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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 10 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks rank second in the league in total defense with 296 yards per game allowed and third in scoring defense with 16.6 points per game allowed. Seattle has 29 sacks and 21 takeaways. They face the struggling Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have just 23 points in their past two games. They have turned the ball over 15 times.
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2. Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans rank 11th in total defense (340.3 ypg allowed) and ninth in scoring defense (20.9 ppg allowed). The Titans have 22 sacks and have forced 15 turnovers. They take on the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags rank last in total offense (286.5 ypg) and scoring offense (10.8 ppg). They have allowed 28 sacks and have 15 turnovers. Jacksonville also lost their best player (Justin Blackmon).
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3. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts rank seventh in scoring defense (19.4 ppg allowed). They have 22 sacks and 13 takeaways. The Colts face the St. Louis Rams. The Rams rank 30th in total offense (310.3 ypg) and 23rd in scoring offense (20.7 ppg). The Rams have allowed 22 sacks and have turned the ball over 13 times.
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4. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans lead the league in total defense with 273.5 yards per game allowed. They have 20 sacks The Texans take on the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards rank 29th in total offense (314.5 ypg) and 24th in scoring offense (20 ppg). They have allowed 23 sacks and have 18 turnovers.
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5. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers rank sixth in total defense (325.1 ypg allowed) and fourth in scoring defense (18.1 ppg allowed). They have forced 16 turnovers. Aldon Smith’s return could help immensely against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers rank 20th in total offense (332.8 ypg). They have allowed 22 sacks and have turned the ball over 11 times.
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6. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers rank third in total defense (299.9 ypg allowed) and second in scoring defense (13.3 ppg allowed). They have 23 sacks and have 19 takeaways. The Panthers square off with the Niners.
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7. Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins are a mediocre defensive unit, but they have a favorable matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs rank 31st in total offense (304.3 ypg) and scoring offense (15.5 ppg).
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8. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals rank fifth in total defense (325 ypg allowed) and sixth in scoring defense (18.4 ppg allowed). They have 25 sacks and 13 takeaways. The Bengals face the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens rank 23rd in total offense (322.4 ypg) and 21st in scoring offense (21 ppg).
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9. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens rank 10th in total defense (339.5 ypg allowed) and scoring defense (21.5 ppg allowed). They have 28 sacks. They square off with the Bengals. The Bengals have turned the ball over 17 times.
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10. Tampa Bay Buccaneerst
The Bucs are a mediocre defensive unit, but they face a Dolphins team that is without two staring offensive lineman. The Dolphins rank 28th in total offense (315.3 ypg) and 19th in scoring offense (21.8 ppg). They have been sacked more times (35) than any other team. They have also turned the ball over 15 times.
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With an exciting ninth week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 10 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers rank first in scoring defense (12.9 points per game allowed) and second in total defense (271.4 yards per game allowed). The Rams rank 28th in both scoring offense (17.1 points per game) and total offense (316.5 yards per game).
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2. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh leads the league in total defense (262.6) and ranks ninth in scoring defense (20.5). The Chiefs are averaging 13.0 points during their five-game losing streak.
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3. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks rank fourth in total defense (309.2) and third in scoring defense (17.1). The Jets rank 27th in total offense (317.4) and 21st in scoring offense (21.0).
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4. Chicago Bears
The Bears rank second in scoring defense (15.0) and sixth in total defense (318.1). The Texans have a powerful offense, but the Bears are always a threat for a defensive touchdown.
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5. Detroit Lions
The Lions rank seventh in total defense (320.5). The Vikings have been getting the worst quarterback play in the league the past few weeks.
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6. Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore is dealing with injuries on defense, but Oakland has running back injury issues.
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7.Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys rank fifth in total defense (312.5). The Eagles are turnover prone and rank 29th in scoring offense (16.6).
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8. Houston Texans
The Texans rank third in total defense (286.1) and fourth in scoring defense (17.1). The Bears can be explosive on offense, but Jay Cutler can struggle if pressured. J.J. Watt has the ability to do that.
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9. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have allowed 15.3 points per game during their three-game winning streak. The Jaguars rank last in total offense (254.4) and scoring offense (14.6)
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10. Denver Broncos
The Broncos rank tenth in total defense (325.1) and 13th in scoring defense (21.9). The Panthers rank 20th in total offense (344.9) and 27th in scoring offense (18.6).
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 10 2011 fantasy football defense rankings.
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1.  Baltimore Ravens @ Seattle:  Giving up a just 16.3 ppg. The Seahawks are scoring just 15.3. Ravens have 26 sacks.
2.  Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati:  Giving up 18.0 ppg and 280.2 ypg with 23 sacks.
3.  Houston Texans @ Tampa Bay:  Giving up 17.4 ppg with a league-low 274.0 ypg. Have recorded 24 sacks and 11 INTs.
4.  Philadelphia vs. Arizona:  Has 22 sacks. Cardinals have allowed 27 and are only averaging 20.3 ppg.
5.  Jacksonville @ Indianapolis:  Giving up 20.4 ppg and 307 ypg (both top ten). Colts are scoring just 14.2 ppg.
6.  Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota:  Offense will make Vikes one-dimensional. Lead league with 16 INTs.
7.  Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears:  Giving up 18.4 ppg with 24 sacks. The Bears have allowed 21 sacks.
8.  San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants:  Leading league with 14.8 ppg allowed and in top ten in ypg allowed.
9.  New York Giants @ San Francisco 49ers:  Lead league with 28 sacks. This game will be very physical.
10.  Cleveland Browns vs. St. Louis Rams:  Rams lead league with 31 sacks allowed. Plus they are only scoring 12.5 ppg.
11.  Miami Dolpins vs. Washington:  Tied for tenth with 21.1 ppg allowed. Redskins scoring 15.9 and in a funk.
12.  Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh:  Pittsburgh is clicking but Cincy is top five in points and yards allowed.
13.  St. Louis Rams @ Cleveland:  The Browns have no running game to speak of so perhaps the Rams don’t get destroyed on the ground for a change.
14.  Kansas City vs. Denver:  Which Tebow will show up? Sure makes it hard to play an average defense against him.
15.  New York Jets @ New England:  I don’t like playing them this week but they could force Brady into some turnovers.
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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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