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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 12 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Buffalo Bills
2. Philadelphia Eagles
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. Indianapolis Colts
5. San Diego Chargers
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Seattle Seahawks
8. Denver Broncos
9. San Francisco 49ers
10. Houston Texans
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Carolina Panthers Defense
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 12 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers rank third in total defense with 294 yards allowed per game and first in scoring defense with 13.5 points allowed per game. The Panthers have 31 sacks and have forced 23 turnovers. They are facing the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins rank 31st in total offense with 307.8 yards per game. They have allowed a league-high 41 sacks and have committed 17 turnovers. I don’t know how their shattered offensive line can hold back Carolina’s front seven.
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2. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs rank 12th in total defense (336.9 ypg allowed) and second in scoring defense (13.8 ppg allowed). They have 36 sacks and 24 takeaways. The Chiefs battle with the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts rank 17th in scoring offense (22.8 ppg). They can still be a potent offense, but the Chiefs are an elite defensive unit, particularly when they are playing at home.
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3. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans lead the league in total defense with 286.1 yards allowed per game. They yield a fair amount of points (27.6 ppg), but that shouldn’t be an issue against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags rank dead last in total offense (278 ypg) and scoring offense (12.9 ppg). Jacksonville has allowed 33 sacks and have 19 turnovers.
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4. Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens rank 13th in total defense (339.9 ypg allowed) and eighth in scoring defense (21.2 ppg allowed). They have 34 sacks on the year. They are facing the inconsistent New York Jets. The Jets rank 20th in total offense (324.8 ypg) and 31st in scoring offense (18.3 ppg). The Jets have allowed 35 sacks and have turned the ball over 21 times.
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5. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers rank seventh in total defense (323.8 ypg allowed) and fourth in scoring defense (17.8 ppg allowed). The Niners have forced 21 turnovers. They have a tough task against the Washington Redskins, but the Niners did a decent job with Drew Brees last week. The Redskins have 18 turnovers.
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6. New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints rank fourth in total defense (305.4 ypg allowed) and fifth in scoring defense (18.3 ppg allowed). The Saints have 32 sacks and 16 takeaways. They are playing the struggling Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons rank 22nd in scoring offense (21.4 ppg) and have committed 19 turnovers.
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7. Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions are not a superior defensive unit, but I think they’ll slow down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs rank 28th in total offense (310.8 ypg) and 30th in scoring offense (18.7 ppg).
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8. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts rank 10th in scoring defense (22 ppg allowed). They have 26 sacks and 15 takeaways. The Colts are playing the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards rank 19th in total offense (326.4 ypg) and 22nd in scoring offense (21.4 ppg). They have allowed 27 sacks and have 21 turnovers.
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9. Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are a mediocre defensive unit, but the Minnesota Vikings are a bad team. The Vikes are getting terrible quarterback play and Adrian Peterson (groin) isn’t his normal self. Minnesota ranks 26th in total offense (317.7 ypg) and have allowed 22 sacks.
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10. New York Jets
The Jets rank eight in total defense (324 ypg allowed). They have 28 sacks. They are facing the Ravens. The Ravens rank 30th in total offense (308.5 ypg) and 25th in scoring defense (20.8 ppg). Baltimore has allowed 33 sacks and committed 18 turnovers.
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With an exciting 11th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 12 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Chicago Bears
Da Bears did not look good on Monday Night Football. They were manhandled by the San Francisco 49ers. I expect Jay Cutler to return, which will help the offense and put the defense in better situations. The Bears rank fifth in total defense (312.1 yards allowed per game) and third in scoring defense (16.5 points allowed per game).
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They force a ton of turnovers and often take them to the house. Chicago will put pressure on Christian Ponder and likely force the Minnesota Vikings into some mistakes.
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2. Denver Broncos
The Broncos have been coming on. Peyton gets them a lead and then it’s (Von) Miller Time. They rank sixth in total defense (312.8) and 11th in scoring defense (21.2). The Kansas City Chiefs rank last in scoring offense (15.2 points per game).
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3. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks rank third in total defense (296.8) and second in scoring defense (16.1). The Miami Dolphins rank 28th in total offense (309.9) and 26th in scoring offense (18.7). They are averaging 12.3 points during their current three-game losing streak.
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4. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers lead the league in total defense (259.1) and rank fifth in scoring defense (19.0). The Cleveland Browns rank 27th in total offense (311.9) and 25th in scoring offense (18.9).
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5. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are giving up plenty of yards (382.3 per game), but rank ninth in scoring defense (20.6).  They have allowed just 15 points per game during their current three-game winning streak. The San Diego Chargers rank 23rd in total offense (328.8).
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6. New England Patriots
The Pats are middle-0f-the road defensively. They give up a lot of yards, especially through the air, but not a lot of points. The New York Jets rank 28th in total offense (301.3) and 23rd in scoring offense (20.2).
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7. St. Louis Rams
The Rams rank 11th in total defense (337.4). The Arizona Cardinals rank 31st in total offense (283.7) and 30th in scoring offense (16.3). They are averaging 12 points a game during their current six-game losing streak.
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8. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are a mediocre defensive unit, but the Philadelphia Eagles are a mess. They will likely be playing without Shady McCoy. It doesn’t matter who is playing quarterback. They are turnover prone and struggle offensively. The Birds rank 31st in scoring offense (16.2).
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9. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are losing, but you can’t blame the defense. They rank ninth in total defense (324) and seventh in scoring defense (19.6). The Rams rank 24th in total offense (327.1) and 28th in scoring offense (17.4).
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10. Houston Texans
The Texans rank fourth in both total defense (299.2) and scoring defense (18). The Detroit Lions have a potent offense, but they have allowed 13 turnovers and 22 sacks.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 12 2011 fantasy football defense rankings.
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1.  Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City:  The Chiefs made New England look like a world class defense. Pittsburgh is second in the league with 280.1 ypg allowed and fourth with 17.9 ppg allowed.
2.  Houston @ Jacksonville:  Losing Schaub is a blow but Houston ranks first with 269.7 ypg allowed and second with 16.6 ppg allowed. The Jags rank 31st with 12.5 ppg.
3.  Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland:  Two tough losses in a row, but Cincy ranks sixth in ypg allowed (311.1) and tied for eight in ppg allowed (19.5). Cleveland is 28th with 14.5 ppg scored.
4.  Seattle vs. Washington:  Quietly rank 11th in ypg allowed (333.0) and 14th in ppg allowed (20.9). The Skins rank 27th with 16.0 ppg.
5.  Arizona @ St. Louis:  Has the makings of an ugly game. The Rams are dead last with 12.0 ppg.
6.  St. Louis vs. Arizona:  The Cards aren’t much better averaging 19.0 ppg.
7.  New York Jets vs. Buffalo:  Which team can fade faster? The Bills have averaged 8.7 ppg after getting off to such a hot start.
8.  Carolina @ Indianapolis:  The Panthers don’t have a good defense but the Colts are a trainwreck. They rank 30th with 13.1 ppg. In their past four games that number has dropped to 6.8.
9.  San Francisco @ Baltimore:  The Ravens are an above average offense but the Niners are giving up just 14.5 ppg. With their ability to run the ball they can shorten the game. They can also force Flacco into mistakes.
10.  Baltimore vs. San Francisco:  The Niners are also a good offense but the Ravens seem to get up for big games.
11.  Atlanta vs. Minnesota:  The Falcons are a middle-of-the road defense but if Adrian Peterson is out the Vikes could be in for a long day.
12.  Dallas vs. Miami:  The Dolphins are riding high but so is Dallas. If they force the Dolphins to play catch up it could get ugly.
13.  Oakland vs. Chicago:  It will be interesting to see how the Bears function without Cutler.
14.  Cleveland @ Cincinnati:  The Browns are giving up just 305.8 ypg (fifth) and 19.3 ppg (seventh).
15.  New England @ Philadelphia:  The bend-don’t-break Pats somehow rank tenth in ppg allowed (20.3).
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Here’s my Week 12 team defense rankings.

