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

Steelers – Moving Up
The only thing missing in this defensive effort was the cherry on top (defensive score). The Steelers defense was led by James Harrison and his 9 total tackles, 3 ½ sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery (yes that stat line scored more points than many teams this weekend).  All told, the Steelers racked up 6 sacks, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles & 3 fumble recoveries.  This performance will generate great stories on how the Steelers defense lead their fantasy team to a win on Monday night and on the other side of the coin how the Steelers defense stole a win for their opponent.  Yes the Steelers now sit atop the defensive rankings and they surely did earn it.
                
Cowboys – Moving Up
The stats will not show just how well the Cowboys played on defense.  Consistently they were pressuring McNabb.  Greg Ellis continues to contribute as he logged his 5 ½ sack since returning in week 4 from injury.  The defense as a whole recorded 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble & 1 fumble recovery.  Anthony Henry returned from injury to play in nickel & dime defenses.  As the Cowboy defense gets healthier, the better they are going to be.

Ravens – Moving Down
The Ravens did manage to log 3 sacks and 1 interception but with the conditions as poor as they were at the start of the game you had to expect more in the way of turnovers.  It also did not help that both starting corner backs (Rolle & McCalister)  were out in this game and it showed with Roethlisberger passing for 5 first half touchdowns.   Couple that with how poorly the offense played and that does not bode well for the defense.   

Lions – Moving Up
If you are a Denver fan, you probably feel like burying your head in the snow because the Lions defensive line (Shaun Rodgers & Dewayne White) out scored the Denver offense in this game.  The Lions also added 5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries.  This past week will most likely be one of the best defensive scoring efforts of the entire season but the Lions still are a top-notch choice and should deserve to be in starting lineups more often then not.

Eagles – Moving Down
Now after three disappointing fantasy defensive efforts in a row, the Eagles are being dropped in the rankings.  Trent Cole for the first time in 4 weeks did not record a sack and as a team, the Eagles could only muster up one interception by Lito Sheppard.  This entire team as well as the defense looks sluggish and probably should not be in a starting lineup until they show some life again.

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