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1979 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 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 237 3949 1015 3.9 38 24 20 247 250 436 2076 14 14 4.4 111 539 1873 13 3.5 116
2 San Diego Chargers 16 246 4456 989 4.5 46 18 19 268 261 472 2549 11 28 5.0 132 475 1907 19 4.0 117
3 Chicago Bears 16 249 4506 1024 4.4 43 14 24 272 222 458 2528 21 29 5.0 148 519 1978 9 3.8 100
4 Miami Dolphins 16 257 4439 938 4.7 38 15 16 238 230 418 2737 17 23 6.0 135 484 1702 9 3.5 87
5 Kansas City Chiefs 16 262 4971 1088 4.6 37 14 26 297 296 528 3124 22 23 5.5 169 522 1847 8 3.5 102
6 Denver Broncos 16 262 4852 1033 4.7 37 18 27 273 296 512 3159 11 19 5.9 146 502 1693 16 3.4 100
7 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 262 4270 1035 4.1 42 15 30 260 226 480 2561 19 27 4.8 135 506 1709 9 3.4 95
8 Buffalo Bills 16 279 5011 1022 4.9 41 17 19 273 193 382 2530 14 24 6.2 117 617 2481 18 4.0 137
9 Philadelphia Eagles 16 282 4745 1019 4.7 33 11 21 274 243 459 2474 18 22 4.9 125 515 2271 16 4.4 128
10 Washington Redskins 16 295 5146 1058 4.9 47 21 29 320 234 470 2992 18 26 5.8 165 541 2154 21 4.0 126
11 Los Angeles Rams 16 309 4553 1054 4.3 41 16 18 266 220 454 2556 24 25 5.1 133 548 1997 13 3.6 115
12 Dallas Cowboys 16 313 4586 978 4.7 23 10 20 259 207 435 2471 21 13 5.2 134 500 2115 15 4.2 105
13 Green Bay Packers 16 316 5647 1114 5.1 32 14 19 327 249 440 2762 21 18 5.8 146 639 2885 14 4.5 162
14 New York Giants 16 323 5378 1113 4.8 38 17 33 322 253 463 2926 22 21 5.9 159 618 2452 14 4.0 130
15 New England Patriots 16 326 4323 1019 4.2 43 23 26 283 246 467 2553 13 20 4.9 139 495 1770 22 3.6 118
16 Houston Oilers 16 331 4990 1038 4.8 50 16 21 304 242 465 2765 18 34 5.4 158 522 2225 19 4.3 125
17 Minnesota Vikings 16 337 5223 1037 5.0 33 11 16 297 229 424 2697 14 22 5.9 133 583 2526 24 4.3 148
18 Oakland Raiders 16 337 5486 1038 5.3 46 22 32 319 247 471 3112 21 24 6.2 150 534 2374 17 4.4 137
19 Baltimore Colts 16 351 5074 1009 5.0 39 16 29 265 203 411 2768 23 23 6.2 130 559 2306 15 4.1 106
20 Cleveland Browns 16 352 5650 1076 5.3 32 16 13 307 271 468 3046 14 16 6.1 158 577 2604 25 4.5 136
21 St. Louis Cardinals 16 358 5077 1073 4.7 37 19 28 302 258 478 2873 22 18 5.7 149 567 2204 18 3.9 125
22 New Orleans Saints 16 360 5535 1055 5.2 42 16 19 334 265 488 3066 24 26 5.7 168 521 2469 22 4.7 147
23 Detroit Lions 16 365 4957 1085 4.6 26 12 41 311 220 402 2442 15 14 5.5 128 638 2515 22 3.9 142
24 Seattle Seahawks 16 372 5834 1078 5.4 33 16 33 350 317 508 3459 21 17 6.3 171 533 2375 23 4.5 146
25 New York Jets 16 383 5821 1094 5.3 40 19 26 331 339 570 4115 31 21 7.0 198 502 1706 13 3.4 107
