Mid-season Almanac – Defense


We are breaking down the NFL at the halfway point of the season. All the statistics do not include Thursday night’s game between Baltimore and Atlanta

It’s interesting that most of the names that are part of the mid-season defensive numbers come from the NFC. Even though the AFC is considered the stronger conference in this 2010 season, some of the best defensive performers are in the other conference, players like Green Bay LB Clay Matthews (above), New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora and Washington CB DeAngelo Hall.

DEFENSE

  • Most tackles – 95, New England LB Jerod Mayo.
  • Most forced fumbles – 7, New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora.
  • Most recovered fumbles – 4, New York Giants DE Justin Tuck.
  • Most individual takeaways – 7, Washington CB DeAngelo Hall (6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered.)
  • Most sacks – 10.5, Packers LB Clay Matthews.
  • Most QB knockdowns & hurries – 27, Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali.
  • Most interceptions – 6, Washington CB DeAngelo Hall.
  • Most passes defensed – 12, Green Bay CB Tramon Williams.
  • Fumble returns for TD – 13 total by 12 players, Arizona S Kerry Rhodes, 2 touchdowns.
  • Interception returns for TD – 26 total by 25 players, Cleveland LB David Bowens, 2 touchdowns.
  • Record of teams with a defensive TD in a game – 31-5.
  • Safeties – 5 total, Carolina DE Greg Hardy; San Diego DE Brandon Siler; Seattle S Jordan Babineaux; Oakland RB Rock Cartwright; Tennessee S Nick Schommer.
  • Most takeaways – 21, Pittsburgh.
  • Most fumbles recovered – 10, Detroit, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, Washington.
  • Most interceptions – 14, Green Bay, Tampa Bay.
  • Fewest yards allowed – 2,005 yards, New York Giants.
  • Fewest rushing yards allowed – 466 yards, Pittsburgh.
  • Fewest passing yards allowed – 1,497 yards, New Orleans.
  • Most yards allowed – 3,196 yards, Houston.
  • Most rushing yards allowed – 1,426 yards, Buffalo.
  • Most passing yards allowed – 2,386 yards, Houston.

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