Data Points: Defenses are not dominating

There was an interesting note this week in the NFL Media research packet pointing out that the top eight teams in the NFL in total defense all come from the AFC. Pretty crazy, considering it used to be that the NFC was known for rugged defense and the AFC was known for high-scoring aerial attacks.

But if you look strictly at the eight division leaders around the NFL right now, there’s less of a dichotomy. That’s because three first-place teams in the NFC give up fewer yards per game than AFC leaders Buffalo and Kansas City. Of course, the only undefeated team in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers, ranks 28th in the league in total defense… so what does it all mean, anyway?

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