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2018 DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY RATINGS

2018 season totals, through Week 6

Revised as of 10/16/2018

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. (Opponent adjustments are currently at 60 percent strength and will go up every week, reaching full strength after Week 10.) The exceptions are the three columns marked NON-ADJUSTED. Rushing includes all rushing, not just running backs.

LAST WEEK represents last week's rank. DAVE is a formula which combines our preseason projection with current DVOA to get a more accurate forecast of how a team will play the rest of the season. Right now, the preseason projection makes up 40 percent of DAVE for teams with five games and 30 percent of DAVE for teams with six games.

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
DEFENSE
DAVE
RANK PASS
DEF
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF
RUSH
RANK
NON-ADJUSTED VAR. RANK SCHED RANK
TOTAL PASS RUSH
1 CHI -21.2% 1 -12.3% 2 -20.3% 1 -22.5% 4 -18.8% -12.8% -28.0% 4.7% 19 -0.8% 18
2 BAL -19.7% 4 -15.0% 1 -15.4% 5 -26.8% 3 -24.8% -23.7% -26.7% 7.1% 25 -10.6% 29
3 BUF -19.1% 7 -11.8% 3 -19.7% 2 -18.3% 7 -15.6% -13.7% -18.6% 11.1% 30 1.7% 11
4 SEA -13.8% 9 -10.2% 4 -16.9% 4 -10.1% 15 -14.7% -16.6% -12.4% 5.7% 24 0.1% 14
5 JAX -13.6% 3 -10.0% 5 -6.2% 7 -21.7% 6 -11.4% -7.3% -16.0% 2.0% 4 -0.2% 15
6 CLE -12.5% 2 -9.7% 6 -18.4% 3 -4.7% 24 -14.1% -20.0% -6.3% 7.6% 26 7.0% 6
7 NYJ -8.5% 6 -5.9% 9 -7.6% 6 -10.0% 16 -10.6% -8.3% -14.3% 5.1% 21 -5.9% 27
8 HOU -7.5% 10 -6.5% 7 12.8% 22 -32.2% 2 -10.4% 6.6% -31.1% 4.9% 20 -12.8% 31
9 MIA -7.4% 5 -4.3% 11 -0.1% 11 -15.8% 10 -8.9% -0.2% -19.0% 4.3% 14 -2.1% 23
10 ARI -7.3% 8 -5.9% 8 -4.0% 9 -10.4% 14 -6.6% -3.4% -9.5% 2.0% 2 3.7% 10
11 PHI -5.0% 11 -4.6% 10 -1.5% 10 -12.3% 12 -5.3% 0.9% -18.3% 8.8% 28 -0.8% 19
12 LAC -2.6% 18 -1.5% 13 1.3% 12 -8.1% 20 -6.2% -7.0% -5.2% 2.4% 6 -4.2% 25
13 DAL -2.5% 15 -1.6% 12 13.4% 23 -22.4% 5 -6.3% 8.1% -24.3% 4.0% 11 -4.6% 26
14 PIT 0.3% 16 -1.0% 15 6.1% 16 -9.8% 18 1.1% 8.8% -12.5% 9.5% 29 8.0% 3
15 TEN 0.6% 12 0.5% 19 6.2% 17 -5.3% 23 -1.2% 5.7% -8.4% 4.1% 12 -12.9% 32
16 IND 1.1% 13 2.1% 21 16.1% 24 -18.0% 8 -0.3% 13.0% -17.4% 1.1% 1 -2.7% 24
17 LAR 1.3% 14 -1.0% 14 3.9% 14 -2.9% 26 -0.4% 1.0% -2.7% 4.5% 18 -0.5% 16
18 DEN 1.4% 22 0.2% 18 -4.7% 8 8.5% 29 6.5% 7.0% 5.9% 3.8% 10 7.6% 5
19 NE 1.6% 19 1.0% 20 9.9% 19 -10.9% 13 2.0% 10.4% -10.7% 4.3% 13 -0.7% 17
20 MIN 2.7% 26 0.1% 16 16.5% 25 -16.0% 9 -1.5% 13.1% -21.0% 12.1% 32 -8.4% 28
21 CAR 3.2% 26 0.2% 17 11.7% 21 -10.0% 17 5.7% 11.2% -2.7% 3.0% 9 1.1% 12
22 GB 4.5% 17 3.4% 23 4.2% 15 5.0% 28 0.4% -1.1% 2.4% 11.8% 31 -11.2% 30
23 WAS 5.3% 23 4.1% 24 3.0% 13 8.8% 30 4.7% 0.9% 10.5% 2.7% 7 0.5% 13
24 CIN 5.7% 20 4.3% 25 11.5% 20 -3.2% 25 6.1% 13.3% -4.8% 5.3% 22 4.6% 9
25 SF 6.1% 21 5.2% 26 18.1% 26 -12.3% 11 11.0% 24.6% -9.9% 2.0% 3 5.9% 8
26 NO 7.2% 25 3.0% 22 35.8% 30 -36.5% 1 7.9% 34.5% -32.8% 7.6% 27 -1.6% 21
27 NYG 8.8% 24 8.2% 27 22.4% 27 -6.7% 22 8.7% 20.3% -4.5% 4.4% 15 -2.0% 22
28 KC 13.2% 28 10.3% 28 9.5% 18 19.4% 32 17.0% 13.6% 22.7% 2.2% 5 7.0% 7
29 OAK 14.9% 29 12.0% 29 37.5% 31 -9.3% 19 19.3% 38.4% -1.2% 5.5% 23 7.7% 4
30 DET 16.3% 30 12.3% 30 27.4% 28 3.5% 27 14.3% 20.2% 7.4% 4.5% 16 -1.3% 20
31 ATL 22.5% 31 16.8% 31 30.2% 29 11.4% 31 26.4% 34.4% 15.0% 2.9% 8 10.1% 1
32 TB 26.5% 32 17.3% 32 47.5% 32 -8.0% 21 30.0% 55.1% -11.1% 4.5% 17 8.2% 2

