Bendability

Through Week 13 of the 2011 Regular Season

About The Bendability Index: It measures the concept of the "bend but don't break defense."The Bendability Index is not merely a 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, field position, 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 and do not tell you how all units work together to keep opponents off the scoreboard. 

Bendability =Yards allowed/Points Allowed = Yards Per Point Allowed (YPPA). The higher the number, the more “bendable” the defense.
RankTeamYdsPtsYPPA
2   ∼ New England494524720.02
3  ↑ 1Miami410722018.67
32  ↓ 1Minnesota427233012.95
17  ↓ 3Jacksonville365023815.34
16  ↑ 8Kansas City413026815.41
8   ∼ Houston328918917.40
31  ↑ 1Indianapolis464535812.97
24  ↑ 2Detroit406227714.66
5  ↓ 2Green Bay477426218.22
21  ↓ 2N.Y. Giants464731514.75
9  ↑ 2New Orleans454526916.90
25  ↑ 2N.Y. Jets381026014.65
26  ↓ 4Oakland448030814.55
23  ↓ 3Philadelphia413828214.67
10   ∼ Pittsburgh328519516.85
29   ∼ San Diego401628913.90
1   ∼ San Francisco364116122.61
11  ↑ 2Seattle407624616.57
20  ↑ 5St. Louis439429614.84
6   ∼ Baltimore344819217.96
15  ↑ 2Atlanta395824416.22
19  ↑ 2Denver439729215.06
12  ↑ 3Arizona444626916.53
27  ↓ 4Tampa Bay472632914.36
22  ↓ 4Cincinnati368025014.72
7   ∼ Chicago431224217.82
18  ↓ 9Washington390325615.25
30   ∼ Carolina435632413.44
4  ↑ 1Tennessee426422918.62
28   ∼ Buffalo435930414.34
13  ↓ 1Dallas396524416.25
14  ↑ 2Cleveland389524016.23





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