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Ranking all 32 NFL teams' run-defense units after Week 6

Stopping the run isn't nearly as important as defending the pass in today's NFL, but allowing opposing offenses to gash your defense for big plays is never a good situation. Here, we've pulled team run-defense grades from Premium Stats 2.0 to rank all 32 teams' run-defense units after Week 6.

The following ranks purely run off of our team run-defense grades, which are updated weekly and made available to all ELITE subscribers. This is the second installment of a four-part series that will cover all 32 teams’ pass-rush, run-defense, coverage and total defense grades over the next two weeks.

1.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 91.4

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  5.1 (2nd)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 13.1 (32nd)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Akiem Hicks (93.7)

2.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 90.1

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  9.5 (18th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 27.0 (7th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Stephon Tuitt (86.3)

3.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 87.1

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  10.5 (22nd)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 18.0 (25th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Lawrence Guy (91.8)

4.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 85.3

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  8.8 (T-8th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 30.0 (4th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): Edge Denico Autry (85.2)

5.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 85.0

Explosive Runs Allowed %: 7.1 (5th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 23.1 (14th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): Edge Jadeveon Clowney (88.4)

6.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 84.8

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  4.7 (1st)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 18.6 (T-23rd)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): CB Trae Waynes (84.1)

7.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 82.5

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  5.8 (3rd)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 27.2 (5th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): LB Demario Davis (90.6)

8.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 82.4

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  8.4 (7th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 32.7 (3rd)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Fletcher Cox (85.9)

9.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 81.4

Explosive Runs Allowed %: 9.0 (10th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 26.2 (9th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): CB Morris Claiborne (80.0)

10.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 77.6

Explosive Runs Allowed %: 9.2 (T-11th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 33.0 (1st)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Gerald McCoy (85.4)

11.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 77.4

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  9.3 (13th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 23.3 (13th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Marcell Dareus (85.0)

12.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 77.3

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  9.3 (T-11th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 17.5 (26th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Aaron Donald (90.3)

13.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 76.3

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  11.2 (T-25th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 16.0 (28th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): Edge Von Miller (84.5)

14.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 76.0

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  7.6 (6th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 27.1 (6th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): LB Leighton Vander Esch (82.6)

15.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 75.3

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  11.1 (24th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 22.2 (16th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): CB Tre Flowers (92.3)

16.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 75.2

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  9.4 (T-14th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 20.6 (T-18th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Davon Godchaux (82.8)

17.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 74.8

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  10.9 (23rd)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 32.8 (2nd)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): CB Phillip Gaines (90.9)

18.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 74.7

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  10.0 (20th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 50.0% (25th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Brent Urban (86.2)

19.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 73.5

Explosive Runs Allowed %: 11.6 (28th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 25.0 (T-11th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): Edge Carlos Dunlap (76.7)

20.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 73.3

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  8.8 (T-8th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 50.0% (25th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Jurrell Casey (91.4)

21.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 72.3

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  9.7 (19th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 18.8 (21st)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Damon Harrison (91.9)

22.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 71.8

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  14.0 (29th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 25.0 (T-11th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Kawann Short (84.9)

23.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 71.1

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  9.4 (T-14th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 20.6 (T-18th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): CB Leon Hall (86.8)

24.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 70.0

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  9.4 (T-14th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 14.5 (29th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Kenny Clark (84.2)

25.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 69.4

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  9.4 (T-14th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 20.1 (20th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Arik Armstead (86.0)

26.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 66.7

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  10.2 (21st)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 25.2 (10th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Darius Philon (81.7)

27.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 66.5

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  14.8 (31st)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 21.9 (17th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): CB Budda Baker (85.2)

27.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 66.5

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  11.2 (T-25th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 18.7 (22nd)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI A'Shawn Robinson (85.0)

29.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 63.5

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  11.3 (27th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 14.3 (31st)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Grady Jarrett (84.6)

30.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 63.1

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  16.4 (32nd)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 17.2 (27th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): DI Derrick Nnadi (80.9)

31.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 62.6

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  6.9 (4th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 18.6 (T-23rd)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): LB Zach Brown (81.4)

32.

TEAM RUN-DEFENSE GRADE: 55.4

Explosive Runs Allowed %:  14.4 (30th)

Team Run-Defense Stuff %: 26.4 (8th)

Top Run Defender (Run-Defense Grade): Edge Myles Garrett (84.0)

[Editor's Note: In case you didn't read the second introductory paragraph, this is the second installment of a four-part series that will cover all 32 teams' pass-rush, run-defense, coverage and total defense grades over the next two weeks.]

PASS-RUSH | RUN-DEFENSE | COVERAGE | TOTAL DEFENSE 

Cris Collinsworth

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