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2010 DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY RATINGS

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 7/18/2012

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 YEAR represents 2009 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 DEF.
DVOA
LAST
YEAR
WEIGHTED
DEFENSE
RANK PASS
DEF.
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF.
RUSH
RANK
NON-ADJUSTED VAR. RANK SCHED RANK
TOTAL PASS RUSH
1 PIT -20.7% 9 -17.5% 1 -15.7% 3 -29.0% 1 -19.0% -14.1% -27.0% 6.8% 21 0.5% 14
2 GB -13.9% 2 -16.6% 2 -21.2% 1 -4.7% 16 -14.2% -20.7% -6.1% 3.7% 4 -1.7% 22
3 NYG -11.2% 19 -6.8% 8 -15.8% 2 -5.1% 15 -15.5% -23.0% -5.4% 13.9% 32 -2.3% 24
4 CHI -10.9% 21 -11.1% 5 -7.8% 5 -15.3% 7 -10.5% -8.2% -13.7% 7.8% 26 -1.4% 21
5 NYJ -10.9% 1 -11.7% 4 -2.4% 7 -21.6% 2 -9.1% 2.0% -23.1% 13.8% 31 4.8% 4
6 BAL -10.3% 4 -12.6% 3 -5.8% 6 -16.6% 5 -4.8% 2.5% -15.3% 5.1% 8 3.9% 8
7 SD -10.0% 23 -6.8% 6 -10.1% 4 -9.9% 9 -11.3% -11.4% -11.3% 9.8% 30 -0.5% 18
8 TEN -5.8% 26 0.1% 16 3.5% 15 -17.7% 4 -1.2% 9.4% -14.6% 5.6% 12 7.2% 1
9 MIA -4.8% 18 -6.8% 7 8.6% 22 -18.8% 3 -2.9% 9.5% -15.9% 4.5% 5 2.7% 11
10 NO -4.3% 17 -6.3% 10 0.7% 10 -9.5% 10 -6.6% -0.6% -13.1% 5.7% 14 -7.8% 30
11 PHI -3.6% 3 -2.1% 12 -0.4% 8 -7.5% 12 -4.5% 0.3% -10.5% 5.2% 9 -0.4% 17
12 MIN -2.5% 15 -0.8% 14 6.2% 21 -13.1% 8 -3.4% 5.2% -14.0% 2.4% 1 0.0% 16
13 OAK -2.3% 24 -6.4% 9 2.9% 13 -7.4% 13 -2.0% 6.5% -10.2% 8.5% 27 0.7% 13
14 ATL -2.1% 22 0.8% 17 0.8% 11 -6.1% 14 -3.8% 0.4% -9.6% 3.3% 3 -5.0% 26
15 SF -1.4% 5 -1.0% 13 10.9% 25 -15.9% 6 -4.7% 7.5% -19.2% 5.9% 15 -7.1% 28
16 CAR -1.1% 6 4.4% 21 -0.2% 9 -2.0% 19 -0.2% 4.7% -5.1% 5.5% 11 -1.8% 23
TEAM DEF.
DVOA
LAST
YEAR
WEIGHTED
DEFENSE
RANK PASS
DEF.
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF.
RUSH
RANK
NON-ADJUSTED VAR. RANK SCHED RANK
TOTAL PASS RUSH
17 CIN 1.5% 13 5.9% 25 3.3% 14 -0.6% 25 5.9% 11.1% -0.2% 7.0% 23 4.7% 5
18 CLE 1.7% 30 4.4% 22 4.6% 18 -1.1% 22 3.3% 9.8% -2.9% 7.5% 25 4.3% 6
19 STL 2.1% 31 2.2% 18 5.1% 19 -2.0% 20 -1.6% 1.9% -6.2% 4.8% 7 -8.7% 32
20 KC 2.1% 27 9.5% 28 4.0% 16 -0.4% 26 -0.7% 1.3% -3.3% 7.3% 24 -3.1% 25
21 NE 2.3% 14 -3.7% 11 4.5% 17 -0.9% 23 1.2% 5.4% -4.8% 5.9% 16 0.1% 15
22 DET 2.9% 32 2.6% 19 5.6% 20 -0.2% 27 1.6% 1.7% 1.4% 6.1% 18 -0.6% 19
23 TB 3.7% 25 4.5% 23 2.5% 12 5.0% 32 -1.6% -3.0% -0.2% 6.8% 20 -7.5% 29
24 IND 5.5% 16 6.5% 26 12.2% 26 -1.9% 21 9.0% 15.3% 2.0% 4.8% 6 6.8% 2
25 ARI 5.6% 11 5.6% 24 8.8% 23 2.3% 29 2.0% 8.3% -4.6% 7.0% 22 -7.0% 27
26 WAS 5.8% 12 6.8% 27 12.4% 27 -2.3% 18 7.2% 15.2% -2.7% 6.0% 17 2.7% 10
27 DAL 6.3% 10 3.6% 20 16.9% 28 -7.8% 11 8.1% 17.5% -4.4% 6.7% 19 0.7% 12
28 BUF 6.8% 8 -0.2% 15 10.5% 24 3.8% 31 12.0% 16.4% 8.5% 5.3% 10 5.9% 3
29 SEA 12.0% 29 18.0% 32 23.8% 29 -2.8% 17 8.0% 17.5% -3.8% 9.5% 29 -8.6% 31
30 DEN 16.6% 7 14.7% 30 32.6% 31 2.8% 30 17.4% 31.3% 5.4% 2.5% 2 -1.1% 20
31 HOU 17.5% 20 12.9% 29 33.1% 32 -0.9% 24 19.3% 35.3% 0.6% 8.9% 28 3.4% 9
32 JAC 17.7% 28 16.7% 31 31.4% 30 2.1% 28 18.0% 31.6% 2.6% 5.6% 13 4.0% 7

