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2018 DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY RATINGS

2018 season totals, through Week 2

Revised as of 9/18/2018

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 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. 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 80 percent of DAVE.

There are no opponent adjustments; these will begin after Week 4.

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
TOTAL PASS RUSH
1 MIA -40.8% 5 -6.4% 5 -45.8% 1 -33.4% 5 -35.2% -36.5% -33.4%
2 NYJ -26.8% 4 -5.7% 7 -38.5% 2 -3.3% 22 -26.5% -38.2% -3.3%
3 LAR -25.9% 17 -10.9% 1 -38.1% 3 -6.9% 17 -25.9% -38.1% -6.9%
4 CHI -21.3% 13 -3.5% 9 -20.1% 5 -23.1% 8 -17.0% -13.3% -23.1%
5 BAL -20.6% 1 -7.2% 3 -13.8% 7 -30.0% 6 -20.6% -13.8% -30.0%
6 CLE -16.8% 8 -6.3% 6 -13.4% 8 -21.4% 11 -27.2% -28.4% -25.7%
7 MIN -16.7% 3 -8.8% 2 -14.4% 6 -19.9% 12 -18.9% -14.4% -25.1%
8 WAS -15.5% 10 -1.7% 13 -29.9% 4 5.4% 28 -18.3% -34.6% 5.4%
9 PHI -15.2% 2 -6.7% 4 -1.8% 10 -38.7% 2 -14.2% -0.1% -38.7%
10 HOU -10.4% 19 -5.7% 8 21.0% 23 -35.9% 3 -5.8% 24.6% -30.6%
11 JAX -9.5% 9 -3.3% 10 -0.1% 11 -22.0% 10 -12.2% -4.9% -22.0%
12 CIN -8.6% 12 -1.5% 14 1.0% 12 -29.3% 7 -11.8% -3.6% -29.3%
13 DAL -7.0% 22 -1.3% 15 -8.0% 9 -5.8% 20 -8.6% -6.4% -11.3%
14 SEA -4.5% 23 -2.0% 12 1.5% 13 -11.3% 15 -4.5% 1.5% -11.3%
15 IND -2.4% 24 2.8% 23 7.9% 16 -18.8% 13 -2.6% 7.6% -18.8%
16 DEN -0.5% 7 -2.2% 11 21.4% 24 -33.9% 4 0.1% 26.3% -39.6%
TEAM DEFENSE
DVOA
LAST
WEEK
DEFENSE
DAVE
RANK PASS
DEF
PASS
RANK
RUSH
DEF
RUSH
RANK
NON-ADJUSTED
TOTAL PASS RUSH
17 LAC 3.8% 27 1.8% 21 16.8% 20 -10.1% 16 3.8% 16.8% -10.1%
18 SF 4.6% 21 3.3% 24 19.9% 22 -22.9% 9 0.4% 16.4% -28.1%
19 NE 5.8% 16 1.0% 20 13.7% 19 -4.3% 21 6.8% 15.4% -4.3%
20 GB 6.9% 11 1.8% 22 8.3% 17 4.4% 26 9.4% 12.1% 4.4%
21 NO 9.9% 31 -0.5% 17 54.1% 31 -39.7% 1 22.6% 66.6% -26.8%
22 NYG 10.2% 18 7.5% 28 5.5% 14 15.3% 30 10.2% 5.5% 15.3%
23 ATL 10.7% 14 4.5% 26 7.3% 15 16.1% 31 10.7% 7.3% 16.1%
24 CAR 11.2% 15 -1.1% 16 26.8% 26 -6.2% 18 15.6% 21.6% 8.8%
25 PIT 11.6% 6 -0.5% 18 17.0% 21 5.2% 27 11.8% 17.5% 5.2%
26 ARI 12.3% 25 0.7% 19 50.3% 30 -15.4% 14 13.3% 52.6% -15.4%
27 OAK 15.0% 29 6.9% 27 9.3% 18 21.7% 32 17.8% 14.5% 21.7%
28 TEN 15.9% 20 3.6% 25 26.5% 25 3.9% 25 19.2% 32.6% 3.9%
29 DET 20.4% 26 9.4% 30 29.8% 27 11.4% 29 20.4% 29.8% 11.4%
30 BUF 27.4% 28 10.9% 32 57.7% 32 -6.1% 19 28.8% 64.5% -10.7%
31 TB 28.6% 32 8.5% 29 41.8% 28 1.5% 23 23.0% 36.2% -4.2%
32 KC 31.7% 30 9.4% 31 42.6% 29 1.6% 24 31.7% 42.6% 1.6%

