Defensive Passer Rating

Through Week 1 of the 2011 Regular Season

About Defensive Passer Rating. This indicator merely applies the formula used to measure passer rating to a team’s pass defense. Like all of our Quality Stats, which are based on efficiency, it has a much higher Correlation to Victory than volume stats, such as passing yards allowed. Most great teams throughout history have a very stingy Defensive Passer Rating, even if they surrendered a lot of passing yards. For example, the 2010 Super Bowl champion Packers and 2010 AFC champion Steelers finished Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in Defensive Passer Rating. We've written numerous times about the historic importance of Defensive Passer Rating here on CHFF and here on SI.com over the years. Bottom line: it's a killer measure of overall team success and always has been.

The "big hat, no cattle" Chargers were a statistical dynamo on pass defense in 2010, finishing the year No. 4 in Defensive Passer Rating (76.1), just behind the Super Bowl champion Packers, AFC champion Steelers and NFC title-contender Bears. San Diego races out of the gates in Week 1 of 2011 atop DPR.

But was it due to a great effort by their pass defense, or just the utterly inept play of San Diego's Week 1 opponent, Minnesota QB Donovan McNabb (39 yards)? We'll learn a lot more this week, as the Chargers travel cross-country to New England to face Tom Brady and the high-powered Patriots, just a week after the future Hall of Fame quarterback torched the Dolphins for a historic 517 yards.
20   New England493061.224168.492193.58
30   Miami483266.6751710.7741121.61
14   Minnesota483368.753356.982284.98
19   Jacksonville342161.762637.742193.14
27   Kansas City261765.382088.0041113.46
12   Houston311651.611976.351082.33
11   Indianapolis241770.832209.171278.47
9   Detroit462963.042665.781176.90
26   Green Bay493265.314198.5530112.54
25   N.Y. Giants342161.763058.9720110.54
32   New Orleans352777.143128.9130132.08
22   N.Y. Jets362363.893429.5021101.85
7   Oakland462452.173046.611171.29
4   Philadelphia351851.432095.970069.82
28   Pittsburgh291758.622247.7230117.60
1   Los Angeles15746.67392.601147.92
10   San Francisco372156.761975.322178.32
17   Seattle201575.001246.200090.42
13   Los Angeles321443.751875.842083.72
2   Baltimore412253.662806.831352.90
23   Atlanta322268.753129.7521107.81
15   Denver221359.091054.771086.36
24   Arizona372464.8642211.4121110.42
29   Tampa Bay332472.733059.2431118.88
5   Cincinnati401947.502135.322170.10
8   Chicago473165.963196.790176.46
6   Washington321856.252688.380170.83
31   Carolina271866.6730911.4420130.01
18   Tennessee241770.831757.290091.49
3   Buffalo362261.111193.311164.47
16   Dallas442659.093357.612188.73
21   Cleveland271555.561736.412099.77

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