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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 15 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Arizona Cardinals
5. St. Louis Rams
6. Detroit Lions
7. Tennessee Titans
8. Green Bay Packers
9. Philadelphia Eagles
10. Denver Broncos
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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 15 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are second in the league in total defense with 296.2 yards per game allowed and first in the league in scoring defense with 14.5 points per game allowed. They are fourth in the league with 41 sacks and 26 takeaways. Carolina is playing at home against the New York Jets. The Jets rank 30th in total offense with 307.5 yards per game and 31st in scoring offense with 17.4 points per game. The Jets have been sacked 43 times and have 28 turnovers.
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2. Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks lead the NFL in total defense (287.1 ypg allowed) and rank second in scoring defense (15.8 ppg allowed). Seattle has 36 sacks and 28 takeaways. They face the New York Giants. The G-Men rank 25th in total offense (321.7 ypg), 28th in scoring offense (19.3 ppg) and have committed a league-high 34 turnovers.
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3. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs rank fourth in scoring defense (17.2 ppg allowed), second in sacks (43) and tied for second in takeaways (28). The Chiefs battle the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders rank 20th in total offense (335.3 ypg) and 26th in scoring offense (20.3 ppg). The Raiders have allowed 41 sacks and 21 turnovers.
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4. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers rank fourth in total defense (308 ypg allowed) and third in scoring defense (16.5 ppg allowed) with 32 sacks and 18 takeaways. The Niners face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs rank 31st in total offense (291.5 ypg) and 30th in scoring offense (18.8) with 34 sacks allowed.
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5. Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals rank fifth in total defense (311.7 ypg allowed) and seventh in scoring defense (19.8 ppg allowed). The Cards have 38 sacks and 25 takeaways. They square off with the Tennessee Titans. The Titans rank 21st in total offense (328.7 ypg) and 18th in scoring offense (22.5 ppg) with 30 sacks allowed and 20 turnovers.
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6. New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints rank sixth in total defense (313.6 ypg allowed) and fifth in scoring defense (18.7 ppg allowed). The Saints are tied for second in the league with 43 sacks. Their potent offense should make the St. Louis Rams one-dimensional. The Rams rank 27th in total offense (318.5 ypg) and 20th in scoring offense (22.2 ppg).
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7. Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed a ton of yards this year, but rank 13th in scoring defense with 23.2 points per game allowed. The Eagles have 29 sacks and 25 takeaways. Philadelphia faces the wounded Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes will likely be without Adrian Peterson. They have allowed 34 sacks and have 25 turnovers.
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8. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals rank eighth in total defense (320.5 ypg allowed) and sixth in scoring defense (18.8 ppg allowed). The Bengals have 36 sacks and 23 takeaways. Cincy has a tough divisional battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers rank 19th in scoring offense with 22.4 points per game. They have allowed 40 sacks and have 19 turnovers.
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9. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots rank 10th in scoring defense (22.1 ppg allowed) with 36 sacks and 24 takeaways. They’ll try to dash the Miami Dolphins’ playoff hopes. The Dolphins rank 24th in total offense (324.8 ypg) and 21st in scoring offense (22 ppg). The Dolphins have allowed a league-high 48 sacks and have 20 turnovers.
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10. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills rank 15th in total defense (345.8 ypg allowed) and league the NFL with 44 sacks. They also have 23 takeaways. Buffalo will try to cool off the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags still rank last in total offense (285.2 ypg) and scoring offense (15.5 ppg), but have won three straight (and four of five) games. Jacksonville has allowed 40 sacks and have committed 20 turnovers.
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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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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 15 2011 fantasy football defense rankings.
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1. Green Bay @ Kansas City: The Packers are giving up 16.6 ppg. The Chiefs are averaging 13.3 ppg and just fired their coach. The Pack lead the league with 27 INTs.
2. Cincinnati @ St. Louis: The Bengals are allowing 17.4 ppg. The Rams are scoring a league low 11.8 and have allowed 43 sacks.
3. Tennessee @ Indianapolis: The Titans are giving up 18.4 ppg. The Colts are scoring just 14.2 ppg.
4. Dallas @ Tampa Bay: The Cowboys have 35 sacks and 23 takeaways. The Bucs are scoring just 17.8 ppg.
5. Atlanta vs. Jacksonville: The Falcons are giving up 19.5 ppg. The Jags are scoring 14.8 ppg.
6. Chicago vs. Seattle: The Bears are giving up 18.5 ppg. If the top ten run defense can slow Lynch, the Seahawks offense will be in trouble.
7. Baltimore @ San Diego: The Chargers have turned it on, but the Ravens are giving up 15.1 ppg with 45 sacks.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Francisco: The Steelers are giving up 14.8 ppg.
9. San Francisco 49ers vs. Pittsburgh: The Niners are giving up 13.8 ppg and Big Ben will have limited mobility.
10. New York Jets @ Philadelphia: The Jets are giving up 18.0 ppg. The Eagles have thrown a league high 23 INTs.
11. Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets: The Eagles have 42 sacks and Sanchez can be forced into mistakes.
12. Detroit Lions @ Oakland: Suh returns. Lions have 35 sacks and 18 INTs. Raiders have thrown 20 picks.
13. Arizona @ Cleveland: The Cards have 34 sacks. The Browns are scoring just 13.7 ppg.
14. New York Giants vs. Washington: The Giants have 36 sacks and 24 takeaways.
15. Seattle @ Chicago: Seattle is giving up 19.5 ppg with 17 INTs. Caleb Hanie is really struggling.
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Here’s my Week 15 team defense rankings.

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

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Patriots are peaking at the right time and Green Bay will likely be without Aaron Rodgers.
  • An angry Bears defense against a sinking Vikings ship. Scary.
  • Speaking of sinking, what happened to the Jets. The Steelers should have a field day with Sanchez.
  • Washington started the nightmare season for Dallas. At least they can avenge that loss. McNabb will be on his back plenty.
  • Carolina and Arizona could set football back this week. Their defenses should post solid numbers though.
  • Tampa Bay’s run defense took a hit when McCoy went down. Fortunately they aren’t facing a strong running team against Detroit and still remain a starting option.

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