Bendability

Through Week 15 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 England528031516.76
5  ↑ 4Miami488427917.51
12  ↑ 1Minnesota500830816.26
23   ∼ Jacksonville551838314.41
26  ↑ 4Kansas City492836713.43
11  ↑ 1Houston456228016.29
24  ↓ 2Indianapolis512935814.33
32  ↓ 4Detroit472538012.43
10  ↑ 1Green Bay476429216.32
6  ↓ 1N.Y. Giants528430417.38
13  ↑ 7New Orleans606637916.01
22  ↑ 2N.Y. Jets461732014.43
29  ↑ 3Oakland519140212.91
31  ↓ 4Philadelphia478137512.75
27  ↑ 2Pittsburgh382629113.15
19  ↓ 3San Diego473331215.17
3  ↓ 2San Francisco410221818.82
1  ↑ 1Seattle425521919.43
20  ↓ 6St. Louis469131514.89
7  ↓ 1Baltimore524030717.07
2  ↑ 2Atlanta496125919.15
15   ∼ Denver430027415.69
16  ↑ 3Arizona470130215.57
14  ↓ 4Tampa Bay551534915.80
17  ↑ 1Cincinnati448329315.30
4  ↓ 1Chicago447524018.65
18  ↓ 1Washington533635015.25
21   ∼ Carolina469931914.73
28  ↑ 3Tennessee516439613.04
30  ↓ 4Buffalo517340212.87
25   ∼ Dallas476433814.09
9  ↓ 1Cleveland515231016.62





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