Coming into the NFL’s Week 5 games, a frequent topic of conversation revolved around the noticeable number of high scoring games that has been on display. At first it seemed to be a result of a shortened preseason but after Week 3 that argument went out the window pretty quickly. By the time most of Week 5’s games were completed, some commentators suggested that the spate of 30+ games were the result of the new way referees have been calling games this season. Whatever it turns out to be, Week 5 continued the high scoring trend.
Prior to the weekend games, we listed the Top 10 Defensive teams first by yards per game (YDS/G) and the by points allowed per game (PTS/G). We’ve compiled total yards allowed and whether the team won or lost.
|TEAM||YARDS PER GAME||OPPONENT||YARDS ALLOWED||RESULT|
|Indianapolis Colts||236.3||Cleveland Browns||385||LOSS|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||290||Philadelphia Eagles||336||WIN|
|San Francisco 49ers||294.8||Miami Dolphins||436||LOSS|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||298.2||Chicago Bears||243||LOSS|
|New York Giants||328.3||Dallas Cowboys||402||LOSS|
|New Orleans Saints||334.3||Los Angeles Chargers||MNF||MNF|
|Washington Football Team||338.3||Los Angeles Rams||429||LOSS|
|Chicago Bears||344||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||339||WIN|
|New England Patriots||349||BYE||BYE||BYE|
|Philadelphia Eagles||352.3||Pittsburgh Steelers||367||LOSS|
|Carolina Panthers||352.3||Atlanta Falcons||369||WIN|
Of the ten teams, two outperformed their average yards allowed per game – Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears. The Bucs and Bears played each other in a close game that saw Chicago pip Tampa Bay 20-19. That made the Brady’s Bucs the only team to outperform while also losing the game.
If we look at the points allowed per game, a familiar story takes shape.
|TEAM||POINTS PER GAME||OPPONENT||POINTS ALLOWED||RESULT|
|Indianapolis Colts||14||Cleveland Browns||32||LOSS|
|Kansas City Chiefs||17.5||Las Vegas Raiders||40||LOSS|
|San Francisco 49ers||17.8||Miami Dolphins||43||LOSS|
|Baltimore Ravens||18.3||Cincinnati Bengals||3||WIN|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||19.3||Philadelphia Eagles||29||WIN|
|Chicago Bears||20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||WIN|
|Los Angeles Rams||20||Washington Football Team||10||WIN|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22.4||Chicago Bears||20||LOSS|
|New England Patriots||23||BYE||BYE||BYE|
|Arizona Cardinals||23||New York Jets||10||WIN|
|Los Angeles Chargers||23.8||New Orleans Saints||MNF||MNF|
|Miami Dolphins||24||San Francisco 49ers||17||WIN|
Once again, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drew the short end of the stick while also putting in a solid defensive effort.
In conclusion, sucks to be the Bucs this week.