Ravens – Moving Up
Get your abacus out for this game. The Ravens had 5 interceptions, 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble & 1 fumble recovery. All that was missing was the defensive TD. Granted this is not the same Rams team that was known as the Greatest Show on Turf but still that was a very impressive defensive effort by the Ravens.
Jaguars – Moving Up
The Jaguars are sneaky good this year and the Colts better not look past them or they could be in trouble. The Jaguars held an upstart Texans team to just one offensive TD and logged 2 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble & 1 fumble recovery that was returned for a defensive score by WLB Daryl Smith. If this defense starts creating more turnovers, they will continue to rise up the rankings.
Buccaneers – Moving Up
This Buccaneers defense is like a yo-yo, last week they moved down the rankings and now after a solid performance versus the Titans they are moving back up. Holding the Titans to 1 TD and their RB’s to a 3.0 ypc while recording 2 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble & 1 fumble recovery will usually help move you up the rankings. The Bucaneer offense may be struggling some but this defense is starting to fire on all cylinders.
Chiefs – Moving Up
Is there any doubt that Jared Allen is a beast? No, there is not! Allen recorded 2.5 of the teams 4 sacks and a forced fumble to lead the Chiefs defense. The Chiefs also intercepted Carson Palmer twice on the day. The run defense was again very good but if this unit has a deficiency it is in pass coverage, where they gave up 320 yards and 2 scores.
Seahawks – Moving Down
The run defense is starting to show just how it misses Marcus Tubbs. Reggie Bush had the three longest runs of his short career and for a brief moment had over 100 yards rushing on the day helping the Saints to their first win of the season. The only thing the Seahawk defense was able to muster up was 2 forced fumbles & a fumble recovery. This defense will need to shore up its rush defense so that Julian Peterson can pin his ears back and get after the QB.
Giants – Moving Up
This defense has really transformed since the first half of the Redskin game. They have 17 sacks, 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles & 1 fumble recovery the last 3 weeks. The biggest question is can they sustain this sort of play. The answer to that question is NO but their play of late warrants a move up the rankings.
Texans – Moving Down
Based on fantasy scoring the Texans probably should not be moving down the rankings but when you give up over 200 yards rushing to the Jaguar RB’s on just 18 carries well you are going to slide down some. Still this defense was able to log 1 sack, force 2 fumbles while recovering both. This is still a very young defense and they should improve as the season progresses or at least Texan fans had better hope they do.