2018 DEFENSE vs. TYPES OF RECEIVERS

2018 season totals through Week 2

Revised as of 9/18/2018

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 MIA -50.9% 2 11.0 44.5 -89.3% 2 5.1 54.5 -80.3% 1 4.5 41.5 -28.5% 12 8.7 77.5 -15.0% 14 10.7 59.0
2 NYJ -24.5% 8 8.4 41.5 -16.2% 11 6.9 55.5 -53.2% 8 7.1 92.0 -64.2% 6 9.4 15.5 -54.8% 3 7.3 35.5
3 LAR -21.3% 9 4.4 18.5 -269.9% 1 5.9 11.5 -37.5% 10 4.9 19.0 -19.8% 14 8.2 108.5 -28.6% 8 8.1 39.0
4 WAS -28.7% 6 10.2 98.0 -27.8% 7 4.1 15.0 -36.6% 11 4.1 10.5 -39.7% 9 6.2 32.5 -42.6% 4 7.2 28.5
5 CHI 22.3% 20 8.4 74.0 46.6% 28 7.3 93.0 48.3% 28 5.5 52.5 1.3% 18 6.3 43.0 -170.0% 1 6.8 21.0
6 MIN -14.4% 12 10.1 42.5 -22.9% 9 6.5 53.0 -79.4% 2 6.2 47.5 36.6% 23 8.3 94.5 11.1% 21 6.6 41.0
7 BAL -46.1% 4 10.1 49.5 -62.2% 4 8.2 17.0 -3.4% 19 6.5 56.0 13.5% 19 7.6 66.0 -79.6% 2 6.2 8.5
8 CLE -21.0% 10 10.2 91.0 -4.7% 15 6.6 87.0 -26.1% 12 7.0 24.5 -50.6% 8 7.7 42.0 78.7% 30 7.9 57.0
9 DAL 1.2% 16 6.5 46.0 -52.4% 5 5.7 23.5 -15.2% 15 7.5 28.0 40.2% 25 8.8 54.5 7.5% 19 9.0 68.0
10 PHI -14.0% 13 10.3 126.0 122.5% 31 3.7 64.5 6.1% 21 5.8 41.0 -28.0% 13 5.7 60.0 -16.6% 12 10.2 35.0
11 JAX 26.5% 22 11.0 99.0 -7.1% 13 7.6 46.0 -73.6% 4 4.3 9.0 -5.0% 16 6.4 42.0 -33.4% 6 6.2 55.5
12 CIN -38.7% 5 11.9 51.0 -7.5% 12 12.3 90.5 5.2% 20 8.1 49.5 -6.9% 15 9.5 102.5 19.5% 23 13.0 72.5
13 SEA -47.9% 3 9.7 73.0 7.1% 19 8.4 82.5 -15.8% 14 5.9 31.0 -31.5% 11 5.0 32.0 56.1% 28 7.7 46.0
14 NYG 38.6% 26 5.7 31.5 -65.2% 3 4.9 23.5 52.8% 30 4.3 84.0 -68.9% 5 5.6 12.5 -26.6% 9 7.3 20.5
15 ATL -19.5% 11 8.0 42.5 21.5% 23 8.4 70.5 41.9% 27 7.0 55.0 -69.8% 4 6.1 31.0 -25.7% 10 9.6 62.0
16 IND 3.7% 17 10.5 82.5 29.3% 24 5.4 33.0 -57.2% 6 5.2 17.0 21.7% 22 6.8 63.5 10.9% 20 9.2 93.5
