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1972 NFL Opposition & Defensive Statistics

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Team Defense

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Rk Tm G Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FR 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Sc% TO%
1 Miami Dolphins 14 171 3297 770 4.3 46 20 14 186 178 348 1749 10 26 4.6 96 389 1548 8 4.0 76
2 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 175 3771 896 4.2 48 20 24 228 206 411 2056 9 28 4.6 116 445 1715 6 3.9 88
3 Washington Redskins 14 218 3595 829 4.3 32 15 20 223 186 367 1862 10 17 4.6 108 427 1733 12 4.1 95
4 Green Bay Packers 14 226 3474 812 4.3 36 19 15 209 174 340 1957 7 17 5.3 109 443 1517 14 3.4 85
5 Cincinnati Bengals 14 229 3552 794 4.5 29 9 17 207 167 350 1737 11 20 4.5 92 406 1815 11 4.5 98
6 Dallas Cowboys 14 240 3755 842 4.5 33 17 23 217 187 382 2240 18 16 5.4 113 428 1515 7 3.5 81
7 New York Giants 14 247 4194 772 5.4 38 15 6 218 182 333 2339 19 23 6.3 111 402 1855 9 4.6 101
8 Oakland Raiders 14 248 3916 844 4.6 37 12 26 227 166 348 2152 14 25 5.7 104 469 1764 9 3.8 97
9 Cleveland Browns 14 249 4069 868 4.7 29 16 21 240 160 310 1736 14 13 5.0 89 520 2333 13 4.5 130
10 San Francisco 49ers 14 249 4026 858 4.7 36 17 20 221 169 366 2179 14 19 5.3 105 446 1847 12 4.1 96
11 Minnesota Vikings 14 252 3701 806 4.6 40 14 15 200 169 331 1699 13 26 4.8 82 454 2002 13 4.4 103
12 Baltimore Colts 14 252 4312 853 5.1 36 13 13 233 178 313 2323 15 23 6.9 109 515 1989 15 3.9 111
13 Kansas City Chiefs 14 254 4027 853 4.7 43 19 18 227 186 368 2222 17 24 5.6 116 453 1805 12 4.0 93
14 Atlanta Falcons 14 274 3767 829 4.5 33 15 16 221 137 301 1704 13 18 5.2 83 504 2063 16 4.1 122
15 Chicago Bears 14 275 3923 841 4.7 35 14 20 224 180 342 2172 16 21 6.0 108 476 1751 11 3.7 96
16 Los Angeles Rams 14 286 3907 843 4.6 27 11 24 235 181 363 2145 20 16 5.3 110 438 1762 9 4.0 101
17 Detroit Lions 14 290 4208 824 5.1 27 15 10 239 171 312 2004 18 12 6.0 103 491 2204 14 4.5 126
18 St. Louis Cardinals 14 303 4739 935 5.1 27 16 19 276 221 365 2550 15 11 6.6 138 548 2189 11 4.0 119
19 New York Jets 14 324 4709 866 5.4 31 12 16 255 186 363 2637 18 19 6.8 118 476 2072 16 4.4 121
20 San Diego Chargers 14 344 3881 819 4.7 34 10 21 244 201 358 2208 18 24 5.8 124 435 1673 18 3.8 99
21 Denver Broncos 14 350 3851 877 4.4 22 12 26 251 206 397 2183 19 10 5.0 123 439 1668 15 3.8 102
22 Philadelphia Eagles 14 352 4738 879 5.4 27 8 14 268 175 318 2472 20 19 7.4 117 544 2266 22 4.2 137
23 New Orleans Saints 14 361 4491 873 5.1 27 13 15 251 213 367 2402 21 14 6.1 129 482 2089 15 4.3 107
24 Buffalo Bills 14 377 4192 862 4.9 31 8 29 249 131 308 1951 19 23 5.9 95 532 2241 26 4.2 125
25 Houston Oilers 14 380 4734 894 5.3 24 18 16 263 174 324 2143 12 6 6.2 100 546 2591 23 4.7 147
26 New England Patriots 14 446 5250 889 5.9 24 14 21 288 175 326 2533 24 10 7.4 124 548 2717 27 5.0 143
Avg Team 283.5 4080.0 847.2 4.8 32.8 14.3 18.4 234.6 179.2 346.6 2129.0 15.5 18.5 5.7 108.5 471.4 1950.9 14.0 4.1 107.7
League Total 7372 106079 22028 4.8 852 372 479 6100 4659 9011 55355 404 480 5.7 2822 12256 50724 364 4.1 2799
Avg Tm/G 20.3 291.4 60.5 4.8 2.3 1.0 1.3 16.8 12.8 24.8 152.1 1.1 1.3 5.7 7.8 33.7 139.4 1.0 4.1 7.7

