Bendability

Through Week 2 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
11  ↓ 5New England5263315.94
8  ↑ 17Miami7334317.05
16  ↓ 2Minnesota6334613.76
14  ↑ 1Jacksonville8005315.09
32  ↓ 1Kansas City7557510.07
1  ↑ 1Houston3921723.06
26  ↑ 3Indianapolis7556112.38
30  ↓ 3Detroit5995011.98
18  ↑ 3Green Bay5454013.62
23  ↓ 16N.Y. Giants7405812.76
27  ↓ 4New Orleans9227512.29
21  ↓ 3N.Y. Jets7215513.11
24  ↓ 2Oakland7105712.46
17  ↑ 2Philadelphia5353913.72
19  ↑ 9Pittsburgh5534113.49
2  ↑ 3San Diego5332422.21
13  ↑ 4San Francisco6204115.12
4  ↑ 16Seattle5492720.33
15  ↓ 4St. Louis8025514.58
3  ↑ 1Baltimore8083721.84
10  ↓ 1Atlanta7294516.20
29  ↓ 13Denver5594612.15
5  ↑ 7Arizona6413418.85
6  ↓ 5Tampa Bay9055117.75
28  ↑ 2Cincinnati8697112.24
12  ↓ 4Chicago6774415.39
22  ↑ 4Washington8106312.86
7  ↑ 3Carolina7444317.30
31  ↓ 7Tennessee8067211.19
25  ↑ 7Buffalo8066512.40
20  ↓ 7Dallas5844413.27
9  ↓ 6Cleveland8315116.29





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