26 Atlanta Falcons 16 388 5759 1071 5.4 36 21 25 311 268 487 3596 17 15 7.0 177 555 2163 27 3.9 109
27 San Francisco 49ers 16 416 5393 1014 5.3 34 19 30 326 262 441 3180 25 15 6.8 160 544 2213 24 4.1 136
28 Cincinnati Bengals 16 421 5911 1052 5.6 44 24 26 334 275 492 3692 27 20 7.0 175 528 2219 22 4.2 133
Avg Team 321.0 5055.1 1043.5 4.8 38.3 16.9 24.5 295.4 250.8 463.5 2886.0 19.2 21.3 5.8 148.2 542.3 2169.0 17.4 4.0 122.7
League Total 8989 141542 29219 4.8 1071 474 686 8270 7022 12979 80809 538 597 5.8 4149 15183 60733 487 4.0 3435
Avg Tm/G 20.1 315.9 65.2 4.8 2.4 1.1 1.5 18.5 15.7 29.0 180.4 1.2 1.3 5.8 9.3 33.9 135.6 1.1 4.0 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 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 250 436 57.3 2076 14 3.2 14 3.2 5.5 4.7 9.6 129.8 70.2 40 329 4.4 3.6 8.4
2 Detroit Lions 16 220 402 54.7 2442 15 3.7 14 3.5 6.9 6.1 12.7 152.6 74.5 45 345 5.5 4.7 10.1
3 Dallas Cowboys 16 207 435 47.6 2471 21 4.8 13 3.0 6.5 6.1 13.7 154.4 72.5 43 362 5.2 4.8 9.0
4 Philadelphia Eagles 16 243 459 52.9 2474 18 3.9 22 4.8 6.1 4.7 11.5 154.6 64.7 45 324 4.9 3.7 8.9
5 Chicago Bears 16 222 458 48.5 2528 21 4.6 29 6.3 6.3 4.4 13.1 158.0 57.8 47 380 5.0 3.3 9.3
6 Buffalo Bills 16 193 382 50.5 2530 14 3.7 24 6.3 7.1 5.0 14.1 158.1 59.8 23 183 6.2 4.3 5.7
7 San Diego Chargers 16 261 472 55.3 2549 11 2.3 28 5.9 6.1 3.9 11.0 159.3 56.6 42 332 5.0 2.9 8.2
8 New England Patriots 16 246 467 52.7 2553 13 2.8 20 4.3 6.6 5.2 12.5 159.6 64.8 57 512 4.9 3.7 10.9
9 Los Angeles Rams 16 220 454 48.5 2556 24 5.3 25 5.5 6.6 5.2 13.7 159.8 64.7 52 451 5.1 3.8 10.3
10 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 226 480 47.1 2561 19 4.0 27 5.6 6.1 4.3 12.9 160.1 56.4 49 351 4.8 3.3 9.3
11 Minnesota Vikings 16 229 424 54.0 2697 14 3.3 22 5.2 7.0 5.3 12.9 168.6 65.6 30 268 5.9 4.4 6.6
12 Miami Dolphins 16 230 418 55.0 2737 17 4.1 23 5.5 7.3 5.6 13.3 171.1 69.0 36 314 6.0 4.5 7.9
13 Green Bay Packers 16 249 440 56.6 2762 21 4.8 18 4.1 6.9 6.0 12.2 172.6 76.9 35 279 5.8 5.0 7.4
14 Houston Oilers 16 242 465 52.0 2765 18 3.9 34 7.3 6.9 4.3 13.2 172.8 56.4 51 421 5.4 3.1 9.9
15 Baltimore Colts 16 203 411 49.4 2768 23 5.6 23 5.6 7.5 6.1 15.2 173.0 69.8 39 312 6.2 4.9 8.7
16 St. Louis Cardinals 16 258 478 54.0 2873 22 4.6 18 3.8 6.4 5.6 11.9 179.6 73.4 28 194 5.7 4.9 5.5
17 New York Giants 16 253 463 54.6 2926 22 4.8 21 4.5 6.8 5.7 12.5 182.9 72.9 32 228 5.9 4.9 6.5
18 Washington Redskins 16 234 470 49.8 2992 18 3.8 26 5.5 7.1 5.4 14.3 187.0 62.9 47 347 5.8 4.2 9.1
19 Cleveland Browns 16 271 468 57.9 3046 14 3.0 16 3.4 7.0 6.1 12.1 190.4 75.3 31 243 6.1 5.2 6.2
20 New Orleans Saints 16 265 488 54.3 3066 24 4.9 26 5.3 7.1 5.7 13.0 191.6 71.0 46 391 5.7 4.4 8.6
