The AFC North teams are good at playing defense

October 25, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Lost in that mess down in Jacksonville was that the Ravens defense delivered another fine performance, one that helped them pass the idle Cincinnati Bengals and reclaim the NFL's top spot in yards allowed per game.

Interestingly enough, the NFL’s top four teams in total defense all hail from the AFC North. Baltimore is first with 272.7 yards allowed per game, followed by Cincinnati, (278.5), Pittsburgh (279) and Cleveland (291).

It’s no wonder the AFC North is the only division with all four teams at or above the .500 mark.

It helps that the AFC North has drawn the NFC West and AFC South. Combined those divisions have just one team that ranks in the top 15 in total offense: The Houston Texans, who are seventh at 400.6 yards per game.

If scoring defense is more of your thing, the Ravens are first in the NFL in that category, too, having allowed 13.8 points per game. The Steelers are third (17.4), the Bengals are fourth (18.5) and the Browns are ninth (20).

Unfortunately, allowing 12 points and 205 total yards wasn’t good enough for the Ravens on Monday night.

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