2018 DEFENSE vs. TYPES OF RECEIVERS

2018 season totals through Week 6

Revised as of 10/16/2018

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 CHI -15.3% 6 5.6 47.1 -6.0% 16 6.6 69.4 -12.1% 12 7.9 78.3 -0.7% 16 7.0 43.2 -55.9% 1 5.9 28.0
2 BUF -9.5% 9 8.6 67.4 -22.3% 5 4.2 36.1 -7.8% 15 6.9 53.1 -36.4% 4 7.0 43.0 9.3% 22 8.1 46.7
3 CLE -2.6% 15 11.3 86.8 -17.3% 8 7.9 63.8 -38.3% 5 6.5 43.6 -50.4% 3 7.3 41.6 -12.7% 11 7.3 46.6
4 SEA -18.9% 4 7.7 51.4 4.8% 20 5.7 51.9 -18.7% 10 6.2 42.2 -20.1% 10 5.7 39.9 -24.9% 6 6.6 42.7
5 BAL -11.8% 7 7.7 62.2 -14.8% 9 6.2 44.3 -3.0% 17 6.8 51.5 -0.1% 17 7.7 63.0 -35.6% 3 6.8 18.9
6 NYJ -7.5% 10 7.2 58.9 -14.1% 11 9.2 69.0 -22.7% 9 9.1 77.6 22.3% 23 6.0 52.4 -26.6% 5 7.9 51.3
7 JAX 12.6% 23 8.4 81.2 -12.5% 12 5.5 33.8 -53.4% 1 5.2 25.3 10.1% 19 6.1 43.6 -27.1% 4 5.9 32.8
8 DEN -17.2% 5 8.7 52.8 19.1% 25 5.7 62.5 -43.6% 2 6.1 36.0 37.9% 28 6.3 69.1 4.4% 19 6.1 31.3
9 ARI -26.8% 2 8.8 67.0 -11.9% 13 6.8 47.8 -9.1% 14 6.7 48.0 15.3% 20 5.4 43.0 15.5% 25 6.6 50.4
10 PHI -3.6% 14 11.9 110.2 29.9% 29 6.1 62.8 -7.1% 16 6.2 36.0 -59.0% 2 5.4 39.1 7.6% 20 8.9 54.7
11 MIA -11.6% 8 8.1 73.7 -14.6% 10 6.1 72.3 -26.5% 7 5.3 43.4 -25.7% 6 7.3 46.5 13.0% 23 8.8 64.5
12 LAC 12.8% 25 5.4 50.4 8.4% 22 6.4 51.3 28.7% 26 6.8 63.9 -64.1% 1 7.5 52.3 -9.9% 13 7.4 58.8
13 WAS -2.0% 16 9.2 85.6 -20.0% 6 4.5 35.3 16.4% 22 5.7 54.6 -3.9% 14 7.7 46.2 -20.0% 9 8.5 44.4
14 LAR 12.7% 24 5.3 49.7 0.8% 18 6.5 66.8 29.0% 28 5.8 48.2 -14.0% 12 8.5 68.3 -20.2% 8 7.6 35.6
15 GB 25.3% 28 6.8 66.7 -4.1% 17 6.2 59.5 -12.0% 13 5.3 37.6 -9.4% 13 7.4 55.2 -10.0% 12 5.0 27.6
16 PIT -1.3% 17 9.6 82.9 6.2% 21 6.2 59.7 2.1% 19 7.5 62.4 19.5% 22 10.1 77.6 -42.0% 2 6.7 23.0
