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2013 Fantasy Football Team Defense Rankings: NFL Week 2

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 23: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled after running wight the ball by Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the game at Heinz Field on December 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer ISeptember 11, 2013

With an exciting opening week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 2 fantasy football team defense rankings.


1. Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals opened the season in the middle of the pack of defenses in terms of yards and points allowed. Opening on the road against the Chicago Bears proved to be a difficult draw.

This week, they face the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. Pittsburgh struggled to run the ball or protect Ben Roethlisberger. To make matters worse, the Steelers will be without Maurkice Pouncey. Pittsburgh managed just 195 yards and nine points last week against the Tennessee Titans.



2. Houston Texans

Houston gave up 28 points to the San Diego Chargers last week, but it held them to 263 yards. It takes on the Titans at home this week. The Titans managed just 229 yards and 16 points last week.


3. Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens had extra time to lick their wounds from the embarrassment against Peyton Manning last week. Brandon Weeden is a far cry from Manning. The Cleveland Browns gained just 291 yards and scored just 10 points last week against the Miami Dolphins.


4. New England Patriots

The New England Patriots just squeaked out a win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. They get to face another rookie quarterback in Week 2 against the New York Jets. The Jets managed just 304 yards and 18 points last week in an 18-17 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


5. Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders held the Indianapolis Colts to 274 yards and 21 points. This week, they get the inept Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags scored just two points and mustered up just 178 yards in a 28-2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1.


6. Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears face the Minnesota Vikings, which gained just 252 yards after Adrian Peterson’s 78-yard touchdown run on their first play. Christian Ponder was terrible.


7. Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles gave up a bunch of yards, but they took the Washington Redskins out of the running game by jumping on them offensively. When Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers are forced to be one-dimensional, mistakes ensue.


8. Dallas Cowboys


The Chiefs won big but managed just 291 yards. That won’t cut it against the Dallas Cowboys.


9. Seattle Seahawks


I don’t love the Seattle Seahawks this week, but they are playing at home against the San Francisco 49ers. They still have one of the best defenses in the league.


10. San Francisco 49ers


The same goes for the San Francisco 49ers. I don’t love the matchup, but they have one of the best defensive units in the game.



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