With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 3 fantasy football team defense rankings.
1. Seattle Seahawks
It’s almost unfair that the Seattle Seahawks, fresh off destroying the San Francisco 49ers, get to face the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
Seattle leads the league in both total defense (230 yards allowed per game) and scoring defense (five points allowed per game). Jacksonville ranks last in total offense (213 yards per game) and scoring offense (5.5 points per game).
To make matters worse, they are playing in Seattle.
2. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears are in the middle of the pack in terms of total defense and scoring defense, but they have faced two playoff teams (Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings).
The Bears have forced six turnovers and have already scored a defensive touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers rank No. 31 in total offense (236 YPG) and No. 30 in scoring offense (9.5 PPG). The Steelers simply cannot run the football and do not have sufficient weapons in the passing game to be a viable offense. The only saving grace is this game is in Pittsburgh.
There’s still big trouble in the Steel City.
3. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings have been burned for 440 yards and 30 points per game by the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears respectively.
Things should improve this week, though, as they take on the Cleveland Browns at home following two road games. The Browns rank No. 28 in total offense (275 YPG) and No. 31 in scoring offense (eight PPG).
4. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are also in the middle of the pack in terms of total defense and scoring defense after facing the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants.
They get a reprieve this week as they face the Oakland Raiders at home.
The Raiders are averaging 356 yards and 18 points per game. Denver’s offense should force Oakland to abandon the run, making them one-dimensional. I don’t think Terrelle Pryor is up to the task.
5. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots rank eighth in total defense (302 YPG) and are tied for sixth in scoring defense (15.5 PPG). They are facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home.
The Bucs are in disarray as there is turmoil surrounding Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano. They rank No. 29 in total offense (261.5 YPG) and No. 27 in scoring offense (15.5 PPG).
6. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills are another team in the middle of the pack in terms of total defense and scoring defense, despite playing the Patriots in Week 1.
They face the New York Jets, who rank No. 25 in total offense (311 YPG) and No. 29 in scoring offense (14 PPG). Mario Williams had 4.5 sacks last week. Geno Smith has already been sacked nine times.
7. New York Giants
The New York Giants rank No. 20 in total defense (373.5 YPG) despite allowing the most points (38.5 PPG).
Things should improve this week against a struggling Carolina Panthers team that ranks No. 27 in total offense (280.5 YPG) and No. 28 in scoring offense (15.0 PPG).
8. San Francisco 49ers
After getting embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks last week, the San Francisco 49ers will be out for blood.
Unfortunately, they face the Indianapolis Colts, so they are more of a low-end starting fantasy football defense this week.
The Colts are also in the middle of the pack in terms of total offense and scoring offense. The game is in San Francisco, which helps the Niners’ cause.
9. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans rank fourth in total defense (255.5 YPG).
The Baltimore Ravens have yet to regain their Super Bowl form. Ray Rice (hip) could be limited or miss the game entirely.
10. Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns rank sixth in total defense (285.5 YPG) and No. 12 in scoring defense (18.5 PPG).
They are only allowing 59.5 rushing yards per game at 2.0 yards per carry. If they can slow Adrian Peterson (I know, a big if), I like their odds against Christian Ponder.
Joe Haden will take Greg Jennings out of the equation.
If the Vikings start slow, the home crowd could turn on them as the frustration with Ponder, Leslie Frazier and Bill Musgrave is at an all-time high.
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