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2009 Rankings Movement - Team Defenses
Updated: September 10, 2009
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Mv Rank Player Team Bye
Tier One
  1Baltimore RavensBAL7
  2Pittsburgh SteelersPIT8
  3Minnesota VikingsMIN9
Tier Two
  4Tennessee TitansTEN7
  5New York GiantsNYG10
  6Los Angeles ChargersLAC
  7Philadelphia EaglesPHI4
8Chicago BearsCHI5
9Green Bay PackersGBP5
  10Dallas CowboysDAL6
  11New England PatriotsNEP8
  12New York JetsNYJ9
Tier Three
  13Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBB8
  14Buffalo BillsBUF9
  15Oakland RaidersOAK9
  16Seattle SeahawksSEA7
  17Miami DolphinsMIA6
  18Carolina PanthersCAR4
19Washington RedskinsWAS8
  20Arizona CardinalsARI4
  21Houston TexansHOU10
  22Indianapolis ColtsIND6
  23New Orleans SaintsNOS5
  24Cleveland BrownsCLE9
  25Atlanta FalconsATL4
  26Jacksonville JaguarsJAC7
  27Cincinnati BengalsCIN8
  28Los Angeles RamsLAR
  29Detroit LionsDET7
  30San Francisco 49ersSFO6
  31Denver BroncosDEN7
  32Kansas City ChiefsKCC8
Player Change Now Date
Chicago Bears 8 09-04-09
The opportunistic secondary is getting healthy, and the Bears are fully capable of translating turnovers into defensive points.
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Green Bay Packers 9 09-04-09

Nothing major here, just a little concern that some regulars haven't had a lot of reps in the new 3-4 defense and top pick B.J. Raji sprained an ankle in the preseason finale.

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Washington Redskins 19 09-04-09
Albert Haynesworth is still healthy (for now), and Brian Orakpo has looked great this preseason. The Redskins were solid last season yet flew largely under the fantasy radar; now their blip is increasing in brightness.
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Philadelphia Eagles 7 08-24-09

Maybe the adjustment will be tougher on Philly's defense than initially believed; in eight first-half possessions this season they've allowed four 75-yard touchdown drives. Of course, they've seen a couple of pretty good offenses in the Patriots and Colts, but with MLB Stewart Bradley gone for the season there are enough question marks here to bump the Eagles' D down a notch or two.

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Minnesota Vikings 3 08-17-09
It appears that the risk of Minnesota losing the Williams wall for a quarter of the season has been eliminated; thus, they creep back into the top tier of available defenses. If Percy Harvin ever gets onto the field for returns, they may move to the top of the list.
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New York Giants 6 08-17-09
The Giants possess the deepest defensive line rotation in football, and Osi Umenyiori announced he's back from last season's injury with a sack/strip in the preseason opener. This unit is so good they may have trouble getting rookie linebacker Clint Sintim, himself a pass-rushing terror, onto the field. Oh to have those kinds of problems.
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New England Patriots 11 08-17-09
Under the heading "Rich Getting Richer", the Patriots acquired a former Pro Bowl pass rusher who happens to be in a contract year in Derrick Burgess. That certainly won't hurt the New England defense, and a few more sacks—plus the uptick in turnovers more quarterback pressure leads to—has the Patriots defensive unit rising up the fantasy draft board.
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New York Jets 12 08-17-09
Gang Green will be without defensive end Shaun Ellis for one game and outside linebacker Calvin Pace for four. They may have enough depth to cover, but it's certainly not an ideal situation for first-year coach Rex Ryan
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Carolina Panthers 18 08-17-09
Julius Peppers is going to stick around, at least for one more year, and that's all the Panthers need to start sneaking back up the fantasy draft board.
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Cleveland Browns 23 08-17-09
The Browns don't appear to have found anyone to pressure the passer, which will make things extremely difficult on the back side of their defense. And it's not as if their offense appears poised to put the opposition in a position of weakness, either.

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