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Stat Sheet: Titans Defense Allows Fewer Points, Yards & First Downs in 2013

Posted Dec 30, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Titans’ defense improved in 2013 over 2012 in multiple statistical categories.

Tennessee allowed 90 fewer points, 29 fewer first downs, 592 less yards and improved significantly in third-down defense. Opponents in 2013 converted 69 of 201 (34.3 percent) of third downs, after succeeding on 85 of 214 plays (39.7 percent) the season before.

“We’re right there. We capitalized on third down this year,” safety Michael Griffin said. “We just need to (fix) mistakes. A lot of times we killed ourselves with mistakes and we just need to be more consistent and more disciplined.”

The Titans’ red zone defense stayed about the same, however, one area to target going forward is the success rate that opponents had in goal-to-go situations. Opponents scored touchdowns on seven of the 11 times they had the ball inside the Tennessee 10-yard line.

Tennessee reduced the number of offensive plays, rush attempts, pass attempts and completions this season from the one before and lowered quarterbacks’ completion percentage from 66.3 in 2012 to 63.1 percent in 2013. The Titans finished 7-9, with six losses by one possession and three by three points or less.

“Defensively, the numbers were real bad last year, statistically,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “All those numbers are obviously much, much better as far as points, rankings, where we ended up. The only important ranking is we obviously didn’t make the playoffs.”

Another category to try to reduce going forward is first downs by penalty. Flags on Tennessee’s defenders gave opponents 30 first downs in 2013, which was four more than the season before and undermined the improvements made in other categories.

The chart below highlights differences in multiple statistical categories in Tennessee’s defense from 2012 to 2013:

Category

2012

2013

Change

Points Allowed

471

381

90 fewer

Opponent First Downs

358

329

29 fewer

First Downs by Rushing

122

108

14 fewer

First Downs by Passing

210

191

19 fewer

First Downs by Penalty

26

30

4 more

Opp. 3rd Down Conv.

85/214 (39.7%)

69/201 (34.3%)

5.4% less

Opp. 4th Down Conv.

6/14 (42.9%)

7/11 (63.6%)

20.7% more

Opp. Red Zone Conv.

37/58 (63.8%)

32/50 (64%)

 8 fewer trips inside 20

Goal to Go Conversions

25/33 (75.8%)

25/32 (78.1%)

 1 fewer trip inside 10

Opp. Total Net Yards

5,999

5,407

592 less

Opp. Offensive Plays

1,086

1,027

59 fewer

Opp. Net Rushing Yards

2,035

1,795

240 less

Opp. Rushes

483

446

37 less

Opp. Net Passing Yards

3,964

3,612

352 less

Opp. Pass Attempts

564

545

19 fewer

Opp. Pass Completions

374

344

30 fewer

Opp. Completion %

66.3%

63.1%

3.2% less

Opp. Avg. Per Pass

6.6

6.2

.4 less

Sacks

39

36

3 fewer

Interceptions

19

13

6 fewer

Fumbles/Fum. Lost

15-5

24-12

9 more-7 more

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