Week Six Defense Rankings

Week Six Defense Rankings

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1. Baltimore Ravens vs. DAL

If the Bears can do it to Tony Romo, why can't the Ravens? In Romo's last game he was very famously picked off five times by a swarming Bears defense. The Ravens may not be quite at that level, but they have forced 12 turnovers this season and scored twice as a defensive unit. It's a giant road test for the Cowboys and a great opportunity for the Ravens to improve to 5-1 and move towards home field advantage in the AFC.

2. Arizona Cardinals vs. BUF

The Cardinals defense is really good, but we're not yet sure how good. The team has had 10 sacks and eight takeaways in the last three weeks and held opponents to under 20 points in four of five games this season, but they couldn't seem to penetrate a below average offensive line in St. Louis last Thursday. We're hopeful that the extra couple of days off mean that they're more than ready to pick apart the Bills offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown eight interceptions this season, only two other quarterbacks have thrown more.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. KC

Let's face it. The Bucs have been great at stopping the run and brutal against halting an aerial attack. What does this mean? More balls in the air mean more chances at interceptions. So I guess it's not a bad thing that they're facing the Chiefs this weekend. Kansas City has thrown more interceptions than any other team in the league and the health and job title of Matt Cassel is very much in question. The Buccaneers likely wouldn't mind too much if they faced Brady Quinn though.

4. Houston Texans vs. GB

The bad news. Brian Cushing tore his ACL and is out for the season. The good news. J.J. Watt is everywhere and sacking anything that moves. Please don't move, J.J. Watt will sack you. This week the former Wisconsin Badger takes on the current pride of Wisconsin, Aaron Rodgers. If Watt were to knock Rodgers out of the game, would there be a rift in the space-time continuum? Only the Cardinals terrible offensive line has allowed more sacks this season than the Pack. I hope the world doesn't end on Sunday night.

5. Cincinnati Bengals at CLE

When in doubt, start the defense that is playing Cleveland. The Bengals are more than just that though. Their 19 sacks this season lead the NFL. I bet you would not have guessed that. The fact that they've only forced five fumbles and one pick is quite odd for a pass rush that has been that good. Brandon Weeden is leading the league in interceptions though, so he could help change the statistics for the Bengals.

6. St. Louis Rams at MIA

Want to know a secret? The Rams defense under new coach Jeff Fisher is really good. Last week the Rams sacked Kevin Kolb nine times. That's once, twice, thrice… nice? Nine times! The result of such a defensive performance is three points against. They also held a good Seahawks team to 13 points the week before. This isn't a fluke. This week they face another inexperienced quarterback in Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins have turned the ball over eight times in the last three weeks.

7. Cleveland Browns vs. CIN

Joe Haden returns from a four-game vacation this week and should most likely shore up a pass defense that has been dreadful in the last month. For example, in Week 1 (with Haden) the Browns had four interceptions. In the four games since then they've had only three picks. Andy Dalton and the Bengals have thrown an interception in each of their five games this season, so let's see if Haden can help bring the Browns back to backfield basics.

8. New England Patriots at SEA

The Patriots are very quietly leading the NFL in fumbles recovered with eight. Their fourteen takeaways this season also tie them for second in the league following only the Chicago Bears. This week they face off against Russell Wilson and a generally weak Seattle offense. Seattle has the second-fewest passing yards per game and has scored more than 16 points only once this season.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers at TEN

From a fantasy standpoint, the Steelers defense has been a major disappointment this season. Injuries to Ryan Clark, James Harrison and Troy Polamalu will do that to a defensive squad though. What I like about the Steelers this week is the matchup. The Titans offense has turned the ball over twice in four of five games this year, allowed three defensive touchdowns and scored more than 14 points only once. Matt Hasselbeck is also starting in place of an injured Jake Locker, so we're only one sack away from seeing the Rusty Smith era begin.

10. Philadelphia Eagles vs. DET

The Eagles defense is very good in reality football, but in the fantasy game they rank near the bottom this year. Their counting stats just aren't there. Seven sacks and one fumble recovery over a five game span will not cut it in fantasy lineups. So why are they in here? The Lions special teams has allowed two kick return touchdowns in each of their last two games. That's four in two games and great math! Until that special teams unit gets fixed, the Lions will be featured as a great opponent in these defensive ranks.

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