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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 Philadelphia Eagles 16 221 4447 1023 4.3 47 21 27 266 248 507 2696 12 26 4.9 137 476 1751 11 3.7 102
2 San Francisco 49ers 16 250 4763 1014 4.7 48 21 23 280 273 514 2845 16 27 5.2 144 464 1918 10 4.1 113
3 New York Giants 16 257 4825 1141 4.2 34 17 29 291 294 544 2934 14 17 5.0 156 553 1891 10 3.4 106
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 268 5312 1115 4.8 46 14 23 320 317 541 3140 10 32 5.6 174 551 2172 16 3.9 123
5 Miami Dolphins 16 275 5363 1039 5.2 33 15 12 296 297 509 3331 23 18 6.1 160 492 2032 10 4.1 124
6 Buffalo Bills 16 276 4945 1037 4.8 36 17 31 298 267 474 2870 21 19 5.5 154 516 2075 7 4.0 113
7 Dallas Cowboys 16 277 5419 1021 5.3 53 16 18 286 236 511 3370 17 37 6.1 162 468 2049 16 4.4 106
8 New York Jets 16 287 4871 1036 4.7 36 15 24 291 275 505 3004 15 21 5.3 155 465 1867 19 4.0 112
9 Denver Broncos 16 289 4878 1000 4.9 46 23 23 268 267 497 2873 13 23 5.4 142 467 2005 17 4.3 103
10 Kansas City Chiefs 16 290 5373 1101 4.9 47 21 27 316 291 567 3626 16 26 6.1 177 507 1747 17 3.4 112
11 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 297 5652 1084 5.2 46 16 28 323 302 544 3783 22 30 6.5 181 500 1869 10 3.7 114
12 Cincinnati Bengals 16 304 5289 1055 5.0 37 18 31 324 316 548 3408 24 19 5.8 167 465 1881 12 4.0 126
13 Detroit Lions 16 322 4846 991 4.9 39 15 28 279 261 475 3223 22 24 6.2 158 469 1623 14 3.5 93
14 Chicago Bears 16 324 5394 1077 5.0 40 22 26 290 233 525 3248 23 18 5.8 144 521 2146 13 4.1 120
15 Oakland Raiders 16 343 5473 1113 4.9 32 19 34 316 289 537 3641 24 13 6.2 178 524 1832 15 3.5 104
16 Washington Redskins 16 349 5206 1016 5.1 39 15 25 310 214 452 3045 21 24 6.3 152 532 2161 17 4.1 133
17 Los Angeles Rams 16 351 5124 1067 4.8 33 16 32 285 204 439 2727 17 17 5.7 128 585 2397 19 4.1 125
18 Houston Oilers 16 355 5726 1084 5.3 31 13 25 325 295 502 3315 22 18 6.2 162 549 2411 16 4.4 138
19 Atlanta Falcons 16 355 5354 1053 5.1 46 21 37 303 322 565 3688 30 25 6.2 172 459 1666 10 3.6 94
20 Green Bay Packers 16 361 5185 1087 4.8 54 24 18 326 284 505 3087 18 30 5.7 168 546 2098 21 3.8 140
21 Minnesota Vikings 16 369 5373 1054 5.1 35 19 19 299 265 481 3328 26 16 6.5 163 540 2045 15 3.8 117
22 New England Patriots 16 370 5827 1103 5.3 33 17 20 328 243 439 2877 18 16 6.3 148 644 2950 20 4.6 160
23 Cleveland Browns 16 375 5367 1014 5.3 35 20 23 299 275 469 3289 28 15 6.6 157 516 2078 14 4.0 119
24 New Orleans Saints 16 378 5253 1002 5.2 34 17 15 303 287 471 3337 26 17 6.7 161 504 1916 17 3.8 127
25 Seattle Seahawks 16 388 5940 1126 5.3 48 27 23 371 294 502 3134 25 21 5.8 173 588 2806 20 4.8 175
