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2018 DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY RATINGS

Regular season totals, through Week 13

Revised as of 12/04/2018

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. 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.

RK TEAM DEFENSE
DVOA
LAST
WEEK
WEI.
DEFENSE
RK PASS
DEF
RK RUSH
DEF
RK NON-ADJ
TOTAL
NON-ADJ
PASS
NON-ADJ
RUSH
VAR RK SCHED RK
1 CHI -22.0% 1 -20.8% 1 -16.4% 1 -30.4% 1 -25.5% -18.7% -35.7% 3.0% 4 -7.1% 29
2 DEN -13.7% 3 -14.6% 3 -15.5% 2 -11.2% 11 -8.4% -6.6% -10.9% 5.7% 19 7.2% 2
3 BUF -13.1% 2 -15.4% 2 -14.8% 3 -11.1% 12 -10.7% -10.3% -11.2% 9.8% 32 -1.2% 19
4 BAL -12.2% 5 -10.2% 4 -7.7% 5 -18.7% 5 -11.7% -8.2% -16.8% 7.4% 27 1.3% 12
5 JAX -11.3% 7 -9.3% 5 -6.0% 6 -17.8% 7 -9.8% -5.6% -14.8% 5.2% 18 -1.4% 20
6 HOU -8.7% 4 -7.9% 7 4.7% 15 -27.5% 2 -12.6% -3.0% -26.3% 5.8% 20 -7.5% 31
7 DAL -7.4% 13 -8.2% 6 0.8% 10 -18.0% 6 -6.7% 2.2% -18.0% 8.1% 29 -2.1% 22
8 MIN -6.0% 6 -6.1% 8 2.1% 11 -15.7% 9 -8.9% -1.3% -18.1% 6.5% 24 -3.6% 24
9 CLE -5.2% 8 -1.4% 13 -9.1% 4 0.3% 26 -3.2% -5.9% 0.4% 7.7% 28 8.0% 1
10 LAC -5.2% 9 -5.9% 10 -3.4% 7 -7.6% 18 -7.2% -7.3% -7.0% 1.9% 1 -1.5% 21
11 IND -3.6% 16 -4.2% 11 10.6% 21 -20.7% 4 -10.2% 1.2% -24.0% 6.1% 21 -10.3% 32
12 ARI -2.7% 10 -2.6% 12 -0.3% 9 -5.1% 21 0.0% 5.2% -5.4% 2.6% 2 5.8% 4
13 NO -1.6% 14 -6.0% 9 11.0% 22 -23.2% 3 -2.1% 10.4% -23.3% 6.3% 22 0.6% 14
14 PIT -1.5% 12 -0.4% 15 5.9% 17 -12.4% 10 -0.9% 7.5% -13.1% 4.4% 11 4.7% 7
15 LAR -1.4% 17 -0.8% 14 -1.3% 8 -1.5% 25 0.2% 1.8% -2.1% 3.9% 7 4.8% 6
16 SEA -0.2% 11 1.5% 18 5.7% 16 -8.6% 15 1.9% 7.2% -5.7% 5.1% 17 3.1% 8
17 NE 0.2% 19 1.2% 16 6.1% 18 -9.5% 14 -1.4% 3.2% -8.8% 4.7% 14 -5.1% 25
18 NYJ 0.2% 15 4.2% 20 3.4% 12 -3.7% 22 -1.7% 2.8% -7.3% 7.1% 26 -6.5% 28
19 WAS 1.7% 18 1.4% 17 4.5% 14 -2.4% 24 1.2% 2.7% -0.9% 6.4% 23 -0.6% 17
20 TEN 2.3% 22 3.1% 19 13.4% 23 -9.9% 13 1.6% 12.3% -10.2% 5.0% 16 -5.3% 26
21 PHI 2.8% 24 7.4% 25 7.3% 19 -5.2% 20 3.9% 7.9% -3.4% 8.4% 30 -0.8% 18
22 MIA 4.6% 21 8.9% 27 14.2% 24 -5.7% 19 1.7% 10.0% -7.0% 6.6% 25 -7.4% 30
23 GB 4.7% 20 6.2% 23 7.9% 20 0.8% 27 3.4% 7.1% -1.1% 8.4% 31 -6.4% 27
24 NYG 5.4% 27 5.7% 22 16.9% 25 -7.6% 17 4.1% 15.4% -8.5% 3.5% 5 -2.5% 23
25 SF 6.3% 23 8.2% 26 17.6% 26 -8.4% 16 9.8% 23.1% -7.6% 3.7% 6 2.7% 9
26 KC 6.4% 25 5.3% 21 3.9% 13 10.2% 32 6.9% 5.9% 8.5% 2.8% 3 1.6% 11
27 CAR 6.4% 26 6.9% 24 22.7% 28 -17.2% 8 6.8% 22.3% -15.8% 4.4% 9 0.4% 16
28 CIN 10.7% 28 13.6% 29 17.9% 27 2.6% 28 14.1% 22.6% 4.7% 4.6% 12 7.1% 3
29 DET 14.1% 30 12.9% 28 27.7% 30 -2.8% 23 13.8% 24.8% 0.2% 4.8% 15 0.5% 15
30 TB 16.3% 31 14.9% 30 25.7% 29 3.6% 30 19.5% 30.0% 5.2% 4.3% 8 1.1% 13
31 OAK 16.4% 29 17.3% 31 29.8% 32 4.1% 31 19.9% 35.1% 6.0% 4.4% 10 5.6% 5
32 ATL 16.9% 32 19.0% 32 28.6% 31 2.9% 29 19.9% 27.7% 10.5% 4.6% 13 2.6% 10

