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Rest Of Season Player Rankings: Team Defenses - Week 5
Steve Gallo
October 2, 2007
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends | Kickers | Team Defenses
These player rankings track a player's value for the remainder of the season.
Mv Rank Team Bye
  1 New England Patriots 10
  2 Chicago Bears 9
  3 Pittsburgh Steelers 6
  4 Baltimore Ravens 8
  5 Minnesota Vikings 5
  6 Indianapolis Colts 6
  7 Green Bay Packers 7
8 Dallas Cowboys 8
  9 Philadelphia Eagles 5
  10 Jacksonville Jaguars 4
11 San Diego Chargers 7
12 Seattle Seahawks 8
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10
  14 Denver Broncos 6
  15 San Francisco 49ers 6
  16 Houston Texans 10
  17 Washington Redskins 4
  18 Tennessee Titans 4
19 Kansas City Chiefs 8
  20 Oakland Raiders 5
  21 Carolina Panthers 7
  22 Arizona Cardinals 8
23 Miami Dolphins 9
  24 New York Jets 10
25 New York Giants 9
  26 St. Louis Rams 9
  27 Atlanta Falcons 8
  28 Buffalo Bills 6
  29 New Orleans Saints 4
  30 Detroit Lions 6
  31 Cleveland Browns 7
  32 Cincinnati Bengals 5

Cowboys – Moving Up
Considering this defense pitched a shutout (Rams scored on a punt return) and both Terrance Newman and Greg Ellis were both on the field you have to move the Cowboys up the rankings.  Now it could be said that the Rams are that bad right now but in the NFL when you shutout a teams offense that is no small feat.

Chargers – Moving Down
Talk about a team coming apart at the seams.  Reasons why this defense is moving down the rankings: A. Damon Huard passed for nearly 300 yards and 2 TD’s.  B. Giving up over 120 yards rushing.  C.  Allowing a rookie WR to go for 184 yards on 8 catches.  D.  Giving up 30 points to KC.  At least the defense was able to record 2 sacks, 2 interceptions & 1 forced fumble.  

Seahawks – Moving Up
On the third play of the game, the Seahawks knocked Alex Smith out of the game.  The Seahawks held Frank Gore to just 79 rushing yards and no scores and used Trent Dilfer as a tackling dummy for the rest of the game.  Six sacks, 2 interceptions & 4 forced fumbles is fantasy gold but week five presents a big challenge with Willie Parker carrying the rock.

Buccaneers – Moving Up
The Buccaneers turned in another impressive defensive performance.  They held Carolina to less then 100 yards rushing and only 155 yards passing.  They also helped David Carr feel like he was still playing for the Texans (3 sacks).  Steve Smith was held relatively in check with only 5 catches for 32 yards and no scores but that could be a chicken or the egg thing (was it David Carr or the defense?). 

Chiefs – Moving Up
The Chiefs held what used to be a strong Charger offense to just 1 touchdown and 3 field goals.  Yes, LT finally broke 100 yards rushing in a game but the Chiefs we still able to keep the game in hand.  Good defenses get off the field on 3rd downs and the Chiefs did that holding the Chargers to 4 third down conversions in 12 attempts (and 0-1 on 4th down conversions).  There will not be many games this year where both Jared Allen and Tamba Hali are held without a sack.  This defense should continue to improve as the season wears on.

Dolphins – Moving Down
Well on a good note, the Dolphins held Daunte Culpepper to just 75 yards passing.  However, the Dolphins gave up 299 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns ( 3 rushing & 2 passing by Culpepper).  Matt Roth recorded the only sack for the Dolphin defense.  Zach Thomas missed his second consecutive game and the Dolphins need him back badly. 

Giants – Moving Up
The Giants set an NFL record with 12 sacks versus the Eagles.  The Giants have not allowed a touchdown in their last six quarters of play.  Osi Umenyiora treated Winston Justice (playing for an injured William Thomas {3 time Pro-Bowler}) like an unlocked turnstile at Grand Central Station.  Getting “pressure” on the QB will do wonders for a defense.

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