26 San Diego Chargers 16 390 6136 1109 5.5 41 18 35 365 313 571 4311 22 23 7.0 216 491 1825 25 3.7 114
27 St. Louis Cardinals 16 408 5723 1036 5.5 38 17 23 328 282 495 3295 29 21 6.3 171 509 2428 20 4.8 134
28 Baltimore Colts 16 533 6793 1111 6.1 30 14 30 406 301 491 4128 37 16 8.2 214 607 2665 30 4.4 162
Avg Team 330.8 5352.0 1061.0 5.0 39.9 18.1 25.3 310.4 276.6 506.4 3269.8 21.1 21.8 6.0 163.4 518.1 2082.3 15.8 4.0 121.8
League Total 9262 149857 29709 5.0 1117 508 709 8692 7745 14180 91553 591 609 6.0 4574 14508 58304 441 4.0 3409
Avg Tm/G 20.7 334.5 66.3 5.0 2.5 1.1 1.6 19.4 17.3 31.7 204.4 1.3 1.4 6.0 10.2 32.4 130.1 1.0 4.0 7.6

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 Philadelphia Eagles 16 248 507 48.9 2696 12 2.4 26 5.1 6.0 4.2 12.3 168.5 54.4 40 354 4.9 3.2 7.3
2 Los Angeles Rams 16 204 439 46.5 2727 17 3.9 17 3.9 7.0 6.0 15.0 170.4 66.6 43 330 5.7 4.8 8.9
3 San Francisco 49ers 16 273 514 53.1 2845 16 3.1 27 5.3 6.1 4.4 11.5 177.8 60.2 36 290 5.2 3.5 6.5
4 Buffalo Bills 16 267 474 56.3 2870 21 4.4 19 4.0 6.8 5.9 12.1 179.4 75.6 47 373 5.5 4.7 9.0
5 Denver Broncos 16 267 497 53.7 2873 13 2.6 23 4.6 6.4 4.8 11.9 179.6 62.8 36 295 5.4 3.9 6.8
6 New England Patriots 16 243 439 55.4 2877 18 4.1 16 3.6 7.0 6.1 12.6 179.8 75.7 20 175 6.3 5.5 4.4
7 New York Giants 16 294 544 54.0 2934 14 2.6 17 3.1 6.1 5.2 11.3 183.4 68.1 44 384 5.0 4.2 7.5
8 New York Jets 16 275 505 54.5 3004 15 3.0 21 4.2 7.0 5.7 12.8 187.8 69.1 66 518 5.3 4.1 11.6
9 Washington Redskins 16 214 452 47.3 3045 21 4.6 24 5.3 7.3 5.9 15.5 190.3 65.4 32 265 6.3 4.9 6.6
10 Green Bay Packers 16 284 505 56.2 3087 18 3.6 30 5.9 6.6 4.7 11.8 192.9 63.7 36 266 5.7 3.9 6.7
11 Seattle Seahawks 16 294 502 58.6 3134 25 5.0 21 4.2 6.8 5.9 11.5 195.9 78.2 36 260 5.8 5.0 6.7
12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 317 541 58.6 3140 10 1.8 32 5.9 6.1 3.8 10.4 196.3 57.8 23 157 5.6 3.4 4.1
13 Detroit Lions 16 261 475 54.9 3223 22 4.6 24 5.1 7.6 6.2 13.8 201.4 73.8 47 373 6.2 4.9 9.0
14 Chicago Bears 16 233 525 44.4 3248 23 4.4 18 3.4 6.7 6.1 15.1 203.0 67.4 31 279 5.8 5.2 5.6
15 Cleveland Browns 16 275 469 58.6 3289 28 6.0 15 3.2 7.5 7.2 12.8 205.6 88.7 29 223 6.6 6.4 5.8
16 St. Louis Cardinals 16 282 495 57.0 3295 29 5.9 21 4.2 7.2 6.4 12.6 205.9 81.3 32 252 6.3 5.6 6.1
17 Houston Oilers 16 295 502 58.8 3315 22 4.4 18 3.6 7.1 6.3 12.0 207.2 80.2 33 239 6.2 5.5 6.2
18 Minnesota Vikings 16 265 481 55.1 3328 26 5.4 16 3.3 7.5 7.1 13.6 208.0 83.3 33 271 6.5 6.1 6.4
19 Miami Dolphins 16 297 509 58.3 3331 23 4.5 18 3.5 7.2 6.5 12.3 208.2 80.9 38 314 6.1 5.4 6.9
20 New Orleans Saints 16 287 471 60.9 3337 26 5.5 17 3.6 7.6 7.1 12.5 208.6 87.9 27 241 6.7 6.2 5.4
