Houston Texans’ defense sits atop NFL STOP Factor rankings for another week

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Another week… another win… another good performance by the defense… another week ranked as the top NFL STOP Factor defense.

The Houston Texans allowed only two scores by the Tennessee Titans offense last week in their 38-14 win. The Titans offense had 12 possessions in the game, meaning the Texans “D” stopped them 10 times from scoring.

In their first four games this season, the Houston defense has stopped the opposition offensive unit from scoring 39 times out of 48 possible series, an 81.3 STOP Factor. The Texans defense has allowed only four field goals and five TDs in those first four games.

(The STOP Factor is based on the premise that it is the defense’s job to stop their opponents from scoring on each possession. To get a team’s STOP Factor, you divide the number of times a defense stops the offense from scoring – offensive unit TD or field goal – by the number of total possessions by the opposition.)

Following is each NFL teams’ STOP Factor. Listed is how many times each team stopped the opponents from scoring, the number of possessions their opponents had, and the percentage of possessions that each team prevented the other team from scoring (stats are through Week 4 games).

Team, Opponents’ scoreless possessions/opponents’ possessions, STOP percentage

1. Houston, 39 stops in 48 possessions 81.3

2. Chicago, 34 stops in 46 possessions 73.9

3. San Francisco, 30 stops in 41 possessions 73.2

4. Atlanta 30 stops in 42 possessions 71.4

5. San Diego 31 stops in 44 possessions 70.5

6. Arizona 34 stops in 49 possessions 69.4

7. Philadelphia 32 stops in 47 possessions 68.1

8. Cleveland 31 stops in 46 possessions 67.4

9. Miami 35 stops in 52 possessions 67.3

10tie. Minnesota 28 stops in 42 possessions 66.7

10tie. Seattle 26 stops in 39 possessions 66.7

12. New England 30 stops in 46 possessions 65.2

13. Dallas 23 stops in 36 possessions 63.9

14tie. Baltimore 30 stops in 47 possessions 63.8

14tie. Tampa Bay 30 stops in 47 possessions 63.8

16tie. Green Bay 26 stops in 41 possessions 63.4

16tie. St. Louis 26 stops in 41 possessions 63.4

18. Denver 26 stops in 42 possessions 61.9

19. New York Giants 23 stops in 38 possessions 60.5

20. Washington 29 stops in 49 possessions 59.2

21. Cincinnati 25 stops in 43 possessions 58.1

22. Jacksonville 25 stops in 44 possessions 56.8

23. New York Jets 23 stops in 41 possessions 56.1

24. Detroit 20 stops in 36 possessions 55.6

25. Pittsburgh 14 stops in 26 possessions 53.8

26. Buffalo 24 stops in 45 possessions 53.3

27. Kansas City 23 stops in 45 possessions 51.1

28. Indianapolis 16 stops in 32 possessions 50.0

29. New Orleans 22 stops in 45 possessions 48.9

30. Tennessee 21 stops in 43 possessions 48.8

31. Carolina 18 stops in 41 possessions 43.9

32. Oakland 17 stops in 40 possessions 42.5

Biggest gainers this week: Minnesota (up 10 spots); San Francisco (up 10 spots); Detroit (up 6 spots); Buffalo (up 5 spots); Denver (up 5 spots)

Biggest losers this week: Green Bay (down 10 spots); New York Giants (down 9 spots); Seattle (down 7 spots); Dallas (down 5 spots); Jacksonville (down 5 spots)

Average league STOP Factor (through Week 4): 61.7

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