17 TEN 30.1% 30 8.7 81.4 -6.9% 15 6.4 41.9 -25.3% 8 6.0 44.7 -20.4% 9 6.0 46.4 -20.7% 7 5.6 23.3
18 KC -6.4% 11 10.3 67.5 -33.9% 1 9.1 54.3 21.8% 24 7.9 74.5 27.5% 27 8.5 89.5 28.9% 28 9.0 85.1
19 NE 27.7% 29 9.2 77.5 -23.9% 3 7.7 45.2 -38.5% 4 5.3 38.3 -24.6% 7 7.6 59.5 1.7% 16 9.0 60.2
20 CIN 17.5% 26 8.7 77.6 21.0% 26 7.3 65.4 -15.1% 11 6.2 45.6 -22.8% 8 9.6 66.3 14.1% 24 9.2 53.9
21 CAR -21.9% 3 8.6 70.1 32.8% 30 6.4 67.5 -31.9% 6 7.5 51.0 26.1% 25 7.7 56.5 2.0% 17 5.4 32.2
22 HOU -4.5% 13 6.1 60.4 25.7% 27 6.6 51.8 0.5% 18 7.3 56.6 42.2% 30 6.6 66.1 -8.7% 14 7.5 52.5
23 DAL -1.0% 19 7.3 71.2 -9.2% 14 4.8 39.9 26.9% 25 4.4 38.2 16.6% 21 7.9 51.4 8.3% 21 8.1 49.4
24 IND 6.9% 20 7.5 71.2 -18.7% 7 4.2 34.5 30.7% 29 8.3 63.4 6.2% 18 7.2 74.4 3.6% 18 8.5 57.5
25 MIN -29.1% 1 8.3 53.1 34.4% 31 4.7 57.0 4.5% 20 6.8 62.9 47.4% 32 6.6 78.7 47.9% 32 5.4 47.7
26 SF -1.1% 18 8.8 75.5 18.9% 24 6.8 74.1 17.0% 23 5.3 39.7 26.6% 26 7.6 62.4 -5.8% 15 9.6 49.4
27 NYG 21.2% 27 7.0 56.7 -23.4% 4 6.5 47.4 34.0% 30 6.3 55.7 -14.5% 11 6.1 55.3 -18.9% 10 7.4 37.0
28 DET 36.6% 31 7.2 73.5 14.7% 23 3.7 30.0 44.8% 31 4.1 49.7 25.8% 24 6.9 51.7 18.9% 27 7.3 52.1
29 ATL 7.8% 21 8.0 76.5 3.0% 19 8.7 56.4 28.8% 27 5.3 58.9 -2.0% 15 6.4 52.6 16.2% 26 10.3 73.0
30 NO 49.3% 32 6.7 86.0 92.2% 32 7.8 105.4 -39.6% 3 7.3 43.9 -31.0% 5 6.0 38.6 37.0% 29 6.7 45.9
31 OAK -5.2% 12 9.1 77.3 -25.6% 2 5.0 50.5 51.6% 32 6.1 68.0 45.5% 31 4.6 47.3 43.1% 31 5.7 41.4
32 TB 10.8% 22 10.6 96.0 26.4% 28 6.7 77.8 11.2% 21 4.9 32.7 41.6% 29 8.2 98.8 37.9% 30 7.8 64.5
x NFL 1.3% x 9.5 82.1 1.0% x 7.4 64.5 -2.8% x 7.4 59.0 0.0% x 8.2 66.1 0.0% x 8.6 53.9

