Colts – Moving Up
Yes Bob Sanders does mean that much to the Colts defense. Sanders picked off the first interception thrown by a Jaguar QB this year with Kelvin Hayden picking one off too.
Dwight Freeney accounted for 2 of the teams 3 sacks and also recorded the first safety of his career. The Colts did give up over 100 yards rushing but as long as Bob Sanders is lining up at SS this defense is not going to give up yards like last year. Freddie Keiaho was also back from an arm injury and played solid at WLB. Next on the agenda is for the Colts to light a fire under DE Robert Mathis.
Cowboys – Moving Up
Greg Ellis started for the first time this season and logged 2 of the teams 3 sacks. The Cowboys also held the Vikings to just 72 yards passing but that should have been expected with the anemic passing attack that the Vikings have. What should be a bit concerning is that knowing that the Vikings would not be able to pass they still allowed Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor to combine for 110 yards rushing with a 5.0 ypc and one TD.
Redskins – Moving Up
The Redskin defense is playing really well right now. If they continue to create defensive scoring opportunities like London Fletcher’s interception return for a touchdown, they will keep moving up too. The defense totaled 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery while limiting Cardinal running backs to just 84 yards with a 2.90 ypc.
Jaguars – Moving Down
The Jaguars defense actually looked good but this slight move down in the rankings is due to the possible loss of David Garrard. If the Jaguars have to rely on Quinn Gray at QB for an extended period, it will have a negative effect on their defense.
Giants – Moving Up
Osi Umenyiora hit a “grand slam” recording a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery, and defensive TD all on one play versus the 49ers. The Giants had a total of 6 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries. It is safe to say that the first two weeks of the season were an anomaly and that the Giant defense is for real. As the Giants get more comfortable with new Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s system, their play is just going to keep improving.
Eagles – Moving Down
For about fifty-eight minutes, the Eagles actually played good defense but games are sixty minutes long. The Eagles allowed Brian Griese to march the Bears 97 yards to a game winning TD pass to Mushin Muhammad with fifteen seconds left in the game. That final drive showed just how badly the Eagles miss Brian Dawkins. It should be noted that the Eagles did hold Bear running backs to just 72 yards on 22 carries.