Ranking the San Francisco 49ers and NFL's 5 Best Defenses

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Ranking the San Francisco 49ers and NFL's 5 Best Defenses
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There has been a lot of discussion this season about where the San Francisco 49ers defense ranks among the elite in the NFL. As the weeks roll by, we have seen the 49ers consistently perform at an elite level.

In determining where they rank, I weighed a few stats heavier than some others. 

I value points scored much higher than yards allowed, especially in the passing game. The main things I looked at to rank the teams on this list were: points per game, forced fumbles, interceptions, sacks and rushing yards.

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