Defense Analyzer - Rushing/Passing Defenses
The NFL ranks rushing and passing defenses based on yards per game. However, in FF, TDs and turnovers have a much bigger impact than yards per game. Thus, I provide a ranking based on the actual FF points given to opposing passers/rushers.
For passing I use 1 point per 25 yards, 6 per TD, -2 per INT
For rushing I use 1 point per 10 yards, 6 per TD, -2 per fumble.
These rankings do not take into account the actual player facing them. You should start McCoy, Rice and other studs no matter how hard the defense they are facing. The same with Brady, Rodgers and Brees. That's why they are studs, you can start them every week!
On the left is the passing defense rankings.
Rank, team, NFL's rank, Score given to opposing passers and toughness of the opposing passers.
For example, CHI is the number one passing defense per my ranking. They are only 6th by the NFL but have given opposing passers only 10.8 points per game and have now faced the 10th toughest schedule from a passing point of view.
For rushing, Houston is my number one rushing defense and they are ranked 2nd by yards alone by the NFL. But they have yielded an average of only 8.8 points per game and have had a medium toughness of schedule.
BAL is under-rated by the NFL at 23rd. While they have yielded 244 yards per game, they have only yielded 9 passing TDs in 11 games and have 11 picks over that span. STL is probably under-rated as well. They once topped this list and have yielded only 13 passing TDs in 11 games and have 12 picks. Compare to KC who remains over-rated by the NFL at 10th for yielding only 219 yards but they have given up 22 passing TDs in 11 games and only 7 picks.
OAK and WAS have both yielded 23 passing TDs in only 11 games. To my surprise, NE and NO have yielded 22 passing TDs this year. As bad as TEN and KC and worse than BUF, PHI and SD. HOU isn't doing that well either yielding 19 although Rodgers threw for 6 of those. The Ravens have yielded the fewest at 9 with SEA at 10. CHI, ATl follow at 11 passing TDS.
DEN has the most sacks at 37 (which is why their 1 sack vs kc surprised me). But who would have guessed CIN is second with 35 and GB follows with 34 and then STL at 31. JAC and OAK have only 13 sacks through 11 games.
The Bears have 20 picks and lead the league with the giants close behind at 18th. But TB comes in 3rd with 16 picks on the year! DAL and IND have the fewest with only 5 picks and behind them at 6 picks is PIT and MIN. Both once powerhouses of turnovers.
The rushing rankings look very similar to the top 10 of the NFL this year. While TB has been the stiffest on yards, they have yielded 9 rushing TDs in 11 games. Compare that to SF with only 3 and HOU with only 2. STL is probably over-rated at 14th by the NFL as they have yielded 14 rushing TDs in 11 games.
The top 3 most generous rushing defenses are BUF with 16 rushing TDs given up, OAK at 15 and JAC and STL at 14 each.BAL is second best at creating fumbles with 9 but NE shocked me as the most with 11! MIA was once vaunted as a powerhouse rushing defense but they surprisingly have had only 1 fumble in 11 games. The rams also. GB has only had 2 and TB has only had 3.
Of the offenses, the chiefs lead the league by giving up 16 interceptions this year but second is DAL with 15! Rivers at 14 and matty ice at 13!! That's worse than Vick's 12. Tom Brady has...3 picks in 11 games. Yeesh! ANd RGIII is second best at only 6 picks this year. Nice!
I think we all know that the Cards have yielded the most sacks. 46 if you're still counting. The next nearest at 37 is (gasp) green bay?! That's worse than CHI with 35 and PHI at 34 sacks. Brady has been sacked 15 times but better than him is Eli who has only taken 14 sacks all year, the fewest in the league.
And guess who leads the league in rushing TDs? HOU? No, they are second highest with 15 rushing TDs. NYG with 14, DET has 13. No, it is the NE patriots who lead the league with a whopping 18 rushing TDs. And the GB packers? Worst in the league with only 2 rushing TDs. That's worse than STL, OAK and JAC with 3 and SD with only 4.
Anyone could tell you that PHI leads the league with fumbles at 15. Second closest is KC with 10 though so that's 50% more fumbles than the next nearest team. WAS trails them at 9 fumbles. But who hasn't fumbled once all year? The team that rarely rushes, NOs. ARI, IND, CHI, TB and BAL have only coughed up 2 fumbles in 11 games this year.
Fun times, good luck in the playoffs!