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2012 Fantasy Football Team Defense Rankings: NFL Week 8

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Linebacker Patrick Willis #52 celebrates a blocked field goal by Tarrell Brown #25 of the San Francisco 49ers against kicker Lawrence Tynes #9 of the New York Giants late in the second quarter on October 14, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The Giants won 26-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 23, 2012

With an exciting seventh week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 8 fantasy football team defense rankings. 

 

1. San Francisco 49ers

The Niners rank first in total defense (272.3 yards allowed per game) and second in scoring defense (14.3 points allowed per game). They face an Arizona Cardinals squad that ranks 31st in total offense (293.4 YPG), 27th in scoring offense (17.7 PPG) and has allowed a league-high 35 sacks. 

 

2. Green Bay Packers

The Jacksonville Jaguars are a hurting unit and ranked last in total offense (235.8 YPG) and scoring offense (14.7 PPG). Take away Maurice Jones-Drew, and it gets ugly. 

 

3. Chicago Bears

They are such an opportunistic unit. The Bears have 21 takeaways and five touchdowns. Throw in the Devin Hester threat in the return game, and you’re in business. The Carolina Panthers are in the bottom third in yardage and scoring. 

 

4. New England Patriots

The St. Louis Rams are in the bottom third in yardage and scoring. If it’s rainy in London, the Rams could have trouble moving the ball through the air. The Pats play the run well, so it could work in their favor. 

 

5. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are tough at home, giving up just 14.3 points per game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are red-hot on offense, but Jared Allen and company will bring the heat. 

 

6. San Diego Chargers

With Trent Richardson banged up, the Cleveland Browns could struggle to move the ball and put points on the board against the Chargers. 

 

7. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks are fifth in total defense (297.3 yards allowed per game ) and third in scoring defense (15.1 points allowed per game). The Detroit Lions are averaging just 15.3 points over the past three games. 

 

8. Oakland Raiders

Brady Quinn is starting for the Kansas City Chiefs, which is a scary thought. The Raiders will stuff the box in an attempt to slow down Jamaal Charles. If it works, it will be ugly. 

 

9. Detroit Lions

The Lions aren’t scoring, but their defense has stepped up by averaging 18.7 points allowed over the past three games. Seattle ranks 30th in total offense (293.6 YPG) and 31st in scoring offense (16.6 PPG). 

 

10. New York Jets

In the past three games, the Jets have played the New England Patriots and Houston Texans tough and destroyed the Indianapolis Colts. The Miami Dolphins are 21st and 22nd in total offense and scoring offense, respectively.

 

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