2012 Fantasy Football Week 13: Team Defense Rankings/Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 27, 2012

October 21, 2012; Foxboro, MA USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reacts during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Rex Ryan and the Jets have had another tough season, but for one week we should see Ryan’s defense play like one of the league's top units. Arizona comes to town this weekend and according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com, rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley will start again.

With Kevin Kolb working his way back from injury, the Cardinals made the decision to bench John Skelton with a 13-3 lead against the Falcons a few weeks ago. Since that time, Lindley has been sacked five times, thrown four interceptions (two for touchdowns) and has yet to throw a touchdown.

To Lindley’s credit, he did pass for over 300 yards last week, but he threw the football over 50 times and was playing at home. Playing on the road is a different story, especially when flying across the country to play in the hostile Meadowlands of New York.

While the Jets have struggled to create pressure at times, they are still seventh against the pass and Antonio Cromartie shouldn’t have a problem locking down on Larry Fitzgerald.

Good coverage, Ryan’s ability to be multiple in the game plan (confuse a young quarterback at what he’s seeing pre and post snap) and the Cardinals' weak pair of tackles should be all the reasons you need to believe the Jets can have a big game. Likely on your waiver wire, consider the Jets a quality start this week if you need help.

What Did We Learn From Week 12?

The Ravens offense struggled in San Diego, but the defense stepped up and held the Chargers to 13 points. More importantly, they sacked Philip Rivers six times, which forced the Chargers to play a more conservative offensive approach down the stretch of the game.

The presence of Terrell Suggs keeps this defense a worthy starting group going forward, and they have another respectable matchup against the Steelers this week.

The Texans struggled on defense without Jonathan Joseph (hamstring) in the lineup. Consider Houston a top five defense this week in Tennessee, but if Joseph is out again, they may continue to struggle.


Sean’s Week 13 Watch List

The 49ers are on fire in recent weeks after we watched them give up 100-yard performances three times in a four-game span. The last running back to run over 100 yards was Steven Jackson, the same running back they face this week.

Jackson had his best game of the year against the Cardinals last week, but we shouldn’t expect a big game. San Francisco has turned a 180 in run defense over the past two weeks and the pass rush is forcing turnovers, which are killing drives.

With the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers offense will continue to give opposing teams problems, and while the Rams had a decent performance against Kaepernick a few weeks ago, the young quarterback came off the bench in that game.

Perhaps all that needs to be pointed out is that the 49ers defense is fresh off of holding Drew Brees to 231 yards passing, sacked him six times and picked him off twice, both going for touchdowns. If they can do that to Brees, in New Orleans, we should like their odds to dominate in St. Louis.

Denver should apply pressure on Josh Freeman, but this is probably a good week to keep them on the bench. In what should be a high-scoring shootout, the Buccaneers can attack via the passing game and the running game. Look for Doug Martin to take pressure off the quarterback and slow down the pass rush. 

1 Jets Cardinals
2 Bears Seahawks
3 Patriots Dolphins
4 49ers @ Rams
5 Texans @ Titans
6 Ravens Steelers
7 Packers Vikings
8 Panthers @ Chiefs
9 Cardinals @ Jets
10 Broncos Buccaneers
11 Bills Jaguars
12 Steelers @ Ravens
13 Cowboys Eagles
14 Bengals @ Chargers
15 Vikings @ Packers
16 Redskins Giants

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