2012 Fantasy Football Week 8: Team Defense Rankings/Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 22, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13:  Cornerback Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears reacts after recovering a fumble in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 13, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Cam Newton and company don’t seem to be happy about what’s going on in Carolina’s offense, and while I’m on their side, we have to be a little concerned about Newton’s attitude throughout the season. Newton had success in Chicago last year, but that was early in the season and teams have clearly caught up to what the Panthers are doing on offense.

We should see Chicago take advantage of the frustrated young quarterback as they only need to rush four to get to him and will likely force turnovers in the secondary. The loss of starting center Ryan Khalil should prove to be a key loss for the Panthers in this game and moving forward.

What Did We Learn From Week 7?

- Surprise, surprise. A defense playing the Cardinals had a bunch of sacks. The Vikings defense benefited from an easy matchup and knocked John Skelton around for seven sacks on the day. Minnesota may have some problems on the road, but they are looking like a safe start when at home.

- In a courageous effort, Terrell Suggs came off the PUP list and played for the Ravens. While Suggs had three solo tackles and a sack on the day, the Ravens continued to struggle on offense with so many players banged up.

Baltimore gave up over 150 yards on the ground and Matt Schaub coasted to 256 yards passing and two touchdowns as the Texans had their way with a prideful team. We will probably see the Ravens get things tightened up on defense, but it’s going to take some time.

- When Buffalo plays well against the run, they are a decent defense to start. Unfortunately, that’s been a big problem three of the past four weeks, and Chris Johnson’s 195 yards on 18 carries gives me pause about this groups odds to be an accountable option against average teams going forward. Not to mention the four rushing touchdowns Tennessee had on the day.

Sean’s Week 8 Watch List

- Maybe it was Alex Smith’s bad finger that held him back from taking advantage of the Seahawks down the field, but he had chances early on. Seattle gave up nearly 400 yards passing just the week before against the Patriots, so I will be interested to see how the Lions will attack them in Detroit.

- Both Maurice Jones-Drew and Blaine Gabbert went down for the Jaguars, yet the team played well enough to lose in overtime, in Oakland. Playing in Green Bay, if Jones-Drew is out, we should look to the Packers as a defense to start, but will they dominate or let another average team hang around?

- As you can probably tell by the match-ups below, we are having a hard time finding easy match-ups off the waiver wire as teams like the Jets, Colts, Browns, Dolphins and Rams continue to play good football. Even the Jaguars had over 20 points last week, so you will have to roll the dice on an option you feel good about off the waiver wire for a starter, if don’t have a defense like the 49ers or Bears.

1 49ers @ Cardinals
2 Packers Jaguars
3 Bears Panthers
4 Falcons @ Eagles
5 Jets Dolphins
6 Seahawks @ Lions
7 Lions Seahawks
8 Cardinals 49ers
9 Dolphins @ Jets
10 Vikings Buccaneers
11 Patriots @ Rams
12 Giants @ Cowboys
13 Chargers @ Browns
14 Chiefs Raiders
15 Raiders @ Chiefs

Week 8 Standard Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | Flex