NFL Team Defense Stats 2023

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 518 125 144 66 163 1,117 5.9 6,612 Rushing Allowed 480 2,155 4.5 15 Passing Allowed 598 7.5 396 11.3 4,457 39 Redzone Allowed 60 34 56.7% Opp Turnovers 18 8 10 Opp Penalties 99 827 Sacks 39
Total Offense Allowed 455 92 135 67 134 1,060 5.7 6,047 Rushing Allowed 521 2,434 4.7 19 Passing Allowed 506 7.1 347 10.4 3,613 32 Redzone Allowed 71 43 60.6% Opp Turnovers 17 11 6 Opp Penalties 92 765 Sacks 33
Total Offense Allowed 428 50 149 78 125 1,105 5.5 6,054 Rushing Allowed 410 1,758 4.3 14 Passing Allowed 652 6.6 425 10.1 4,296 35 Redzone Allowed 59 39 66.1% Opp Turnovers 18 9 9 Opp Penalties 107 810 Sacks 43
Total Offense Allowed 416 54 143 71 121 1,016 4.9 4,997 Rushing Allowed 508 2,081 4.1 25 Passing Allowed 481 6.1 309 9.4 2,916 19 Redzone Allowed 57 36 63.2% Opp Turnovers 11 8 3 Opp Penalties 89 679 Sacks 27
Total Offense Allowed 415 98 115 76 104 1,137 5.2 5,947 Rushing Allowed 518 2,105 4.1 22 Passing Allowed 568 6.8 370 10.4 3,842 21 Redzone Allowed 52 29 55.8% Opp Turnovers 24 15 9 Opp Penalties 100 843 Sacks 51
Total Offense Allowed 413 52 139 104 118 1,083 5.8 6,303 Rushing Allowed 469 2,331 5 15 Passing Allowed 572 6.9 382 10.4 3,972 29 Redzone Allowed 59 34 57.6% Opp Turnovers 26 11 15 Opp Penalties 99 965 Sacks 42
Total Offense Allowed 407 85 104 92 93 1,091 5.6 6,149 Rushing Allowed 475 2,251 4.7 24 Passing Allowed 582 6.7 371 10.5 3,898 21 Redzone Allowed 59 36 61% Opp Turnovers 31 18 13 Opp Penalties 99 822 Sacks 34
Total Offense Allowed 402 78 114 61 112 1,147 5.5 6,313 Rushing Allowed 515 2,352 4.6 24 Passing Allowed 585 6.8 390 10.2 3,961 21 Redzone Allowed 56 34 60.7% Opp Turnovers 19 11 8 Opp Penalties 103 824 Sacks 47
Total Offense Allowed 398 72 149 68 100 1,113 5.5 6,170 Rushing Allowed 467 1,924 4.1 18 Passing Allowed 598 7.1 389 10.9 4,246 26 Redzone Allowed 51 27 52.9% Opp Turnovers 21 9 12 Opp Penalties 104 801 Sacks 48
Total Offense Allowed 395 78 91 111 109 1,037 5.5 5,714 Rushing Allowed 408 1,509 3.7 15 Passing Allowed 588 7.2 371 11.3 4,205 28 Redzone Allowed 53 35 66% Opp Turnovers 23 16 7 Opp Penalties 91 788 Sacks 41
Total Offense Allowed 391 76 114 51 129 1,057 5.1 5,411 Rushing Allowed 433 1,650 3.8 15 Passing Allowed 568 6.6 380 9.9 3,761 27 Redzone Allowed 54 35 64.8% Opp Turnovers 27 15 12 Opp Penalties 96 719 Sacks 56
Total Offense Allowed 384 62 131 82 91 1,055 6 6,368 Rushing Allowed 456 2,145 4.7 17 Passing Allowed 555 7.6 364 11.6 4,223 23 Redzone Allowed 60 31 51.7% Opp Turnovers 26 17 9 Opp Penalties 92 784 Sacks 44
Total Offense Allowed 379 48 126 72 109 1,035 5.3 5,511 Rushing Allowed 388 1,468 3.8 8 Passing Allowed 617 6.6 410 9.9 4,043 31 Redzone Allowed 45 31 68.9% Opp Turnovers 28 22 6 Opp Penalties 72 530 Sacks 30
Total Offense Allowed 377 73 110 53 115 1,078 5.3 5,744 Rushing Allowed 433 1,816 4.2 14 Passing Allowed 604 6.5 367 10.7 3,928 24 Redzone Allowed 48 26 54.2% Opp Turnovers 15 10 5 Opp Penalties 105 986 Sacks 41
Total Offense Allowed 373 62 121 80 79 1,090 5 5,458 Rushing Allowed 499 2,009 4 11 Passing Allowed 549 6.3 340 10.1 3,449 24 Redzone Allowed 53 24 45.3% Opp Turnovers 16 8 8 Opp Penalties 104 831 Sacks 42
Total Offense Allowed 371 43 109 104 112 1,078 5.4 5,828 Rushing Allowed 421 1,752 4.2 15 Passing Allowed 617 6.6 404 10.1 4,076 27 Redzone Allowed 52 29 55.8% Opp Turnovers 27 16 11 Opp Penalties 108 961 Sacks 40