21 Dallas Cowboys 16 236 511 46.2 3370 17 3.3 37 7.2 7.3 4.7 15.8 210.6 51.8 42 347 6.1 3.7 7.6
22 Cincinnati Bengals 16 316 548 57.7 3408 24 4.4 19 3.5 6.9 6.2 11.9 213.0 78.9 42 349 5.8 5.1 7.1
23 Kansas City Chiefs 16 291 567 51.3 3626 16 2.8 26 4.6 6.7 5.2 13.1 226.6 63.2 27 195 6.1 4.7 4.5
24 Oakland Raiders 16 289 537 53.8 3641 24 4.5 13 2.4 7.5 7.3 13.9 227.6 82.9 52 370 6.2 6.0 8.8
25 Atlanta Falcons 16 322 565 57.0 3688 30 5.3 25 4.4 7.0 6.0 12.2 230.5 77.8 29 239 6.2 5.3 4.9
26 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 302 544 55.5 3783 22 4.0 30 5.5 7.6 5.9 13.6 236.4 70.3 40 325 6.5 4.9 6.8
27 Baltimore Colts 16 301 491 61.3 4128 37 7.5 16 3.3 8.6 8.7 14.0 258.0 100.6 13 100 8.2 8.2 2.6
28 San Diego Chargers 16 313 571 54.8 4311 22 3.9 23 4.0 8.2 7.2 15.0 269.4 78.1 47 384 7.0 6.0 7.6
Avg Team 276.6 506.4 54.6 3269.8 21.1 4.2 21.8 4.3 74 7.0 5.9 12.9 204.4 70.5 36.5 291.7 6.02 5.0 6.7
League Total 7745 14180 54.6 91553 591 4.2 609 4.3 95 7.0 5.9 12.9 204.4 70.5 1021 8168 6.02 5.0 6.7
Avg Tm/G 17.3 31.7 54.6 204.4 1.3 4.2 1.4 4.3 7.0 5.9 12.9 204.4 70.5 2.3 18.2 6.02 5.0 6.7

Rushing Defense

Rk Tm G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G Fmb
1 Detroit Lions 16 469 1623 14 3.5 101.4
2 Atlanta Falcons 16 459 1666 10 3.6 104.1
3 Kansas City Chiefs 16 507 1747 17 3.4 109.2
4 Philadelphia Eagles 16 476 1751 11 3.7 109.4
5 San Diego Chargers 16 491 1825 25 3.7 114.1
6 Oakland Raiders 16 524 1832 15 3.5 114.5
7 New York Jets 16 465 1867 19 4.0 116.7
8 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 500 1869 10 3.7 116.8
9 Cincinnati Bengals 16 465 1881 12 4.0 117.6
10 New York Giants 16 553 1891 10 3.4 118.2
11 New Orleans Saints 16 504 1916 17 3.8 119.8
12 San Francisco 49ers 16 464 1918 10 4.1 119.9
13 Denver Broncos 16 467 2005 17 4.3 125.3
14 Miami Dolphins 16 492 2032 10 4.1 127.0
15 Minnesota Vikings 16 540 2045 15 3.8 127.8
16 Dallas Cowboys 16 468 2049 16 4.4 128.1
17 Buffalo Bills 16 516 2075 7 4.0 129.7
18 Cleveland Browns 16 516 2078 14 4.0 129.9
19 Green Bay Packers 16 546 2098 21 3.8 131.1
20 Chicago Bears 16 521 2146 13 4.1 134.1
21 Washington Redskins 16 532 2161 17 4.1 135.1
22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 551 2172 16 3.9 135.8
23 Los Angeles Rams 16 585 2397 19 4.1 149.8
24 Houston Oilers 16 549 2411 16 4.4 150.7
25 St. Louis Cardinals 16 509 2428 20 4.8 151.8
26 Baltimore Colts 16 607 2665 30 4.4 166.6
27 Seattle Seahawks 16 588 2806 20 4.8 175.4
28 New England Patriots 16 644 2950 20 4.6 184.4
Avg Team 518.1 2082.3 15.8 48 4.0 130.1 34.4
League Total 14508 58304 441 82 4.0 130.1 962
Avg Tm/G 32.4 130.1 1.0 4.0 130.1 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 Cincinnati Bengals 16 42 416 0 9.9 80 1612 1 20.2
