Thursday, November 16, 2006

Defensive stats

I've heard tell that Miami's defense is one of the best this season.  That's an interesting statement, so let's take a look at that...
 
I have found that to determine "the best defense" you really must compare four critical stats:
Avg points allowed per game
Avg yards allowed per game
Avg yards allowed per rush
Opponents Passer Rating (average)
 
 
POINTS PER GAME
Miami is allowing 18.7, which makes them 8th in the league this year
...it does not rank against what are considered the best defenses of all time
...it does not rank against the Dolphins best defensive teams
 
YARDS ALLOWED
Miami is allowing 277 yards per game, 2nd best in the NFL
...this ranks as one of the ten best of all time, just behind the 1996 Packers
...this ranks as the 3rd best performance by a Dolphins defense, behind the 72 and 73 teams
 
YARDS ALLOWED PER RUSH
Miami is allowing 3.4 yards per rush, 12th best in the NFL
...that would rank 5th best all time, right behind the 76 Steelers
...that's the best a Dolphins defense has accomplished
 
PASSER RATING
Opponent rating is 78.15, near the top of the league (4th)
...it does not rank against what are considered the best defenses of all time
...it does not rank against the Dolphins best defensive teams
 
So, Miami's defense would appear to be very good this year, and should be considered one of the best in the league, and certainly one of the best Phins teams ever.  But, they don't stack up *that well* against the "best ever"
 
those best-ever teams include:
69 Vikings
73 Dolphins
76 Steelers
77 Falcons
77 Cowboys
85 Bears
86 Giants
91 Eagles
96 Packers
00 Ravens

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