2010 DEFENSE vs. TYPES OF RECEIVERS

2010 season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 7/18/2012

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 GB -24.9% 3 8.3 55.3 -22.5% 5 4.9 31.5 -22.2% 4 6.7 46.0 6.6% 22 7.6 43.6 -20.7% 5 7.1 42.4
2 NYG -26.9% 2 8.8 59.3 -13.3% 7 7.0 49.4 28.1% 30 5.7 33.9 -18.2% 4 7.5 61.9 -4.3% 12 6.1 31.9
3 PIT -20.5% 4 9.1 71.8 -26.4% 3 7.5 40.8 1.6% 18 8.8 59.1 -15.0% 6 7.3 49.8 -1.4% 15 7.0 42.4
4 SD -37.0% 1 6.2 43.7 -7.4% 12 6.1 38.6 -23.6% 3 5.4 49.6 12.8% 26 7.8 50.8 11.6% 25 6.1 37.2
5 CHI -3.6% 15 9.1 60.6 13.8% 28 7.1 39.5 -19.7% 6 4.9 42.9 -7.5% 11 7.7 60.9 -23.0% 2 8.0 51.7
6 BAL -14.1% 8 8.0 76.9 2.0% 17 8.4 63.0 -27.3% 2 7.9 53.5 -19.5% 2 7.2 60.0 -1.5% 14 7.2 49.3
7 NYJ -7.9% 12 8.1 58.8 9.1% 24 7.1 48.8 -7.3% 12 6.9 47.9 -9.7% 9 6.7 51.6 -10.0% 9 5.7 37.6
8 PHI -10.2% 9 8.4 75.8 -22.7% 4 5.5 39.7 -10.5% 9 6.3 36.3 5.0% 19 8.5 84.0 22.9% 31 5.8 41.2
9 CAR -10.2% 10 7.8 47.2 -30.1% 1 5.8 41.2 11.9% 24 6.4 39.0 28.7% 32 7.4 54.0 -22.3% 3 6.3 45.1
10 NO 1.3% 18 5.3 41.9 -1.0% 16 5.7 33.6 -12.8% 7 6.6 36.2 12.8% 27 6.5 48.2 11.4% 24 7.6 52.5
11 ATL 5.8% 23 8.4 62.0 -13.9% 6 8.8 59.7 -4.3% 13 7.2 40.5 -3.8% 13 5.9 37.3 0.5% 16 6.6 54.8
12 TB -16.3% 6 6.6 41.1 -3.1% 15 6.8 38.5 -9.3% 10 7.0 38.3 -1.6% 16 6.5 60.3 8.7% 23 7.0 43.2
13 OAK 3.7% 20 6.3 47.9 -7.4% 13 5.0 33.9 -2.0% 15 6.2 50.7 8.0% 25 7.2 38.9 -5.1% 11 6.2 46.6
14 CIN -1.9% 17 7.2 47.2 -5.9% 14 6.6 41.3 -3.8% 14 7.8 54.1 -3.5% 14 6.6 47.3 -27.6% 1 6.2 46.0
15 TEN 3.3% 19 9.1 68.9 -8.5% 10 6.3 43.3 -11.3% 8 7.3 58.1 -2.8% 15 9.4 61.5 1.4% 18 8.4 72.0
16 KC -14.5% 7 8.2 50.4 7.9% 22 7.0 62.6 -1.0% 17 6.8 49.6 5.5% 20 6.8 50.5 12.5% 26 7.2 54.4
x NFL 0.0% x 7.9 55.9 0.0% x 6.3 44.7 0.0% x 6.5 43.3 0.0% x 7.4 50.8 0.0% x 6.9 49.7
