Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

1987 DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY RATINGS

Regular season totals, playoffs and strike games not included

Revised as of 3/8/2017

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 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.

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 (#28, highest variance). SCHEDULE represents the average offensive DVOA of all opponents, with teams ranked from hardest schedule to easiest schedule.

Official 1987 Football Outsiders stats do not include Week 4-6 strikebreaker games. Those games are listed separately in another table at the bottom of the page, without any opponent adjustments.

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

TEAM DEF.
DVOA
WEI.
DEFENSE
RANK PASS
DEF
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF
RUSH
RANK
NON-ADJUSTED VAR. RANK SCHED RANK
TOTAL PASS RUSH
1 SF -22.4% -26.2% 1 -27.2% 1 -17.7% 3 -22.6% -32.2% -13.2% 4.7% 12 -2.7% 22
2 NYG -20.8% -21.8% 2 -15.9% 2 -26.3% 1 -19.5% -19.0% -20.1% 3.0% 3 -0.6% 13
3 NE -12.5% -13.1% 3 -6.9% 9 -18.3% 2 -10.7% -3.5% -18.1% 3.1% 4 3.8% 4
4 PIT -12.3% -10.8% 5 -7.2% 8 -17.4% 4 -6.4% 3.9% -16.5% 5.7% 18 7.8% 1
5 PHI -12.0% -9.7% 6 -10.7% 5 -13.9% 6 -12.5% -8.3% -18.6% 8.2% 23 4.2% 3
6 NO -10.5% -9.5% 7 -11.1% 4 -9.8% 10 -13.1% -14.5% -11.1% 6.4% 21 -1.2% 15
7 MIN -8.9% -9.2% 8 -6.2% 10 -11.9% 9 -13.4% -15.5% -11.0% 3.5% 7 -4.5% 26
8 LARD -8.6% -6.0% 11 -1.2% 11 -15.1% 5 -8.2% -3.6% -12.3% 8.3% 24 0.0% 12
9 IND -8.5% -11.4% 4 -7.9% 7 -9.2% 11 -8.2% -1.9% -15.0% 2.7% 2 2.2% 7
10 GB -7.9% -7.1% 9 -8.5% 6 -7.5% 13 -6.7% -4.3% -8.7% 5.0% 14 1.8% 8
11 CHI -6.3% -3.8% 13 -0.3% 12 -13.3% 7 -4.4% 0.7% -10.3% 6.3% 20 -2.5% 19
12 CLE1 -4.9% -3.5% 14 2.0% 13 -12.9% 8 -10.6% -6.7% -15.3% 12.5% 27 -4.8% 27
13 DEN -4.8% -3.9% 12 -12.1% 3 2.3% 22 -7.3% -18.1% 3.2% 10.9% 25 -3.8% 24
14 BUF -2.5% -6.9% 10 4.9% 17 -8.8% 12 0.4% 11.6% -9.2% 19.5% 28 6.0% 2
TEAM DEF.
DVOA
WEI.
DEFENSE
RANK PASS
DEF
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF
RUSH
RANK
NON-ADJUSTED VAR. RANK SCHED RANK
TOTAL PASS RUSH
15 WAS -0.6% -1.7% 15 3.5% 15 -5.0% 15 -3.4% 1.3% -8.3% 3.6% 8 -2.2% 17
16 HOIL 0.3% 2.0% 17 2.1% 14 -1.5% 19 0.5% -1.5% 2.4% 7.3% 22 -1.4% 16
17 DAL 0.5% 0.0% 16 4.1% 16 -3.4% 16 -4.2% -0.1% -8.4% 4.3% 10 -3.2% 23
18 SD 3.1% 4.3% 18 9.7% 18 -2.1% 18 4.0% 7.3% 1.4% 5.3% 16 1.7% 9
19 LARM 3.9% 5.4% 19 9.9% 19 -3.1% 17 4.7% 11.1% -2.9% 5.6% 17 2.7% 6
20 CIN 10.5% 14.9% 24 19.3% 23 1.8% 21 10.7% 21.1% 0.6% 5.2% 15 -0.8% 14
21 STLC 11.2% 10.3% 20 15.2% 20 7.3% 23 5.2% 9.2% 1.4% 4.5% 11 -7.2% 28
22 NYJ 11.5% 12.2% 22 29.0% 27 -5.1% 14 12.0% 30.7% -5.8% 6.2% 19 1.2% 10
23 DET 11.6% 11.7% 21 16.2% 21 7.7% 24 8.7% 10.4% 7.3% 4.8% 13 -3.8% 25
24 KC 12.0% 13.2% 23 26.5% 26 -0.2% 20 8.0% 17.1% 0.2% 3.2% 5 -2.6% 21
25 SEA 13.8% 16.2% 26 16.9% 22 10.7% 25 11.8% 14.4% 9.2% 11.5% 26 -2.2% 18
26 TB 16.9% 20.4% 27 23.8% 25 11.3% 26 16.8% 21.8% 12.8% 3.4% 6 0.0% 11
27 ATL 17.6% 16.0% 25 21.4% 24 15.0% 27 18.0% 24.7% 13.4% 4.1% 9 3.4% 5
28 MIA 24.4% 26.3% 28 33.5% 28 16.5% 28 20.2% 23.2% 17.5% 2.6% 1 -2.5% 20

