2012-13 NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round Fantasy Football Team Defense Rankings

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2013

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 30: The Denver Broncos defense, including Keith Brooking #57, Von Miller #58, Justin Bannan #97, Kevin Vickerson #99, and Elvis Dumervil #92, huddle around outside linebacker Wesley Woodyard #52 during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 38-3. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Here are the Lester’s Legends team defense rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.

1. Denver Broncos

The Broncos ranked second in total defense and fourth in scoring defense. The Baltimore Ravens rank near the bottom among the remaining teams in both total offense and scoring offense. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil combined for 29.5 sacks.

2. Green Bay Packers

The Packers just have that feel to me of a team that is getting better at the right time. Now that Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson are back, they should be better defensively than they were for most of the year. They still managed to finish 11th in the league in both total defense and scoring defense. The San Francisco 49ers are near the bottom among the remaining playoff teams in total offense and scoring offense.

3. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks led the league in scoring defense and finished fourth in total defense. They have allowed 17 or fewer points in their past six games. Atlanta can score in bunches, but they could also be flat after a bye and a meaningless Week 17 game.

4. New England Patriots

The Patriots give up their share of yards, but they buckle down and keep the scoring down. Their strength on defense is stopping the run. That, and the fact that their offense will likely force Houston to rely more on the pass than they want to, works into New England's favor. Houston is a run-first team.

5. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have to prove they are over the playoff hump before I buy into them. Seattle is on fire and Russell Wilson doesn't seem to get rattled.

6. San Francisco 49ers

Aaron Rodgers has all of his weapons healthy. They are also getting some production from the running game. This is a scary team to face defensively.

7. Baltimore Ravens

Ray Lewis' return was a nice story, but Peyton Manning's comeback season has been even more compelling. The Broncos ranked fourth in total offense and second in scoring offense. Baltimore ranks near the bottom among the remaining teams in both total defense and scoring defense.

8. Houston Texans

The Texans took a step back in pass defense towards the end of the season. Not a good thing when you're facing Tom Brady with his full arsenal. The Pats led the league in total offense and scoring offense.

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