NFL Team Defense Stats 2022

Evaluating an NFL defense requires knowing how a number of factors come together to produce one coherent unit. Though incomplete, the defensive stats below help tell the story of a number of different factors. Ranging from quarter-by-quarter stat breakdowns to red zone stats, turnover stats, and penalty stats, this team defense page answers questions such as “which NFL team allows the most 4th quarter points” or “which team forces the most turnovers”. Each stat is updated with the conclusion of each game and will allow readers to gain insight into each defense.

Evaluating an NFL defense requires knowing how a number of factors come together to produce one coherent unit. Though incomplete, the defensive stats below help tell the story of a number of different factors. Ranging from quarter-by-quarter stat breakdowns to red zone stats, turnover stats, and penalty stats, this team defense page answers questions such as “which NFL team allows the most 4th quarter points” or “which team forces the most turnovers”. Each stat is updated with the conclusion of each game and will allow readers to gain insight into each defense.

Total Offense Allowed Total Offense Allowed Rushing Allowed Passing Allowed Redzone Allowed Opp Turnovers Opp Penalties Sacks
TEAM PTS Q1 PTS Q2 PTS Q3 PTS Q4 PTS PLAYS YDS/PLAY YDS ATT YDS YDS/ATT TD ATT YDS/ATT COMP YDS/COMP YDS TD RZ ATT RZ TD RZ % TOV INT FUML PEN PEN YDS SACKS
Total Offense Allowed 321 61 100 78 82 751 5.7 4,274 Rushing Allowed 290 1,329 4.6 13 Passing Allowed 438 6.7 303 9.7 2,945 24 Redzone Allowed 45 31 68.9% Opp Turnovers 14 7 7 Opp Penalties 70 536 Sacks 23
Total Offense Allowed 310 40 91 96 83 726 6.3 4,560 Rushing Allowed 326 1,701 5.2 18 Passing Allowed 380 7.5 246 11.6 2,859 18 Redzone Allowed 40 27 67.5% Opp Turnovers 14 9 5 Opp Penalties 76 591 Sacks 20
Total Offense Allowed 305 62 128 61 54 710 5.9 4,200 Rushing Allowed 369 1,727 4.7 19 Passing Allowed 325 7.6 219 11.3 2,473 15 Redzone Allowed 41 27 65.9% Opp Turnovers 15 9 6 Opp Penalties 57 452 Sacks 16
Total Offense Allowed 293 58 119 46 70 788 5.8 4,597 Rushing Allowed 348 1,530 4.4 15 Passing Allowed 423 7.3 288 10.6 3,067 18 Redzone Allowed 44 27 61.4% Opp Turnovers 15 10 5 Opp Penalties 75 642 Sacks 17
Total Offense Allowed 286 36 89 60 101 669 5.7 3,824 Rushing Allowed 299 1,447 4.8 16 Passing Allowed 345 6.9 223 10.7 2,377 16 Redzone Allowed 41 24 58.5% Opp Turnovers 8 3 5 Opp Penalties 65 563 Sacks 25
Total Offense Allowed 283 53 94 73 63 736 5.6 4,111 Rushing Allowed 374 1,857 5 13 Passing Allowed 338 6.7 221 10.2 2,254 18 Redzone Allowed 40 23 57.5% Opp Turnovers 12 8 4 Opp Penalties 68 606 Sacks 24
Total Offense Allowed 282 70 71 62 79 677 6 4,056 Rushing Allowed 306 1,665 5.4 12 Passing Allowed 349 6.9 225 10.6 2,391 18 Redzone Allowed 39 21 53.8% Opp Turnovers 15 8 7 Opp Penalties 57 566 Sacks 22
Total Offense Allowed 281 45 106 51 73 744 5.7 4,276 Rushing Allowed 345 1,692 4.9 14 Passing Allowed 371 7 246 10.5 2,584 18 Redzone Allowed 35 21 60% Opp Turnovers 19 9 10 Opp Penalties 71 606 Sacks 28
Total Offense Allowed 280 61 90 33 96 754 5.2 3,917 Rushing Allowed 343 1,549 4.5 11 Passing Allowed 378 6.3 235 10.1 2,368 14 Redzone Allowed 34 16 47.1% Opp Turnovers 7 2 5 Opp Penalties 71 615 Sacks 33
Total Offense Allowed 276 48 99 65 58 695 5.9 4,077 Rushing Allowed 302 1,294 4.3 13 Passing Allowed 377 7.4 270 10.3 2,783 19 Redzone Allowed 36 25 69.4% Opp Turnovers 8 4 4 Opp Penalties 59 499 Sacks 16
Total Offense Allowed 266 20 88 54 101 790 5.3 4,178 Rushing Allowed 355 1,628 4.6 13 Passing Allowed 410 6.2 271 9.4 2,550 15 Redzone Allowed 42 23 54.8% Opp Turnovers 12 8 4 Opp Penalties 81 654 Sacks 25
Total Offense Allowed 260 60 83 42 75 738 5.7 4,235 Rushing Allowed 378 1,855 4.9 15 Passing Allowed 333 7.1 205 11.6 2,380 10 Redzone Allowed 38 20 52.6% Opp Turnovers 12 7 5 Opp Penalties 67 535 Sacks 27