21 Oakland Raiders 16 247 471 52.4 3112 21 4.5 24 5.1 7.1 5.7 13.6 194.5 69.2 33 254 6.2 4.9 6.5
22 Kansas City Chiefs 16 296 528 56.1 3124 22 4.2 23 4.4 6.4 5.3 11.5 195.3 71.4 38 280 5.5 4.5 6.7
23 Denver Broncos 16 296 512 57.8 3159 11 2.1 19 3.7 6.5 5.2 11.2 197.4 69.0 19 162 5.9 4.8 3.6
24 San Francisco 49ers 16 262 441 59.4 3180 25 5.7 15 3.4 7.7 7.3 13.0 198.8 88.5 29 227 6.8 6.4 6.2
25 Seattle Seahawks 16 317 508 62.4 3459 21 4.1 17 3.3 7.4 6.7 11.8 216.2 84.6 37 280 6.3 5.7 6.8
26 Atlanta Falcons 16 268 487 55.0 3596 17 3.5 15 3.1 7.8 7.1 14.2 224.8 79.2 29 203 7.0 6.3 5.6
27 Cincinnati Bengals 16 275 492 55.9 3692 27 5.5 20 4.1 7.9 7.2 14.2 230.8 83.1 32 216 7.0 6.4 6.1
28 New York Jets 16 339 570 59.5 4115 31 5.4 21 3.7 7.5 7.0 12.6 257.2 85.8 22 173 7.0 6.4 3.7
Avg Team 250.8 463.5 54.1 2886.0 19.2 4.1 21.3 4.6 66 6.9 5.6 12.7 180.4 67.8 37.8 298.6 5.76 4.6 7.5
League Total 7022 12979 54.1 80809 538 4.1 597 4.6 85 6.9 5.6 12.7 180.4 67.8 1057 8361 5.76 4.6 7.5
Avg Tm/G 15.7 29.0 54.1 180.4 1.2 4.1 1.3 4.6 6.9 5.6 12.7 180.4 67.8 2.4 18.7 5.76 4.6 7.5

Rushing Defense

Rk Tm G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G Fmb
1 Denver Broncos 16 502 1693 16 3.4 105.8
2 Miami Dolphins 16 484 1702 9 3.5 106.4
3 New York Jets 16 502 1706 13 3.4 106.6
4 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 506 1709 9 3.4 106.8
5 New England Patriots 16 495 1770 22 3.6 110.6
6 Kansas City Chiefs 16 522 1847 8 3.5 115.4
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 539 1873 13 3.5 117.1
8 San Diego Chargers 16 475 1907 19 4.0 119.2
9 Chicago Bears 16 519 1978 9 3.8 123.6
10 Los Angeles Rams 16 548 1997 13 3.6 124.8
11 Dallas Cowboys 16 500 2115 15 4.2 132.2
12 Washington Redskins 16 541 2154 21 4.0 134.6
13 Atlanta Falcons 16 555 2163 27 3.9 135.2
14 St. Louis Cardinals 16 567 2204 18 3.9 137.8
15 San Francisco 49ers 16 544 2213 24 4.1 138.3
16 Cincinnati Bengals 16 528 2219 22 4.2 138.7
17 Houston Oilers 16 522 2225 19 4.3 139.1
18 Philadelphia Eagles 16 515 2271 16 4.4 141.9
19 Baltimore Colts 16 559 2306 15 4.1 144.1
20 Oakland Raiders 16 534 2374 17 4.4 148.4
21 Seattle Seahawks 16 533 2375 23 4.5 148.4
22 New York Giants 16 618 2452 14 4.0 153.3
23 New Orleans Saints 16 521 2469 22 4.7 154.3
24 Buffalo Bills 16 617 2481 18 4.0 155.1
25 Detroit Lions 16 638 2515 22 3.9 157.2
26 Minnesota Vikings 16 583 2526 24 4.3 157.9
27 Cleveland Browns 16 577 2604 25 4.5 162.8
28 Green Bay Packers 16 639 2885 14 4.5 180.3
Avg Team 542.3 2169.0 17.4 58 4.0 135.6 32.2
League Total 15183 60733 487 84 4.0 135.6 901
Avg Tm/G 33.9 135.6 1.1 4.0 135.6 2.0

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 Miami Dolphins 16 25 131 0 5.2 69 1518 0 22.0
