NFL Team Defense Stats 2021

The modern day NFL defense has a lot to deal with in comparison to the prior eras, as penalties against are a bit softer, and they have to deal with tremendous passing attacks that we might deem unfair at times. Within the defensive stats page you are going to see their points allowed breakdown. This shows you what quarters they are allowing the most points in, as well as yards allowed. Defenses are going to excel in different areas, as they might be good against the pass, or the run. Of course there are the struggling defenses who make it easier for offenses to put up big numbers against them. Check in on who dominates inside the red zone, and what defense is also forcing turnovers and sacks. Penalties can crush a defense, and we track what defenses are committing the most penalties.

The modern day NFL defense has a lot to deal with in comparison to the prior eras, as penalties against are a bit softer, and they have to deal with tremendous passing attacks that we might deem unfair at times. Within the defensive stats page you are going to see their points allowed breakdown. This shows you what quarters they are allowing the most points in, as well as yards allowed. Defenses are going to excel in different areas, as they might be good against the pass, or the run. Of course there are the struggling defenses who make it easier for offenses to put up big numbers against them. Check in on who dominates inside the red zone, and what defense is also forcing turnovers and sacks. Penalties can crush a defense, and we track what defenses are committing the most penalties.

Total Offense AllowedRushing AllowedPassing AllowedRedzone AllowedOpp TurnoversOpp PenaltiesSacks
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 289 37 115 37 94 1,014 4.6 4,637 Rushing Allowed 442 1,866 4.2 19 Passing Allowed 530 5.2 297 9.3 2,771 12 Redzone Allowed 45 23 51.1% Opp Turnovers 30 19 11 Opp Penalties 102 844 Sacks 41
Total Offense Allowed 303 89 77 60 71 1,038 5.1 5,284 Rushing Allowed 464 2,103 4.5 9 Passing Allowed 538 5.9 319 10 3,181 21 Redzone Allowed 48 23 47.9% Opp Turnovers 30 23 7 Opp Penalties 100 831 Sacks 36
Total Offense Allowed 322 71 94 71 86 1,039 5.3 5,544 Rushing Allowed 441 1,892 4.3 9 Passing Allowed 562 6.5 341 10.7 3,652 22 Redzone Allowed 42 21 50% Opp Turnovers 19 13 6 Opp Penalties 103 921 Sacks 36
Total Offense Allowed 335 77 85 81 86 1,064 5.1 5,410 Rushing Allowed 426 1,589 3.7 12 Passing Allowed 592 6.5 369 10.4 3,821 20 Redzone Allowed 46 20 43.5% Opp Turnovers 25 18 7 Opp Penalties 89 761 Sacks 46
Total Offense Allowed 353 70 119 87 77 1,093 5.2 5,635 Rushing Allowed 366 1,573 4.3 11 Passing Allowed 680 6 445 9.1 4,062 26 Redzone Allowed 59 31 52.5% Opp Turnovers 29 17 12 Opp Penalties 79 635 Sacks 47
Total Offense Allowed 354 56 112 84 99 1,039 5.4 5,607 Rushing Allowed 368 1,438 3.9 14 Passing Allowed 628 6.6 395 10.6 4,169 24 Redzone Allowed 58 30 51.7% Opp Turnovers 22 16 6 Opp Penalties 118 1,070 Sacks 42
Total Offense Allowed 358 90 96 65 104 1,082 5.5 5,967 Rushing Allowed 429 1,918 4.5 13 Passing Allowed 612 6.6 364 11.1 4,049 24 Redzone Allowed 46 28 60.9% Opp Turnovers 34 26 8 Opp Penalties 121 973 Sacks 41
Total Offense Allowed 364 66 135 50 113 1,060 5.9 6,272 Rushing Allowed 419 1,999 4.8 16 Passing Allowed 610 7 401 10.7 4,273 27 Redzone Allowed 56 32 57.1% Opp Turnovers 29 15 14 Opp Penalties 116 911 Sacks 31
Total Offense Allowed 365 69 83 57 147 1,050 5.6 5,834 Rushing Allowed 420 1,854 4.4 10 Passing Allowed 597 6.7 390 10.2 3,980 32 Redzone Allowed 53 34 64.2% Opp Turnovers 33 19 14 Opp Penalties 109 978 Sacks 33
Total Offense Allowed 365 67 108 79 108 1,032 5.1 5,270 Rushing Allowed 439 1,760 4 17 Passing Allowed 545 6.4 372 9.4 3,510 25 Redzone Allowed 60 34 56.7% Opp Turnovers 20 9 11 Opp Penalties 94 793 Sacks 48
Total Offense Allowed 366 61 101 86 112 1,201 5.4 6,445 Rushing Allowed 509 1,932 3.8 16 Passing Allowed 658 6.9 443 10.2 4,513 24 Redzone Allowed 61 31 50.8% Opp Turnovers 18 11 7 Opp Penalties 96 919 Sacks 33
Total Offense Allowed 366 60 133 87 86 1,028 5.4 5,597 Rushing Allowed 426 1,952 4.6 10 Passing Allowed 561 6.5 367 9.9 3,645 30 Redzone Allowed 51 31 60.8% Opp Turnovers 27 13 14 Opp Penalties 100 896 Sacks 40