Passing Defense

Rk Tm G Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk%
1 Minnesota Vikings 14 169 331 51.1 1699 13 3.9 26 7.9 5.4 2.7 10.6 121.4 47.5 21 92 4.8 2.2 6.0
2 Atlanta Falcons 14 137 301 45.5 1704 13 4.3 18 6.0 6.3 4.5 13.9 121.7 55.9 24 207 5.2 3.6 7.4
3 Cleveland Browns 14 160 310 51.6 1736 14 4.5 13 4.2 6.4 5.4 12.5 124.0 69.5 38 258 5.0 4.1 10.9
4 Cincinnati Bengals 14 167 350 47.7 1737 11 3.1 20 5.7 5.8 3.9 12.2 124.1 52.7 38 296 4.5 2.7 9.8
5 Miami Dolphins 14 178 348 51.1 1749 10 2.9 26 7.5 5.8 3.0 11.4 124.9 47.4 33 280 4.6 2.0 8.7
6 Washington Redskins 14 186 367 50.7 1862 10 2.7 17 4.6 5.8 4.3 11.5 133.0 58.3 35 268 4.6 3.2 8.7
7 Buffalo Bills 14 131 308 42.5 1951 19 6.2 23 7.5 7.0 4.8 16.4 139.4 56.0 22 197 5.9 3.9 6.7
8 Green Bay Packers 14 174 340 51.2 1957 7 2.1 17 5.0 6.5 4.7 12.7 139.8 57.8 29 252 5.3 3.6 7.9
9 Detroit Lions 14 171 312 54.8 2004 18 5.8 12 3.8 6.9 6.3 12.5 143.1 79.6 21 142 6.0 5.5 6.3
10 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 206 411 50.1 2056 9 2.2 28 6.8 5.8 3.2 11.6 146.9 47.0 40 337 4.6 2.2 8.9
11 Houston Oilers 14 174 324 53.7 2143 12 3.7 6 1.9 7.1 7.1 13.3 153.1 81.2 24 172 6.2 6.1 6.9
12 Los Angeles Rams 14 181 363 49.9 2145 20 5.5 16 4.4 6.8 5.9 13.7 153.2 72.0 42 327 5.3 4.5 10.4
13 Oakland Raiders 14 166 348 47.7 2152 14 4.0 25 7.2 6.8 4.4 14.2 153.7 53.6 27 211 5.7 3.5 7.2
14 Chicago Bears 14 180 342 52.6 2172 16 4.7 21 6.1 6.9 5.0 13.0 155.1 64.5 23 173 6.0 4.2 6.3
15 San Francisco 49ers 14 169 366 46.2 2179 14 3.8 19 5.2 7.1 5.5 15.3 155.6 61.1 46 403 5.3 3.9 11.2
16 Denver Broncos 14 206 397 51.9 2183 19 4.8 10 2.5 6.4 6.2 12.3 155.9 77.4 41 357 5.0 4.8 9.4
17 San Diego Chargers 14 201 358 56.1 2208 18 5.0 24 6.7 6.8 4.8 12.1 157.7 66.1 26 233 5.8 3.9 6.8
18 Kansas City Chiefs 14 186 368 50.5 2222 17 4.6 24 6.5 6.7 4.7 13.3 158.7 60.5 32 261 5.6 3.7 8.0
19 Dallas Cowboys 14 187 382 49.0 2240 18 4.7 16 4.2 6.6 5.6 13.4 160.0 68.5 32 268 5.4 4.5 7.7
20 Baltimore Colts 14 178 313 56.9 2323 15 4.8 23 7.3 8.2 5.8 14.4 165.9 68.8 25 232 6.9 4.7 7.4
21 New York Giants 14 182 333 54.7 2339 19 5.7 23 6.9 7.7 5.8 14.1 167.1 70.0 37 232 6.3 4.6 10.0
22 New Orleans Saints 14 213 367 58.0 2402 21 5.7 14 3.8 7.1 6.5 12.2 171.6 83.1 24 194 6.1 5.6 6.1
23 Philadelphia Eagles 14 175 318 55.0 2472 20 6.3 19 6.0 8.2 6.8 14.9 176.6 78.3 17 143 7.4 6.0 5.1
24 New England Patriots 14 175 326 53.7 2533 24 7.4 10 3.1 8.1 8.2 15.1 180.9 92.2 15 101 7.4 7.5 4.4
25 St. Louis Cardinals 14 221 365 60.5 2550 15 4.1 11 3.0 7.5 7.0 12.4 182.1 84.9 22 183 6.6 6.1 5.7
26 New York Jets 14 186 363 51.2 2637 18 5.0 19 5.2 8.0 6.6 15.5 188.4 72.7 27 251 6.8 5.5 6.9
Avg Team 179.2 346.6 51.7 2129.0 15.5 4.5 18.5 5.3 71 6.8 5.3 13.2 152.1 63.5 29.3 233.5 5.66 4.3 7.8
League Total 4659 9011 51.7 55355 404 4.5 480 5.3 98 6.8 5.3 13.2 152.1 63.5 761 6070 5.66 4.3 7.8
Avg Tm/G 12.8 24.8 51.7 152.1 1.1 4.5 1.3 5.3 6.8 5.3 13.2 152.1 63.5 2.1 16.7 5.66 4.3 7.8

