|Patriots – Moving Up
Yes the Patriots D is playing almost as well as their offense is. Granted it was only the Bills but the Patriots held the Bills to less then 100 yards passing. They also held rookie running back Marshawn Lynch to 74 yards with a 3.7 ypc average. As long as the offense is putting up big points this defense is going to be able to pin its ears back and just continue to attack.
Steelers – Moving Up
The Steelers defense has given up just two TD’s so far this year, which is the same amount that their D/ST has scored. Frank Gore was held to just 39 yards rushing with a paltry 2.79 ypc and no scores. When a defense is able to keep a running back like Frank Gore in check and put points on the board it deserves to be in the top 3.
Jacksonville – Moving Down
The defense is actually playing pretty well but when the offense is limiting their snaps and opportunities. In addition, John Henderson was out this past week because of concussion symptoms. Henderson is a very important cog for this defense from his DT position.
Denver – Moving Down
As a team, Denver is lucky to be 2-1. They allowed Jacksonville to rush for 186 yards and a score and also gave up a passing TD to David Garrard. Outside of the play of Elvis Dumervil (2 sacks & 1 force fumble) there is not much good to say about the play of their
Dallas – Moving Down
Terrence Newman saw his first action of the season verson the Bears. DeMarcus Ware (2 sacks) led the Cowboys defense to a convincing win over last years NFC Super Bowl representative. All told, the Cowboys recorded 3 sacks, 3 interceptions & 1 forced fumble and held the Bears running backs to just 63 yards and no scores.
Tampa Bay – Moving Up
Yeah I just checked and it is indeed 2007. However, the play of the Buccaneers defense looks more like their vaunted defenses from not so long ago. They were able to hold the Rams to just 3 points while recording 1 sack, 3 interceptions and 1 forced fumble. Yes, that was the Rams and Mark Bulger not Rex “I throw a mean INT” Grossman.
Titans – Moving Up
The defensive line for the Titans played extremely well versus the Saints and really set the tone for the defense. Keith Bulluck intercepted 3 of the teams 4 interceptions. Travis Laboy accounted for their only sack and forced fumble but the D-Line was bringing the heat all night long. The Titans held the Saints to just 34 yards rushing on just 16 attempts but 2 of those rushes did go for Reggie Bush TD’s.
Dolphins – Moving Down
In an interview, Jason Taylor said, “I stink”. Well that is not true Taylor is a stud and one of the best defensive ends in the game but he does need to get to the quarterback. Zach Thomas was inactive due to concussion symptoms. This team cannot afford to lose a player like Zach Thomas for any amount of time. The defense could only muster up 1 sack and let Thomas Jones rush for over 100 yards as the Jets put up 31 points in the win.
Panthers – Moving Down
The Panthers let Joey Harrington pass for 361 yards and 2 scores. Let me repeat that, the Panthers let Joey Harrington pass for 361 yards and 2 scores. Oh, and they were not able to record any interceptions either. On top of that, the Falcon running backs averaged 5.12 ypc. Julius Peppers is one of the best athletes in the NFL yet he has not recoded a single sack this year. He will need to pick up his game to turn this defense around.
Chiefs – Moving Up
For years the Chiefs had a great offense and no defense to speak of but now it is just the opposite. Jared Allen was back from a league-induced suspension and he made sure everyone knew he was back (2 sacks, 1 forced fumble & 9 total tackles) in a big way. In total, the Chiefs had 5 sacks and 1 forced fumble while holding the Vikings to under 300 yards on offense and 10 points scored. From the looks of the offense, the Chiefs are going to need their defense to keep games close if they hope to win many games this year.
Bills – Moving Down
This defense is just simply decimated with injuries. This week the bills lost MLB Paul Posluszny for the season when he suffered a broken forearm during the game.
They have been without starting WLB Keith Ellison since the pre-season and his back-up Coy Wire was injured earlier in the season and still is out of action. To make matters worse JP Losman was injured and an already struggling offense will just make matters worse for the defense if they cannot sustain drives.