2018 DEFENSE vs. TYPES OF RECEIVERS

Regular season totals, through Week 13

Revised as of 12/04/2018

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 -22.9% 2 7.9 58.2 -3.9% 14 7.0 67.6 -13.5% 8 7.0 54.0 -26.3% 5 7.8 41.7 -14.0% 9 7.1 43.2
2 DEN -4.2% 13 8.6 71.4 -13.2% 6 6.7 60.8 -28.6% 2 6.8 42.8 -10.8% 12 7.4 60.0 10.1% 22 6.7 41.4
3 BUF -14.6% 4 7.4 55.7 12.8% 23 4.9 46.6 -10.2% 10 4.6 38.3 -39.8% 2 6.4 37.0 2.7% 18 8.1 47.7
4 CLE -0.5% 17 9.8 78.0 -11.8% 7 7.1 55.9 -39.7% 1 7.3 46.9 -28.5% 3 9.1 56.5 12.3% 25 7.8 52.0
5 BAL -10.4% 9 6.9 50.5 -24.1% 5 7.1 42.9 -2.6% 16 6.0 45.8 20.0% 25 7.6 64.3 -29.8% 2 6.7 25.6
6 JAX -12.3% 8 7.9 66.8 -10.8% 8 5.5 40.8 -8.2% 11 5.7 40.1 -10.9% 11 6.1 48.3 -14.6% 8 6.4 33.3
7 LAC 23.0% 30 5.4 55.1 -6.6% 12 6.2 44.1 -3.2% 15 6.4 51.2 -63.1% 1 7.4 40.5 1.9% 16 7.9 57.1
8 LAR 6.5% 21 7.1 80.4 -5.1% 13 5.2 45.5 23.3% 27 5.5 41.9 -14.6% 8 8.8 70.6 -21.4% 5 6.7 30.0
9 ARI -7.3% 10 7.7 62.7 -7.4% 10 5.8 37.4 1.2% 20 7.1 52.3 3.5% 18 5.5 40.1 1.2% 15 6.1 38.3
10 DAL -13.8% 5 8.0 68.9 -29.5% 2 4.0 29.8 2.2% 22 6.0 41.9 6.3% 19 7.3 61.3 -10.0% 11 7.5 45.0
11 MIN -22.4% 3 8.1 59.3 -3.8% 15 4.7 43.0 -3.7% 14 5.9 49.1 21.1% 26 6.2 53.6 24.6% 31 6.8 56.8
12 NYJ 1.1% 18 5.7 50.7 5.8% 21 8.8 73.5 -10.4% 9 9.3 75.7 9.5% 20 5.6 39.0 -28.6% 3 5.9 39.2
13 KC -13.2% 6 11.1 76.9 -29.2% 3 7.0 44.4 20.8% 26 8.0 63.6 26.8% 27 8.9 80.0 12.2% 24 8.0 66.6
14 WAS -0.9% 15 7.9 88.5 -0.6% 19 6.2 45.8 1.6% 21 7.5 60.6 -13.1% 9 6.9 45.6 -13.8% 10 9.0 54.1
15 HOU 10.7% 24 7.3 72.4 13.7% 24 6.3 54.3 -1.3% 17 6.6 50.0 27.7% 29 7.5 67.9 -34.3% 1 7.3 49.2
16 SEA 11.3% 26 8.0 78.9 -2.0% 18 6.2 53.0 -18.1% 6 5.0 32.5 -6.8% 14 6.2 42.2 -3.9% 13 7.4 58.5
