Week nine defensive rankings

Week nine defensive rankings

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1. Chicago Bears at TEN

What? The Bears are still atop the rankings? Well, yeah. They returned yet another interception for a touchdown last week against the Panthers, making that six defensive TDs in the last five games. Not to mention that they happen to face a Tennessee team that is tied for the league lead with three defensive touchdowns allowed. (drops the mic).

 

2. Atlanta Falcons vs. DAL

The Falcons are one of only six teams that have recorded double digit interception totals this year. The impressive part about this is that they lost Pro Bowl corner Brent Grimes early in the season, and they haven't missed a beat. Someone who has missed a few beats is Tony Romo, who has now thrown 10 interceptions in his last four games.

 

3. Denver Broncos at CIN

While the Broncos did not put up the best fantasy numbers against the Saints last week (one sack and one interception), they did hold Drew Brees and company to only 14 points, which has to account for something. This week they face the much less-polished Andy Dalton and the Bengals. Dalton has thrown at least one interception in every game this season and has had three returned for touchdowns.

 

4. Houston Texans vs. BUF

With all of the injuries to the Texans defense, it was impressive that they could sack Joe Flacco four times, pick him off twice, take one of those back for a touchdown and hold the Ravens to only 13 points in their last game. This week they face a Buffalo team that is high risk and high reward. The Bills have scored 24 of more points in five of seven this season, but also allowed multiple turnovers in five of seven games.

 

5. San Diego Super Chargers vs. KC

Last time the Chargers faced the Chiefs they forced six turnovers, returned one for a touchdown and had two sacks. This time they face the Chiefs at home, in prime time and there is a much less seasoned Brady Quinn behind center. The Chiefs have turned over the ball at least three times in six of seven games this season.

 

6. Washington Redskins vs. CAR

The Redskins have surprisingly returned four turnovers for touchdowns this season, which is good enough for the second-most in the league behind the Bears. This week they face a Panthers offense which to put it kindly is "struggly." The Panthers have scored 14 or fewer points in four of seven games this season and gave up a pick six to the Bears last weekend.

 

7. Baltimore Ravens at CLE

The Ravens have had the bye week to help regroup from the loss of Ray Lewis and LaDarius Webb, not to mention the fact that they gave up 43 points to the Texans pre-bye week. It's time for Terrell Suggs and company to right this ship. They have a great chance to do so in Cleveland this weekend. Last time they faced the Browns the Ravens had one sack, fumble recovery, interception and touchdown, while allowing only 16 points.

 

8. Green Bay Packers vs. ARI

The Packers recovered their very first fumble of the season last week against Jacksonville. Green Bay has always been more of an interception-style defense than a jar the ball loose kind of a team, but going seven games without falling on a ball is just strange. This week they face a Cardinals club that can't seem to fall into a win. The Cards have allowed Kevin Kolb and John Skelton to be sacked 33 times in the last five weeks. They'll be hard-pressed to keep them upright this week in Lambeau.

 

9. Cleveland Browns vs. BAL

No one thinks of the Browns as a good defensive side, and rightly so. Cleveland has allowed 23 or more points in five of their last seven. But, and this is a big "but," they are one of only six teams that has 10 or more picks, they've only allowed 23 total points in the last two weeks and Joe Haden seems to have the secondary back on track. Let's see if Joe Flacco and the Ravens test their might.

 

10. New York Giants vs. PIT

After picking off four Tony Romo passes last week, the Giants have now tied the Bears for the league lead in interceptions with 16. It's probably going to be tough for them to keep that number at the top this week though as Ben Roethlisberger has only thrown three interceptions all season. I do like the Giants ability to sack the quarterback though, especially against the weak Pittsburgh front five.

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