Which game-wrecker stands supreme: Myles Garrett or T.J. Watt? In today's pass-happy NFL, who are the most dangerous playmakers after the catch? 2020 NFL Team Defense Statistics. He's also tied for the fourth-most disruptions among all defenders with 47, sitting alongside the likes of Stephon Tuitt and Joey Bosa. Garrett has DPOY talent, and I’m intrigued by new DC Jim Woods, who helped San Francisco allow the fewest YPA on passes last year. More 2020 NFL Pages. Overall team passing defensive statistical leaders for the 2020 NFL season. The Dolphins appear to have turned a corner in their second season under Flores, taking on his defensive identity and riding it to an 8-4 mark. Washington's lone statistical weakness is in the run game, and even there, the Football Team is pretty darn good. They’ll end up closer to #10 or in the high 20s, so this is a compromise right in the middle. Oh, and they're tied with Miami and Indy for the third-most interceptions (13). Add in the release of Leonard Fournette and this sure seems like this year’s version of Miami’s Fish Tank. Minkah Fitzpatrick transformed this defense with his coverage and versatility, while T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree, and Cameron Heyward give Pittsburgh the league’s best and deepest pass rush. 16. Emmanuel Ogbah has enjoyed quite a productive 2020 campaign, recording 40 disruptions, including eight sacks, and his five turnovers caused by pressure are the third-most in the entire league behind only Myles Garrett (seven) and Shaquil Barrett (six). © 2020 NFL Enterprises LLC. Indianapolis has allowed 131 yards less than expected in 2020, the second-best total in the entire league, and is fourth in rushing yards over expectation allowed at half a yard less per carry than expected. The “Coaching, Not Personnel” tier on offense barely made it into the top 20, but great coaching stands out even more on defense these days. Attempting to pound it inside the 20 won't work against this team, as New York ranks sixth in red-zone percentage. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more. The Rams' defense is … The Rams defense was quite good last year, and Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey are the best players at their positions. Pittsburgh had the #3 DVOA defense last year even with the #32 offense killing them all season. Miami is excellent at getting off the field in key moments, ranking first in third-down percentage, second in points allowed per game, eighth in sacks per pass attempt and ninth in red-zone percentage. When it matters most in the NFL playoffs or the Super Bowl, a great defense steps up to deliver the plays needed for a win. Chris Jones and Frank Clark are terrific on the line, and Tyrann Mathieu and Juan Thornhill are an excellent safety combo, but it’s not enough. Washington 's pressure hasn't been as consistent as some of the other teams on this list, but when this team's pass rushers do get close to the quarterback, they finish. 2 in the NFL (trailing only Pittsburgh), their 12 interceptions rank fourth and their 78.6 opposing passer rating allowed is second. Opposing quarterbacks average 6.1 yards per attempt against Los Angeles in 2020, the lowest mark in the NFL. The following are the 2020 NFL team overall defense … They need to spend at least seven more. New Orleans has suddenly become a defensive monster, ranking in the top five in yards allowed per game (288.8 is best mark in the NFL), rushing yards per game, passing yards per game, interception rate, sacks per pass attempt and points allowed per game. This tier is “Risky Business” because these teams end up in the middle of my rankings but almost certainly won’t be average defenses. Baltimore is near the middle of the pack when it comes to causing disruptions, yet it blitzes at a higher rate than any other team in the league. Sometimes you gotta risk it for the biscuit. They’re another contender for league’s worst secondary, and like Carolina, their games should be high scoring and super fun to watch. New Orleans is tied for 23rd in the league in red-zone percentage and is also outside of the top 10 in third-down percentage, ranking 13th. Washington ranks 10th in rushing yards allowed per game (107.1) and is doing an excellent job of setting a high bar for opposing rushing attacks to attempt to reach, ranking sixth in the NFL in expected rushing yards for the season. NFL Week 14: Schedule and game-by-game predictions. Carolina is the NFL’s worst defense, but they have plenty of company at the bottom, while the two teams at the top won’t surprise anyone who’s been watching football this century. 