17 PIT -5.1% 12 9.4 79.9 6.1% 22 5.8 45.6 0.0% 18 6.1 50.2 27.5% 28 7.5 61.6 -20.2% 6 6.2 29.1
18 NE -2.7% 14 8.3 63.4 -2.9% 17 7.3 54.3 -25.1% 3 6.9 51.7 -11.6% 10 8.2 65.4 2.2% 17 9.2 53.4
19 PHI -6.9% 11 10.0 88.4 19.4% 27 7.0 60.5 2.3% 23 7.2 47.2 -26.2% 6 5.9 41.7 10.0% 21 7.7 51.8
20 GB 8.0% 22 8.4 71.1 5.5% 20 6.8 70.8 -16.3% 7 5.6 35.3 14.1% 23 6.2 44.3 20.0% 29 5.2 38.2
21 IND 10.3% 23 7.0 62.5 -9.5% 9 5.4 42.3 20.5% 25 5.1 40.7 12.7% 22 7.0 68.4 13.6% 26 8.5 61.7
22 NO 11.5% 27 7.5 85.3 45.2% 32 7.4 86.8 -18.7% 5 7.8 54.8 -27.4% 4 6.4 37.4 23.1% 30 7.7 44.4
23 TEN 28.4% 32 8.8 84.8 13.9% 25 5.7 45.3 9.5% 24 5.6 46.8 -22.0% 7 5.6 39.0 -21.8% 4 5.8 27.8
24 MIA 5.1% 20 7.4 64.1 -3.7% 16 6.4 75.1 -5.5% 13 5.2 47.5 -2.3% 17 6.5 48.8 16.1% 27 7.0 54.4
25 NYG 28.3% 31 7.6 70.9 -47.3% 1 6.5 39.7 32.6% 29 5.7 53.8 -10.4% 13 6.9 60.7 -15.6% 7 7.5 43.8
26 SF 4.7% 19 8.0 71.6 14.8% 26 6.0 58.1 42.9% 30 5.2 44.8 11.2% 21 6.2 43.6 -0.4% 14 8.2 47.4
27 CIN -0.8% 16 8.2 69.7 24.6% 29 6.9 56.5 -21.6% 4 5.5 44.6 -2.8% 16 7.2 60.0 31.5% 32 7.9 53.4
28 CAR -13.2% 7 8.7 68.4 33.4% 31 6.2 63.6 0.7% 19 6.5 58.9 31.9% 31 7.1 61.2 -5.0% 12 6.3 31.5
29 TB 22.0% 29 8.2 77.7 19.6% 28 5.7 60.2 -6.1% 12 4.7 35.8 31.3% 30 7.3 75.3 10.3% 23 6.9 48.1
30 DET 10.9% 25 5.7 52.5 30.2% 30 5.7 56.1 44.2% 31 4.7 57.8 17.2% 24 6.7 46.1 5.6% 20 7.0 42.3
31 ATL 16.7% 28 7.2 69.0 -7.3% 11 7.3 47.1 44.9% 32 4.7 53.9 -3.4% 15 6.5 52.6 16.5% 28 9.2 62.3
32 OAK -26.2% 1 7.1 55.2 -26.8% 4 5.4 40.0 27.8% 28 4.8 48.8 58.1% 32 6.0 74.5 3.4% 19 4.8 31.6
NFL 0.0% 7.9 69.0 0.3% 6.3 52.7 -0.3% 6.1 48.7 0.0% 6.9 54.0 0.0% 7.2 45.6

