Bendability

Through Week 4 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
3  ↑ 5New England19109819.49
14  ↑ 1Miami165810415.94
17  ↑ 4Minnesota14509615.10
15  ↑ 11Jacksonville13438515.80
31  ↑ 1Kansas City149112611.83
7  ↑ 5Houston12927018.46
20  ↑ 8Indianapolis156110814.45
9  ↓ 6Detroit13377617.59
12  ↓ 1Green Bay16279716.77
13  ↓ 6N.Y. Giants14438716.59
22  ↑ 9New Orleans13929814.20
30  ↓ 16N.Y. Jets12439513.08
19  ↑ 1Oakland163911314.50
24  ↑ 6Philadelphia142910114.15
16  ↑ 7Pittsburgh11087215.39
26  ↓ 1San Diego11918514.01
5  ↑ 4San Francisco14327519.09
25  ↓ 1Seattle13669714.08
21  ↑ 6St. Louis161811314.32
2  ↓ 1Baltimore11385719.96
23  ↓ 1Atlanta149110514.20
28  ↓ 15Denver151111113.61
8  ↓ 6Arizona15538717.85
4   ∼ Tampa Bay14727719.12
18   ∼ Cincinnati11027414.89
10   ∼ Chicago17039817.38
6  ↓ 1Washington11866318.83
29  ↓ 12Carolina138710213.60
1  ↑ 5Tennessee11995621.41
11  ↑ 5Buffalo16209616.88
32  ↓ 3Dallas116710111.55
27  ↓ 8Cleveland12809313.76





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