Bendability

Through Week 1 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.


Week 1 Bendability Overview
Baltimore races out of the gates No. 1 across the board in our Quality Stats Power Rankings and also No. 1 across the board right here in Bendability.

Baltimore's Week 1 opponents, Pittsburgh, generated a fair amount of yards, 312 in fact, but they turned those yards into just 7 points. In other words, the Ravens forced the Steelers to march an incredible 44.6 Yards Per Point Allowed. That's what seven turnovers will do to a team, folks: squeeze the life out of them and leave so much wasted effort on the field. 
RankTeamYdsPtsYPPA
9   New England4882420.33
13   Miami6223816.37
11   Minnesota4072416.96
8   Jacksonville2921420.86
31   Kansas City364418.88
2   Houston236733.71
26   Indianapolis3843411.29
16   Detroit3152015.75
19   Green Bay4773414.03
25   N.Y. Giants3322811.86
30   New Orleans399429.50
14   N.Y. Jets3902416.25
17   Oakland3102015.50
5   Philadelphia3351325.77
27   Pittsburgh3853511.00
27   San Diego1871711.00
22   San Francisco2191712.88
32   Seattle209336.33
21   St. Louis4033113.00
1   Baltimore312744.57
23   Atlanta3773012.57
24   Denver2892312.57
6   Arizona4772122.71
15   Tampa Bay4312715.96
12   Cincinnati2851716.76
3   Chicago3861232.17
7   Washington3151422.50
18   Carolina3942814.07
10   Tennessee3231620.19
4   Buffalo213730.43
20   Dallas3602713.33
29   Cleveland2942710.89





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