Final 2010 Bendability Index

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 02, 2011



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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.
 
 
BENDABILITY INDEX UPDATE
Bendability proved a fairly reliable indicator of overall team success in 2010. After all, AFC champ Pittsburgh finished No. 2 in the indicator, and the team that beat them the Steelers in the Super Bowl, NFC champ Green Bay, finished No. 1.
 
Bendability, of course, is a function of many other factors. Green Bay and Pittsburgh, for example, finished Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, for example, in Defensive Passer Rating. The teams flipped spots in scoring defense, with the Steelers No. 1 and the Packers No. 2.
 
Green Bay forced opponents to march a daunting 144.3 yards to score the equivalent of a touchdown and extra point. Compare that figure to the Cowboys, dead last in Bendability. Dallas gave away the equivalent of a touchdown and extra point after surrendering just 90.4 yards of offense.
 
Bottom line: teams that make opponents work hard for points, as measured by Bendability, typically enjoy incredible success. The 2010 season was no exception to the rule. In fact, the 2010 season merely reinforced the old maxim, if we might paraphrase: "efficient defense wins championships."
 
Final 2010 Bendability Index
  Team Yards Points YPPA
1 Green Bay 4946 240 20.61
2 Pittsburgh 4430 232 19.09
3 Baltimore 5094 270 18.87
4 New England 5864 313 18.73
5 Atlanta 5319 288 18.47
6 Chicago 5029 286 17.58
7 Tennessee 5883 339 17.35
8 Cleveland 5601 332 16.87
9 Tampa Bay 5323 318 16.74
10 Washington 6228 377 16.52
11 St. Louis 5388 328 16.43
12 Kansas City 5283 326 16.21
13 New Orleans 4900 307 15.96
14 N.Y. Jets 4664 304 15.34
15 San Francisco 5244 346 15.16
16 Detroit 5498 369 14.90
17 Miami 4949 333 14.86
18 Seattle 5897 407 14.49
19 Minnesota 5002 348 14.37
20 N.Y. Giants 4972 347 14.33
21 Jacksonville 5949 419 14.20
22 Houston 6031 427 14.12
23 Indianapolis 5465 388 14.09
24 Oakland 5163 371 13.92
25 Philadelphia 5228 377 13.87
26 Arizona 5977 434 13.77
27 Buffalo 5786 425 13.61
28 San Diego 4334 322 13.46
29 Cincinnati 5312 395 13.45
30 Denver 6253 471 13.28
31 Carolina 5374 408 13.17
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Dallas
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