Which elite defenses really deserve recognition, and which teams are overrated?
One good way to determine the best defensive performances this season is to consider strength of schedule. Although certainly not definitive, accounting for a team's SOS can be a great tool in cutting through the bluster. Teams that are able to maintain dominance over elite opponents are recognized more so when considering SOS than teams that only face weaker opponents.
Inside, I've taken the Top 10-rated defenses in the NFL (based on yards allowed per game), and ranked them based on their adjusted SOS. Adjusted SOS removes the record of the team in question from the aggregate record of their opponents—revealing only their opponents' record against the rest of the league.
The results were remarkable.
So forget what you thought you knew about the NFL's best defenses. This list turns the league on its ear.