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 NE 5.1% 21 7.5 56.0 -8.3% 11 8.9 72.7 -20.6% 5 7.2 46.2 6.2% 21 6.4 50.1 19.3% 30 8.9 65.1
18 CLE 10.7% 24 7.7 49.8 4.0% 18 5.7 40.4 7.7% 22 6.1 33.9 -6.4% 12 8.2 48.5 -1.9% 13 6.1 49.2
19 STL -18.4% 5 9.2 48.8 24.8% 30 6.2 42.8 9.8% 23 6.2 41.1 3.9% 18 6.9 38.5 12.5% 27 7.3 51.1
20 DET 13.8% 26 8.5 51.7 -26.6% 2 6.6 43.0 12.8% 25 4.8 42.5 17.0% 29 6.6 44.2 2.6% 20 7.3 51.9
21 MIN -2.7% 16 8.0 67.3 12.1% 25 5.3 30.8 15.9% 27 5.1 46.5 -12.0% 7 7.8 42.8 -21.8% 4 7.4 44.6
22 MIA 10.9% 25 7.0 37.4 -9.5% 8 5.8 46.3 13.3% 26 5.8 35.1 14.1% 28 6.7 53.3 3.9% 22 6.7 52.0
23 ARI 23.2% 28 9.2 69.2 6.9% 20 5.6 34.8 -7.6% 11 6.5 45.7 -10.8% 8 7.7 52.7 -11.5% 8 6.2 51.9
24 BUF 30.7% 31 6.9 48.1 7.5% 21 5.7 39.1 -42.1% 1 5.0 32.5 7.2% 23 7.7 47.7 -13.5% 7 6.4 40.4
25 SF 29.1% 30 6.6 46.6 31.4% 31 6.8 40.1 7.6% 21 6.6 33.2 -22.3% 1 6.7 34.6 -9.3% 10 8.6 62.7
26 IND -10.0% 11 7.8 55.2 -9.0% 9 5.4 47.4 -1.6% 16 6.7 36.8 22.4% 31 7.2 43.3 16.0% 29 7.6 63.2
27 WAS -7.7% 13 7.8 42.9 8.3% 23 6.1 51.1 23.2% 29 8.3 50.8 -15.8% 5 8.2 57.1 1.6% 19 8.2 46.1
28 DAL 42.8% 32 9.5 72.4 13.1% 26 5.7 60.0 5.1% 20 5.0 42.7 -18.6% 3 6.1 36.0 -14.6% 6 6.8 59.4
29 SEA -4.1% 14 9.7 82.3 31.5% 32 5.8 45.3 23.1% 28 6.5 50.2 -8.4% 10 7.3 51.9 15.2% 28 7.0 59.7
30 JAC 26.8% 29 9.0 64.3 5.6% 19 4.4 37.3 28.2% 31 6.8 42.9 2.0% 17 8.5 65.0 0.6% 17 5.0 32.3
31 DEN 5.5% 22 5.7 33.6 13.4% 27 5.8 37.6 31.4% 32 6.9 35.1 7.7% 24 8.4 46.9 3.6% 21 6.0 49.5
32 HOU 15.3% 27 7.9 54.1 24.7% 29 6.1 55.3 2.2% 19 5.9 33.8 19.7% 30 8.8 52.2 29.8% 32 7.1 63.8
x NFL 0.0% x 7.9 55.9 0.0% x 6.3 44.7 0.0% x 6.5 43.3 0.0% x 7.4 50.8 0.0% x 6.9 49.7

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