Total Offense Allowed 257 54 80 80 43 710 6.1 4,298 Rushing Allowed 290 1,261 4.3 12 Passing Allowed 391 7.8 271 11.2 3,037 16 Redzone Allowed 31 20 64.5% Opp Turnovers 18 10 8 Opp Penalties 75 619 Sacks 29
Total Offense Allowed 256 50 96 34 76 683 5.5 3,777 Rushing Allowed 270 1,205 4.5 13 Passing Allowed 388 6.6 263 9.8 2,572 17 Redzone Allowed 34 23 67.6% Opp Turnovers 11 6 5 Opp Penalties 50 530 Sacks 25
Total Offense Allowed 253 42 73 48 90 665 5.3 3,557 Rushing Allowed 273 1,070 3.9 7 Passing Allowed 370 6.7 252 9.9 2,487 15 Redzone Allowed 33 14 42.4% Opp Turnovers 10 6 4 Opp Penalties 53 381 Sacks 22
Total Offense Allowed 244 59 84 38 63 645 5.8 3,755 Rushing Allowed 262 1,034 3.9 5 Passing Allowed 364 7.5 223 12.2 2,721 22 Redzone Allowed 31 17 54.8% Opp Turnovers 14 12 2 Opp Penalties 63 448 Sacks 19
Total Offense Allowed 243 40 91 33 79 694 5.3 3,690 Rushing Allowed 258 1,122 4.3 6 Passing Allowed 401 6.4 269 9.5 2,568 22 Redzone Allowed 34 24 70.6% Opp Turnovers 12 6 6 Opp Penalties 67 493 Sacks 35
Total Offense Allowed 236 56 67 42 71 701 5.3 3,721 Rushing Allowed 298 1,302 4.4 6 Passing Allowed 373 6.5 224 10.8 2,419 19 Redzone Allowed 39 21 53.8% Opp Turnovers 14 7 7 Opp Penalties 63 524 Sacks 30
Total Offense Allowed 232 37 75 64 56 673 5.8 3,907 Rushing Allowed 296 1,528 5.2 11 Passing Allowed 357 6.7 213 11.2 2,379 12 Redzone Allowed 43 21 48.8% Opp Turnovers 14 4 10 Opp Penalties 83 611 Sacks 20
Total Offense Allowed 232 34 95 26 77 701 5.7 3,992 Rushing Allowed 298 1,263 4.2 10 Passing Allowed 386 7.1 242 11.3 2,729 17 Redzone Allowed 37 21 56.8% Opp Turnovers 16 9 7 Opp Penalties 60 456 Sacks 17
Total Offense Allowed 231 46 97 39 46 674 5.4 3,611 Rushing Allowed 289 1,234 4.3 10 Passing Allowed 368 6.5 217 11 2,377 10 Redzone Allowed 34 17 50% Opp Turnovers 13 8 5 Opp Penalties 65 537 Sacks 17
Total Offense Allowed 227 23 60 36 108 676 5.5 3,694 Rushing Allowed 231 902 3.9 9 Passing Allowed 410 6.8 275 10.2 2,792 16 Redzone Allowed 38 21 55.3% Opp Turnovers 20 11 9 Opp Penalties 56 429 Sacks 35
Total Offense Allowed 220 40 88 40 52 682 5 3,384 Rushing Allowed 325 1,248 3.8 9 Passing Allowed 329 6.5 224 9.5 2,136 13 Redzone Allowed 29 17 58.6% Opp Turnovers 11 4 7 Opp Penalties 58 468 Sacks 28
Total Offense Allowed 216 63 59 29 65 697 4.8 3,348 Rushing Allowed 284 1,328 4.7 10 Passing Allowed 377 5.4 227 8.9 2,020 13 Redzone Allowed 36 19 52.8% Opp Turnovers 23 15 8 Opp Penalties 62 534 Sacks 36
Total Offense Allowed 205 22 63 75 42 713 5.4 3,864 Rushing Allowed 241 930 3.9 3 Passing Allowed 441 6.7 282 10.4 2,934 19 Redzone Allowed 31 16 51.6% Opp Turnovers 13 9 4 Opp Penalties 80 571 Sacks 31
Total Offense Allowed 203 47 38 43 69 694 5 3,467 Rushing Allowed 292 1,355 4.6 7 Passing Allowed 366 5.8 232 9.1 2,112 17 Redzone Allowed 30 19 63.3% Opp Turnovers 11 7 4 Opp Penalties 69 587 Sacks 36
Total Offense Allowed 202 33 63 49 54 681 5 3,386 Rushing Allowed 283 1,202 4.2 4 Passing Allowed 361 6 211 10.4 2,184 15 Redzone Allowed 33 17 51.5% Opp Turnovers 18 12 6 Opp Penalties 43 361 Sacks 37
Total Offense Allowed 199 55 60 24 57 693 5.2 3,600 Rushing Allowed 274 1,162 4.2 8 Passing Allowed 389 6.3 251 9.7 2,438 14 Redzone Allowed 35 17 48.6% Opp Turnovers 20 13 7 Opp Penalties 64 545 Sacks 30
Total Offense Allowed 196 43 66 54 33 701 4.8 3,397 Rushing Allowed 302 1,224 4.1 10 Passing Allowed 365 6 229 9.5 2,173 10 Redzone Allowed 29 15 51.7% Opp Turnovers 15 12 3 Opp Penalties 63 479 Sacks 34
Total Offense Allowed 194 41 65 29 47 695 4.8 3,370 Rushing Allowed 293 1,338 4.6 6 Passing Allowed 376 5.4 231 8.8 2,032 9 Redzone Allowed 26 8 30.8% Opp Turnovers 11 6 5 Opp Penalties 79 720 Sacks 26
Total Offense Allowed 187 21 87 32 44 700 4.9 3,406 Rushing Allowed 309 1,451 4.7 6 Passing Allowed 346 5.7 222 8.8 1,955 12 Redzone Allowed 27 14 51.9% Opp Turnovers 16 7 9 Opp Penalties 70 557 Sacks 45
Total Offense Allowed 173 41 46 49 37 661 4.7 3,099 Rushing Allowed 263 874 3.3 9 Passing Allowed 365 6.1 238 9.3 2,225 9 Redzone Allowed 25 14 56% Opp Turnovers 14 9 5 Opp Penalties 53 473 Sacks 33