Rushing Defense

Rk Tm G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G Fmb
1 Dallas Cowboys 14 428 1515 7 3.5 108.2
2 Green Bay Packers 14 443 1517 14 3.4 108.4
3 Miami Dolphins 14 389 1548 8 4.0 110.6
4 Denver Broncos 14 439 1668 15 3.8 119.1
5 San Diego Chargers 14 435 1673 18 3.8 119.5
6 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 445 1715 6 3.9 122.5
7 Washington Redskins 14 427 1733 12 4.1 123.8
8 Chicago Bears 14 476 1751 11 3.7 125.1
9 Los Angeles Rams 14 438 1762 9 4.0 125.9
10 Oakland Raiders 14 469 1764 9 3.8 126.0
11 Kansas City Chiefs 14 453 1805 12 4.0 128.9
12 Cincinnati Bengals 14 406 1815 11 4.5 129.6
13 San Francisco 49ers 14 446 1847 12 4.1 131.9
14 New York Giants 14 402 1855 9 4.6 132.5
15 Baltimore Colts 14 515 1989 15 3.9 142.1
16 Minnesota Vikings 14 454 2002 13 4.4 143.0
17 Atlanta Falcons 14 504 2063 16 4.1 147.4
18 New York Jets 14 476 2072 16 4.4 148.0
19 New Orleans Saints 14 482 2089 15 4.3 149.2
20 St. Louis Cardinals 14 548 2189 11 4.0 156.4
21 Detroit Lions 14 491 2204 14 4.5 157.4
22 Buffalo Bills 14 532 2241 26 4.2 160.1
23 Philadelphia Eagles 14 544 2266 22 4.2 161.9
24 Cleveland Browns 14 520 2333 13 4.5 166.6
25 Houston Oilers 14 546 2591 23 4.7 185.1
26 New England Patriots 14 548 2717 27 5.0 194.1
Avg Team 471.4 1950.9 14.0 46 4.1 139.4 29.6
League Total 12256 50724 364 94 4.1 139.4 769
Avg Tm/G 33.7 139.4 1.0 4.1 139.4 2.1