2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 52 668 1 12.8 64 1332 0 20.8
3 Buffalo Bills 16 34 220 0 6.5 61 1268 1 20.8
4 San Francisco 49ers 16 57 664 1 11.6 67 1389 0 20.7
5 New England Patriots 16 35 305 1 8.7 68 1326 0 19.5
6 Baltimore Colts 16 44 402 0 9.1 43 864 0 20.1
7 Green Bay Packers 16 50 511 0 10.2 70 1183 0 16.9
8 Dallas Cowboys 16 38 231 0 6.1 71 1508 0 21.2
9 Denver Broncos 16 46 388 0 8.4 47 1007 0 21.4
10 Miami Dolphins 16 45 286 0 6.4 60 1218 0 20.3
11 San Diego Chargers 16 31 168 0 5.4 88 1528 0 17.4
12 Philadelphia Eagles 16 34 246 0 7.2 60 1334 0 22.2
13 Seattle Seahawks 16 33 153 0 4.6 67 1177 0 17.6
14 Kansas City Chiefs 16 46 293 0 6.4 68 1296 0 19.1
15 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 34 358 2 10.5 52 1253 0 24.1
16 Minnesota Vikings 16 46 399 1 8.7 62 1260 0 20.3
17 New York Jets 16 31 149 0 4.8 63 1415 0 22.5
18 Chicago Bears 16 66 594 1 9.0 44 937 0 21.3
19 New Orleans Saints 16 36 282 0 7.8 50 966 0 19.3
20 Atlanta Falcons 16 59 577 2 9.8 67 1286 0 19.2
21 Houston Oilers 16 47 360 0 7.7 59 1201 0 20.4
22 Detroit Lions 16 39 299 0 7.7 70 1257 0 18.0
23 Washington Redskins 16 50 388 1 7.8 69 1275 0 18.5
24 Los Angeles Rams 16 52 481 0 9.3 60 1443 2 24.1
25 St. Louis Cardinals 16 37 276 0 7.5 55 1163 0 21.1
26 New York Giants 16 61 561 1 9.2 50 959 0 19.2
27 Cleveland Browns 16 30 253 0 8.4 45 1156 0 25.7
28 Oakland Raiders 16 45 514 0 11.4 49 1068 1 21.8
Avg Team 43.6 372.9 0.4 48 8.6 61.0 1238.6 0.2 54 20.3 6963.6
League Total 1220 10442 11 94 8.6 1709 34681 5 99 20.3 194980
Avg Tm/G 2.7 23.3 0.0 8.6 3.8 77.4 0.0 20.3 435.2

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 New Orleans Saints 16 25 19 76.0% 46 45 97.8% 69 3043 44.1
2 Baltimore Colts 16 31 20 64.5% 68 65 95.6% 48 1819 37.9
3 Seattle Seahawks 16 29 23 79.3% 46 41 89.1% 55 2338 42.5
4 Cleveland Browns 16 34 21 61.8% 45 40 88.9% 78 3175 40.7
5 Houston Oilers 16 42 27 64.3% 39 38 97.4% 70 2933 41.9
6 St. Louis Cardinals 16 26 20 76.9% 50 48 96.0% 69 2850 41.3
7 Philadelphia Eagles 16 28 14 50.0% 26 23 88.5% 76 3093 40.7
8 New England Patriots 16 39 25 64.1% 41 39 95.1% 74 2871 38.8
9 Buffalo Bills 16 26 22 84.6% 30 30 100.0% 77 3234 42.0
10 Kansas City Chiefs 16 27 19 70.4% 34 29 85.3% 80 3112 38.9
11 Washington Redskins 16 24 17 70.8% 43 38 88.4% 80 3336 41.7
12 Green Bay Packers 16 24 16 66.7% 45 43 95.6% 69 2739 39.7
13 Detroit Lions 16 22 19 86.4% 38 37 97.4% 81 3475 42.9
14 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 33 18 54.5% 35 33 94.3% 78 3284 42.1
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 33 25 75.8% 27 27 100.0% 73 3008 41.2
16 Minnesota Vikings 16 27 17 63.0% 46 42 91.3% 84 3419 40.7
