2011 NFL Preview: Power Ranking All 32 Defenses Heading into 2011 NFL Season

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2011 NFL Preview: Power Ranking All 32 Defenses Heading into 2011 NFL Season
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The Packers' defense wasn't rated No. 1, but it was good enough to win it all!

It's that time of year again.

Writers, bloggers and arm-chair coaches from around the nation are predicting and debating the strengths and weaknesses of every NFL team for the upcoming season—if there is a season!

Will your team be better or worse? Can the Packers defend their crown? Will we get another surprise division winner like the Seahawks? Who is the next team to breakout and start winning again like the Buccaneers did?

Through all of this, one thing remains true. "Defense wins championships."

Okay, maybe that's not as true now as it was 15 years ago, but the principle remains. You can't win anything of note without a stout defensive unit.

Last year, the Chargers did something that had never been done. They led the league in most defensive statistical categories, but failed to make the playoffs.

Can that happen again?

I don't know, but I'll do my best to give you as much food-for-thought as I can about every defense in the league.

You're not likely to agree with my all of my assessments, but I hope you enjoy the read anyway.

Let's look at the 2011 defensive power rankings...

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