2018 DEFENSE BY PASS DIRECTION

Regular season totals, through Week 13

Revised as of 12/04/2018

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 -1.3% 16 16.4% 21 -50.0% 1 -9.3% 2 -16.8% 5 15.0% -0.9% -37.8% -4.3% 19.9% -52.1%
2 DEN -22.9% 1 25.4% 26 -19.8% 6 36.3% 23 -19.2% 2 -22.6% 118.3% 13.5% -22.9% 0.8% -27.5%
3 BUF 1.5% 19 -9.3% 5 -22.5% 4 -7.2% 5 -10.9% 9 44.5% 35.7% -110.1% -8.6% -19.1% -6.6%
4 CLE -17.1% 2 -3.1% 7 -18.6% 8 -3.4% 6 -17.3% 4 -7.5% -34.5% 19.6% -19.4% 3.9% -25.7%
5 BAL -13.8% 7 -10.0% 4 -2.6% 19 22.6% 19 -15.9% 6 4.0% -35.0% 85.2% -21.3% -7.6% -19.7%
6 JAX 9.8% 27 -32.7% 1 -18.5% 9 14.8% 11 -17.8% 3 110.6% -71.7% -8.3% -9.3% -25.1% -21.9%
7 LAC -8.6% 12 -0.7% 8 -27.3% 3 61.6% 32 -28.1% 1 53.9% 31.5% 101.7% -28.1% -5.6% -50.6%
8 LAR 5.8% 23 30.2% 29 -29.8% 2 39.2% 26 -14.6% 7 70.3% 43.7% 3.2% -11.2% 25.8% -36.8%
9 ARI -5.2% 14 38.2% 30 -19.4% 7 -9.0% 3 -1.0% 22 -1.0% -21.8% -9.9% -5.8% 48.7% -20.7%
10 DAL -11.6% 9 1.7% 10 -8.9% 12 13.6% 10 -12.0% 8 -21.6% -2.2% 51.6% -9.1% 2.3% -23.1%
11 MIN 3.3% 22 10.7% 14 -3.9% 17 19.3% 15 -1.6% 21 -22.7% 21.6% 82.1% 9.9% 8.2% -18.4%
12 NYJ -13.3% 8 25.4% 25 -15.5% 10 22.6% 18 -9.7% 10 -8.4% 0.5% 77.4% -14.4% 31.6% -31.7%
13 KC -7.2% 13 10.9% 15 7.2% 25 31.4% 21 -6.6% 13 57.3% -44.3% 34.2% -26.5% 22.6% -2.3%
14 WAS -15.5% 5 11.4% 16 -5.2% 16 13.5% 9 -8.9% 11 -48.3% 130.6% 26.2% -7.9% -7.0% -11.1%
15 HOU -9.1% 11 -4.6% 6 21.7% 30 21.9% 17 -0.6% 23 11.8% -18.2% 52.0% -13.9% -1.5% 13.3%
16 SEA 12.6% 29 -14.2% 2 -12.3% 11 18.7% 14 -6.7% 12 29.6% 69.4% -34.2% 8.9% -27.2% -8.2%
17 PIT -0.9% 17 18.1% 22 -7.1% 14 16.0% 12 -0.3% 24 -19.6% 66.1% -1.9% 2.5% 6.8% -8.9%
18 NE 7.3% 25 -11.1% 3 -20.3% 5 -19.7% 1 -3.9% 19 12.1% -57.4% -27.9% 5.9% 0.1% -17.1%
19 PHI -9.4% 10 12.2% 17 3.1% 23 17.8% 13 -5.4% 15 -4.0% 45.2% 28.0% -11.1% 0.9% -2.8%
20 GB 2.7% 21 23.5% 24 -3.3% 18 51.0% 29 -4.6% 17 82.4% 51.6% 20.9% -18.3% 19.2% -10.0%
21 IND -16.0% 3 13.8% 19 31.4% 32 45.9% 28 2.8% 28 19.2% 7.5% 101.2% -24.4% 14.7% 18.8%
22 NO 11.2% 28 2.1% 11 5.6% 24 57.3% 30 -6.1% 14 19.9% 140.8% 49.3% 9.5% -23.9% -9.7%
23 TEN -5.1% 15 43.1% 32 -8.7% 13 39.1% 25 -3.9% 18 64.2% 140.8% -60.6% -24.1% 19.9% 2.1%
24 MIA 2.3% 20 7.5% 12 -1.1% 21 -7.5% 4 4.9% 29 16.9% -46.2% -21.2% -3.5% 22.1% 3.7%
25 NYG -15.5% 4 28.7% 28 -6.2% 15 13.2% 8 -5.4% 16 14.7% -14.8% 27.2% -22.8% 38.8% -12.7%
26 SF 26.1% 32 15.3% 20 -2.0% 20 59.0% 31 0.6% 26 74.2% 53.4% 38.7% 9.4% 7.2% -10.5%
27 CIN 13.3% 30 1.2% 9 0.4% 22 25.3% 20 -0.2% 25 15.3% -6.9% 49.2% 12.9% 2.7% -13.8%
28 CAR 0.4% 18 8.5% 13 20.4% 29 40.3% 27 2.0% 27 14.8% 57.4% 68.8% -4.3% 2.4% 8.1%
29 TB 8.6% 26 42.5% 31 10.8% 27 33.5% 22 13.5% 31 47.6% 19.6% 27.3% -2.7% 47.0% 6.0%
30 DET 7.0% 24 26.0% 27 31.0% 31 21.8% 16 20.9% 32 27.5% 63.2% 2.2% 1.5% 17.3% 41.4%
31 ATL 13.7% 31 12.8% 18 10.6% 26 11.5% 7 12.3% 30 35.8% -8.8% -3.6% 7.1% 17.3% 14.0%
32 OAK -15.4% 6 22.8% 23 14.1% 28 37.6% 24 -2.1% 20 -32.7% 120.6% 56.3% -9.7% 0.7% 1.9%
NFL -1.9% 10.5% -4.7% 22.6% -5.4% 21.7% 27.1% 21.1% -8.1% 7.1% -10.9%