NFL Team Defense Stats 2020

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 303 66 123 47 60 989 4.6 4,511 Rushing Allowed 388 1,460 3.8 12 Passing Allowed 548 5.1 347 9.8 3,051 17 Redzone Allowed 46 27 58.7% Opp Turnovers 22 14 8 Opp Penalties 78 582 Sacks 53
Total Offense Allowed 309 49 86 49 113 1,017 5.2 5,276 Rushing Allowed 382 1,740 4.6 12 Passing Allowed 596 5.6 380 10 3,536 22 Redzone Allowed 45 28 62.2% Opp Turnovers 22 10 12 Opp Penalties 77 646 Sacks 39
Total Offense Allowed 318 54 115 66 77 996 4.9 4,893 Rushing Allowed 414 1,783 4.3 13 Passing Allowed 526 5.3 298 11.7 3,110 22 Redzone Allowed 45 25 55.6% Opp Turnovers 27 18 9 Opp Penalties 103 980 Sacks 56
Total Offense Allowed 336 86 152 30 61 1,004 4.9 4,873 Rushing Allowed 428 1,805 4.2 14 Passing Allowed 529 5.3 330 10.3 3,068 21 Redzone Allowed 43 23 53.5% Opp Turnovers 23 16 7 Opp Penalties 85 708 Sacks 47
Total Offense Allowed 346 70 111 68 88 992 5 4,974 Rushing Allowed 390 1,502 3.9 11 Passing Allowed 557 5.8 333 11.3 3,472 28 Redzone Allowed 50 34 68% Opp Turnovers 26 18 8 Opp Penalties 64 517 Sacks 45
Total Offense Allowed 346 55 118 74 91 998 5.9 5,886 Rushing Allowed 412 1,862 4.5 17 Passing Allowed 545 6.9 343 12.7 4,024 21 Redzone Allowed 47 27 57.4% Opp Turnovers 29 18 11 Opp Penalties 85 805 Sacks 41
Total Offense Allowed 357 69 115 86 83 982 5.8 5,660 Rushing Allowed 464 2,103 4.5 17 Passing Allowed 494 6.9 333 11.2 3,557 22 Redzone Allowed 49 32 65.3% Opp Turnovers 22 18 4 Opp Penalties 82 639 Sacks 24
Total Offense Allowed 367 72 113 58 114 1,046 5.3 5,589 Rushing Allowed 432 1,782 4.1 14 Passing Allowed 574 6.2 388 10.6 3,807 22 Redzone Allowed 59 30 50.8% Opp Turnovers 22 11 11 Opp Penalties 88 681 Sacks 40
Total Offense Allowed 368 100 117 77 61 1,023 5.1 5,234 Rushing Allowed 358 1,289 3.6 10 Passing Allowed 617 5.9 426 10.1 3,945 29 Redzone Allowed 51 32 62.7% Opp Turnovers 25 15 10 Opp Penalties 95 1,015 Sacks 48
Total Offense Allowed 370 70 117 28 147 1,022 5.6 5,733 Rushing Allowed 433 1,954 4.5 14 Passing Allowed 557 6.4 349 11.4 3,779 29 Redzone Allowed 47 36 76.6% Opp Turnovers 22 16 6 Opp Penalties 97 760 Sacks 32
Total Offense Allowed 373 86 137 53 86 992 5.4 5,314 Rushing Allowed 390 1,448 3.7 16 Passing Allowed 562 6.4 369 11.2 3,866 24 Redzone Allowed 52 32 61.5% Opp Turnovers 25 15 10 Opp Penalties 86 755 Sacks 40
Total Offense Allowed 379 71 115 93 88 1,020 5.4 5,519 Rushing Allowed 438 1,814 4.1 11 Passing Allowed 547 6.4 350 11.3 3,705 28 Redzone Allowed 53 29 54.7% Opp Turnovers 18 10 8 Opp Penalties 95 861 Sacks 35
Total Offense Allowed 381 66 90 65 147 1,112 5.5 6,089 Rushing Allowed 392 1,529 3.9 18 Passing Allowed 674 6.3 450 10.7 4,560 23 Redzone Allowed 56 35 62.5% Opp Turnovers 22 14 8 Opp Penalties 94 803 Sacks 46
Total Offense Allowed 381 72 128 70 97 1,054 5.3 5,631 Rushing Allowed 436 2,008 4.6 13 Passing Allowed 570 5.9 365 10.8 3,623 26 Redzone Allowed 56 29 51.8% Opp Turnovers 21 11 10 Opp Penalties 104 841 Sacks 48
Total Offense Allowed 382 71 92 82 121 974 5.5 5,344 Rushing Allowed 397 1,805 4.5 16 Passing Allowed 536 6.1 346 11 3,539 23 Redzone Allowed 52 30 57.7% Opp Turnovers 18 11 7 Opp Penalties 79 734 Sacks 41
Total Offense Allowed 382 49 97 101 128 1,025 5.5 5,640 Rushing Allowed 414 1,914 4.6 21 Passing Allowed 573 6.1 369 10.7 3,726 23 Redzone Allowed 58 38 65.5% Opp Turnovers 26 15 11 Opp Penalties 86 728 Sacks 38