x NFL 5.6% x 8.7 74.2 0.8% x 6.5 55.1 -9.4% x 5.8 41.3 0.0% x 7.1 56.0 0.0% x 8.1 48.7
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 GB 32.3% 24 7.9 96.0 -0.1% 16 7.6 76.5 -78.5% 3 6.5 18.5 -2.9% 17 10.4 57.5 22.1% 24 8.4 49.5
18 OAK -12.0% 14 8.9 96.0 16.9% 21 4.8 61.0 -22.1% 13 6.4 43.5 -76.5% 2 4.4 29.0 58.5% 29 7.9 36.0
19 NE 50.2% 27 10.1 97.0 -17.6% 10 7.3 35.5 -70.7% 5 6.4 48.0 -34.2% 10 7.5 50.0 14.3% 22 9.2 46.0
20 LAC 132.3% 31 5.8 94.0 1.4% 17 3.9 42.0 -9.7% 18 4.8 23.0 -74.0% 3 5.4 24.5 -9.7% 17 8.8 67.0
21 PIT 25.2% 21 8.6 98.0 43.9% 27 5.9 67.5 -13.1% 16 4.5 29.0 19.4% 20 6.5 67.0 -29.0% 7 7.7 9.0
22 SF 12.1% 18 11.5 83.5 -5.5% 14 6.8 76.0 15.8% 22 5.6 53.5 108.0% 32 5.8 27.0 -16.9% 11 13.7 61.0
23 HOU -52.1% 1 7.0 33.0 30.8% 25 6.4 37.0 25.7% 24 5.7 26.0 78.7% 30 5.0 76.0 -15.2% 13 6.3 69.0
24 DEN 57.7% 28 9.9 87.5 -27.1% 8 6.1 38.0 31.4% 25 7.4 40.0 77.3% 29 4.4 85.0 -3.8% 18 6.8 42.5
25 TEN 71.6% 29 8.0 116.0 31.5% 26 5.9 69.5 19.9% 23 4.9 57.0 -94.7% 1 5.1 25.5 -38.9% 5 5.5 10.0
26 CAR -26.4% 7 6.5 42.0 63.6% 30 7.0 52.5 32.7% 26 4.3 73.5 46.4% 26 7.4 43.5 -10.2% 16 5.9 21.5
27 DET 138.3% 32 3.9 49.0 18.8% 22 4.1 51.5 63.9% 31 2.6 26.5 64.5% 27 5.0 49.0 -12.3% 15 6.5 38.5
28 TB 33.6% 25 13.1 137.5 15.5% 20 6.2 53.5 -53.7% 7 7.7 10.0 20.3% 21 8.7 117.0 49.6% 27 11.0 89.0
29 KC -5.5% 15 11.7 87.5 -33.1% 6 10.7 64.5 -11.0% 17 9.6 55.0 85.4% 31 10.9 100.5 86.5% 32 12.0 138.0
30 ARI 30.9% 23 6.5 85.0 3.7% 18 6.3 51.5 50.1% 29 4.7 47.5 66.2% 28 9.4 38.5 83.3% 31 5.7 82.0
31 NO 100.7% 30 5.5 108.0 185.5% 32 6.5 121.0 -41.5% 9 6.1 57.5 -58.9% 7 7.1 44.5 40.3% 26 3.8 16.0
32 BUF 12.2% 19 8.1 52.5 54.0% 29 4.8 46.0 104.8% 32 4.1 54.5 37.6% 24 8.1 79.0 31.6% 25 7.1 40.0
x NFL 5.6% x 8.7 74.2 0.8% x 6.5 55.1 -9.4% x 5.8 41.3 0.0% x 7.1 56.0 0.0% x 8.1 48.7