Total Offense Allowed 371 84 121 48 118 1,037 5.4 5,579 Rushing Allowed 395 1,855 4.7 13 Passing Allowed 603 6.2 379 9.8 3,724 31 Redzone Allowed 50 33 66% Opp Turnovers 26 18 8 Opp Penalties 88 718 Sacks 38
Total Offense Allowed 371 65 102 74 130 1,056 5 5,296 Rushing Allowed 437 1,857 4.2 13 Passing Allowed 576 6 367 9.4 3,439 29 Redzone Allowed 52 34 65.4% Opp Turnovers 19 13 6 Opp Penalties 98 877 Sacks 43
Total Offense Allowed 372 51 123 91 104 1,118 5.2 5,863 Rushing Allowed 443 1,754 4 18 Passing Allowed 625 6.6 416 9.9 4,109 17 Redzone Allowed 56 29 51.8% Opp Turnovers 25 19 6 Opp Penalties 88 688 Sacks 49
Total Offense Allowed 373 63 103 61 140 1,081 5.3 5,738 Rushing Allowed 425 1,867 4.4 16 Passing Allowed 608 6.4 373 10.4 3,871 23 Redzone Allowed 57 30 52.6% Opp Turnovers 26 14 12 Opp Penalties 109 991 Sacks 47
Total Offense Allowed 376 81 127 40 119 1,075 5.5 5,964 Rushing Allowed 407 1,742 4.3 15 Passing Allowed 626 6.7 420 10.1 4,222 26 Redzone Allowed 53 32 60.4% Opp Turnovers 21 13 8 Opp Penalties 116 946 Sacks 41
Total Offense Allowed 385 100 111 53 121 1,076 5.2 5,590 Rushing Allowed 458 1,834 4 18 Passing Allowed 589 6.4 409 9.2 3,756 28 Redzone Allowed 60 40 66.7% Opp Turnovers 16 12 4 Opp Penalties 92 824 Sacks 29
Total Offense Allowed 392 54 121 81 127 1,033 6 6,178 Rushing Allowed 378 1,436 3.8 13 Passing Allowed 621 7.6 397 11.9 4,742 31 Redzone Allowed 50 27 54% Opp Turnovers 15 9 6 Opp Penalties 98 882 Sacks 33
Total Offense Allowed 398 66 123 100 109 1,116 5.5 6,139 Rushing Allowed 498 2,483 5 17 Passing Allowed 563 6.5 355 10.3 3,656 24 Redzone Allowed 59 30 50.8% Opp Turnovers 22 13 9 Opp Penalties 123 1,017 Sacks 55
Total Offense Allowed 404 43 130 111 114 1,028 5.1 5,201 Rushing Allowed 474 1,935 4.1 16 Passing Allowed 515 6.3 337 9.7 3,266 26 Redzone Allowed 52 35 67.3% Opp Turnovers 16 9 7 Opp Penalties 108 896 Sacks 39
Total Offense Allowed 407 79 103 94 131 1,009 5.3 5,384 Rushing Allowed 483 2,127 4.4 14 Passing Allowed 477 6.8 314 10.4 3,257 31 Redzone Allowed 54 30 55.6% Opp Turnovers 16 8 8 Opp Penalties 93 856 Sacks 49
Total Offense Allowed 416 57 153 85 121 1,137 5.3 6,032 Rushing Allowed 492 2,193 4.5 15 Passing Allowed 611 6.3 402 9.5 3,839 27 Redzone Allowed 71 37 52.1% Opp Turnovers 22 15 7 Opp Penalties 107 814 Sacks 34
Total Offense Allowed 426 53 146 102 119 1,152 5.7 6,522 Rushing Allowed 475 2,222 4.7 15 Passing Allowed 626 6.9 401 10.7 4,300 29 Redzone Allowed 59 33 55.9% Opp Turnovers 24 16 8 Opp Penalties 93 786 Sacks 51
Total Offense Allowed 434 98 138 76 122 1,065 5.7 6,108 Rushing Allowed 430 1,775 4.1 14 Passing Allowed 597 7.3 400 10.8 4,333 34 Redzone Allowed 59 35 59.3% Opp Turnovers 19 11 8 Opp Penalties 96 803 Sacks 37
Total Offense Allowed 439 86 127 49 171 1,103 5.2 5,732 Rushing Allowed 462 1,943 4.2 18 Passing Allowed 606 6.3 400 9.5 3,789 29 Redzone Allowed 43 35 81.4% Opp Turnovers 15 6 9 Opp Penalties 99 1,021 Sacks 35
Total Offense Allowed 452 71 137 104 140 1,101 5.9 6,535 Rushing Allowed 523 2,418 4.6 26 Passing Allowed 546 7.5 363 11.3 4,117 27 Redzone Allowed 66 41 62.1% Opp Turnovers 25 17 8 Opp Penalties 89 790 Sacks 32
Total Offense Allowed 457 119 129 116 93 1,068 5.6 6,002 Rushing Allowed 493 2,127 4.3 22 Passing Allowed 543 7.1 377 10.3 3,875 24 Redzone Allowed 61 38 62.3% Opp Turnovers 9 7 2 Opp Penalties 104 879 Sacks 32
Total Offense Allowed 459 84 134 96 145 1,114 5.6 6,194 Rushing Allowed 519 2,242 4.3 19 Passing Allowed 577 6.8 391 10.1 3,952 31 Redzone Allowed 69 44 63.8% Opp Turnovers 20 12 8 Opp Penalties 118 956 Sacks 17
Total Offense Allowed 459 75 115 84 173 1,103 5.6 6,122 Rushing Allowed 509 2,361 4.6 22 Passing Allowed 559 6.7 357 10.5 3,761 27 Redzone Allowed 67 43 64.2% Opp Turnovers 21 11 10 Opp Penalties 99 835 Sacks 35
Total Offense Allowed 467 85 154 113 115 1,092 5.9 6,456 Rushing Allowed 518 2,296 4.4 19 Passing Allowed 544 7.6 359 11.6 4,160 31 Redzone Allowed 60 42 70% Opp Turnovers 19 11 8 Opp Penalties 87 818 Sacks 30
Total Offense Allowed 504 98 170 87 149 1,145 5.9 6,760 Rushing Allowed 525 2,351 4.5 29 Passing Allowed 587 7.5 401 11 4,409 28 Redzone Allowed 74 45 60.8% Opp Turnovers 14 7 7 Opp Penalties 84 814 Sacks 31

