In this analysis we will take a look at the process of defending against quarterbacks on a divisional basis. So this will focus on which divisions have the best/worst defenses in regards to defending against quarterbacks. This is useful as you may want to target certain positions (quarterback in this case) based on their division.
We will be reviewing each position but first and foremost lets take a look at the quarterback. If you would like to see each teams individual performance against the QB position that can be found here (or by clicking on the chart below):
It’s not surprising to learn Jacksonville was the most efficient team at defending the quarterback for 2017, allowing a measly 10.4 points a game on average. Interestingly enough, Baltimore sits in the number 2 spot allowing 10.9 points weekly over the coarse of the 2017 season. Taking the number 3 spot is the Minnesota Vikings who allowed opposing quarterbacks to score 11.7 points on a weekly basis over the coarse of the 2017 season. These 3 were the only teams who allowed less than 12 points to opposing quarterbacks during the 2017 season. The average defense allowed 15.5 points to the opposing quarterbacks. Any defense surrendering less than 13 points to the other team would be considered elite.
Only 5 teams fit the mold as shown in the chart below:
2017 Defense vs QB Lineup Allstar
You can also use the chart above to view defensive performance by division by typing a division (for example “nfceast”) into the column labeled “Div”.
The chart shown above is extremely useful to see opponents that are allowing less points than the average (the bar shown in blue).
Now that we know the top defensive teams vs quarterbacks we can take a look on a divisional basis. This is extremely important and valuable to take into account while building either a weekly or season long team, since it is smarter to have players on your team that are facing a weaker opponent.
The chart below shows the divisional performance for all 8 teams versus the quarterback and also includes the average points sacrificed to QB’s for the entire league.