Total Offense Allowed 403 68 111 83 128 997 5 5,030 Rushing Allowed 430 1,703 4 12 Passing Allowed 537 5.9 341 10.3 3,327 25 Redzone Allowed 45 26 57.8% Opp Turnovers 20 12 8 Opp Penalties 79 709 Sacks 30
Total Offense Allowed 415 85 117 80 120 1,022 5.6 5,761 Rushing Allowed 408 1,936 4.7 17 Passing Allowed 585 6.2 398 10.1 3,825 28 Redzone Allowed 57 36 63.2% Opp Turnovers 22 7 15 Opp Penalties 85 713 Sacks 29
Total Offense Allowed 429 88 119 97 114 1,060 5.5 5,810 Rushing Allowed 481 2,012 4.2 20 Passing Allowed 530 6.6 364 11.3 3,798 27 Redzone Allowed 51 33 64.7% Opp Turnovers 19 8 11 Opp Penalties 112 1,036 Sacks 49
Total Offense Allowed 429 68 100 96 150 1,034 6.2 6,374 Rushing Allowed 380 1,677 4.4 15 Passing Allowed 625 7.2 425 11.6 4,697 34 Redzone Allowed 56 36 64.3% Opp Turnovers 21 12 9 Opp Penalties 91 800 Sacks 29
Total Offense Allowed 430 76 121 98 129 1,021 6.1 6,227 Rushing Allowed 463 2,368 5.1 13 Passing Allowed 541 6.9 340 11.6 3,859 32 Redzone Allowed 58 37 63.8% Opp Turnovers 17 11 6 Opp Penalties 99 795 Sacks 17
Total Offense Allowed 431 84 111 102 120 997 5.5 5,495 Rushing Allowed 427 1,917 4.5 17 Passing Allowed 543 6.3 340 10.9 3,578 29 Redzone Allowed 55 32 58.2% Opp Turnovers 19 12 7 Opp Penalties 94 869 Sacks 27
Total Offense Allowed 434 78 100 93 148 1,035 5.5 5,735 Rushing Allowed 412 1,773 4.3 16 Passing Allowed 585 6.4 371 11.4 3,962 31 Redzone Allowed 61 37 60.7% Opp Turnovers 21 11 10 Opp Penalties 84 690 Sacks 38
Total Offense Allowed 445 77 143 97 122 1,076 5.9 6,372 Rushing Allowed 427 1,933 4.5 18 Passing Allowed 630 6.8 423 10.9 4,439 36 Redzone Allowed 65 45 69.2% Opp Turnovers 23 15 8 Opp Penalties 103 840 Sacks 19
Total Offense Allowed 452 74 151 78 143 1,043 5.6 5,887 Rushing Allowed 434 2,080 4.8 22 Passing Allowed 567 6.3 374 10.9 3,807 21 Redzone Allowed 61 29 47.5% Opp Turnovers 16 10 6 Opp Penalties 106 952 Sacks 42
Total Offense Allowed 468 100 141 103 113 1,081 5.7 6,201 Rushing Allowed 445 1,792 4 16 Passing Allowed 605 6.9 418 11 4,409 34 Redzone Allowed 60 36 60% Opp Turnovers 19 10 9 Opp Penalties 99 899 Sacks 31
Total Offense Allowed 477 103 155 74 126 1,068 6.2 6,668 Rushing Allowed 493 2,564 5.2 24 Passing Allowed 541 7.1 377 11.5 4,104 30 Redzone Allowed 63 40 63.5% Opp Turnovers 9 3 6 Opp Penalties 76 678 Sacks 34
Total Offense Allowed 481 121 153 69 130 1,054 5.9 6,183 Rushing Allowed 510 2,541 5 20 Passing Allowed 513 6.7 328 11.6 3,642 34 Redzone Allowed 55 34 61.8% Opp Turnovers 23 10 13 Opp Penalties 91 733 Sacks 31
Total Offense Allowed 490 93 136 67 176 1,039 6 6,225 Rushing Allowed 438 2,013 4.6 24 Passing Allowed 580 7 370 11.7 4,212 28 Redzone Allowed 68 42 61.8% Opp Turnovers 15 10 5 Opp Penalties 95 915 Sacks 21
Total Offense Allowed 492 74 137 128 136 1,036 6.1 6,292 Rushing Allowed 472 2,151 4.6 19 Passing Allowed 541 7.3 358 11.9 4,141 30 Redzone Allowed 58 34 58.6% Opp Turnovers 22 15 7 Opp Penalties 83 723 Sacks 23
Total Offense Allowed 500 104 164 125 96 1,068 6.3 6,683 Rushing Allowed 517 2,452 4.7 23 Passing Allowed 533 7.7 370 11.7 4,231 34 Redzone Allowed 63 40 63.5% Opp Turnovers 17 12 5 Opp Penalties 78 710 Sacks 18
Total Offense Allowed 530 109 161 98 151 1,068 6.3 6,716 Rushing Allowed 487 2,158 4.4 27 Passing Allowed 557 7.8 383 12.4 4,558 38 Redzone Allowed 65 47 72.3% Opp Turnovers 12 7 5 Opp Penalties 103 797 Sacks 24

