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Analysis of defenses often look at total yards allowed as a measure of how good a defense is. However, Tedy Bruschi thought that way is too simplistic. So, with the help of ESPN, Bruschi has made his own defensive rankings that take several parameters into account: 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). As one can see, this puts stats like total yardage into some much needed context. A defense which gives up 16 yards on a third and twenty was successful in a way that a defense which gave up 10 yards on a third and five was not. Red zone trips, and their frequency, are often the cause of a short field that the defense has to work with and turn...
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