Bendability

Through Week 9 of the 2012 Regular Season

About The Bendability Index. Think of Bendability as a way to quantify the phenomenon of the “bend but don’t break defense” and measure how well teams play in “situational football.” Tthe 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. Teams that rank highly in Bendability are typically smart, efficient, well-coached teams.

Bendability = Yards allowed/Points Allowed = Yards Per Point Allowed (YPPA). The higher the number, the more “bendable” the defense.

 

RankTeamYdsPtsYPPA
8  ↑ 1New England295817017.40
3   ∼ Miami305714920.52
16  ↓ 3Minnesota303919715.43
23  ↓ 2Jacksonville314321914.35
32   ∼ Kansas City278024011.58
11  ↑ 4Houston228513716.68
20  ↑ 2Indianapolis281819114.75
26  ↑ 1Detroit256418813.64
13  ↓ 1Green Bay307718716.45
5  ↓ 1N.Y. Giants344118518.60
12  ↑ 4New Orleans377022916.46
24   ∼ N.Y. Jets277620013.88
29  ↑ 1Oakland295522912.90
18  ↓ 1Philadelphia274818315.02
30  ↓ 4Pittsburgh210116412.81
14   ∼ San Diego257415716.39
2   ∼ San Francisco217110321.08
6   ∼ Seattle278315418.07
21  ↓ 3St. Louis274418614.75
7  ↑ 3Baltimore309017617.56
4  ↑ 1Atlanta285014319.93
19   ∼ Denver260117514.86
10  ↓ 2Arizona288617316.68
9  ↓ 2Tampa Bay318718517.23
28  ↓ 3Cincinnati285921813.11
1   ∼ Chicago255112021.26
22  ↑ 1Washington358124814.44
17  ↑ 3Carolina274418015.24
31  ↓ 3Tennessee373530812.13
27  ↑ 2Buffalo334324813.48
25  ↑ 6Dallas250018113.81
15  ↓ 4Cleveland342121116.21





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