2 Washington Redskins 16 29 135 0 4.7 76 1280 0 16.8
3 Green Bay Packers 16 43 305 0 7.1 50 999 0 20.0
4 Chicago Bears 16 54 404 0 7.5 59 1252 0 21.2
5 Denver Broncos 16 52 480 0 9.2 57 1173 1 20.6
6 New York Giants 16 60 447 0 7.5 44 900 0 20.5
7 New Orleans Saints 16 32 223 0 7.0 76 1523 0 20.0
8 Buffalo Bills 16 61 555 1 9.1 54 1142 0 21.1
9 Atlanta Falcons 16 41 259 0 6.3 61 1312 0 21.5
10 Oakland Raiders 16 40 416 1 10.4 67 1290 0 19.3
11 San Diego Chargers 16 34 204 0 6.0 72 1535 1 21.3
12 New England Patriots 16 28 317 1 11.3 80 1621 0 20.3
13 Seattle Seahawks 16 42 289 0 6.9 70 1238 0 17.7
14 Houston Oilers 16 64 726 1 11.3 69 1310 0 19.0
15 Kansas City Chiefs 16 49 315 0 6.4 51 1017 0 19.9
16 New York Jets 16 33 260 0 7.9 70 1529 1 21.8
17 Philadelphia Eagles 16 34 200 0 5.9 69 1265 0 18.3
18 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 31 276 0 8.9 81 1668 0 20.6
19 Cleveland Browns 16 45 375 0 8.3 70 1324 0 18.9
20 Minnesota Vikings 16 48 354 0 7.4 59 1070 0 18.1
21 Dallas Cowboys 16 34 252 0 7.4 68 1578 1 23.2
22 Baltimore Colts 16 43 296 1 6.9 57 1065 0 18.7
23 San Francisco 49ers 16 37 262 0 7.1 68 1367 0 20.1
24 St. Louis Cardinals 16 45 378 0 8.4 57 1332 1 23.4
25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 47 270 0 5.7 55 1254 0 22.8
26 Detroit Lions 16 57 440 1 7.7 51 987 1 19.4
27 Cincinnati Bengals 16 48 325 0 6.8 63 1258 0 20.0
28 Los Angeles Rams 16 59 405 0 6.9 58 1303 0 22.5
Avg Team 43.4 332.1 0.2 44 7.7 63.6 1289.6 0.2 57 20.3 6676.8
League Total 1215 9299 6 88 7.7 1781 36110 6 106 20.3 186951
Avg Tm/G 2.7 20.8 0.0 7.7 4.0 80.6 0.0 20.3 417.3

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 Green Bay Packers 16 33 20 60.6% 36 32 88.9% 64 2515 39.3
2 San Francisco 49ers 16 17 14 82.4% 54 46 85.2% 74 2819 38.1
3 New Orleans Saints 16 17 11 64.7% 46 45 97.8% 71 2726 38.4
4 Seattle Seahawks 16 29 18 62.1% 46 42 91.3% 69 2615 37.9
5 Miami Dolphins 16 26 15 57.7% 30 26 86.7% 77 2918 37.9
6 Oakland Raiders 16 22 12 54.5% 43 39 90.7% 63 2375 37.7
7 Kansas City Chiefs 16 21 13 61.9% 32 31 96.9% 88 3414 38.8
8 Detroit Lions 16 36 24 66.7% 42 41 97.6% 83 3320 40.0
9 Cleveland Browns 16 35 22 62.9% 42 34 81.0% 80 3312 41.4
10 Denver Broncos 16 26 15 57.7% 31 31 100.0% 88 3705 42.1
11 Minnesota Vikings 16 24 15 62.5% 42 32 76.2% 93 3692 39.7
12 New York Jets 16 29 22 75.9% 46 39 84.8% 69 2525 36.6
13 Philadelphia Eagles 16 23 15 65.2% 34 33 97.1% 85 3383 39.8
14 Atlanta Falcons 16 29 20 69.0% 47 44 93.6% 73 2723 37.3
15 St. Louis Cardinals 16 31 19 61.3% 43 41 95.3% 90 3528 39.2
16 Dallas Cowboys 16 27 17 63.0% 38 34 89.5% 96 3917 40.8
17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 24 14 58.3% 28 25 89.3% 104 4274 41.1
