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

Chargers – Moving Up
The Chargers scored 35 points, none by LT.  Rivers only completed seven passes on the day but three did go for TD’s (2-Gates, 1-Chambers).  However, the Charger defense made plenty of noise logging two defensive TD’s including a 70 yard INT return by Antonio Cromartie.  Cromartie also added a fumble recovery for a TD in the end zone.  Amazing when you really think about it, 35 points, and none by LT, 2 defensive scores and Merriman is held without a sack.  LT and Merriman will surely add to their stats as the season goes on and the Chargers are starting to turn it on as a team now too.

Titans – Moving Up
Are the Titans this good?  Well their defense has been playing extremely well all season and versus the Raiders, you got to see what sort of havoc they are capable of causing.
Culpepper was sacked five times and intercepted once while only throwing for 167 yards with no TD’s.  The Titan defense also forced 2 fumbles and recovered one of them. 

Redskins – Moving Down
The Patriots completely dismantled the Redskin defense.  Giving up 50+ points in a game is never good but when you lose a starting CB and LB along the way, well it is going to make for a tough week in the rankings.  On the bright side (as if there really was one) Phillip Daniels sacked Tom Brady and forced a fumble that was recovered by Andre Carter.  You could dismiss this as the Redskins just getting beat up by a superior team and say they should not fall but if Carlos Rogers and/or Rocky McIntosh are out for an extended period of time it will be a detriment to their defense.

Niners – Moving Down
This defense is being hurt by its offense as much as anything else.  The Niners gave up over 330 yards passing and 4 scores while allowing Saints running backs to rush for over 100 yards on the day.  At least Nate Clements did force a fumble on the day but it would be better if he and his secondary mates stopped some of those passing TD’s.  Patrick Willis continues to play like a beast but he is not going to get it done all alone.

Bills – Moving Up
So it was only the Jets but still the Bills held them to just three points on the day.  The Bills were led on defense by Aaron Schobel who had 1 of the teams 3 sacks and forced 2 fumbles.  The Bills have showed some grit and determination with all the injuries that they have sustained and deserve a slight bump up the rankings.

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