17 San Diego Chargers 16 26 19 73.1% 48 45 93.8% 72 2902 40.3
18 Los Angeles Rams 16 33 26 78.8% 39 37 94.9% 94 3854 41.0
19 Miami Dolphins 16 21 14 66.7% 33 33 100.0% 87 3567 41.0
20 Denver Broncos 16 27 15 55.6% 35 34 97.1% 88 3793 43.1
21 Oakland Raiders 16 30 17 56.7% 42 38 90.5% 101 3929 38.9
22 Cincinnati Bengals 16 21 12 57.1% 38 38 100.0% 81 3264 40.3
23 Dallas Cowboys 16 29 14 48.3% 34 31 91.2% 80 3296 41.2
24 New York Jets 16 20 12 60.0% 36 33 91.7% 94 3798 40.4
25 San Francisco 49ers 16 23 13 56.5% 30 29 96.7% 83 3436 41.4
26 New York Giants 16 33 22 66.7% 27 27 100.0% 105 4158 39.6
27 Chicago Bears 16 29 17 58.6% 39 37 94.9% 98 3989 40.7
28 Atlanta Falcons 16 29 18 62.1% 43 41 95.3% 96 4051 42.2
Avg Team 0.9 0.8 7.6 6.5 8.3 5.8 9.1 4.8 2.4 0.8 28.3 18.6 65.9% 39.4 37.2 94.4% 80.0 3290.4 65 0.3 41.1
League Total 24 22 213 182 231 162 256 134 67 21 791 521 65.9% 1103 1041 94.4% 2240 92131 75 9 41.1
Avg Tm/G 0.1 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.3 0.1 1.8 1.2 65.9% 2.5 2.3 94.4% 5.0 205.6 0.0 41.1

Scoring Defense

Rk Tm G RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 New Orleans Saints 16 17 26 2 1 45 19 378 23.6
2 Chicago Bears 16 13 23 1 2 37 17 1 324 20.3
3 Baltimore Colts 16 30 37 1 65 20 533 33.3
4 Oakland Raiders 16 15 24 1 2 38 17 1 343 21.4
5 Cleveland Browns 16 14 28 1 1 40 21 1 375 23.4
6 Houston Oilers 16 16 22 1 38 27 1 355 22.2
7 New York Giants 16 10 14 1 2 27 22 1 257 16.1
8 Los Angeles Rams 16 19 17 2 1 37 26 1 351 21.9
9 Buffalo Bills 16 7 21 1 1 30 22 276 17.3
10 St. Louis Cardinals 16 20 29 1 48 20 408 25.5
11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 16 10 1 27 25 2 268 16.8
12 Denver Broncos 16 17 13 1 4 34 15 289 18.1
13 New England Patriots 16 20 18 1 2 1 39 25 2 370 23.1
14 Seattle Seahawks 16 20 25 1 41 23 1 388 24.3
15 Green Bay Packers 16 21 18 3 3 43 16 361 22.6
16 Minnesota Vikings 16 15 26 1 1 3 42 17 369 23.1
17 Kansas City Chiefs 16 17 16 1 29 19 290 18.1
18 Miami Dolphins 16 10 23 33 14 1 275 17.2
19 Washington Redskins 16 17 21 1 3 1 38 17 1 349 21.8
20 New York Jets 16 19 15 2 33 12 1 287 17.9
21 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 10 22 2 1 33 18 297 18.6
22 San Francisco 49ers 16 10 16 1 1 2 29 13 1 250 15.6
23 Dallas Cowboys 16 16 17 1 31 14 277 17.3
24 Philadelphia Eagles 16 11 12 1 2 23 14 221 13.8
25 Detroit Lions 16 14 22 1 1 37 19 322 20.1
26 Cincinnati Bengals 16 12 24 1 1 38 12 1 304 19.0
27 Atlanta Falcons 16 10 30 2 1 41 18 1 355 22.2
28 San Diego Chargers 16 25 22 1 45 19 390 24.4
Avg Team 15.8 21.1 0.4 0.2 0.9 1.1 37.2 18.6 0.6 330.8 20.7
League Total 441 591 11 5 25 30 1 1041 521 17 9262
Avg Tm/G 1.0 1.3 0.1 0.1 2.3 1.2 20.7