New England Patriots: Bruschi defensive index
Bruschi instead has put together his own formula, averaging what he views as the four key statistics: points allowed (only on defense, not including pick-6s or special teams scores), red zone defense (measured by percentage of touchdowns allowed vs. total trips), third-down percentage and total turnovers (created solely by the defense, not including special teams).
What results, with an assist from Jason Vida of ESPN’s Stats & Information department, is the “Bruschi defensive index” and a few highlights include:
* The Broncos and Patriots are “surprise” teams.
* The Falcons’ struggles are reflected.
* The Jets are solid but lag in the turnover area, which will be key for them in the second half.
* It is uncharacteristic to see the Steelers so low.
* The Texans’ defense moves up the rankings when eliminating the seven returns against them for touchdowns this season. Those 49 points aren’t on the defense. But the Texans have struggled creating turnovers and in the red zone.
TEDY BRUSCHI'S DEFENSIVE INDEX
|Teams||Avg. rank||PPG rank||Def. TO rank||3rdCv% rank||RZEFF rank|
|Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)||1.1||1||1.5||1||1|
|Carolina Panthers (5-3)||5.1||2||5.5||10||3|
|Seattle Seahawks (8-1)||6.9||3||3.5||17||4|
|New Orleans Saints (6-2)||10.3||4||9.5||6||21.5|
|New England Patriots (7-2)||10.6||7||5.5||21||9|
|Baltimore Ravens (3-5)||10.9||12||25.5||4||2|
|Arizona Cardinals (4-4)||11.6||11||3.5||24.5||7.5|
|San Francisco 49ers (6-2)||11.6||6||9.5||3||28|
|Detroit Lions (5-3)||12.0||25||16||2||5|
|Indianapolis Colts (6-2)||12.3||9||17.5||9||13.5|
|Buffalo Bills (3-6)||12.4||22||9.5||12||6|
|Tennessee Titans (4-4)||12.9||8||9.5||5||29|
|Cincinnati Bengals (6-3)||13.8||5||17.5||19||13.5|
|Dallas Cowboys (5-4)||14.8||24||1.5||13.5||20|
|Miami Dolphins (4-4)||15.3||17||15||18||11|
|Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)||16.1||19||9.5||20||16|
|Chicago Bears (5-3)||16.5||27||5.5||26||7.5|
|New York Jets (5-4)||18.1||18||29.5||7||18|
|Denver Broncos (7-1)||18.5||28||8||13.5||24.5|
|Tampa Bay Bucs (0-8)||18.5||20||21||23||10|
|Wash. Redskins (3-5)||18.6||30||9.5||8||27|
|San Diego Chargers (4-4)||20.1||10||31.5||27||12|
|Green Bay Packers (5-3)||20.9||13||28||11||31.5|
|St. Louis Rams (3-6)||21.1||21||17.5||24.5||21.5|
|New York Giants (2-6)||21.4||15||22.5||29||19|
|Oakland Raiders (3-5)||21.5||23||22.5||16||24.5|
|Houston Texans (2-6)||22.6||14||31.5||15||30|
|Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6)||23.1||26||29.5||22||15|
|Minnesota Vikings (1-7)||24.4||31||17.5||32||17|
|Cleveland Browns (4-5)||25.3||16||22.5||31||31.5|
|Atlanta Falcons (2-6)||26.5||29||25.5||30||21.5|
|Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)||27.9||32||25.5||28||26|
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