NFL: Green Bay Packers have the best defense in football

The Green Bay Packers have the fourth-best defense in the NFL, according to a Football Outsiders defensive efficiency metric.

They also have the league’s best defense on offense, allowing just 4.5 yards per play and averaging only 5.8 points per game.

That statline ranks fourth in the league.

Green Bay’s defense also ranks sixth in scoring defense, allowing 7.7 points per possession, and third in yards per carry.

The Packers’ defense ranks second in yards allowed per game, allowing 3.7 yards per rush and a league-worst 5.4 yards per completion.

They rank fourth in pass efficiency defense, limiting opponents to 6.3 yards per attempt.

The defense is the Packers best unit this season, and their success could continue as they head into the season opener against the New York Giants.

The NFC North leads the NFL with a 3-2 record, but they’re tied for third in points allowed.

They have allowed opponents to score on 23.1 percent of their offensive plays this season and are allowing the most yards per pass attempt (5.4).

Their defense is also fifth in sacks (1.8), third in quarterback hits (7.4), fourth in tackles for loss (5) and fourth in interceptions (two).

The Packers have allowed only 24 sacks in three seasons.

Their defensive end unit ranks third in the NFC with 17 sacks.

This unit has given up a league high 16 sacks, the most in the division, while ranking third in pass rush (18.5).

They have surrendered only nine sacks on the year, the fewest in the top 10.

Green Carp safety Nick Collins has been a solid player for Green Bay this season.

He has four interceptions and has been one of the league leaders in sacks with two, and his interception return touchdown is tied for second on the team.

Collins is the third Packers player to have an interception return for a touchdown this season (Teddy Bridgewater and Jordy Nelson are the others).

Collins also has seven tackles for losses, including one on the game-winning kickoff return.

Green Packers defensive end Nick Collins (11) celebrates a pick off of New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (7) during the second quarter at Lambeau Field.

NFL Network NFL Insider Adam Schefter talks with Green Bay Bears cornerback Tramaine Brock (34) during an NFL football game on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2018.

NFL NETWORK NFL Network anchor Julie Foudy talks with Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (26) during a pre-game news conference at Lambo Arena in Green Bay, Wis.

NFLN NFL Network cameras captured Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews (51) breaking up a pass intended for Giants tight end Evan Engram (89) as they attempted to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL Football game on Friday, Sept, 8, 2018, in Green Lambs, Wis..

(AP Photo/Mark Hoffman) Aaron Rodgers and the Packers pass defense Aaron Rodgers (6) celebrates with his teammates after they scored the winning touchdown in a Packers win over the Washington Redskins in overtime at Lampeau Field on Sept. 8, 2020, in Lambeaus, Wis.(AP Photo, Mark Hoffman) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts after a touchdown pass to Jermichael Finley (2) in the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sept 20, 2020.(AP File Photo) Aaron Smith (6), center, celebrates with Packers receiver Davante Adams (24) after Adams caught a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFC playoff game in Atlanta, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020.

(AP File/Michael Perez) Packers wide receiver Davon House (15) and Packers quarterback Brett Hundley (3) celebrate with quarterback Aaron Wilson (4) after Wilson passed for 300 yards and four touchdowns in the first quarter of a Packers loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the NFL Playoffs on Saturday at AT&T Stadium.

NFL Playoff Picture Packers quarterback, quarterback Aaron Ryan (8), left, and quarterback Aaron Rogers (3), left center, run the ball during the third half of a playoff game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Cardinals in Atlanta on Saturday.

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Aaron Ryan and the New England Patriots celebrate a touchdown during the fourth quarters of an AFC playoff game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Oct., 15, 2020 .

(AP photo/Mike Ehrmann) Green Bay quarterback Aaron Murray (12) celebrates after throwing a touchdown to Golden Tate (7), a rookie receiver, during the fifth quarter of the Packers win against the Houston Texans at Lamoille Stadium in Lambo, La., Monday Night Football, Sept., 25, 2020..

(Photo: Brian Spurlock, AP) Packers cornerback Tracy Porter (38) celebrates during