Strictly going by the #'s.... 7th in points against (the single most important stat, much better indicator than yards against). 14th in yards per play, very mediocre. http://www.nfl.com/stats/categoryst...onType=REG&tabSeq=2&qualified=false&Submit=Go However, as I have said before: There are lies, damn lies and statistics. You need to also consider: There are the games with Shaz and those without, and there is a rather large chasm between the two. Also, a large consideration should be the opposition, and level of QB when we played them. We played the 0-16 Browns twice with a rookie QB. We played the Texans with TJ Yates, a 4th string QB (not even on the team until they went through 3 other QBs). We played the Bears with Mike Glennon at QB (and lost to them). We played Colts with Jacoby Brissett at QB (and barely beat them). We played GB with Brett Hundley at QB (and took a huge comeback to barely win). We played Balt. twice who barely threw for 3,000 yards as a team all season (but scored with ease on us, 38 points the last meeting). Considering all of the above, how bad was our D? And, moving forward, we need to consider Shaz ain't coming back in 2018, AND the additions we made since, including Bostic, Burnett, the rookies and some other key players who could be healthy this season who were not in 2017 (Tuitt). And, we were LAST IN THE NFL in missed tackles, something our DC said was "not a problem" (until Rooney put size 11 shoe up his rear end). I think we can assume we will not have the good fortune of playing so many horrid QBs this season. As of now, we will be facing: 1. Tyrod Taylor, who refuses to turn the ball over, if nothing else. 2. Pat Mahomes, who will be in his 1st year as starter but KC is very high on him. 3. Possibly Jackson vs. Ravens. (Flacco could also have a bounce back season). 4. Matt Ryan - leap years ahead of most QBs we face in 2017. 5. Cam Newton. 6. D. Carr. 7. Rivers. 8. Brady. 9. Breeze. Let's put it this way: If we don't improve by a good margin on D, we are in a world of hurt. Here's hoping we will be a good deal better.