Denver’s and Arizona’s defenses thrive on putting pressure on quarterbacks
The Cowboys next two opponents — the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals — who the team faces on the road where crowd noise will also be a factor, finished first and second last year in bringing pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Pressure means more than just sacks.
Sacks are often the gold standard of measurement for pressure, but simply hitting a quarterback while he’s in his throwing motion can stall a drive just as well, or even lead to an interception. Pressure brings a lot more value than just sacks. Even ignoring sacks, passers under pressure in 2016 lost roughly 2.0 yards per throw, saw their completion rate drop by 23.5 percentage points, and had their touchdown-to-interception ratio cut in half.’
Here’s more on Denver’s pressure defense.


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