Team Defense Stats: NFL 2022 Season Statistics

Quarterly defenses can help gauge production for your betting needs or simply just following games. Teams that are allowing fast starts to their opponents will need more production from their own offense. Teams that are playing from behind a lot will usually see more second half production, and we like to call that, “garbage time”. Viewing how many plays a team allows is also a great source for production. It is simple, the more plays a team runs, the more opportunity there is for them to produce. If you are looking for big plays against a defense, teams that are allowing over six yards per play is a good indicator that they are for one not very good, but also giving up huge chunk plays. Defenses that are allowing less than 5.5 yards per play make it tougher to move the ball against them in big chunks.

Diving into rushing production allowed, you are going to be viewing a lot of the stats with similar guidelines. You want teams that rush the ball a lot against specific opposing defenses, and bad teams will see a lot of rushing production against them because of the positive game script. Yards and touchdowns are easy targets, but yards per attempt will show how easy it is to run on an opponent. Being over the 4.2 mark is where you want to be looking to target, while anything under starts to make things more difficult for backs. Passing production is much similar, teams with bad defenses will throw more, unless they are just built to pass anyway. Yards per completion will show how effective and the big chunk plays are coming for passing games against the defense. You also have yards per attempt, which is not an efficiency measure, but a volume measure against them.

Red zone defenses are crucial, and you have a lot of teams that are a bend don’t break style defense. We have seen that a lot in New England the last few seasons, where the yardage allowed are high, but points allowed are low. You want the percentage to be low for your team’s defense, and if the percentage is up, they are allowing a lot of production. Turnovers do not measure how good a defense is, but it does help. If you are looking for fantasy production, then turnovers are something you will be after.

