Week twelve defensive rankings

Week twelve defensive rankings

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1. Denver Broncos at KC

The Broncos have been responsible for a defensive touchdown, a special teams touchdown or a safety in four of the last five games. Go figure, they've won five straight. For two consecutive weeks the Chiefs have only turned the ball over once, but have still given the ball away three or more times in seven games this season. If your league gets bonus points for holding opponents to low point totals, you should know that Kansas City has scored 16 or fewer points in six straight games.

2. Chicago Bears vs. MIN

The Bears have been an opportunistic defense for the better part of two decades, but this year's team has the distinction of scoring the most defensive touchdowns (7) in any of the last 12 years. And they've got six games to go. In the last four meetings with the Bears, the Vikings have not topped 14 points in a game and they have allowed two return game touchdowns, a defensive touchdown and a safety.

3. Baltimore Ravens at SD

The Ravens dodged a flying safety this week as Ed Reed's one game suspension was reduced to a fine of $50K, which is good because the Ravens defense is on a roll. In the last two weeks the Ravens have recorded three sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and have seen Jacoby Jones return a kick to the house in each game. The Ravens travel to San Diego this weekend to face Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Rivers has thrown multiple interceptions in three of his last five games and have thrown the second-most in the NFL this season.

4. New England Patriots at NYJ

Chasing last week's stats is always a tempting and dangerous play, but the Patriots may be able to back it up. Last week New England returned two of their four takeaways for touchdowns and also returned a kick for a score against the Colts. Not only that, they've forced multiple turnovers in seven straight games. The Jets offense is as mysterious as a Scooby Doo episode. In the last four games the Jets have allowed multiple turnovers three times and scored fewer than 10 points twice.

5. Carolina Panthers at PHI

No team has allowed more defensive touchdowns than the Philadelphia Eagles. Michael Vick's turnover virus seems to have jumped to Nick Foles as well, as the rookie was responsible for three turnovers and only six points last week in Washington. Carolina is the defense that will face Foles this week on Monday night. The Panthers have been a sneaky start at defense especially in a good matchup. Carolina has grabbed three or more turnovers in a game three times this season and returned three picks for TDs this year.

6. Houston Texans at DET

While the Texans defense didn't look great last week against the Jaguars, I think we can chalk that up as the trap game between the Monday night matchup against the Bears and the Thanksgiving day game with the Lions. In their previous three games they had allowed 13 or fewer points and had seven takeaways, so it's still a solid D/ST. This week they face a Lions club that has given up more miscellaneous touchdowns than any other squad. Opponents have scored three defensive touchdowns and four return TDs against Detroit this season.

7. Washington Redskins at DAL

By no means are we calling the Redskins a good defense, but for fantasy purposes they could score you some points this weekend. Washington has four takeaway touchdowns this season, a mark that ties them for third in the league. This week they battle the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. In two games this season Tony Romo has thrown nine interceptions. In the remaining ten games he's only thrown four picks. So is this the implosion game for Romo and the Cowboys? You never know.

8. Cincinnati Bengals vs. OAK

Very quietly, the Bengals are third in the NFL in sacks (31) and seventh in the league in fumble recoveries (9). In the last two weeks they've given up 19 total points, which is very impressive considering that one of those games was against the Giants offense. Carson Palmer of the Raiders returns to Cincinnati for the first time since his trade last season. Palmer has thrown at least one interception in six straight games and eight of his last nine.

9. New York Giants vs. GB

You may have missed the fact that when the Giants aren't allowing teams to score at will on them, they're second in the NFL in takeaways with 27. Teams tend to pass on the G-men, which is why they've recorded 17 interceptions this year. While Aaron Rodgers and the Packer do not throw a ton of interceptions, they have had significant offensive line problems. The Pack has allowed three or more sacks in a game six times this season.

10. Buffalo Bills at IND

The Bills are not even a really good fantasy option on most weeks, but here's why I dig them for one week only. They're well rested after a Thursday game last week in which they matched their season high with three takeaways. They've also returned two kicks for touchdowns in just the last four games, which is something that the Colts had trouble with last week. As we stated above, the Colts allowed the Patriots to return a kick and two turnovers to the house last week. While we don't expect a repeat of that performance, there's a decent chance that Buffalo can make something happen in the return game.

Other options…

11. Arizona Cardinals vs. STL

12. Green Bay Packers at NYG

13. Seattle Seahawks at MIA

14. Tennessee Titans at JAC

15. Minnesota Vikings at CHI

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