Bendability

Through Week 13 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
7  ↓ 1New England456926017.57
9  ↓ 1Miami426424917.12
19   ∼ Minnesota413827215.21
23  ↓ 2Jacksonville485934214.21
30  ↑ 1Kansas City419132213.02
8  ↑ 2Houston387122117.52
22  ↑ 1Indianapolis435630614.24
27  ↓ 2Detroit424131513.46
13  ↑ 1Green Bay418825916.17
6  ↓ 1N.Y. Giants440324318.12
14  ↓ 3New Orleans528632716.17
25  ↑ 3N.Y. Jets403229613.62
32   ∼ Oakland464437612.35
28  ↓ 2Philadelphia421832013.18
26  ↑ 1Pittsburgh311723013.55
15   ∼ San Diego402125715.65
1   ∼ San Francisco335517119.62
3  ↑ 1Seattle376820218.65
17  ↑ 3St. Louis408826715.31
5  ↓ 2Baltimore446724218.46
4  ↑ 3Atlanta423022918.47
20  ↓ 4Denver369824415.16
10  ↑ 3Arizona389623416.65
12  ↓ 3Tampa Bay470128516.49
18   ∼ Cincinnati397626015.29
2   ∼ Chicago383619819.37
16  ↑ 1Washington468630115.57
21  ↑ 1Carolina417329214.29
31  ↓ 1Tennessee464235912.93
29   ∼ Buffalo442233713.12
24   ∼ Dallas404029513.69
11  ↑ 1Cleveland441226516.65





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