3 out of 5 stars. Full Site Menu. So far, the pass is working at an about-average rate for opposing offenses, but give it time, and the Giants might lock it down in that department, too. Pittsburgh's play is the product of a group performing as a cohesive unit, led by the havoc-wreaking of Watt, even as other key players (Devin Bush, Bud Dupree) have been lost to season-ending injuries. And what a fall for the Jaguars D! Cincinnati and Detroit are decent enough on paper but I just can’t take them seriously. He’ll have Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, and Sean Lee flying all over the place, and I believe in this wonky, mismatched D-line. But frustrating the opposing quarterback has been working for them, as evidenced by their ninth-best opposing passer rating allowed (89.3) and completion percentage over expectation of -0.5 percent. How many times the last couple decades have we seen the Ravens and Steelers defenses atop the NFL? The 49ers offense got all the attention, but their D carried them much of last season after a leap from #23 to #2 in DVOA. The best route to competing with the Saints? DC Jack del Rio means a switch from 3–4 to 4–3, and that’ll be a tough transition with no preseason. The Steelers defense hasn’t quite seemed the … Houston gets the benefit of the doubt while J.J. Watt is healthy but fell to the #30 pass rush in eight games without him. Coming into the 2020 NFL season, here’s how every defense stacks up — from worst to first. Today, the defenses get the treatment. But Los Angeles has cashed all of its depth in for a top-heavy roster, and there’s very little here outside of those two. Washington's years-long investment in the defensive front is paying off in a significant way in 2020. Watt's effectiveness has only been topped by his availability, as he's used his additional games played to sprint past Cleveland's Myles Garrett in total disruptions and disruption rate, owning the only disruption rate above 20 percent in the entire NFL. Washington is playing sound defensive football, which is exactly why they're still. 16 defensive linemen made the NFL Top 100 list produced by the NFL Network for the 2020 season.. T HE OLD ADAGE SAYS DEFENSE WINS FOOTBALL GAMES, but the truth is elite offenses have passed even the best defenses by.The NFL in 2020 is … The Panthers will field the youngest defense in a decade. The Los Angeles Rams are playing defense at a high level The Los Angeles Rams are currently (7-3) and sit at the top of the NFC West. Indianapolis is near the middle of the pack in third-down percentage and even worse in red-zone percentage (tied for 22nd). The teams with the best defenses in the NFL give their organization a chance to compete for a championship. Arizona’s offense is on its way up, but the defense is trending in the wrong direction. Washington is playing sound defensive football, which is exactly why they're still in the playoff hunt. Barrett is tied for second in total disruptions with 53, and trails only Garrett in turnovers caused by pressure with six. Best Legal Sportsbook Offers To Bet NFL Week 14 (USA Sports Betting) NFL Playoff Predictions 2021: Arizona or Minnesota For Final NFC Playoff Spot? Combining that with the aforementioned yardage averages, we're seeing a unit that isn't doing anything especially great, but is playing consistent, effective defense. Chicago is a far cry from its #1 defensive unit from 2018, but Khalil Mack is a destructive pass rusher and elevates the entire D. Minnesota added Yannick Ngakoue to Danielle Hunter, and they hope that pair plus the league’s best safety duo in Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris will do enough to mask the young, inexperienced cornerbacks. 2020 NFL Team Rankings - Offense Rankings There are 32 teams in the NFL, and they certainly are not created equal. Rankings last updated: December 10, 2020 at 7:00 AM EST. Baltimore basically always finishes top-7 on D and was top-4 the last two years, despite having the league’s second worst injury luck on defense. The Giants are also among the league's best at taking away glimpses of opportunity on the ground, allowing the fifth-lowest rushing yards over expectation at -119. The Broncos D ranked #1 in 2017 but have fallen steadily since to #5 in 2018 and #13 last year. It’s going to take some time, and Washington’s corners are terrible, but there’s something brewing here. Trey Hendrickson's unexpected rise is powering this statistical output. Baltimore ranks eighth in yards per game, and is even better at limiting the opponent in the most important category: scoring. For comparison, that is like … These 2020 fantasy football rankings are refreshed live every day based on average draft position data generated by the fantasy football mock drafts.. Use the rankings and projections below to help you win your NFL … After losing Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle to injuries, Saleh's bunch has helped maintain the 49ers' competitiveness. Nick Shook eyes the 10 most disruptive defenders in the NFL. We can point to the addition of DeForest Buckner as a major reason for this excellence. NFL top 100: Ranking the 100 best NFL players in 2020. Pittsburgh ranks first by a wide margin in disruptions (184; the next closest is Cleveland with 151), QB pressure percentage (39.6), hurries (122, the only team to break 100 so far), owns a 38-pressure lead in QB pressures and is the only team to break 34 percent in disruption rate (Pittsburgh is way above it at 40.7 percent). Where do Clyde Edwards-Helaire's Chiefs sit? New York ranks fourth in rushing yards per game and 10th in total yards per game, helping the Giants land ninth in points allowed per contest. This unit, along with coaches Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier, is why Buffalo might finally win its division for the first time since 1995. The Colts added DeForest Buckner and Xavier Rhodes and should get a bounce-back season from Darius Leonard. The Rams are tied