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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 Kansas City Chiefs 16 232 4880 974 5.0 34 13 26 278 271 507 3259 15 21 5.8 158 413 1621 8 3.9 94
2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 263 4628 982 4.7 26 13 14 265 325 518 3011 13 13 5.4 155 420 1617 10 3.9 96
3 New York Giants 16 265 5067 1082 4.7 44 17 33 310 325 596 3616 10 27 5.6 195 432 1451 17 3.4 82
4 San Francisco 49ers 16 265 4013 949 4.2 41 16 30 242 258 509 2647 23 25 4.7 145 386 1366 5 3.5 67
5 Green Bay Packers 16 282 4827 1047 4.6 32 11 27 288 288 563 2951 10 21 4.9 156 443 1876 16 4.2 105
6 New York Jets 16 287 5320 1057 5.0 25 7 21 301 304 558 3421 23 18 5.8 177 470 1899 9 4.0 103
7 Denver Broncos 16 287 4671 951 4.9 31 13 30 258 290 526 2868 20 18 5.0 145 381 1803 10 4.7 83
8 Washington Redskins 16 289 5030 1058 4.8 30 14 14 292 267 513 2818 14 16 5.1 149 508 2212 15 4.4 129
9 New England Patriots 16 289 5085 1100 4.6 32 13 25 322 368 619 3469 14 19 5.2 183 436 1616 16 3.7 114
10 Detroit Lions 16 306 4947 1021 4.8 25 8 18 268 281 507 3114 15 17 5.7 152 471 1833 15 3.9 98
11 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 307 4705 1005 4.7 34 14 26 285 295 554 3387 24 20 5.6 177 403 1318 5 3.3 82
12 Tennessee Oilers 16 310 5231 992 5.3 32 18 20 292 321 543 3658 21 14 6.3 193 414 1573 12 3.8 79
13 Carolina Panthers 16 314 4980 1023 4.9 22 11 15 290 260 490 3007 17 11 5.7 163 497 1973 12 4.0 112
14 Dallas Cowboys 16 314 4516 1022 4.4 19 12 38 281 253 473 2522 20 7 4.9 139 511 1994 12 3.9 104
15 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 318 5238 1035 5.1 29 15 21 318 320 532 3504 24 14 6.0 190 455 1734 12 3.8 107
16 New Orleans Saints 16 327 4645 1073 4.3 31 15 17 280 293 518 2881 21 16 5.0 168 496 1764 11 3.6 95
17 Miami Dolphins 16 327 5364 1004 5.3 27 17 17 299 329 530 3551 23 10 6.3 176 443 1813 9 4.1 106
18 Baltimore Ravens 16 345 5363 1068 5.0 28 11 25 306 332 556 3673 20 17 6.1 180 470 1690 17 3.6 101
19 Minnesota Vikings 16 359 5687 1028 5.5 27 15 26 325 336 542 3704 28 12 6.3 195 442 1983 13 4.5 104
20 St. Louis Rams 16 359 5066 1021 5.0 39 14 35 296 288 543 3379 26 25 5.8 177 440 1687 10 3.8 84
21 Atlanta Falcons 16 361 5106 960 5.3 28 10 18 274 275 496 3440 24 18 6.2 180 409 1666 18 4.1 76
22 Seattle Seahawks 16 362 4849 959 5.1 29 16 24 286 276 462 3118 19 13 6.2 166 455 1731 10 3.8 96
23 Buffalo Bills 16 367 4853 1041 4.7 22 7 20 265 287 502 3061 17 15 5.6 160 493 1792 11 3.6 85
24 Philadelphia Eagles 16 372 4932 1009 4.9 26 12 21 286 259 490 2923 20 14 5.5 150 476 2009 16 4.2 115
25 Arizona Cardinals 16 379 5426 1049 5.2 20 5 19 298 279 491 3246 23 15 6.2 167 524 2180 13 4.2 112
26 Indianapolis Colts 16 401 4854 928 5.2 25 13 22 280 261 453 2820 26 12 5.8 163 438 2034 18 4.6 95
27 Cincinnati Bengals 16 405 5682 1091 5.2 23 10 22 351 309 542 3459 30 13 6.0 188 514 2223 15 4.3 141
