Final 2005 Defensive Passer Rating

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jul 10, 2006



 
Most "pundits" rank pass defenses by total pass yards allowed. But total pass yards allowed is a meaningless stat that has no correlation to winning football games.
 
Defensive passer rating is a much more effective way to rank pass defenses because it has a much more direct correlation to winning football games.
 
2005 defensive passer ratings (playoff teams in bold italics)
Team
%
Yards
YPP
TDs 
INTs
Rating
Chicago
56.9
3,147
5.72
10
24
61.2
Carolina
57.8
3,351
6.35
15
23
68.0
Washington
54.4
3,318
6.20
15
16
70.1
Denver
56.1
3,833
6.25
  20   
20
72.2
Cincinnati
62.4
3,749
7.22
21
31
72.8
N.Y. Jets
61.3
2,948
6.37
17
21
73.1
Tampa Bay
57.8
3,158
6.63
15
17
73.5
Pittsburgh
57.4
3,480
6.34
15
15
74.0
Dallas
54.7
3,319
6.71
18
15
75.1
Minnesota
59.8
3,539
6.64
23
24
75.2
N.Y. Giants
56.7
3,852
6.64
20
17
76.3
Baltimore
56.3
3,228
6.14
18
12
76.4
Seattle
58.0
3,861
6.76
18
16
77.4
Detroit
60.6
3,305
6.79
19
19
77.6
Jacksonville
59.1
3,223
6.69
22
19
78.0
Cleveland
59.2
3,009
6.39
19
15
78.2
Atlanta
60.8
3,394
6.45
18
16
78.4
Arizona
61.8
3,314
6.78
17
15
80.6
Buffalo
62.4
3,560
7.08
19
17
82.1
Philadelphia
59.0
3,507
6.97
24
17
82.2
Kansas City
58.1
3,862
6.91
25
16
82.3
Miami
58.8
3,682
6.71
23
14
82.4
Indianapolis
67.4
3,469
6.82
17
18
83.0
San Diego
59.6
3,888
6.86
20
10
84.7
New Orleans
57.7
3,014
7.21
20
10
86.2
Green Bay
58.6
2,876
6.69
22
10
87.8
New England
56.2
3,929
7.45
25
10
87.8
St. Louis
61.9
3,619
7.14
26
13
89.8
Oakland
60.9
3,481
7.16
18
5
90.7
San Francisco
64.9
4,620
8.02
28
16
94.2
Houston
64.8
3,727
7.95
24
7
100.0
Tennessee
63.0
3,462
7.37
33
9
100.7

* For the record, the official stat is "passer rating," not "quarterback rating." It's an important distinction, as passer rating merely measures a player's ability to pass – or, in our case here, a team's ability to defend against the pass. It does not measure a player's ability to actually play quarterback. As all Cold, Hard Football Facts readers know (yes, even you there, drinking the glass of bourbon), an ability to pass and an ability to play quarterback are not necessarily one and the same.

** The NFL subtracts sack yardage from a team's total yardage figure when determining overall pass defense rankings. Coach Troup's system does not subtract sack yardage by a defense. Look at it this way: Yardage lost via sack is not counted against a quarterback's passer rating. Couch Troup does not count sack yardage in favor of the defense. You can quibble. But, at the end of the day, teams that get a lot of pressure on the QB are ultimately going to end up with superior defensive passer ratings anyway, whether this yardage is taken into account or not. Deal with it. Another shot of bourbon might help.

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