Super Bowl Contenders Critical Defensive Stats: Where Is Your Team?

Super Bowl Contenders: These stats are compiled through Week 13 in the National Football League.  The following charts show the top contenders for the Super Bowl (through Week 13 and according to our top analysts) along with their respective rankings in the NFL for each stat.  Lower numbers are better meaning higher ranked in the league.  We chose these particular stats because A) winning and holding down points is the name of the game, and B) the league is clearly oriented around the passing game and the quarterback.




Scoring Defense: This is a statistic that is exactly how it sounds.  It measures the total pints given up by each team.  Bear in mind this does not account for scores given up by the offense or special teams or horrendous field position for the defense.

Scoring Defense
Team NFL Rank
Patriots 4
Chiefs 12
Raiders 28
Ravens 2
Steelers 8
Broncos 5
Cowboys 7
Seahawks 1
Giants 9
Lions 15
Falcons 30
Bucs 18



Passes Defensed: This measures the total number of passes blocked, tipped, and swatted away by the defense.

Passes Defensed
Team NFL Rank
Patriots 17
Chiefs 2
Raiders 6
Ravens 12
Steelers 9
Broncos 3
Cowboys 30
Seahawks 13
Giants 1
Lions 25
Falcons 24
Bucs 10



Sacks: This statistic simply measures the total sacks recorded.

Team NFL Rank
Patriots 14
Chiefs 15
Raiders 29
Ravens 12
Steelers 16
Broncos 1
Cowboys 22
Seahawks 4
Giants 13
Lions 26
Falcons 20
Bucs 11



epa05107366 Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches his team against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of their NFL American football NFC divisional playoff game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 17 January 2016. The winner will face the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship game. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER ORG XMIT: ELX03

Team Opponent Scoring Efficiency: This statistic measures the rate at which opponents have had scoring drives as a percentage of all drives.  This would include drives that result in a touchdown or a field goal.  This tells you how effective your team’s defense is at keeping points off the board regardless of field position and the number of drives the opponent had for the game.

Opponent Scoring Efficiency
Team NFL Rank
Patriots 6
Chiefs 9
Raiders 21
Ravens 1
Steelers 8
Broncos 3
Cowboys 19
Seahawks 2
Giants 12
Lions 26
Falcons 30
Bucs 14


Ever find yourself watching your team and saying “we really need a stop here”???  If so then you might want to zero in on Team Opponent Scoring Efficiency.  That stat is telling you how good your team is at getting off the field defensively without giving up points.  That is, after all, the primary objective of any defense.

Now let’s take a look at the average of all four categories.  Remember, the lower the number the better for your team’s DEFENSIVE productivity.

Total Rankings (Average of four Categories)
Scoring D Sacks Passes D Opp Scoring Eff Average
Team NFL Rank NFL Rank NFL Rank NFL Rank Raw Number
Patriots 4 14 17 6 10.25
Chiefs 12 15 2 9 9.5
Raiders 28 29 6 21 21
Ravens 2 12 12 1 6.75
Steelers 8 16 9 8 10.25
Broncos 5 1 3 3 3
Cowboys 7 22 30 19 19.5
Seahawks 1 4 13 2 5
Giants 9 13 1 12 8.75
Lions 15 26 25 26 23
Falcons 30 20 24 30 26
Bucs 18 11 10 14 13.25



Here are the Top 5 Defensive Teams in the NFL among legitimate Super Bowl contenders based on this analysis:

  • Denver Broncos
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Kansas City Chiefs

Also of note is how the DEFENSE will hold up in the playoffs for the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers should they get to that point.


Sep 25, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) intercepts a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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