Total Offense Allowed 367 62 97 88 111 1,096 5.2 5,697 Rushing Allowed 480 1,831 3.8 10 Passing Allowed 571 6.8 387 10 3,866 20 Redzone Allowed 61 23 37.7% Opp Turnovers 14 6 8 Opp Penalties 98 776 Sacks 45
Total Offense Allowed 366 86 109 46 105 1,091 4.7 5,127 Rushing Allowed 480 1,584 3.3 14 Passing Allowed 575 6.2 370 9.6 3,543 19 Redzone Allowed 52 24 46.2% Opp Turnovers 18 10 8 Opp Penalties 75 544 Sacks 36
Total Offense Allowed 362 107 87 61 107 1,004 4.6 4,593 Rushing Allowed 420 1,793 4.3 15 Passing Allowed 535 5.2 307 9.1 2,800 23 Redzone Allowed 42 30 71.4% Opp Turnovers 28 18 10 Opp Penalties 118 923 Sacks 49
Total Offense Allowed 362 66 84 87 94 1,095 5.2 5,664 Rushing Allowed 446 1,678 3.8 14 Passing Allowed 606 6.6 426 9.4 3,986 23 Redzone Allowed 50 27 54% Opp Turnovers 22 11 11 Opp Penalties 111 916 Sacks 43
Total Offense Allowed 355 86 122 54 66 1,087 4.6 4,969 Rushing Allowed 517 2,108 4.1 14 Passing Allowed 522 5.5 313 9.1 2,861 19 Redzone Allowed 49 24 49% Opp Turnovers 27 17 10 Opp Penalties 93 780 Sacks 48
Total Offense Allowed 353 71 64 102 79 1,079 5.2 5,622 Rushing Allowed 468 1,643 3.5 19 Passing Allowed 565 7 382 10.4 3,979 17 Redzone Allowed 54 28 51.9% Opp Turnovers 24 14 10 Opp Penalties 100 805 Sacks 46
Total Offense Allowed 350 65 101 86 95 1,061 5.4 5,696 Rushing Allowed 493 2,181 4.4 15 Passing Allowed 523 6.7 342 10.3 3,515 21 Redzone Allowed 57 29 50.9% Opp Turnovers 18 7 11 Opp Penalties 95 907 Sacks 45
Total Offense Allowed 331 60 112 71 82 1,089 5.2 5,625 Rushing Allowed 479 2,015 4.2 15 Passing Allowed 564 6.4 376 9.6 3,610 21 Redzone Allowed 48 30 62.5% Opp Turnovers 22 13 9 Opp Penalties 96 861 Sacks 46
Total Offense Allowed 327 85 100 32 93 1,054 5.3 5,562 Rushing Allowed 462 2,038 4.4 10 Passing Allowed 558 6.3 333 10.6 3,524 22 Redzone Allowed 47 24 51.1% Opp Turnovers 29 18 11 Opp Penalties 102 775 Sacks 34
Total Offense Allowed 325 63 83 69 71 1,081 5.4 5,852 Rushing Allowed 422 1,620 3.8 11 Passing Allowed 611 6.9 404 10.5 4,232 23 Redzone Allowed 54 23 42.6% Opp Turnovers 26 13 13 Opp Penalties 93 762 Sacks 48
Total Offense Allowed 324 70 124 71 59 1,074 5.4 5,816 Rushing Allowed 454 1,956 4.3 9 Passing Allowed 573 6.7 348 11.1 3,860 23 Redzone Allowed 50 23 46% Opp Turnovers 27 16 11 Opp Penalties 90 741 Sacks 47
Total Offense Allowed 315 49 109 62 67 1,014 5 5,095 Rushing Allowed 459 1,910 4.2 14 Passing Allowed 509 6.3 308 10.3 3,185 21 Redzone Allowed 48 27 56.2% Opp Turnovers 26 17 9 Opp Penalties 104 934 Sacks 46
Total Offense Allowed 311 58 85 29 103 1,015 5.1 5,222 Rushing Allowed 409 1,880 4.6 14 Passing Allowed 552 6.1 363 9.2 3,342 18 Redzone Allowed 48 27 56.2% Opp Turnovers 30 18 12 Opp Penalties 99 753 Sacks 54
Total Offense Allowed 298 63 96 79 60 1,038 5 5,167 Rushing Allowed 369 1,525 4.1 10 Passing Allowed 621 5.9 410 8.9 3,642 20 Redzone Allowed 44 24 54.5% Opp Turnovers 28 22 6 Opp Penalties 94 762 Sacks 48
Total Offense Allowed 294 54 114 41 71 1,045 4.7 4,926 Rushing Allowed 432 1,925 4.5 10 Passing Allowed 556 5.4 340 8.8 3,001 19 Redzone Allowed 50 25 50% Opp Turnovers 17 8 9 Opp Penalties 73 604 Sacks 57
Total Offense Allowed 280 47 69 40 118 1,109 4.6 5,123 Rushing Allowed 415 1,860 4.5 6 Passing Allowed 634 5.1 384 8.5 3,263 18 Redzone Allowed 49 20 40.8% Opp Turnovers 31 18 13 Opp Penalties 106 841 Sacks 60

Team Defense Stats: NFL 2023 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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