New England Patriots: Tedy Bruschi's defensive index

Season wrap: Bruschi's defensive index

January, 24, 2014
Jan 24
3:38
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When judging total defense in the NFL, many often point to yards allowed as the primary measure for a unit’s effectiveness. ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi sees that as a flawed analysis.

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-sixes or special-teams scores), red zone defense (measured by percentage of touchdowns allowed versus 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” through all 17 weeks of the regular season:

 

Bruschi's offensive, defensive indexes

December, 19, 2013
12/19/13
10:32
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When judging total defense in the NFL, many often point to yards allowed as the primary measure for a unit’s effectiveness. ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi sees that as a flawed analysis.

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-sixes or special-teams scores), red zone defense (measured by percentage of touchdowns allowed versus 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.”

This week, there is also an “offensive index” and some thoughts on this week’s indexes include:

1. The NFC’s top-seeded team at this time, the Seahawks, leads the defensive index while the AFC’s top-seeded team at this time, the Broncos, leads the offensive index.

2. The Patriots slip to 10th in the offensive index after being in the top 5 earlier in the year. Losing Rob Gronkowski has hurt them.

3. The growth of the Ravens’ defense shows as they are at No. 6.

4. A well-deserved move into the top 10 on defense for the Dolphins. Coach Joe Philbin deserves praise for keeping things together.

5. The Cowboys, at No. 5 on offense, might be a surprise to some.

 

 

Tedy Bruschi's defensive index

December, 12, 2013
12/12/13
10:10
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When judging total defense in the NFL, many often point to yards allowed as the primary measure for a unit’s effectiveness. ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi sees that as a flawed analysis.

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-sixes or special-teams scores), red zone defense (measured by percentage of touchdowns allowed versus 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.” Some thoughts on this week’s index include:

• If the New England Patriots can't find a way to get off the field on third down, it will end their season. For this offense to score points they will need as many possessions as possible. If teams continue to convert on third down, it will keep Tom Brady and the offense off the field. Especially if the defense continues to fall in their turnover rankings.

• Don't assume the Philadelphia Eagles are all about offense. They've gotten better as the year has progressed and are strong in the red area and taking the ball away.

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at 4-9, are the only team with a losing record in the Top 10.

Tedy Bruschi's defensive index

December, 5, 2013
12/05/13
7:58
AM ET
When judging total defense in the NFL, many often point to yards allowed as the primary measure for a unit’s effectiveness. ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi sees that as a flawed analysis.

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-sixes or special-teams scores), red zone defense (measured by percentage of touchdowns allowed versus 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” following Week 13 action:

Tedy Bruschi's defensive index

November, 29, 2013
11/29/13
9:41
AM ET
When judging total defense in the NFL, many often point to yards allowed as the primary measure for a unit’s effectiveness. ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi sees that as a flawed analysis.

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-sixes or special-teams scores), red zone defense (measured by percentage of touchdowns allowed versus 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.” A few highlights of this week’s index include:

• The Panthers taking over the top spot from the Chiefs.

• The Ravens’ strong performance in the red area and third down keep them in the top 5.

• Credit to the Jaguars for playing hard and moving up one spot for the second straight week.

• The Patriots continue to struggle on third down, but their takeaways are a big plus.

• The Saints’ No. 9 ranking highlights how they are a more balanced team this year, not just relying on offense.

Tedy Bruschi's defensive index

November, 21, 2013
11/21/13
10:58
AM ET
When judging total defense in the NFL, many often point to yards allowed as the primary measure for a unit’s effectiveness. ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi sees that as a flawed analysis.

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-sixes or special-teams scores), red zone defense (measured by percentage of touchdowns allowed versus 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.” A few highlights of this week’s index include:
  • The Patriots slipped to the middle of the pack. Third-down defense could be their undoing if they don’t get it fixed in a hurry.
  • Holes show in the Denver defense if an opponent avoids the big play.
  • If not for creating turnovers, the Cowboys would be ranked lower.
  • The Bengals made a big jump this week after a strong performance against the Browns.
  • The Chiefs hold the top spot even after a loss to the Broncos.

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