28 Oakland Raiders 16 419 6116 1108 5.5 22 12 25 345 324 552 3870 21 10 6.6 199 525 2246 19 4.3 121
29 Chicago Bears 16 421 4888 935 5.2 30 17 28 281 273 476 3030 25 13 5.9 156 421 1858 18 4.4 97
30 San Diego Chargers 16 425 5166 1048 4.9 26 11 35 308 297 568 3468 31 15 5.8 181 453 1698 12 3.7 92
Avg Team 331.9 5037.8 1020.7 4.9 28.6 12.7 23.7 292.3 294.8 524.3 3229.2 20.6 16.0 5.7 169.4 454.6 1808.7 12.8 4.0 99.2
League Total 9957 151135 30620 4.9 859 380 712 8770 8844 15729 96875 617 479 5.7 5083 13639 54260 384 4.0 2975
Avg Tm/G 20.7 314.9 63.8 4.9 1.8 0.8 1.5 18.3 18.4 32.8 201.8 1.3 1.0 5.7 10.6 28.4 113.0 0.8 4.0 6.2

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 Dallas Cowboys 16 253 473 53.5 2522 20 4.2 7 1.5 5.7 5.9 10.7 157.6 78.5 38 195 4.9 5.1 7.4
2 San Francisco 49ers 16 258 509 50.7 2647 23 4.5 25 4.9 5.9 4.6 11.7 165.4 63.6 54 364 4.7 3.5 9.6
3 Washington Redskins 16 267 513 52.0 2818 14 2.7 16 3.1 6.0 5.2 11.6 176.1 66.7 37 280 5.1 4.3 6.7
4 Indianapolis Colts 16 261 453 57.6 2820 26 5.7 12 2.6 6.8 6.7 11.8 176.3 86.4 37 247 5.8 5.7 7.6
5 Denver Broncos 16 290 526 55.1 2868 20 3.8 18 3.4 6.0 5.2 10.9 179.3 71.5 44 298 5.0 4.3 7.7
6 New Orleans Saints 16 293 518 56.6 2881 21 4.1 16 3.1 6.3 5.8 11.2 180.1 76.3 59 408 5.0 4.5 10.2
7 Philadelphia Eagles 16 259 490 52.9 2923 20 4.1 14 2.9 6.5 6.1 12.4 182.7 75.1 43 278 5.5 5.1 8.1
8 Green Bay Packers 16 288 563 51.2 2951 10 1.8 21 3.7 5.7 4.4 11.2 184.4 59.0 41 274 4.9 3.7 6.8
9 Carolina Panthers 16 260 490 53.1 3007 17 3.5 11 2.2 6.6 6.3 12.5 187.9 76.2 36 246 5.7 5.4 6.8
10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 325 518 62.7 3011 13 2.5 13 2.5 6.5 5.8 10.3 188.2 79.2 44 331 5.4 4.8 7.8
11 Chicago Bears 16 273 476 57.4 3030 25 5.3 13 2.7 6.9 6.7 12.0 189.4 84.8 38 259 5.9 5.7 7.4
12 Buffalo Bills 16 287 502 57.2 3061 17 3.4 15 3.0 6.8 6.1 11.9 191.3 76.8 46 344 5.6 5.0 8.4
13 Detroit Lions 16 281 507 55.4 3114 15 3.0 17 3.4 6.7 5.8 12.1 194.6 72.1 43 287 5.7 4.8 7.8
14 Seattle Seahawks 16 276 462 59.7 3118 19 4.1 13 2.8 7.3 6.8 12.2 194.9 84.1 42 238 6.2 5.8 8.3
15 Arizona Cardinals 16 279 491 56.8 3246 23 4.7 15 3.1 7.0 6.6 12.4 202.9 81.7 34 215 6.2 5.8 6.5
16 Kansas City Chiefs 16 271 507 53.5 3259 15 3.0 21 4.1 7.1 5.9 13.4 203.7 69.0 54 359 5.8 4.7 9.6
17 St. Louis Rams 16 288 543 53.0 3379 26 4.8 25 4.6 6.8 5.7 12.8 211.2 71.3 38 296 5.8 4.8 6.5
18 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 295 554 53.2 3387 24 4.3 20 3.6 6.6 5.9 12.5 211.7 73.5 48 294 5.6 4.9 8.0
19 New York Jets 16 304 558 54.5 3421 23 4.1 18 3.2 6.6 5.9 12.0 213.8 75.1 29 242 5.8 5.2 4.9
20 Atlanta Falcons 16 275 496 55.4 3440 24 4.8 18 3.6 7.6 7.0 13.8 215.0 81.2 55 354 6.2 5.6 10.0
21 Cincinnati Bengals 16 309 542 57.0 3459 30 5.5 13 2.4 6.8 6.8 11.9 216.2 86.2 35 209 6.0 6.0 6.1
22 San Diego Chargers 16 297 568 52.3 3468 31 5.5 15 2.6 6.4 6.3 12.2 216.8 79.5 27 164 5.8 5.7 4.5
