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Defense and Special Teams points

Philly, Minnesota and Kansas City most productive

A couple of day ago Ian ran an item about special teams touchdowns -- which teams have been best on kick and punt return scores in recent years. A reader wondered how the numbers are different when you add in touchdowns off turnovers and safeties. Those numbers are below.

Philadelphia, thanks to a ridiculous 11 total defensive and special teams touchdowns back in 2014, has been the best over the last three years. If we expand it to four years, Kansas City -- with 11 total in 2013 -- would be tops. Based strictly on 2016, it goes Kansas City, Minnesota and then Philadelphia and San Diego were tied for 3rd. Those are the teams who have been best in recent years at turning punts, kicks and turnovers into touchdowns (keeping in mind that Minnesota lost a difference-maker in the offseason when Cordarrelle Patterson signed with Oakland).

Included in these numbers are defensive 2-point conversions -- when a team blocks an extra point and brings it back the other way for 2 points. Uncommon, but it's happened three times the last two years.

DEFENSIVE POINTS (TDS AND 2-PTRS), 2014-2016
Team201420152016Total
Philadelphia664432142
Minnesota303644110
Kansas City183852108
Arizona30462298
Denver20382684
Miami24242674
Houston38181470
Pittsburgh4418870
NY Giants6382468
Atlanta18183066
Buffalo26201864
Carolina18242062
LA Rams3026662
San Diego2063258
Seattle2030858
Indianapolis12321256
Jacksonville20241256
Tampa Bay12182656
Baltimore14241452
Detroit14162252
Green Bay3812050
New England3014650
Cleveland2018644
Washington032638
Chicago1202032
Dallas1814032
Tennessee1212630
Oakland1210628
New Orleans420226
San Francisco186226
Cincinnati126220
NY Jets2068

Remarkable for their ineptitude in this span is the Jets, who have one total defensive or special teams touchdown in the last three seasons. It isn't even easy to give them much credit for that one, an odd play with three minutes left in Week 17 last season where they kicked it off to Buffalo and the Bills failed to field the ball. The Jets fell on it in the end zone for a touchdown.

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