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1. Philadelphia @ Chicago
2. Cleveland vs. Carolina
3. New York Giants vs. Jacksonville
4. New York Jets vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
5. San Francisco @ Arizona (Monday)
6. Pittsburgh @ Buffalo
7. Minnesota @ Washington
8. Kansas City @ Seattle
9. New England @ Detroit (Thursday)
10. Baltimore vs. Tampa Bay
11. New Orleans @ Dallas (Thursday)
12. Washington vs. Minnesota
13. Oakland vs. Miami
14. Miami @ Oakland
15. Green Bay @ Atlanta

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Inside the numbers:

  • Philadelphia’s aggressive defense should not bode well for Jay Cutler, who has a tendency to get sacked and throw picks.
  • When was the last time the Browns were thought about as a good fantasy defense option? It’s a combination of their improvement and Carolina ineptitude.
  • Both New York teams make solid plays this week. On a side note, who would have thought without T.O. the Bills would have a better offense than Cincy with him (not that I’m blaming T.O.)?
  • The Niners looked awful last week, but they should get a reprieve against the Cardinals.
  • I think the Vikings will look more like last year’s version with the coaching change. The players’ hearts weren’t in it for Brad Childress. That said, Washington is a decent play this week because of Favre’s tendency to get sacked and throw picks.

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