38.2% 1 -8.8% 13 -14.1% -19.5% -64.1% -20.6% 38.8% -26.8%
5 SEA 0.5% 22 -15.1% 5 -8.4% 15 -13.2% 3 -4.8% 17 17.6% -74.7% -25.1% -5.3% -4.7% -4.3%
6 MIA -24.8% 2 15.1% 19 -22.6% 4 9.1% 8 -15.4% 6 -46.0% 126.2% -18.3% -20.1% -2.0% -23.6%
7 NYG -1.1% 21 -13.0% 6 -22.4% 5 -6.6% 4 -14.2% 8 -8.9% -36.5% 16.0% 1.2% -4.6% -35.5%
8 BAL -18.0% 5 13.1% 16 -17.0% 7 -20.7% 2 -3.4% 20 -55.1% 3.3% -12.3% -6.5% 15.8% -17.9%
9 SD -26.0% 1 27.3% 23 -27.0% 3 -5.5% 6 -12.3% 10 -13.1% 22.5% -18.3% -29.4% 28.5% -29.5%
10 TB -16.6% 6 26.3% 22 -15.6% 8 51.8% 25 -20.6% 3 21.0% 100.4% 53.8% -27.7% 9.1% -35.4%
11 KC 1.7% 23 -6.5% 9 -7.1% 19 31.5% 19 -11.6% 11 46.9% 113.8% -35.3% -11.8% -24.3% -1.1%
12 HOU -3.9% 14 -8.0% 8 -10.5% 12 26.1% 14 -16.3% 4 15.8% -12.7% 73.8% -9.5% -6.3% -27.5%
13 PIT -8.3% 10 5.2% 12 -10.9% 9 28.1% 16 -11.2% 12 4.5% 62.1% 33.8% -11.6% -1.3% -20.2%
14 JAC -3.1% 17 -17.9% 4 14.0% 30 81.1% 32 -14.2% 7 52.8% 76.7% 110.4% -14.7% -28.6% -4.7%
15 CAR 25.4% 30 0.5% 11 -9.6% 13 9.9% 9 4.9% 29 51.2% 64.7% -54.6% 20.7% -10.7% 0.1%
16 LARM 24.5% 29 -11.6% 7 -8.6% 14 25.9% 13 0.2% 23 59.0% 12.5% -21.3% 18.1% -14.7% -7.4%
x NFL -0.4% x 10.9% x -6.7% x 26.3% x -5.9% x 19.3% 53.3% 16.5% -5.5% 2.4% -12.0%
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 CIN 21.0% 28 9.7% 15 -18.7% 6 37.3% 21 -4.1% 19 117.8% 26.0% -43.8% 3.4% 6.0% -15.5%
18 WAS 6.8% 24 8.0% 14 -6.0% 21 52.2% 26 -5.7% 15 56.2% 111.1% 7.1% -4.9% -4.0% -8.1%
19 BUF -18.2% 4 54.6% 32 -7.4% 18 31.3% 18 -6.1% 14 -43.0% 124.0% 23.9% -9.9% 22.3% -16.4%
20 CHI -3.6% 15 17.1% 20 7.5% 27 60.9% 28 -5.0% 16 54.8% 77.1% 52.4% -13.9% 2.6% -1.6%
21 ATL 16.3% 27 7.9% 13 -1.2% 23 21.4% 12 3.2% 26 41.3% 59.8% -17.2% 8.3% -0.4% 2.2%
22 OAK -8.4% 9 30.5% 26 -10.8% 10 31.8% 20 -4.2% 18 21.8% 49.5% 31.5% -19.5% 27.0% -19.9%
23 GB -5.0% 13 32.7% 30 2.8% 24 66.2% 30 -1.7% 21 -36.4% 110.9% 103.1% 2.0% 15.3% -21.8%
24 SF -1.6% 19 -0.9% 10 14.4% 31 69.7% 31 -12.8% 9 -4.6% 150.6% 99.2% -0.6% -32.5% -10.1%
25 NO 30.3% 31 14.8% 18 -10.7% 11 61.5% 29 -1.4% 22 77.2% 92.7% 18.4% 16.4% -0.5% -16.7%
26 TEN -3.1% 16 25.2% 21 -3.6% 22 15.5% 10 2.0% 25 24.2% 67.6% -17.1% -12.4% 18.0% -0.1%
27 DAL -8.9% 8 29.1% 24 8.0% 28 29.4% 17 4.5% 27 39.9% 70.4% -8.6% -18.4% 20.2% 11.6%
28 NE -7.5% 11 31.8% 29 17.8% 32 26.6% 15 6.1% 30 -32.2% 101.5% 40.4% -0.2% 14.9% 7.2%
29 NYJ -1.1% 20 13.6% 17 4.1% 25 17.5% 11 1.6% 24 -14.2% 45.9% 32.7% 1.8% 5.7% -0.6%
30 IND 11.6% 25 39.3% 31 13.9% 29 39.9% 23 14.3% 32 30.5% 50.9% 41.7% 7.7% 37.3% 6.3%
31 CLE 31.2% 32 30.9% 27 -6.4% 20 54.8% 27 4.8% 28 89.7% 67.1% 25.2% 13.3% 24.5% -15.9%
32 DET 12.4% 26 31.5% 28 5.6% 26 44.3% 24 9.2% 31 52.8% 39.0% 40.3% 2.9% 30.2% -2.7%
x NFL -0.4% x 10.9% x -6.7% x 26.3% x -5.9% x 19.3% 53.3% 16.5% -5.5% 2.4% -12.0%