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2017 SPECIAL TEAMS RATINGS

Regular season totals, playoffs not included

Revised as of 6/1/2018

This page lists an estimate of how many points, compared to league average,each team receives from the five elements of special teams: field goals/extrapoints, kickoffs, kick returns, punts, punt returns. The total is thenconverted into a DVOA percentage so that it can be added in to offense anddefense to create total team DVOA.

Field goal rating compares each field goal to theleague-average percentage of field goals from that distance. Yards offield position from the other four elements of special teams are translated into points using a method that giveseach yard line a point value based on the average next score an NFL offense isworth from that point on the field. Kickoffs and punts are based onnet yardage. Kickoff returns and punt returns are judged on return yardage only.These numbers are then adjusted for weather and altitude based on stadium type(cold, warm, dome, Denver) and week. The system is explained here.Two-point conversions and onside kicks are not included.

LAST YEAR represents last year's rank. The top number in each category is in bold type.

The final five columns represent elements not found in the standard specialteams ratings.

  • HIDDEN represents the advantage teams have received from elements ofspecial teams generally out of their control: opposing field goals, kickoffdistance, and punt distance. It is listed as points worth of estimated fieldposition, and is ranked from the team with the biggest advantage to the teamwith the biggest disadvantage.
  • WEATHER represents the estimated effect of weather, altitude, and domes oneach team's special teams performance. It is listed as points worth ofestimated field position, and is ranked from the team with the biggestadvantage to the team with the biggest disadvantage.
  • NON-ADJ VOA shows special teams DVOA without the adjustments for weatherand altitude.

TEAM S.T.
DVOA
LAST
YEAR
WEIGHTED FG/XP KICK KICK
RET
PUNT PUNT
RET
HIDDEN WEATHER NON-ADJ
VOA
DVOA RANK PTS RANK PTS RANK
1 BAL 9.2% 4 12.6% 1 19.0 6.6 12.3 4.1 3.9 -7.0 24 -7.6 32 7.7%
2 LARM 6.8% 3 8.5% 2 11.3 -0.3 9.2 10.3 3.7 40.6 1 2.9 10 7.4%
3 NE 6.3% 8 8.5% 3 8.9 8.4 6.4 8.2 -0.6 13.1 3 -1.2 19 6.0%
4 KC 5.3% 1 6.0% 5 11.8 7.1 0.0 6.2 1.7 5.0 8 -4.5 28 4.5%
5 DET 5.1% 6 4.3% 9 7.3 5.8 -4.0 -1.5 17.9 6.4 6 4.3 4 6.0%
6 CAR 4.7% 25 6.2% 4 6.3 2.2 5.3 7.8 1.9 -0.2 13 2.9 12 5.3%
7 DAL 4.6% 9 4.5% 8 -7.0 4.5 2.3 16.9 6.2 14.8 2 3.5 7 5.3%
8 IND 3.7% 5 4.8% 7 0.4 1.6 -1.2 20.2 -2.6 5.0 9 2.1 15 4.1%
9 PIT 3.1% 16 6.0% 6 8.4 5.2 1.3 3.3 -2.9 -8.0 28 -5.2 30 2.0%
10 BUF 2.9% 22 2.7% 12 11.5 2.0 -4.9 4.3 1.8 -9.0 29 -5.6 31 1.8%
11 SF 2.9% 17 2.2% 13 14.2 3.0 -6.4 3.6 0.0 4.9 10 2.0 16 3.3%
12 MIA 2.6% 12 4.1% 10 3.4 5.3 -1.5 6.6 -0.6 6.4 5 -0.8 18 2.5%
13 TEN 1.6% 19 1.0% 15 0.6 2.9 0.8 3.0 0.7 -5.8 22 1.7 17 2.0%
14 GB 1.3% 21 2.0% 14 -2.8 0.1 0.2 5.1 4.0 -12.0 30 -2.1 21 0.9%
15 NO 1.2% 27 3.0% 11 -0.9 -0.3 5.6 6.5 -5.0 10.3 4 6.8 2 2.5%
16 PHI 0.9% 2 -1.6% 18 3.9 -0.8 0.6 3.4 -2.5 0.8 12 -3.5 24 0.2%
TEAM S.T.
DVOA
LAST
YEAR
WEIGHTED FG/XP KICK KICK
RET
PUNT PUNT
RET
HIDDEN WEATHER NON-ADJ
VOA
DVOA RANK PTS RANK PTS RANK
17 OAK -0.2% 14 -2.2% 21 -4.3 2.2 4.7 4.8 -8.6 -3.8 18 2.4 14 0.2%
18 MIN -0.9% 10 -1.0% 17 -3.1 -5.0 -2.6 2.9 3.1 -4.2 19 3.5 6 -0.2%
19 ATL -1.2% 7 -2.7% 23 6.4 -4.5 -3.6 -1.0 -3.1 -3.0 16 6.4 3 0.1%
20 SEA -2.0% 15 -2.9% 24 -7.6 3.0 8.1 -13.4 0.1 -7.5 26 -3.5 25 -2.7%
21 CIN -2.4% 28 -3.6% 26 2.7 -2.9 -5.3 -6.0 -0.2 4.8 11 -3.9 27 -3.1%
22 WAS -2.4% 13 -1.6% 19 -1.6 6.9 -4.1 -7.8 -5.5 -7.3 25 -4.6 29 -3.3%
23 CHI -2.4% 18 -1.0% 16 -6.0 -2.2 -1.2 -12.3 9.7 -12.3 31 -2.7 23 -3.0%
24 JAC -2.7% 23 -1.8% 20 -3.6 -8.8 -0.5 -4.4 3.8 -7.0 23 2.9 11 -2.1%
25 NYJ -3.0% 32 -5.0% 27 2.8 3.9 -3.4 -6.0 -12.2 5.8 7 -2.4 22 -3.5%
26 HOU -4.5% 31 -5.8% 29 -5.8 0.1 -5.3 -10.7 -1.1 -16.9 32 4.1 5 -3.7%
27 CLE -5.1% 26 -3.4% 25 -3.5 -6.0 2.1 -11.5 -6.8 -4.8 21 -3.9 26 -5.9%
28 ARI -5.5% 30 -2.4% 22 -8.9 -5.5 -2.1 -10.0 -0.9 -7.5 27 3.4 8 -4.8%
29 TB -5.5% 20 -6.2% 30 -13.2 -14.4 -0.6 0.2 0.3 -1.2 14 3.2 9 -4.9%
30 DEN -7.4% 24 -6.8% 32 -10.3 -9.8 -3.6 -8.8 -4.5 -2.6 15 10.2 1 -5.4%
31 LACH -7.5% 29 -5.2% 28 -22.2 -7.4 -3.9 -6.1 2.3 -4.7 20 2.7 13 -6.9%
32 NYG -7.5% 11 -6.7% 31 -12.2 -0.8 -3.5 -16.5 -4.5 -3.5 17 -1.8 20 -7.8%