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With an exciting 14th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 15 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Detroit Lions
The Lions are more of a middle-of-the-road defensive unit than an elite option. That said, the Arizona Cardinals are an embarrassment. They rank last in total offense (269.5 yards per game) and scoring offense (14.3 points per game). They have six points in the past two games combined.
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2. Cincinnati Bengals
The Philadelphia Eagles looked good last week, but there are a couple of things that jump out at me. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are terrible at defending the pass. Cincinnati is 10th against the pass. While they don’t have the top run defense like Tampa, the Bengals do rank 11th. They have the ability to keep Bryce Brown in check while not allowing Nick Foles to look like Drew Brees.
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3. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks put a whooping for the ages on the Cardinals. They rank third in total defense and second in scoring defense. The Buffalo Bills will at least put up a fight, but I expect another strong showing.
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4. Green Bay Packers
The Packers are a mediocre defensive unit, but suddenly the Chicago Bears are reeling, having lost four of their past five games. They are averaging 11 points in those defeats. If Clay Matthews can go this week, he could help force Jay Cutler into the type of mistakes he made in Week 2.
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5. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers got spanked by the San Diego Chargers, but still rank first in total defense and seventh in scoring defense. Dez Bryant could be out or limited this week, which hinders the Dallas Cowboys’ offense.
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6. New England Patriots
The Pats dominated the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. They are terrific against the run, and while they give up more than their share of yards, they are able to minimize the scoring. The Patriots offense will place the burden on Colin Kaepernick to keep up. Bill Belichick will look to come up with a scheme to confuse the young quarterback.
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7. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are coming off a strong showing against the Bears. They don’t play well away from home, but at least they are in a dome. The St. Louis Rams rank 25th in total offense and 29th in scoring offense. The Rams give up their fair share of sacks. Jared Allen will look to rope some cattle.
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8. New York Jets
The Jets have buckled down defensively the past two weeks, holding Arizona and Jacksonville to a combined 16 points. The Jets rank 8th in total defense. Tennessee ranks 23rd in total offense and 22nd in scoring offense.
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9. Houston Texans
The Texans are coming off a humiliating loss. They still rank seventh in total defense and sixth in scoring defense. They get beat up by the bully (Patriots) and will look to take it out on their little brother (Indianapolis Colts).
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10. Chicago Bears
The Bears aren’t forcing the turnovers (or defensive scores) like they were earlier in the year. They also have a tough foe (Packers). They are playing at home though and still rank fifth in total defense and third in scoring defense.
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