Some prefer film, some prefer data but let us take a look at what the data shows in terms of the defenses across the league. Factoring rankings in all catergories including yards allowed, penalites, pressure rates, and turnover opportunities…here are the season 1 top performing defenses. Keep in mind, the final grade is an average of the grades with some modifiers, so the lower the grade, the better.

TeamPassingRushingSacksTurnoversPenaltiesFinal Grade
Falcons2711154.2
Jets4315725.5
Lions101941105.9
Rams191424116.7
Bengals82616147.6
Packers213111837.9
Raiders251754138.6
Chargers201819418.6
Steelers31713789.4
Broncos3217142110.8
Colts2631127710.9
Jaguars7116231911.4
Giants9271714911.6
49ers236317611.7
Bills15818171211.7
Buccaneers18920121512.1
Cardinals21202771413.7
Patriots12129252414
Ravens32214222014.6
Seahawks12928141614.6
Bears24158182914.9
Saints6424292216
Chiefs16243312816.4
Eagles30521271816.7
Titans53210282716.7
Football Team142522182516.9
Dolphins292325122317.2
Vikings172223182617.3
Cowboys281630231718.4
Browns221026263220
Texans132829293021.7
Panthers113032313122.9

If you would like to see this in a more sortable format, click here.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IutYSvVOcZ5nO7zWDJOw1KbWwM6q5dmI90PRfHCAYRA/edit?usp=sharing

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