2018 DEFENSE BY PASS DIRECTION

2018 season totals through Week 6

Revised as of 10/16/2018

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 CHI -16.3% 9 40.1% 25 -54.7% 1 23.0% 17 -24.3% 3 35.6% -7.7% 31.7% -29.1% 51.9% -78.0%
2 BUF 0.0% 21 -17.9% 7 -20.2% 9 -12.8% 6 -12.4% 11 23.8% 3.2% -58.0% -4.6% -20.2% -12.0%
3 CLE -21.4% 4 -22.8% 4 -22.5% 6 8.6% 10 -29.5% 2 -26.9% -30.7% 73.5% -20.0% -20.9% -43.1%
4 SEA 6.9% 25 -23.0% 3 -45.4% 2 -33.8% 2 -11.9% 12 6.9% 62.7% -209.8% 6.9% -36.8% -19.5%
5 BAL -4.8% 18 -27.5% 1 -6.7% 14 30.8% 19 -22.3% 4 36.4% -87.8% 74.8% -23.0% -21.7% -22.3%
6 NYJ -32.3% 1 20.2% 17 -20.4% 8 13.4% 13 -15.6% 7 -74.2% 7.6% 117.1% -25.6% 23.2% -36.2%
7 JAX -14.5% 11 -19.5% 5 -2.9% 18 13.0% 11 -16.5% 5 46.6% -109.8% 27.8% -21.8% -9.2% -16.5%
8 DEN -21.2% 5 39.8% 24 -2.2% 20 75.5% 29 -16.3% 6 99.1% 169.2% 47.3% -39.1% 22.6% -16.9%
9 ARI -6.3% 17 31.2% 21 -26.8% 5 -56.2% 1 -0.3% 22 10.9% -61.4% -99.2% -7.8% 48.8% -18.7%
10 PHI -16.9% 7 10.3% 15 1.9% 23 13.1% 12 -9.1% 15 -22.6% 46.6% 35.9% -15.2% -6.8% -4.2%
11 MIA -15.3% 10 -18.3% 6 -3.0% 17 -15.7% 3 -10.7% 14 22.2% -149.4% 16.7% -29.1% 13.5% -6.3%
12 LAC -18.4% 6 2.2% 12 -2.4% 19 78.6% 31 -30.5% 1 47.0% 34.7% 143.5% -42.7% -2.4% -45.1%
13 WAS -11.5% 13 -4.1% 8 -0.5% 21 46.7% 20 -15.0% 8 -44.7% 242.3% 51.6% -5.6% -35.9% -11.3%
14 LAR 5.4% 24 42.8% 26 -29.7% 4 58.6% 26 -13.0% 10 97.1% 20.7% 32.9% -16.3% 48.3% -39.3%
15 GB -22.5% 3 30.9% 20 -6.5% 15 55.3% 24 -13.5% 9 41.4% 73.8% 53.7% -36.7% 21.6% -19.9%
16 PIT -2.0% 19 28.3% 19 -16.4% 11 8.5% 9 -0.2% 23 -2.1% 69.7% -32.0% -2.0% 14.5% -10.7%
17 TEN -1.9% 20 45.1% 28 -34.8% 3 16.4% 15 -11.8% 13 77.9% 89.0% -94.5% -26.0% 32.4% -21.7%
18 KC 14.0% 28 -1.5% 9 0.6% 22 24.8% 18 -1.0% 20 63.8% -56.1% 19.2% -2.1% 8.9% -7.3%
19 NE 13.7% 27 -27.1% 2 -22.2% 7 -14.0% 5 -8.7% 16 45.1% -109.7% -14.2% 6.3% -9.7% -25.0%
20 CIN 18.2% 29 5.2% 13 -14.3% 12 -6.2% 7 3.2% 28 54.9% -81.2% -12.0% 11.0% 16.4% -15.1%
21 CAR 1.7% 23 2.2% 11 -3.8% 16 22.1% 16 -6.3% 17 20.8% -101.6% 74.1% -6.4% 18.1% -18.1%
22 HOU -7.6% 15 9.1% 14 28.9% 31 51.2% 22 1.3% 24 99.1% 28.3% 32.4% -23.8% 4.8% 27.9%
23 DAL -16.4% 8 49.8% 30 5.7% 24 -0.6% 8 9.4% 30 -115.8% 105.1% 65.3% 3.5% 44.7% -7.6%
24 IND -24.8% 2 33.5% 22 26.0% 29 54.0% 23 -0.7% 21 50.1% 21.1% 78.5% -44.7% 35.3% 15.9%
25 MIN 26.4% 30 14.9% 16 7.2% 25 78.4% 30 3.1% 27 70.5% 42.2% 118.5% 14.8% 8.6% -10.8%
26 SF 34.2% 32 22.8% 18 -12.9% 13 58.3% 25 -1.4% 19 89.4% 109.4% 2.3% 16.0% 5.6% -15.7%
27 NYG -10.5% 14 49.2% 29 -17.0% 10 -14.3% 4 2.7% 26 -15.9% 50.5% -44.8% -8.8% 49.0% -12.2%
28 DET 34.0% 31 43.0% 27 16.5% 26 48.5% 21 23.6% 32 139.2% -12.5% 4.6% 6.0% 58.3% 19.5%
29 ATL 0.9% 22 -1.2% 10 22.8% 28 15.1% 14 9.0% 29 14.8% 43.1% 1.9% -2.4% -9.7% 27.0%
30 NO -7.3% 16 51.4% 31 27.9% 30 113.1% 32 -4.9% 18 -32.0% 302.2% 123.7% -1.9% 3.0% -14.6%
31 OAK -12.5% 12 55.5% 32 22.6% 27 64.1% 27 2.0% 25 -21.1% 167.6% 87.4% -9.6% 19.8% 2.2%
32 TB 13.1% 26 35.8% 23 32.8% 32 69.1% 28 15.2% 31 20.7% 199.3% 98.2% 10.8% 21.7% 15.8%
x NFL -3.5% x 13.5% x -5.1% x 28.1% x -6.6% x 27.5% 27.8% 28.9% -11.3% 10.7% -13.2%