23 New England Patriots 16 368 619 59.5 3469 14 2.3 19 3.1 6.1 5.2 10.3 216.8 71.8 45 303 5.2 4.4 6.8
24 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 320 532 60.2 3504 24 4.5 14 2.6 7.2 6.9 12.0 219.0 86.3 48 331 6.0 5.8 8.3
25 Miami Dolphins 16 329 530 62.1 3551 23 4.3 10 1.9 7.1 7.2 11.5 221.9 90.1 31 231 6.3 6.3 5.5
26 New York Giants 16 325 596 54.5 3616 10 1.7 27 4.5 6.6 4.9 12.2 226.0 61.9 54 341 5.6 4.0 8.3
27 Tennessee Oilers 16 321 543 59.1 3658 21 3.9 14 2.6 7.2 6.8 12.1 228.6 83.4 35 240 6.3 6.0 6.1
28 Baltimore Ravens 16 332 556 59.7 3673 20 3.6 17 3.1 7.1 6.5 11.9 229.6 80.8 42 293 6.1 5.5 7.0
29 Minnesota Vikings 16 336 542 62.0 3704 28 5.2 12 2.2 7.3 7.3 11.8 231.5 92.2 44 253 6.3 6.4 7.5
30 Oakland Raiders 16 324 552 58.7 3870 21 3.8 10 1.8 7.4 7.4 12.7 241.9 87.1 31 239 6.6 6.6 5.3
Avg Team 294.8 524.3 56.2 3229.2 20.6 3.9 16.0 3.0 70 6.7 6.1 11.9 201.8 75.0 41.7 280.4 5.70 5.2 7.4
League Total 8844 15729 56.2 96875 617 3.9 479 3.0 92 6.7 6.1 11.9 201.8 75.0 1252 8413 5.70 5.2 7.4
Avg Tm/G 18.4 32.8 56.2 201.8 1.3 3.9 1.0 3.0 6.7 6.1 11.9 201.8 75.0 2.6 17.5 5.70 5.2 7.4

Rushing Defense

Rk Tm G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G Fmb
1 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 403 1318 5 3.3 82.4
2 San Francisco 49ers 16 386 1366 5 3.5 85.4
3 New York Giants 16 432 1451 17 3.4 90.7
4 Tennessee Oilers 16 414 1573 12 3.8 98.3
5 New England Patriots 16 436 1616 16 3.7 101.0
6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 420 1617 10 3.9 101.1
7 Kansas City Chiefs 16 413 1621 8 3.9 101.3
8 Atlanta Falcons 16 409 1666 18 4.1 104.1
9 St. Louis Rams 16 440 1687 10 3.8 105.4
10 Baltimore Ravens 16 470 1690 17 3.6 105.6
11 San Diego Chargers 16 453 1698 12 3.7 106.1
12 Seattle Seahawks 16 455 1731 10 3.8 108.2
13 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 455 1734 12 3.8 108.4
14 New Orleans Saints 16 496 1764 11 3.6 110.3
15 Buffalo Bills 16 493 1792 11 3.6 112.0
16 Denver Broncos 16 381 1803 10 4.7 112.7
17 Miami Dolphins 16 443 1813 9 4.1 113.3
18 Detroit Lions 16 471 1833 15 3.9 114.6
19 Chicago Bears 16 421 1858 18 4.4 116.1
20 Green Bay Packers 16 443 1876 16 4.2 117.3
21 New York Jets 16 470 1899 9 4.0 118.7
22 Carolina Panthers 16 497 1973 12 4.0 123.3
23 Minnesota Vikings 16 442 1983 13 4.5 123.9
24 Dallas Cowboys 16 511 1994 12 3.9 124.6
25 Philadelphia Eagles 16 476 2009 16 4.2 125.6
26 Indianapolis Colts 16 438 2034 18 4.6 127.1
27 Arizona Cardinals 16 524 2180 13 4.2 136.3
28 Washington Redskins 16 508 2212 15 4.4 138.3
29 Cincinnati Bengals 16 514 2223 15 4.3 138.9
30 Oakland Raiders 16 525 2246 19 4.3 140.4
Avg Team 454.6 1808.7 12.8 55 4.0 113.0 26.6
League Total 13639 54260 384 83 4.0 113.0 798
Avg Tm/G 28.4 113.0 0.8 4.0 113.0 1.7

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 Kansas City Chiefs 16 39 255 0 6.5 80 1672 0 20.9
2 Tennessee Oilers 16 36 430 0 11.9 71 1528 0 21.5
