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Team Defenses Report - Week 6
Darin Tietgen
October 13, 2005

First Tier – Must Starts

  1. Pittsburgh Jags’ QB Byron Leftwich has only thrown 3 picks thus far, but the Pittsburgh D is firing on all cylinders. This should be a hard-fought game dominated by both of the defenses. With Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger injured, their D will have to come up big time.
  2. Tampa Bay The Bucs are winning with defense. They’ll welcome in the Bohemian Dolphin RB with a bang.
  3. Atlanta You gotta feel for the Saints. First they lose their home, now their franchise RB. Gonna be a long day for the Saints. Gonna be a long season.

Second Tier – Solid Starts

  1. Chicago If the Bears have a chance at taking down their division rival Vikings, it will be because of their solid, opportunistic defense.
  2. Indianapolis They’re playing inspired defensive football. This game should be an aerial showdown, so there will be plenty of opportunities for this defense to score fantasy-wise.
  3. Carolina They continue to play solid defense, and get to face the mess that is the Detroit Lions.
  4. Cincinnati Their opponent, the Tennessee Titans, haven’t made as many mistakes as you’d expect from such a bad team. But if anyone’s gonna cause them to make mistakes, it’s the Bengals’ defense.
  5. Buffalo They took a big step back defensively in losing LB Takeo Spikes a few weeks back, but they’re still solid. And this week, they face Vinny and the Jets.
  6. Seattle Sure, they haven’t done anything spectacular defensively, but hey, they’re playing the Houston Texans. Mark them down for 3 sacks and 2 TOs before they even get out of the tunnel.

Third Tier - Best of the Rest

  1. Baltimore Oh, where have you gone, mighty Baltimore? If they’re gonna show up and regain fantasy stardom, it will most likely kick off against the Browns.
  2. Washington Like many on this list, the Redskins continue to pull off victories because of their defense. Tough task this week facing a pretty good offense in the Chiefs.
  3. Jacksonville If Big Ben plays for the Steelers, expect the Jags to test him early and often. If he doesn’t, they will pressure the backup QB and stack up against the run.