Final 2009 Bendability Index

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 03, 2010



The Bendability Index is a "Quality Stat" because it has a direct correlation to winning football games. Read more about this team-wide measure of scoring efficiency here.
 
Bendability is the first indicator on Planet Pigskin that attempts to measure the concept of the "bend but don't break defense." But remember, the Bendability Index is not merely an defensive indicator! It is a team-wide measurement of ability to keep opponents off the scoreboard. It takes into account a variety of factors (including proficiency of offense and special teams, red zone defense, and turnover differential) and then spits it all out in an easy-to-understand number. Other measures of defense, and defensive efficiency, look at the defensive unit in a vacuum. We do not care how a unit plays in a fantasy-football vacuum because in real football games teams do not play in a vacuum. Instead, our Quality Stats give you insight into the many complex, interacting factors that go into team-wide success.
 
Bendability is obtained this way: Yards Allowed/Total Points Allowed = Yards Per Point Allowed (YPPA). The higher the number, the more difficult a team makes it for opponents to score points.
 
FINAL 2009 BENDABILITY INDEX
The Bendability Index measures the "bend-but-don't-break defense" phenomenon and is a reliable indicator of team-wide success.
 
Dallas topped the Bendability Index in 2009, forcing opponents to march an incredible 20.26 yards for every point scored. To put that in more concrete football terms, Cowboys opponents had to generate a daunting 141.8 yards for every touchdown and extra point they scored. That'sa lot of work for a simple TD.
 
The division rival Giants, meanwhile, finished dead last in Bendability in 2009. They surrendered 7 points for every 84.9 yards they allowed on defense.
 
As a result, the Cowboys boasted one of the best defenses in football in 2009 (250 points allowed); the Giants suffered with one of the worst defenses in football (427 points allowed).
 
It's a startling difference in points allowed. But if you use the standard NFL and media measure to rank defenses, there was little difference: Dallas surrendered 5,064 yards on defense; New York surrendered 5,179 yards on defense. That's a difference of just 7 yards per game -- not even noticeable to the naked eye.
 
The difference was efficiency.
 
With all that said, why did the Cowboys barely eke out a division title and get bumped off so badly by the Vikings (34-3) in the divisional round? Blame one of the most inefficient offenses in football. The Cowboys, No. 1 on the Bendability Index, finished an awful No. 25 on our Scoreability Index.
 
Final 2009 Bendability Index
  Team Yards Points YPPA
1 Dallas 5064 250 20.26
2 San Francisco 5222 281 18.58
3 Baltimore 4808 261 18.42
4 New England 5123 285 17.98
5 Indianapolis 5427 307 17.68
6 Atlanta 5582 325 17.18
7 N.Y. Jets 4037 236 17.11
8 Arizona 5548 325 17.07
9 New Orleans 5724 341 16.79
10 Buffalo 5449 326 16.71
11 Cleveland 6227 375 16.61
12 Cincinnati 4822 291 16.57
13 Carolina 5053 308 16.41
14 San Diego 5230 320 16.34
15 Minnesota 4888 312 15.67
16 Houston 5197 333 15.61
17 Denver 5040 324 15.56
18 Green Bay 4551 297 15.32
19 Oakland 5791 379 15.28
20 Philadelphia 5137 337 15.24
21 Washington 5115 336 15.22
22 Pittsburgh 4885 324 15.08
23 Jacksonville 5633 380 14.82
24 Kansas City 6210 424 14.65
25 Seattle 5703 390 14.62
26 Tampa Bay 5849 400 14.62
27 Tennessee 5850 402 14.55
28 Chicago 5404 375 14.41
29 Miami 5590 390 14.33
30 St. Louis 5965 436 13.68
31 Detroit 6274 494 12.70
32 N.Y. Giants 5179 427 12.13

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