3 San Francisco 49ers 16 41 270 0 6.6 82 1746 0 21.3
4 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 29 241 0 8.3 77 1730 0 22.5
5 Miami Dolphins 16 43 323 0 7.5 53 1018 0 19.2
6 Denver Broncos 16 26 235 1 9.0 89 1827 0 20.5
7 Washington Redskins 16 33 237 0 7.2 67 1515 0 22.6
8 New York Giants 16 40 382 0 9.6 49 1163 1 23.7
9 New England Patriots 16 38 437 0 11.5 75 1651 1 22.0
10 Indianapolis Colts 16 43 491 0 11.4 64 1544 1 24.1
11 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 23 271 0 11.8 74 1556 1 21.0
12 Minnesota Vikings 16 49 566 1 11.6 67 1398 0 20.9
13 Philadelphia Eagles 16 48 515 1 10.7 66 1548 0 23.5
14 Cincinnati Bengals 16 35 407 2 11.6 67 1406 0 21.0
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 42 388 0 9.2 44 957 1 21.8
16 Atlanta Falcons 16 21 55 0 2.6 52 1167 0 22.4
17 Green Bay Packers 16 32 255 0 8.0 78 1599 0 20.5
18 Carolina Panthers 16 38 428 2 11.3 55 1276 1 23.2
19 New Orleans Saints 16 50 706 1 14.1 51 1139 0 22.3
20 Detroit Lions 16 51 434 1 8.5 61 1269 0 20.8
21 St. Louis Rams 16 60 618 1 10.3 54 1262 1 23.4
22 Oakland Raiders 16 52 431 0 8.3 48 1124 0 23.4
23 Dallas Cowboys 16 40 365 0 9.1 65 1172 0 18.0
24 Arizona Cardinals 16 40 441 1 11.0 42 945 1 22.5
25 New York Jets 16 47 459 0 9.8 54 1134 0 21.0
26 Seattle Seahawks 16 38 463 2 12.2 77 1779 1 23.1
27 Baltimore Ravens 16 53 460 0 8.7 58 1323 1 22.8
28 Buffalo Bills 16 44 366 0 8.3 55 1385 3 25.2
29 San Diego Chargers 16 39 416 0 10.7 63 1517 1 24.1
30 Chicago Bears 16 52 727 2 14.0 52 1237 0 23.8
Avg Team 40.7 403.5 0.5 50 9.9 63.0 1386.2 0.5 70 22.0 6827.6
League Total 1222 12105 15 94 9.9 1890 41587 14 102 22.0 204827
Avg Tm/G 2.5 25.2 0.0 9.9 3.9 86.6 0.0 22.0 426.7

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 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 35 29 82.9% 28 28 100.0% 66 2805 42.5
2 Indianapolis Colts 16 31 27 87.1% 44 42 95.5% 64 2950 46.1
3 Carolina Panthers 16 25 21 84.0% 35 35 100.0% 88 3758 42.7
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 29 18 62.1% 25 25 100.0% 88 3661 41.6
5 New Orleans Saints 16 36 28 77.8% 33 33 100.0% 92 3671 39.9
6 Miami Dolphins 16 35 25 71.4% 32 30 93.8% 63 2678 42.5
7 Cincinnati Bengals 16 29 24 82.8% 45 45 100.0% 69 3084 44.7
8 Tennessee Oilers 16 30 22 73.3% 34 34 100.0% 69 3008 43.6
9 Chicago Bears 16 32 24 75.0% 45 45 100.0% 81 3524 43.5
10 Minnesota Vikings 16 30 23 76.7% 37 36 97.3% 70 2933 41.9
11 Buffalo Bills 16 46 37 80.4% 35 34 97.1% 86 3612 42.0
12 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 25 17 68.0% 32 31 96.9% 73 3059 41.9
13 Seattle Seahawks 16 34 31 91.2% 35 35 100.0% 74 3108 42.0
14 Kansas City Chiefs 16 33 24 72.7% 22 22 100.0% 84 3469 41.3
15 San Diego Chargers 16 26 25 96.2% 46 46 100.0% 85 3706 43.6
16 New England Patriots 16 29 20 69.0% 29 29 100.0% 74 3286 44.4
17 Washington Redskins 16 25 21 84.0% 28 28 100.0% 95 4038 42.5
