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Team Defense Rankings: Week 10
John Tuvey
November 7, 2012
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Rank Team Opponent Comments
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1 Giants at Bengals Big Blue ranks at or near the top of the league in sacks and picks and ranks second in takeaways. Not to be outdone, Cincy ranks at or near the top of the league in sacks allowed, interceptions thrown, and defensive scores allowed. It's a match made in fantasy heaven.
2 Bears vs. Texans I'm Peanut Tillman, and I approved this takeaway. And this one. And the next one.
3 Patriots vs. Bills The Bills are doing a surprisingly good job of protecting their quarterback--but all it's doing is buying him more time to throw picks.
4 Texans at Bears With the Cardinals and Packers both on the bye, no team playing this week has given up more sacks than the Bears. Watt's happening!
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5 Broncos at Panthers Denver's pass rush may not matter much against Cam Newton, but Carolina's propensity for giving the ball away definitely comes into play here.
6 Steelers vs. Chiefs No team has turned the ball over, or allowed more defensive touchdowns, than the Chiefs. Glory days for the 2012 version of the Steel Curtain?
7 Buccaneers vs. Chargers Even when he's on Philip Rivers is prone to the stupid throw, and the Bucs rank third in the league in turning stupid throws into INTs.
8 Ravens vs. Raiders Perhaps the only thing more surprising than the Raiders lack of giveaways is the Ravens' dearth of takeaways. Nothing a cross-country trip and Carson Palmer facing his old AFC North friends can't fix.
9 Vikings vs. Lions The last time these two teams met Minnesota scored twice in the return game, though it's unlikely a hobbled Percy Harvin is around to replicate the feat.
10 Seahawks vs. Jets Mark Sanchez, meet the 12th man. Not that Sanchez needs much incentive to play giveaway with the football.
11 Chargers at Buccaneers The Bucs have been taking extremely good care of the ball, but the Bolts are a surprising top-five in both takeaways and defensive scores.
12 49ers vs. Rams If your league is into the whole "points allowed" thing, the Niners are on a nice run of giving up single digits, and the Rams are top-10 in sacks allowed.
13 Dolphins vs. Titans Tennessee's offensive line is all kinds of banged up, which is good news for Cameron Wake. So is a Titans' team that's top-5 in giveaways and DST TDs allowed.
14 Cowboys at Eagles It's Philly's 19 turnovers doing battle with a Dallas D that's generated only eight takeaways and is still looking for its first defensive score of the season.
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15 Panthers vs. Broncos Carolina is top-five in sacks; Peyton Manning will test their pass-rushing accumen.
16 Eagles vs. Cowboys Remember when Philly's D used to be feared, and a date with pick-prone Tony Romo was cause for fantasy excitement?
17 Jets at Seahawks The Jets offer an understated combo platter of sacks, takeaways, and defensive scores, but Russell Wilson isn't playing like a rookie QB.
18 Lions at Vikings Detroit's vaunted defensive line isn't generating enough sacks or takeaways to get overly giddy about this matchup with a struggling Christian Ponder.
19 Falcons at Saints Atlanta's defense has capitalized on the pressure applied by its offense, but the Saints put up enough points so as to be immune.
20 Bengals vs. Giants Cincy presents a top-10 pass rush, which might be enough to encourage Eli to throw another pick or two.
21 Saints vs. Falcons Only one team has fewer giveaways than Atlanta, and for some reason this Saints team hasn't found the proper motivation to generate its usual bevy of takeaways and defensive scores.
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22 Titans at Dolphins Ryan Tannehill isn't playing like a rookie, either, and facing a Titans team that's generated just nine turnovers won't scare him into doing so.
23 Rams at 49ers The Niners have given up a disproportionate number of sacks, but they're not turning the ball over--and the Rams aren't taking it away, either.
24 Bills at Patriots No offense has surrendered fewer fantasy points to opposing defenses than the Patriots.
25 Jaguars vs. Colts Jacksonville ranks at or near the bottom of the league in sacks, takeaways, and defensive scores. That's not a good combo.
26 Raiders at Ravens Oakland's inability to generate turnovers and defensive points is rivaled only by the Ravens' frugality when it comes to taking care of the football.
27 Colts at Jaguars Peanut Tillman generated more turnovers by himself in the last game than the Colts as a team have generated all season. Think about that.
28 Chiefs at Steelers Kansas City has nine takeaways; the Steelers have eight giveaways. It all adds up to few if any defensive points for the Chiefs.
29 Browns BYE BYE
30 Cardinals BYE BYE
31 Packers BYE BYE
32 Redskins BYE BYE


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