Kick & Punt Returns Against

Punt Returns Kick Returns
Rk Tm G Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
1 Oakland Raiders 14 28 215 0 7.7 59 1393 1 23.6
2 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 37 169 0 4.6 54 1190 0 22.0
3 Miami Dolphins 14 17 67 0 3.9 56 1283 0 22.9
4 Minnesota Vikings 14 35 317 0 9.1 62 1373 0 22.1
5 New York Giants 14 27 171 0 6.3 63 1516 0 24.1
6 St. Louis Cardinals 14 37 144 0 3.9 40 1037 1 25.9
7 Detroit Lions 14 26 321 1 12.3 68 1593 1 23.4
8 New England Patriots 14 34 366 1 10.8 32 784 0 24.5
9 Green Bay Packers 14 32 225 0 7.0 46 932 0 20.3
10 Kansas City Chiefs 14 38 328 0 8.6 43 1083 0 25.2
11 Cleveland Browns 14 46 357 0 7.8 50 1198 0 24.0
12 Dallas Cowboys 14 15 41 0 2.7 52 1272 0 24.5
13 New Orleans Saints 14 36 281 0 7.8 50 1129 0 22.6
14 Atlanta Falcons 14 30 239 0 8.0 48 1076 1 22.4
15 Chicago Bears 14 24 126 0 5.3 42 1025 0 24.4
16 New York Jets 14 23 239 0 10.4 47 1386 1 29.5
17 Washington Redskins 14 19 39 0 2.1 53 1191 0 22.5
18 San Diego Chargers 14 17 157 1 9.2 53 1225 1 23.1
19 Denver Broncos 14 28 249 1 8.9 54 1246 0 23.1
20 Buffalo Bills 14 39 329 1 8.4 29 644 0 22.2
21 Philadelphia Eagles 14 26 137 0 5.3 41 886 0 21.6
22 Houston Oilers 14 31 299 1 9.6 28 547 0 19.5
23 San Francisco 49ers 14 20 70 0 3.5 66 1530 0 23.2
24 Los Angeles Rams 14 22 54 0 2.5 54 999 0 18.5
25 Baltimore Colts 14 29 204 0 7.0 50 1091 0 21.8
26 Cincinnati Bengals 14 26 152 0 5.8 44 984 0 22.4
Avg Team 28.5 203.7 0.2 38 7.1 49.4 1139.0 0.2 63 23.1 5656.1
League Total 742 5296 6 85 7.1 1284 29613 6 98 23.1 147058
Avg Tm/G 2.0 14.5 0.0 7.1 3.5 81.4 0.0 23.1 404.0

