Bored at work and I was doing some digging for fun. Our D had the luxury of facing the Jags, Colts, and Titans offenses 2 xs each last year. They had the #21st, 28th, and 28th ranked scoring teams in NFL last year according to NFL.com. The good news is we get to face those same offenses next year, but they are working to improve just like everyone else. When looking back we faced an average of the 19th ranked scoring teams over 16 games last year. The best offenses we faced in 2011 (weighted in ppg): #2 New Orleans - 34.2 ppg / 467 ypg - We allowed 40 pts / 454 yards #5 Carolina - 25.4 ppg / 389 ypg - We allowed 28 /316 yards #7 Atlanta - 25.1 ppg / 376 ypg - We allowed 10 pts / 337 yards #12 Baltimore - 23.6 ppg / 338 ypg - We allowed 29 & 20 / 402 and 227 yds #16 Oakland - 22.4 ppg / 380 ypg - We allowed 25 / 278 yards The most balanced offenses we faced were Balt, Oak, and Carolina. *All 3 were losses in the regular season. Analysis: We did a very fine job of limiting NO until Brees became unstoppable. Carolina, was it just one of those days? Atlanta, one of our best defensive games.... but how much of a threat was Atl anyway? Baltimore, much better the second time around and proved we can take a punch, keep standing, and hit em right back; was our truly earned respect game imo. Oakland was a FG fest by them and a fluke win if you ask me. 2012: I know its not ideal to compare 2011 scoring stats and forecast the next season. We are scheduled to face the 17th ranked scoring teams in the NFL over 16 games next year. But when looking at the top 5 offenses we will face, its a safe assumption these guys will certainly be gunning again and appears to be a much more potent lineup for us overall. #1 Green Bay - # 3 passing attack #3 New England - # 2 passing attack #4 Detroit - # 4 passing attack #12 Baltimore - # 19 passing attack #13 NY Jets - # 21 passing attack Other notables: Denver - Top rushing attack from last year, added Manning Minnesota - Adrian Peterson/ # 4 rushing attack. Nuff Said Chicago - Top 10 rushing attack. Tenn - CJ? Locker? Britt? How improved will they be? Indy - Get them 2 of last 3 games with Luck having almost full season at this point. Side note: We really dont face a true balanced offense such as our selves all year according to last years stats. Either a top passing or a top rushing offense. Hard to find a true balanced offense in the lineup. That is 3 top 5 passing attacks, and 3 top 10 rushing attacks we will face in 2012. Note: We also faced 3 top 10 rushing attacks last year. SO! How much of a drop off can we expect in our ranking if any? Was the leap to a top defense in the NFL greatly helped by the overall schedule we played? Will we be able to stay in the top 10 this year? Going to be a very very interesting season for us, on this side of the ball alone.