The NFL has a new leader for the top three defense ratings in the country, with the Miami Dolphins in second place.
Key points:The Dolphins have dominated this year with their dominant run defenseThe top three teams in the ratings have each won three gamesThis year, the Dolphins have won three of their last four games and rank No. 3 in the league in defensive efficiency and No. 4 in pass defense.
The Dolphins are a top-five defense in both the adjusted yards per play and pass defense ratings.
Their run defense ranks fourth, ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.
Their pass defense ranks second, ahead to the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.
Their total defense ranks fifth, ahead and behind the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos.
Their defensive front is rated the top in the NFL, ahead only of the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriot’s.
The best-ranked defensive front in the nation, with a +11 rating, is the Carolina Panthers, with +20.
The next best-rated defensive front, the New York Jets, ranks No. 7.
The Raiders, with an adjusted rating of +11, are the best-performing defensive front and have won five of their past six games.
The New York Giants, with their +12 rating, are tied for the second-best defensive front.
The top-ranked defense in the US has ranked second in the last three years in adjusted yards-per-play, according to Football Outsiders.
This season, the 49ers are second in adjusted defensive efficiency, ahead by four games.
They are second for pass defense, ahead for pass attempts.
The Chargers are third for pass rush.
The Eagles, who are in the middle of a three-game losing streak, are fourth for rushing defense.
The Titans are sixth.
The Broncos, who lost their final four games of the season, are seventh for total defense.
They rank eighth for pass rushing.
The Panthers are ninth for rushing offense.
The Steelers are 10th for pass blocking.
The Saints are 11th for defense, behind only the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals.
The Giants are 12th for the worst defensive record.