Kicking & Punting Against

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
Rk Tm G FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
1 San Diego Chargers 14 28 19 67.9% 41 41 100.0% 56 2150 38.4
2 Philadelphia Eagles 14 25 16 64.0% 43 42 97.7% 54 2187 40.5
3 Detroit Lions 14 34 18 52.9% 34 32 94.1% 46 1785 38.8
4 New England Patriots 14 36 22 61.1% 54 54 100.0% 48 1939 40.4
5 New York Giants 14 29 18 62.1% 28 25 89.3% 47 1791 38.1
6 St. Louis Cardinals 14 47 28 59.6% 31 31 100.0% 48 1891 39.4
7 Chicago Bears 14 27 19 70.4% 31 30 96.8% 62 2666 43.0
8 New Orleans Saints 14 43 31 72.1% 38 38 100.0% 52 2044 39.3
9 Atlanta Falcons 14 31 17 54.8% 32 31 96.9% 56 2341 41.8
10 Dallas Cowboys 14 34 15 44.1% 28 27 96.4% 65 2639 40.6
11 Baltimore Colts 14 24 15 62.5% 30 27 90.0% 71 2769 39.0
12 Houston Oilers 14 40 33 82.5% 40 39 97.5% 61 2568 42.1
13 Oakland Raiders 14 37 20 54.1% 27 26 96.3% 56 2380 42.5
14 Los Angeles Rams 14 30 16 53.3% 34 32 94.1% 71 2925 41.2
15 Miami Dolphins 14 19 9 47.4% 21 18 85.7% 68 2795 41.1
16 Denver Broncos 14 33 21 63.6% 41 39 95.1% 66 2983 45.2
17 New York Jets 14 33 22 66.7% 37 36 97.3% 56 2206 39.4
18 Minnesota Vikings 14 35 22 62.9% 27 24 88.9% 62 2573 41.5
19 Washington Redskins 14 33 19 57.6% 23 23 100.0% 69 2767 40.1
20 Kansas City Chiefs 14 31 15 48.4% 30 29 96.7% 61 2458 40.3
21 Buffalo Bills 14 27 16 59.3% 47 47 100.0% 65 2568 39.5
22 San Francisco 49ers 14 29 17 58.6% 28 28 100.0% 72 3125 43.4
23 Cleveland Browns 14 29 20 69.0% 27 27 100.0% 74 3027 40.9
24 Cincinnati Bengals 14 29 20 69.0% 24 23 95.8% 84 3562 42.4
25 Green Bay Packers 14 27 15 55.6% 26 25 96.2% 66 2732 41.4
26 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 27 16 59.3% 18 17 94.4% 74 2982 40.3
Avg Team 4.8 4.5 6.0 4.5 8.5 5.9 9.8 3.8 2.3 0.6 31.4 19.2 61.1% 31.9 31.2 97.7% 61.9 2532.4 62 0.7 40.9
League Total 125 117 155 116 222 153 255 98 60 15 817 499 61.1% 830 811 97.7% 1610 65843 72 18 40.9
Avg Tm/G 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.4 0.7 0.3 0.2 2.2 1.4 61.1% 2.3 2.2 97.7% 4.4 180.9 0.0 40.9

Scoring Defense

Rk Tm G RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Philadelphia Eagles 14 22 20 1 42 16 2 352 25.1
2 Houston Oilers 14 23 12 1 1 3 39 33 1 380 27.1
3 New England Patriots 14 27 24 1 2 54 22 1 446 31.9
4 St. Louis Cardinals 14 11 15 1 3 31 28 1 303 21.6
5 New Orleans Saints 14 15 21 1 38 31 1 361 25.8
6 Chicago Bears 14 11 16 3 1 30 19 1 275 19.6
7 Baltimore Colts 14 15 15 27 15 252 18.0
8 Buffalo Bills 14 26 19 1 1 47 16 377 26.9
9 San Diego Chargers 14 18 18 1 1 3 41 19 344 24.6
10 Cleveland Browns 14 13 14 27 20 249 17.8
11 Atlanta Falcons 14 16 13 1 1 1 31 17 274 19.6
12 Kansas City Chiefs 14 12 17 1 29 15 254 18.1
13 Los Angeles Rams 14 9 20 2 3 32 16 1 286 20.4
14 Cincinnati Bengals 14 11 11 1 23 20 1 229 16.4
15 Minnesota Vikings 14 13 13 24 22 252 18.0
16 Green Bay Packers 14 14 7 2 2 25 15 226 16.1
17 Dallas Cowboys 14 7 18 2 1 27 15 240 17.1
18 Denver Broncos 14 15 19 1 6 39 21 1 350 25.0
19 New York Giants 14 9 19 25 18 247 17.6
20 Washington Redskins 14 12 10 1 23 19 218 15.6
21 Detroit Lions 14 14 18 1 1 32 18 290 20.7
22 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 6 9 1 1 17 16 1 175 12.5
23 San Francisco 49ers 14 12 14 1 1 28 17 1 249 17.8
24 Oakland Raiders 14 9 14 1 2 26 20 248 17.7
25 New York Jets 14 16 18 1 1 1 36 22 324 23.1
26 Miami Dolphins 14 8 10 1 2 18 9 171 12.2
Avg Team 14.0 15.5 0.2 0.2 0.7 1.2 0.4 31.2 19.2 0.5 283.5 20.3
League Total 364 404 6 6 19 30 11 811 499 12 7372
Avg Tm/G 1.0 1.1 0.1 0.1 2.2 1.4 20.3