1987 STRIKEBREAKER GAMES: WEEKS 4-6

Revised as of 3/8/2017

DEFENSE VOA is not adjusted for opponents but does consider all fumbles, kept or lost, as equal value. Normalization for 1987 strikebreaker games uses the regular baselines from 1987, so the league average is below 0%.

REGULAR GAMES RANK lists the team's Defensive DVOA rank during Weeks 1-2 and 7-16, from the table above.

TEAM DEF.
VOA
REG.
GAMES
RANK
PASS
DEF
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF
RUSH
RANK
1 CLE1 -42.9% 12 -23.1% 10 -55.2% 1
2 CHI -41.0% 11 -54.2% 3 -26.3% 4
3 NO -40.4% 6 -74.4% 1 -12.5% 16
4 IND -39.9% 9 -65.5% 2 -13.9% 14
5 TB -32.9% 26 -42.8% 5 -21.1% 7
6 PIT -24.7% 4 -24.6% 9 -24.9% 5
7 SD -21.4% 18 -36.4% 6 -12.5% 15
8 NE -20.0% 3 -45.0% 4 -0.3% 22
9 HOIL -18.8% 16 -25.2% 8 -9.5% 18
10 DAL -18.4% 17 -6.6% 16 -30.2% 3
11 DET -17.0% 23 -7.5% 14 -24.3% 6
12 SF -15.0% 1 -16.0% 12 -14.1% 13
13 GB -14.1% 10 -9.7% 13 -18.1% 9
14 NYJ -14.0% 22 -30.0% 7 0.5% 23
TEAM DEF.
VOA
REG.
GAMES
RANK
PASS
DEF
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF
RUSH
RANK
15 DEN -13.9% 13 -17.5% 11 -10.8% 17
16 WAS -11.0% 15 -7.1% 15 -15.1% 12
17 CIN -10.3% 20 22.7% 25 -39.7% 2
18 MIN -6.4% 7 10.1% 22 -18.5% 8
19 MIA -5.7% 28 5.6% 20 -17.2% 11
20 BUF -4.1% 14 1.0% 18 -7.3% 19
21 LARM -2.8% 19 12.3% 24 -17.7% 10
22 NYG -1.6% 2 8.8% 21 -7.2% 20
23 LARD 1.1% 8 5.4% 19 -2.2% 21
24 ATL 8.8% 27 11.7% 23 7.2% 24
25 SEA 10.7% 25 -3.8% 17 18.5% 27
26 PHI 19.6% 5 30.4% 26 11.4% 25
27 STLC 27.0% 21 38.7% 27 17.4% 26
28 KC 32.9% 24 40.1% 28 27.9% 28