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Here’s my Week 11 team defense rankings.

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1. Baltimore @ Carolina
2. Kansas City vs. Arizona
3. New Orleans vs. Seattle
4. Tennessee vs. Washington
5. Miami vs. Chicago
6. Pittsburgh vs. Oakland
7. Green Bay @ Minnesota
8. Chicago @ Miami
9. Atlanta @ St. Louis
10. Dallas vs. Detroit
11. Tampa Bay @ San Francisco
12. San Francisco vs. Tampa Bay
13. San Diego vs. Denver
14. Jacksonville vs. Cleveland
15. Detroit @ Dallas

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Inside the numbers:

  • We’ll see if my #1 jinx continues. The Ravens should manhandle the Panthers, but my top teams (Giants, Patriots, Dallas, Baltimore) have struggled in the past four weeks.
  • Arizona has been more competitive in recent weeks, but have a tough draw against the Chiefs on the road.
  • Washington is in complete disarray. Look for Tennessee to capitalize. The Titans could lead all teams in sacks this week.
  • Green Bay typically struggles a bit in the Metrodome, but the Vikings are in the tank. Clay Matthews should spend a lot of time looking down at Brett Favre this week.
  • Because of their match-ups, the Eagles, Giants, Colts, Jets, and Patriots aren’t strong plays this week.

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Here’s my Week 10 team defense rankings.

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1. New York Giants vs. Dallas
2. Tampa Bay vs. Carolina
3. Seattle @ Arizona
4. Minnesota @ Chicago
5. Chicago vs. Minnesota
6. New York Jets @ Cleveland
7. Philadelphia @ Washington
8. Detroit @ Buffalo
9. San Francisco vs. St. Louis
10. Pittsburgh at New England
11. Arizona vs. Seattle
12. Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati
13. Buffalo vs. Detroit
14. St. Louis @ San Francisco
15. Tennessee @ Miami

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Inside the numbers:

  • Jason Garrett could inspire the team, but the Giants’ pass rush is just too potent.
  • Carolina’s running backs are dropping like flies. Matt Moore is out for the year. Tampa Bay could flash back to the days of Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, and company.
  • Both Cutler and Favre are prone to throw picks and take sacks. Both defenses should be solid in this one.
  • Miami has named Chad Pennington the starter. I’m not sure if that hurts or helps.

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Here’s my Week 9 team defense rankings.

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1. New England @ Cleveland
2. Green Bay @ Dallas
3. New York Giants @ Seattle
4. Chicago @ Buffalo
5. New Orleans @ Carolina
6. Minnesota vs. Arizona
7. New York Jets @ Detroit
8. Buffalo vs. Chicago
9. Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay
10. Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
11. Baltimore vs. Miami
12. Oakland vs. Kansas City
13. Arizona @ Minnesota
14. Seattle vs. New York Giants
15. Detroit @ New York Jets
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Inside the numbers:

  • Dallas has no heart. After manhandling the Jets, the Packers will bring it to the Cowboys.
  • Charlie Whitehurst is starting for the Seahawks. The Giants are licking their chops.
  • Derek Anderson is starting for the Cardinals this week.  For the second straight week I think a defense will step up with their back against the wall. I was WRONG with Dallas this week, but I think the Vikings have more heart.
  • Last week seemed like an ideal time for Carolina to show something against the Rams. They didn’t, and that only leads me to believe the Saints will have their way with them this week.
  • Detroit isn’t the pushover they once were. They won’t play put up huge numbers against the Jets, but they won’t get shut down either. I also think their defense will do decent this week.
  • Who would have thought the Bills defense would actually be a borderline starter? The way Jay Cutler gets sacked and throws picks though, it has become a reality.

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