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Team Defense Rankings: Week 7
John Tuvey
October 17, 2012
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TIER 1
1 Bears vs. Lions The Bears have scored the most defensive touchdowns; the Lions have given up the most defensive touchdowns. Yeah, it's as simple as that
2 Vikings vs. Cardinals Arizona serves up the most sacks in the league--and they're on the road with an immobile backup quarterback in the loudest venue in the league and facing Jared Allen? This will end poorly... unless you have the Vikings D, that is.
3 Bills vs. Titans After blitzing the Cardinals last week maybe this defensive line is living up to its price tag. At least they'll know where to find Matt Hasselbeck.
4 Bengals vs. Steelers The Bengals are tied for the league lead in sacks, though bringing down Ben Roethlisberger is a whole 'nother challenge entirely.
TIER 2
5 Browns at Colts The Browns rank third in interceptions, and now they get Joe Haden back. Could make things interesting for Andrew Luck.
6 Packers at Rams Though they've been better of late the Rams still have offensive line issues. That's not a good thing to have against the league leader in sacks.
7 Patriots vs. Jets Bill Belichick's opportunistic defense has the most fumble recoveries in the league. The Jets have issues on offense. That's a good combination if you're looking for defensive fantasy points.
8 Panthers vs. Cowboys Hosting Tony Romo frequently leads to defensive fantasy points.
9 Cardinals at Vikings Patrick Peterson is a playmaker, and after a month of taking good care of the ball Christian Ponder has been sloppy of late.
10 Redskins at Giants The Redskins rank second in defensive touchdowns; the Giants have allowed the second-fewest sacks. Something's gotta give.
11 49ers vs. Seahawks Sure, we saw signs of life from Russell Wilson last week; now he gets to go on the road and test himself against an elite defense. Good luck with all that.
12 Steelers at Bengals Pittsburgh's D is banged up, but Cincy is fourth in sacks allowed and tied for fourth in giveaways. So we're sayin' there's a chance.
TIER 3
13 Ravens at Texans The first game post-Webb and Ray-Ray sees Baltimore traveling to face a Texans team that doesn't provide many opportunities for defensive scores. They'll need Jacoby Jones, in a homecoming of sorts, to come up large in the return game.
14 Jets at Patriots Rex Ryan will need every trick in the book to create defensive fantasy points on the road against the Pats. Of course, he's got a pretty big book.
15 Rams vs. Packers Jeff Fisher is working wonders with his defense, and Chris Long and Robert Quinn should generate more than a few sacks against a Green Bay line that's allowing almost four QB takedowns a game.
16 Buccaneers vs. Saints Aqib Talib made a lot of plays for the Bucs; now it's on Ronde Barber to bait Drew Brees into a mistake or three.
17 Titans at Bills With both the Chiefs and Eagles off this week the Bills are the active NFL leader in giveaways. Good thing, too, as the Titans are lousy at creating them.
18 Lions at Bears You've got Ndamukong Suh on the one side and Jay Cutler on the other, so there are definitely ways this could go right for the Lions.
19 Texans vs. Ravens How will the Texans respond to getting discount double-checked in prime time? Won't be easy against a Baltimore offense that takes good care of the quarterback and the football.
TIER 4
20 Seahawks at 49ers We'd be a lot more likely to see bad Alex Smith in Seattle; by the Bay it's a tougher row to hoe for the Seahawks.
21 Giants vs. Redskins One way to end the RG3/Vick comparisons: point out how Washington has the fewest giveaways in the league. The Giants, with the second-most INTs in the league, will test that theory.
22 Saints at Buccaneers The Saints aren't pressuring the quarterback or generating turnovers like they used to. Insert your own tired bounty joke here.
23 Colts vs. Browns The Colts have a new system, a ton of injuries, and the fewest takeaways in the league. Perhaps Brandon Weeden can help with that.
24 Cowboys at Panthers The Cowboys have created an abysmal four turnovers this season; as you'd expect, they have zero defensive touchdowns to show for it.
25 Raiders vs. Jaguars Only one fantasy defense is more inept (less ept?) at creating opportunities for defensive points than the anemic Raiders.
26 Jaguars at Raiders Fortunately for the Raiders, that even more inept (or less ept, as it were) defense is on the other side of the ball this week.
27 Broncos BYE BYE
28 Chargers BYE BYE
29 Chiefs BYE BYE
30 Dolphins BYE BYE
31 Eagles BYE BYE
32 Falcons BYE BYE


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