18 Washington Redskins 16 17 8 47.1% 39 37 94.9% 70 2849 40.7
19 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 26 16 61.5% 31 28 90.3% 100 4000 40.0
20 New York Giants 16 35 18 51.4% 39 35 89.7% 80 2936 36.7
21 San Diego Chargers 16 12 8 66.7% 32 28 87.5% 83 3378 40.7
22 Cincinnati Bengals 16 27 20 74.1% 52 49 94.2% 71 2812 39.6
23 Chicago Bears 16 20 12 60.0% 31 27 87.1% 90 3402 37.8
24 Buffalo Bills 16 31 16 51.6% 34 27 79.4% 92 3514 38.2
25 Los Angeles Rams 16 21 14 66.7% 38 35 92.1% 108 4352 40.3
26 Houston Oilers 16 28 18 64.3% 40 37 92.5% 73 2993 41.0
27 Baltimore Colts 16 28 20 71.4% 42 37 88.1% 95 3800 40.0
28 New England Patriots 16 26 18 69.2% 39 36 92.3% 94 3638 38.7
Avg Team 0.7 0.5 6.5 5.7 8.4 5.6 8.6 3.9 1.5 0.5 25.7 16.2 63.1% 38.8 35.4 91.3% 83.0 3299.0 63 0.9 39.8
League Total 19 14 183 160 236 157 240 109 42 14 720 454 63.1% 1085 991 91.3% 2323 92371 74 24 39.8
Avg Tm/G 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.1 1.6 1.0 63.1% 2.4 2.2 91.3% 5.2 206.2 0.1 39.8

Scoring Defense

Rk Tm G RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Detroit Lions 16 22 15 1 1 1 2 41 24 365 22.8
2 New York Giants 16 14 22 2 1 35 18 323 20.2
3 Kansas City Chiefs 16 8 22 2 31 13 262 16.4
4 Green Bay Packers 16 14 21 2 32 20 1 316 19.8
5 Minnesota Vikings 16 24 14 2 2 32 15 1 337 21.1
6 Buffalo Bills 16 18 14 1 1 27 16 279 17.4
7 Baltimore Colts 16 15 23 1 1 1 37 20 1 351 21.9
8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 13 14 1 25 14 1 237 14.8
9 Denver Broncos 16 16 11 1 2 1 31 15 262 16.4
10 Atlanta Falcons 16 27 17 2 44 20 1 388 24.3
11 Chicago Bears 16 9 21 27 12 249 15.6
12 St. Louis Cardinals 16 18 22 1 1 1 41 19 1 358 22.4
13 San Francisco 49ers 16 24 25 1 2 46 14 2 416 26.0
14 Los Angeles Rams 16 13 24 1 35 14 2 309 19.3
15 Cincinnati Bengals 16 22 27 2 49 20 421 26.3
16 New York Jets 16 13 31 1 1 39 22 1 383 23.9
17 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 18 33 15 282 17.6
18 Miami Dolphins 16 9 17 1 3 26 15 257 16.1
19 Washington Redskins 16 21 18 37 8 295 18.4
20 Cleveland Browns 16 25 14 2 1 34 22 352 22.0
21 Houston Oilers 16 19 18 1 1 1 37 18 331 20.7
22 Oakland Raiders 16 17 21 1 1 3 39 12 2 337 21.1
23 New Orleans Saints 16 22 24 1 45 11 360 22.5
24 Dallas Cowboys 16 15 21 1 1 34 17 313 19.6
25 Seattle Seahawks 16 23 21 1 1 42 18 372 23.3
26 New England Patriots 16 22 13 1 2 36 18 1 326 20.4
27 San Diego Chargers 16 19 11 1 1 28 8 1 246 15.4
28 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 9 19 2 1 28 16 262 16.4
Avg Team 17.4 19.2 0.2 0.2 0.8 1.1 0.4 35.4 16.2 0.5 321.0 20.1
League Total 487 538 6 6 23 30 11 991 454 15 8989
Avg Tm/G 1.1 1.2 0.1 0.1 2.2 1.0 20.1