NFL Football - Defensive Stats

Team Score FD RA RY PA PY TY Time PEN Penalty Yards Penalty Yards Rank YP YR Y/PL TO
San Francisco15.4518.4520.4582.0037.82213.27295.2728:115.9148.45238.474.014.821.91
Kansas City16.4517.3624.73113.3631.45176.64290.0028:344.4537.82319.124.584.871.27
New Orleans20.1818.5527.73124.0032.55196.27320.2728:496.4548.452210.234.475.171.82
Green Bay20.3620.2731.00135.1832.45205.09340.2731:216.0057.6469.814.365.171.09
Tampa Bay20.6420.6424.3695.9136.82267.82363.7330:476.3653.451110.913.945.681.55
LA Rams21.2719.7327.09113.2734.00217.91331.1830:136.6457.27710.384.185.230.82
Las Vegas21.3320.3328.92127.0032.83216.75343.7531:505.9252.42129.604.395.361.17
NY Jets21.6419.3633.18140.2731.55183.18323.4532:555.2745.09259.164.234.811.73
League Average21.6819.4926.66112.2934.04220.12332.4130:066.0950.7809.974.215.251.38
New England22.5518.5527.8294.0934.27222.73316.8232:055.5540.18309.803.384.931.00
LA Chargers23.4522.5526.09110.6438.27280.00390.6431:526.9151.001510.884.245.781.36
NY Giants24.3320.3328.33136.0833.83228.17364.2530:256.2551.831310.744.805.701.58

NFL Stats

They say defense wins championships and if you are a regular NFL bettor, you know that defense wins bets as well. At Odds Shark, we rank the best NFL defensive teams in more than a dozen important categories. Studying these defensive rankings in yards per play, fewest first downs allowed and fewest passing yards per attempt can give you a real advantage at online sportsbooks every week.

This page loads with the defense allowing the fewest points per game, which is the ultimate defensive NFL stat. However, it can be misleading if that team has faced lousy redzone offenses or gotten lucky with turnovers.

Click the headings on each column to re-sort the category and see the best defensive NFL stats page on the Internet. Scroll to the bottom for a listing of the acronyms, what they mean and why they're important to your NFL betting this weekend.

Defensive Rankings Stat Categories
  • Score - Self-explanatory - which NFL teams give up the fewest points. Said another way, what is the best defensive team? You will see the League Average as well.
  • Y/PL - Yards per Play - a key handicapping indicator that indicates how many yards each NFL team gives up per play. The lower the number, the better the defense. Fewer yards per play equals fewer first downs and less time of possession for opponents.
  • FD - First Downs - which NFL teams allow the fewest first downs. Not always an indicator of time of possession or victories.
  • RA - Rushing Attempts - which NFL defense faces the fewest rushing attempts per game. This can indicate a tough run defense or can indicate that the team's offense scores so many points that opponents are forced to pass more.
  • RY - Rushing Yards - rankings of best NFL run-stop defenses.
  • YR - Yards per Rush - which defense allows the fewest yards per rush. This is a major handicapping stat and should be checked weekly!
  • PA - Passing Attempts - fewest NFL passing attempts per game.
  • PY - Passing Yards - which defense allows the fewest passing yards per team, ranked by each NFL team.
  • YP - Yards per Pass - which NFL teams allow the least yards per pass.
  • Time - Time of Possession - which NFL defenses are on the field the least? Who has the best time of possession stats? This is an important category and can mean the defense is very good or it can mean their offense holds the ball very well.
  • TO - Turnovers - which NFL teams create the most turnovers? Which NFL teams generate the most takeaways? This is often an opportunistic defense which makes an average team good and a good team excellent.
  • Pen - Penalties - This is an overall ranking of which NFL teams take the most penalties (it is NOT broken down by offensive or defensive penalties.

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