for sixth in QB pressure percentage (27.8), rank seventh in disruptions (140) and are tied for the third-most sacks as a team with 36. Nick Shook eyes the 10 best rushing attacks by expected yards per carry. Mike Nolan is the perfect coordinator for this unit with the league’s best linebackers. Three seasons ago, they were the #1 defense in the land. Nick Shook eyes the top 10 red-zone weapons in the NFL through a Next Gen Stats prism. I actually like the direction Washington is headed on D, but they’re a year or two away. Can they bring consistent effort all season, and is Dennis Allen the coordinator to get them to the top? He's also third in the league in total QB pressures (47) and can only improve in finishing the play, as evidenced by his six sacks that come one year after he led the league in that category with 19.5. The Chargers can have the best pass D in the league, even without Derwin, and rookie LB Kenneth Murray is an immediate difference maker in the middle of the field. The 49ers, Steelers, Patriots, Bears, Ravens -- yeah, you were expecting those teams to be in the upper tier. Through the first three months of the 2020 NFL season, 17 teams have more Ls than Ws. The Colts close on ball-carriers quickly and shut down running lanes just as they're opening, producing the league's fifth-best 10-plus-yard run percentage allowed at just 9.5 percent. If the Jets don’t have the worst pass defense in the league, it might be their New York counterpart. Yesterday, we ranked every NFL offense, from Washington at #32 to the Chiefs at #1. Watt leads the leagues in sacks with 12, and while he's only caused one turnover via pressure, he's also defended six passes. Corner is not an area of concern for the Bills. If there's one weakness, it's in getting off the field. ■. The Rams' -4.7 completion percentage over expectation ranks No. The Panthers used all seven 2020 draft picks on defense, the first team in history to do so. The Chiefs won the 2020 Super Bowl, but not before their defense repeatedly dug huge holes, and not without the help of a Baltimore upset. The 49ers aren't getting home as much as they did in 2019 (20th in sacks per pass attempt), but they're still playing cohesively on key downs, ranking eighth in third-down percentage and 10th in red-zone percentage. New England started two tiers lower but I just couldn’t do it. If you’re a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, or Dallas Cowboys, you might just prefer to believe that elite offenses beat great defense. Will Vic Fangio’s defense take a leap in Year 2? Atlanta’s defense improved once they turned things over to DC Raheem Morris, but they have no pass defense in a division where all three opponents want to pass all game. Return to Top; Players. The Ravens won't make a quarterback's day a nightmare, but they will cause him to be consistently frustrated. The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers sure hope so. Nick Shook eyes 10 players in line to earn their first Pro Bowl nods -- including Seahawks WR DK Metcalf and Bills QB Josh Allen. Sometimes, the culture and system can elevate a unit even with personnel losses, and Pittsburgh serves as a prime example of this. The yardage totals are what lift the Ravens to this standing, because they aren't jumping off the page in many Next Gen metrics. That’s four consecutive first-round picks on the line, and that’s worked quite well for San Francisco. But Baltimore won’t even be the best defense in its own division, thanks to the Steelers. Their pressure numbers aren't quite as strong (10th in sacks per attempt, for example), but the Colts are downright nasty when it comes to defending the run. Philly still has a deep, talented line, and Darius Slay is a massive improvement at corner. The Raiders have had a bottom-3 DVOA defense each of the past two years. We shouldn't be surprised to see defensive coordinator Robert Saleh receive a healthy amount of head-coaching interviews after the season his group has put together. Nick Shook turns the Next Gen Stats spotlight on the top 10 receiver corps in the NFL. The Steelers rank first, second or third in each of these categories: takeaways, sacks per pass attempt, points allowed per game, passing yards per game and total yards per game. Indianapolis ranks fourth in interception rate, fifth in yards per game, and seventh in rushing yards per game and passing yards per game. The loss of Derwin James for a second consecutive season is devastating, but even without him, the Chargers could be elite. The worry is if Dallas has enough left at corner without Byron Jones, but I like rookie Trevon Diggs. The Pats had the #1 defense last year but lost Patrick Chung and the entire LB crew. Defense vs QB Stats Table; Passing Rushing Fantasy Fantasy per Game; Tm G Cmp Att Yds TD Int 2PP Sk Att Yds TD FantPt DKPt FDPt FantPt ... > 2020 NFL > Defenses vs. QB . How good can they be when they’re not playing on their heels all game? So, let’s take a look at the best defenses in the NFL entering the 2020 season. NFL team defense stats for 2019-2020 including points against, QBR against, sacks allowed, as well as rushing and passing yards per game allowed. And when we circle back to Donald, the numbers hold up for Los Angeles' defensive front. WR. … Miami also blitzes more than most teams