Team Defense Stats: NFL 2021 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

What makes a good pass defense is not giving up a ton of yards or touchdowns of course, but good pass defenses are going to want to get off the field and not allow a lot of time of possession. The Patriots have been one of the top defenses over the last few seasons, and they have an excellent secondary. With their shut down corners, it has been easier for their front seven to generate pressure as well. Staying within the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills are one of the top pass defenses in the league, and Tre’Davious White is one of the top young corners in the game. Now both of these teams also have generous matchups within their own division, which certainly play a small part in their overall numbers.

After a couple of off years on the defensive side, San Francisco invested in a lot of young talent and signed some veteran players to help the secondary. The 49ers pass defense was very stingy and didn’t allow a ton of production, but their yards per completion numbers have been what stands out the most. Staying in California, the Los Angeles Chargers had a rough year, but their defense is still intact and can be one of the top ones. They signed Chris Harris and that adds to an already very good secondary. Combining it with the front seven they have, the potential for a monster defensive year is there.

The Pittsburgh Steelers overall have had one of the top defenses in the league for a long time, and their pass defense has been exceptional. They added Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Miami Dolphins, which gave them a major boost. The Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs are a few other top end pass defenses who have been solid the last few seasons. The Chiefs have made more of an effort to address it over the last season.

Top Run Defenses

Being able to stop the run makes it easier for defenses to stop teams from setting up their offense. We see run defenses rotate in and out of the rankings because personnel moves is very big for stopping the run. Tampa Bay used to be one of the worst run defenses, but a few moves has made them one of the tougher run defenses. You might actually see some teams look bad because of their production against, but that can be volume based because their offense struggles. Both New York teams actually have had strong run defenses, but it goes overlooked because of how bad the overall teams have been.

Sticking with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the run defense has been just as good as the pass defense over the last few seasons. With a great front seven, and a couple of defensive backs who are not afraid of playing up against the run. The Eagles are another strong run defense, and teams have a tough time gaining rushing yards and touchdowns against them. New England is in the same boat as another good run defense, and the front seven has always been a strong part of the New England defensive system. Despite all the rotational change they have, the numbers still stick year in and year out.

Top Red Zone Defenses

Being able to tighten up in the red zone is an advantage for defenses. The Broncos have been one of the better red zone defenses over the last few seasons, and good luck getting inside the 20 and putting up touchdowns. Last year they held teams to under a 40% conversion rate. Minnesota was not that far behind, as that defense allowed teams to move the ball against them a bit, and were able to stand strong. Some of the top overall defenses are going to excel in this department, as you would guess already.

A lot of the constant playoff teams are going to be strong in the red zone. We have seen the Green Bay Packers excel in not allowing a ton of production in the red zone. Those defenses that even allow yards against, like the Colts and Ravens have showed the ability to consistently keep opponents out of the red zone. There is a strong correlation with being a strong red zone defense and allowing points per game overall.