2018 DEFENSE BY PASS DIRECTION

2018 season totals through Week 2

Revised as of 9/18/2018

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 MIA -94.0% 1 1.2% 9 -25.7% 8 -20.4% 8 -59.3% 1 -37.5% 118.6% -119.3% -116.1% -27.7% -13.4%
2 NYJ -50.6% 3 48.5% 22 -103.3% 1 -21.6% 6 -43.3% 2 -113.0% 158.0% -103.6% -37.6% 30.5% -103.3%
3 LAR -40.6% 5 29.7% 16 -98.9% 2 -263.8% 1 -31.8% 4 0.0% -384.6% -171.8% -40.6% 96.6% -90.6%
4 WAS -33.4% 7 -70.5% 2 -4.2% 17 -21.8% 5 -37.4% 3 -158.8% 258.5% 29.1% -6.7% -86.1% -11.5%
5 CHI -30.9% 10 46.5% 21 0.7% 18 42.4% 22 -7.9% 14 0.5% 108.8% 35.8% -37.2% 34.2% -13.4%
6 MIN 2.5% 20 -45.4% 4 -10.8% 13 2.6% 15 -14.6% 10 12.2% -268.1% 138.3% -0.2% -10.6% -32.6%
7 BAL -38.1% 6 -25.5% 6 -21.7% 9 -67.5% 3 -17.4% 8 -55.3% -269.1% -24.6% -29.5% -1.8% -21.1%
8 CLE -14.2% 12 -3.9% 8 -6.1% 16 34.1% 19 -20.5% 7 -27.2% 8.1% 119.1% -10.4% -8.5% -32.9%
9 DAL 4.2% 22 46.3% 20 -31.3% 6 -16.2% 9 4.3% 22 -107.7% 188.6% 14.1% 28.8% 29.2% -43.1%
10 PHI -48.2% 4 96.4% 28 21.0% 24 31.7% 18 -10.9% 13 -42.3% 169.9% 11.7% -50.5% 44.2% 22.2%
11 JAX -32.4% 9 31.9% 17 -7.2% 15 76.9% 27 -24.6% 6 38.8% 130.1% 72.5% -39.0% 17.1% -38.6%
12 CIN -18.4% 11 8.2% 12 -11.6% 12 -21.1% 7 -4.0% 19 81.5% -104.0% -23.5% -31.0% 20.9% -7.7%
13 SEA 3.1% 21 62.7% 25 -74.6% 3 -111.3% 2 7.1% 24 -52.6% 134.7% -502.2% 17.7% 37.1% -16.6%
14 NYG 11.2% 23 20.3% 14 -35.8% 5 0.3% 13 -11.8% 12 88.0% 144.5% -107.6% -11.6% 7.4% -20.8%
15 ATL -10.6% 14 10.6% 13 -26.6% 7 -56.2% 4 -1.3% 21 -48.9% 2.3% -127.5% -0.6% 13.6% -9.6%
16 IND -8.9% 17 -15.6% 7 34.1% 29 47.4% 23 -4.7% 18 134.5% -22.1% -39.1% -41.2% -14.3% 45.7%
x NFL -9.3% x 25.8% x -7.2% x 22.3% x -5.2% x 13.1% 62.1% 8.2% -14.7% 18.0% -10.8%
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 GB -9.5% 15 3.9% 10 7.1% 22 86.2% 28 -14.7% 9 96.4% 101.0% 76.2% -21.8% -9.9% -12.4%
18 OAK -56.6% 2 102.5% 29 2.0% 19 0.2% 12 -13.4% 11 -76.9% 132.4% -0.2% -50.3% 79.3% 2.8%
19 NE 23.0% 27 -29.4% 5 -20.4% 10 -14.2% 10 -6.7% 16 98.4% -135.8% -10.3% 6.7% -6.0% -23.3%
20 LAC 20.1% 26 73.0% 26 -72.3% 4 39.3% 20 -6.9% 15 45.1% 6.0% 62.8% 5.2% 100.7% -115.9%
21 PIT -3.1% 18 54.9% 23 11.5% 23 41.7% 21 4.9% 23 79.5% 125.4% -13.6% -31.9% 13.3% 24.4%
22 SF 48.0% 32 -46.6% 3 -9.9% 14 2.2% 14 8.9% 25 56.1% -103.5% -111.1% 45.3% -40.9% -1.5%
23 HOU 17.6% 25 -87.0% 1 41.4% 31 51.4% 24 -2.1% 20 137.6% -30.2% 68.4% 4.3% -132.7% 31.0%
24 DEN -14.2% 13 160.9% 32 28.0% 28 105.9% 29 14.7% 26 -36.5% 493.5% 105.0% -11.2% 117.3% 4.8%
25 TEN -32.5% 8 105.0% 30 6.3% 21 68.8% 25 -5.7% 17 49.4% 164.5% -30.4% -57.9% 59.9% 14.4%
26 CAR 32.7% 29 5.7% 11 22.7% 27 -4.4% 11 29.9% 30 110.3% -247.9% -20.5% 12.2% 77.3% 28.8%
27 DET 40.9% 30 73.8% 27 21.7% 26 132.2% 30 22.1% 29 173.9% 0.0% 82.3% 0.5% 73.8% 6.4%
28 TB 14.8% 24 23.2% 15 34.9% 30 75.0% 26 17.0% 27 -45.0% 139.7% 137.9% 26.4% 8.1% 14.6%
29 KC 1.8% 19 43.0% 19 6.0% 20 8.7% 16 18.7% 28 43.4% 43.4% -43.0% -12.9% 42.9% 29.5%
30 ARI 44.1% 31 115.7% 31 -20.1% 11 28.3% 17 47.3% 32 62.1% 218.6% -360.2% 40.5% 93.4% 15.1%
31 NO -9.0% 16 36.7% 18 65.0% 32 189.5% 31 -26.3% 5 22.9% 304.3% 180.8% -12.9% -54.4% -19.7%
32 BUF 32.5% 28 57.9% 24 21.5% 25 238.9% 32 30.3% 31 348.7% 167.7% 0.0% 12.3% 49.4% 21.5%
x NFL -9.3% x 25.8% x -7.2% x 22.3% x -5.2% x 13.1% 62.1% 8.2% -14.7% 18.0% -10.8%