at over 40 percent, helping explain the team's interception rate. Still, the Colts rank 10th in points allowed per game, telling us that while they aren't the best at keeping opponents from scoring once they near the end zone, they're very good at keeping them from racking up trips to the red zone. RA - Rushing Attempts - which NFL defense faces the fewest rushing attempts per game. L.A. is first in passing yards allowed per game (198.3), second in total yards allowed per game, second in third-down percentage and ninth in interception rate. But if Houston gets back to the playoffs again, it’ll be because Watt stayed healthy. The Dolphins are also among the league's best in completion percentage allowed over expectation at -3.5 and passer rating allowed (83.1, good for third-lowest), and their 13 interceptions are tied for third-most in the NFL, with Xavien Howard's league-high eight picks buoying this number. An all-too-familiar feeling. The teams with the best defenses in the NFL give their organization a chance to compete for a championship. Rankings last updated: December 13, 2020 at 7:00 AM EST. We shouldn't be surprised by the latter when considering this is a defense that trots out both Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul, and the former is again dominating off the edge. TE. They're in the top eight in third-down percentage, rushing yards per game and red-zone percentage. Pairing that with the potential of Tom Brady's offense, the Buccaneers make for a scrappy bunch. Devin White and Lavonte David man the middle, but the secondary remains a weak spot, especially at safety. The Next Gen Stats are even more impressive. The last of those categories is Washington's best, as no one is as good as the Football Team when it comes to stopping opposing offenses in the red zone. Carolina games will at least be entertaining, with zero defense to speak of and an aggressive passing attack. The Buccaneers still need to figure out how to keep opponents out of the end zone (19th in red-zone percentage) and limit their effectiveness through the air (22nd in passing yards per game), but the yardage totals tell us what we see on film: You might get lucky a few times a game against the Bucs, but they're going to make things difficult for the majority of the contest. Matt Patricia is trying (and failing) to build New England 2.0, adding Jamie Collins, Danny Shelton, and Trey Flowers from his old team, but Detroit’s been bottom-5 DVOA on defense each of Patricia’s seasons. Buffalo gets a big boost in a pandemic season with significant continuity from last year, and the Bills are tough at every position. Nick Shook lists the NFL's top 10 deep passers. Visit ESPN to view 2020 NFL team stats. NOTE: The rankings and statistics below reflect what has transpired THROUGH WEEK 13, so they do not factor in the Rams' 24-3 victory over the Patriots on Thursday night. The Football Team ranks ninth or better in each of the following categories: yards per game, passing yards per game, interception rate, sacks per pass attempt, points allowed per game, third-down percentage and red-zone percentage. Sortable table including defensive stats for pass yards, pass TDs, interceptions, QB hits, pass deflections and more. Nick Shook reveals his top 10 MVP candidates heading into Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season. The 49ers are deep and talented but it’s the line that is most fearsome, with Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Arik Armstead, and rookie Javon Kinlaw providing a fierce pass rush. Team Defense Table; Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing Penalties; Rk Tm G PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy Sc% TO% EXP; 1: Pittsburgh Steelers: 12: 211: 3606: 740: 4.9: 23: 7: 205: 229: 409: ... More 2020 NFL Pages. The Buccaneers rank first in rushing yards allowed per game, seventh in total yards per game and interception rate, and sixth in sacks per game. But check out that D-line: Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Montez Sweat, and this year’s prize acquisition, Chase Young. NFL and the NFL shield design are registered trademarks of the National Football League.The team names, logos and uniform designs are registered trademarks of the teams indicated. Dallas is the team in this tier I’m most optimistic on. Bouye to replace Chris Harris but the secondary has fallen off, so they’ll rely on Von Miller and Bradley Chubb to wreak havoc up front. The Saints have vaulted up the rankings with their recent hot stretch of defensive play, having allowed fewer than 20 points in each of the past five games (the longest streak of any team this season). The problem for most offenses these days is they can't manage to fight through New Orleans' defense consistently enough to reach such opportunities, especially through the air. I do worry about this secondary. Nick Shook lists the NFL's top 10 backfields. Defense vs QB Stats. The players for the list were chosen based on voting from players in … Tampa leapt into the top-5 and had the sixth best DVOA run defense ever. The Colts also are tied for sixth in the league in completion percentage allowed over expectation at -1.4 percent. But losing operations still have winning individual efforts. 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