18 Dallas Cowboys 16 27 20 74.1% 34 34 100.0% 95 4142 43.6
19 Denver Broncos 16 19 14 73.7% 35 35 100.0% 94 4089 43.5
20 Baltimore Ravens 16 34 24 70.6% 35 33 94.3% 82 3608 44.0
21 Arizona Cardinals 16 35 30 85.7% 37 35 94.6% 94 4127 43.9
22 Oakland Raiders 16 43 38 88.4% 37 37 100.0% 77 3034 39.4
23 Atlanta Falcons 16 20 14 70.0% 39 39 100.0% 90 3834 42.6
24 Philadelphia Eagles 16 33 24 72.7% 42 42 100.0% 87 3602 41.4
25 New York Jets 16 27 18 66.7% 28 27 96.4% 92 3864 42.0
26 Green Bay Packers 16 30 24 80.0% 18 18 100.0% 90 3825 42.5
27 San Francisco 49ers 16 20 16 80.0% 29 29 100.0% 83 3469 41.8
28 Detroit Lions 16 32 25 78.1% 30 29 96.7% 97 4297 44.3
29 St. Louis Rams 16 31 26 83.9% 31 31 100.0% 82 3649 44.5
30 New York Giants 16 25 19 76.0% 27 26 96.3% 89 3747 42.1
Avg Team 0.7 0.7 8.6 8.1 9.3 7.8 9.0 5.6 2.6 1.4 30.2 23.6 78.1% 33.6 33.1 98.6% 82.4 3542.7 63 0.5 43.0
League Total 20 20 257 243 280 235 271 169 78 41 906 708 78.1% 1007 993 98.6% 2473 106282 74 15 43.0
Avg Tm/G 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.1 1.9 1.5 78.1% 2.1 2.1 98.6% 5.2 221.4 0.0 43.0

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 11 21 1 1 1 33 28 327 20.4
2 Buffalo Bills 16 11 17 3 3 3 34 37 367 22.9
3 Chicago Bears 16 18 25 2 4 1 2 45 24 421 26.3
4 Carolina Panthers 16 12 17 2 1 2 2 35 21 314 19.6
5 San Diego Chargers 16 12 31 1 2 3 1 46 25 1 425 26.6
6 Arizona Cardinals 16 13 23 1 1 1 2 1 35 30 379 23.7
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 10 13 1 1 4 4 25 18 1 263 16.4
8 St. Louis Rams 16 10 26 1 1 1 7 31 26 1 359 22.4
9 Dallas Cowboys 16 12 20 3 1 2 34 20 314 19.6
10 New York Giants 16 17 10 1 2 1 26 19 265 16.6
11 Indianapolis Colts 16 18 26 1 1 42 27 1 401 25.1
12 Philadelphia Eagles 16 16 20 1 2 4 42 24 372 23.3
13 Atlanta Falcons 16 18 24 2 1 4 39 14 1 361 22.6
14 Oakland Raiders 16 19 21 1 2 2 37 38 419 26.2
15 Baltimore Ravens 16 17 20 1 1 2 33 24 1 345 21.6
16 Washington Redskins 16 15 14 2 1 3 28 21 289 18.1
17 Tennessee Oilers 16 12 21 2 34 22 310 19.4
18 Miami Dolphins 16 9 23 4 2 30 25 1 327 20.4
19 New York Jets 16 9 23 1 2 27 18 2 287 17.9
20 Minnesota Vikings 16 13 28 1 1 36 23 359 22.4
21 Cincinnati Bengals 16 15 30 2 1 45 24 405 25.3
22 Seattle Seahawks 16 10 19 2 1 2 4 2 35 31 1 362 22.6
23 New England Patriots 16 16 14 1 2 1 29 20 289 18.1
24 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 5 24 1 2 28 29 1 307 19.2
25 Kansas City Chiefs 16 8 15 22 24 232 14.5
26 San Francisco 49ers 16 5 23 1 2 29 16 1 265 16.6
27 Detroit Lions 16 15 15 1 2 1 29 25 1 306 19.1
28 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 12 24 1 2 1 31 17 318 19.9
29 Green Bay Packers 16 16 10 1 2 6 18 24 282 17.6
30 Denver Broncos 16 10 20 1 3 1 35 14 287 17.9
Avg Team 12.8 20.6 0.5 0.5 1.2 1.6 0.2 1.6 33.1 23.6 0.4 331.9 20.7
League Total 384 617 15 14 37 47 6 47 993 708 13 9957
Avg Tm/G 0.8 1.3 0.1 0.1 0.1 2.1 1.5 20.7