Team Defense Stats: NFL 2020 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.

NFL Team Defense Stats FAQ

What Defense Gave Up The Most Yards Per Play In 2020?

Giving up a lot of yards per play is not a good thing for a defense, and Detroit Lions were tied with Jacksonville Jaguars for the most yards per play allowed in 2020. Both defenses allowed a whopping 6.3 yards per play.

What Defense Gave Up The Most Rushing Touchdowns In 2020?

The Detroit Lions owned the worst defense in the league this season. They allowed the most rushing touchdowns at 27 and the next closest was Houston at 24. Detroit allowed 4.4 yards per carry and were bottom ten in run defense.

What Defense Gave Up The Most Passing Touchdowns In 2020?

The Detroit Lions allowed the most passing touchdowns in 2020, sitting at 38. The Tennessee Titans weren’t too far behind with 36 passing touchdowns allowed. Detroit allowed 7.8 yards per attempt and ranked dead last against the pass in 2020.

What Defense Allowed The Most Red Zone Touchdowns In 2020?

The Detroit Lions allowed 47 red zone touchdowns this season, which was the most in the league. Opposing teams scored touchdowns in the red zone 72% of the time. They also were bottom ten in red zone attempts allowed.

What Defense Had The Most Takeaways In 2020?

The Miami Dolphins forced the most turnovers in 2020, as they recorded 29 total. The Dolphins recovered 11 fumbles and had 18 interceptions. Miami was one of the most improved defenses from the 2019 season and should be a force next year.

What Defense Had The Most Penalties In 2020?

Having a ton of penalties is never a good thing for a defense, and the Philadelphia Eagles had the most in the league during the 2020 season. They had a total of 112 penalties on the defensive side, which resulted in over 1,000 free yards to opposing offenses.