Where they rank on defense: Week 8

November, 3, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers' defense fell six spots in yards allowed while rising five spots in red zone touchdown percentage following a mostly impressive performance against Peyton Manning and the Colts.
Defense Yards Per Game Yards Per Pass Play 3rd Down Pct. Red Zone Pct. PPG
SEA 14 16 19 18 14t
ARI 18 19 3 13t 13
SF 20 17 25 8t 12
STL 27 28 32 23 29

Seattle's rank in scoring defense fell seven spots following a 38-17 defeat to the Cowboys. The NFL counts special-teams touchdowns when calculating scoring defense. Dallas' Patrick Crayton scored on an 82-yard punt return as the Cowboys blew open the game.

Arizona held on to its No. 3 league ranking in third-down conversion percentage allowed even though Carolina converted 8 of 16 chances. The Cardinals' run defense fell from No. 1 to No. 8 after the Panthers rushed for 270 yards.

Where NFC West defenses finished in yards allowed last season: San Francisco 13, Arizona 19, St. Louis 28, Seattle 30.



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