Breaking Down NFL Team Defense Stats

Starting from the top, you can break down defense stats within the regular or postseason. If you are looking for prior seasons, you can see what defenses were at the top of the league. Swap between leagues if you want to see AFC and NFC, or take a look at totals or per game numbers. Getting into the table, overall points allowed can be broken down by quarter. See if defenses are struggling right off the bat, or tighten up over the course of a game. This can also be useful for betting totals, and breaking down more in-game props. Check in on how many plays against defenses are allowing, alongside yards and yards per play. Defenses that allow a ton of yards per play are giving up big chunks and usually a ton of points.

Defenses are going to be built to stop the pass and the run, one or the other, or neither. We see the true elite defenses excel against both the run in the pass, but stopping the pass has become vastly more important over the last decade. Under the passing allowed, you can see what defenses are allowing the most production to opposing passing offenses. You can also see how much volume is coming their way, where a defense might see a ton of attempts against. This could either be because they are a strong team who is always ahead and forcing teams to throw more against them, or they have a weak secondary and it is easy to target. The same goes for rushing production allowed, where volume could be because they are constantly trailing and opposing offenses run more, or they have a weak run defense.

Top defenses are going to limit red zone attempts against them, often not allowing them inside their own 20-yard line. Sort through and see what defenses are allowing more red zone attempts, and also see the overall touchdowns allowed within the red zone. The red zone percentage is going to be the amount of times a team has scored during the amount of trips. Forcing turnovers is always going to be a plus for a defense, and the same goes for sacks. See what defenses are generating the most turnovers and sacks. Defenses are going to generate turnovers in different ways, as they might have more interceptions or fumbles. Penalties are a way a defense can shoot itself in the foot, and teams that are discipline will have an edge.

Styles Of Defense

There is a lot of turnover within defenses on a yearly basis, but the top teams defensively are going to keep a strong roster from top to bottom. We have seen teams like New England and Pittsburgh pride themselves on the defensive side and continue to dominate year in and year out. Defenses are not going to always be equal in stopping the run and the pass, and some defenses might not even be able to stop either. Sorting through the table above you will see what teams struggle or excel in each department. Defenses are going to be looking for turnovers, have a strong pass rush, or play a bend don’t break style. When looking at the way a roster is built, we can get an idea of how a defense is built and how their production can be.

We have seen some of the top defenses over the last few years focus more on stopping the pass in comparison to the run. Kansas City won a Super Bowl with a strong pass defense last season, but were one of the worst run defense teams in the league. This worked in their favor because their offense was going to jump out to a good lead and teams were going to be focused on throwing more anyway. San Francisco did something very similar in the 2019 season, where we have seen this more and more lately. New England had one of the top defenses last season, and they were different from prior seasons. Over the past, New England had been more of a bend don’t break style of offense where they would toughen up in the red zone, but allow them to still move the ball.

Defenses that have a ton of turnovers or sacks don’t necessarily always translate to being a good defense, but they have the chance to be more productive and cover up some weaknesses. As we look through recent data we have seen teams jump in variance for sacks and turnovers, but turnovers more specifically. This is because turnovers are a high variant stat, and not always a given. Just because a defense doesn’t have a ton of interceptions doesn’t mean they are a bad pass defense. The Bears last season did not force a ton of turnovers, but were still a top ten defense. The same goes for sacks as teams can generate pressure, but struggle with everything else.

Over the offseason you are going to see teams try and fix prior issues. Keep an eye on teams making those moves as if they have a struggling pass defense, they will add some defensive backs. Teams will also draft according to their needs at times, where we saw Carolina in this most recent draft go with defensive players because they needed a complete revamp. The roster build is going to show what teams are trying to focus on. One thing to note is how quickly defensive players can fall off, we saw Minnesota be one of the top secondaries, and over an offseason it went from being a top ten pass defense to really struggling at times.

Top Pass Defenses

  1. Buffalo Bills: 4.7 yds/completion
  2. Denver Broncos: 5 yds/completion
  3. Carolina Panthers: 4.4 yds/completion
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4.6 yds/completion
Check out our Secondary Rankings for a full rundown of the best pass defenses in the NFL.

Top Run Defenses

  1. San Francisco 49ers: 2.6 yds/attempt
  2. Indianapolis Colts: 2.7 yds/attempt
  3. Buffalo Bills: 2.9 yds/attempt
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: 3.4 yds/attempt
Check out our Front Seven Rankings for a comprehensive rundown of the best pass rushing and run stopping units in the NFL.

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