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Team Defenses Report - Week 8
Darin Tietgen
October 26, 2006

Tier One - Must Starts

  1. Chicago Well rested after their bye week and salivating over hosting the 2-4 San Francisco 49ers.  It could be a bloodbath. 
  2. Pittsburgh They’ve had good weeks, they’ve had not so good weeks.  This week should be one of the good weeks, if not VERY good.  Playing a VERY bad Oakland Raider team should do wonders for the Steeler defensive output.
  3. Kansas City – The Chiefs have been hit (33 points Week 4) or miss (no better than 10 points all other weeks), but expect them to confuse QB Seneca Wallce plenty.
  4. New York Giants – They certainly came alive last week in Big D.  This after posting respectable fantasy numbers (12, 14 and 11 fantasy points the previous three weeks).  Figure they should remain hot against the Bucs at The Meadowlands.a pretty big hit this week against backup Seahawk QB Seneca Wallace. 

Tier Two - Solid Starts

  1. BaltimoreLike the Bears, they’re fresh off their bye week. But they face a far tougher test, heading south to the Louisiana Superdome to face the resurgent Saints.  Their fantasy scoring output has tapered off since their hot start, so don’t expect a huge effort.
  2. AtlantaAnother top fantasy defense with a very tough draw.  Traveling north to Cincinnati will be a tough task for this Falcon defense.  Cincy has only given the ball up eight times this season.
  3. Denver – Like the Ravens and Falcons, they have a pretty tough draw.  But unlike the Ravens and Falcons, they’ve been hot over the past three weeks.  Don’t expect huge turnover numbers against the juggernaut Colt offense, though. 
  4. Arizona Huh, guess what?  They’re leading the NFL in takeaways.  You know Brett Favre will be slinging the football all over the field in this possible shootout, so the Cardinal D will have plenty of chances at adding to that takeaway stat.

Tier Three - Best of the Rest

  1. New EnglandThey’re coming on strong here in the mid part of the season.  Scores of 9, 11 and 16 fantasy points over their past three games could signal a trend.  Consider, though, that Minnesota has only given the ball away eight times so far this season.  
  2. New York Jets – The Jets are third in the AFC with 13 total takeaways. Conversely, the Browns are second-worst in the AFC with 17 total giveaways.  And, taking out a gimme victory against Oakland, they’ve yet to score more than 17 points in a game.  Do the math. 
  3. Jacksonville Yet another solid fantasy D with a tough draw.  The Eagles will want to completely forget about last week’s heartbreaking loss at the hands of the Bucs, so expect Donovan McNabb to focus and have his Eagles ready to control the ball.  Even still, the Eagles do give the ball away (13 times thus far) and the Jags can take it away (11 times thus far). 
  4. Green BayWell, they’re the 17th-ranked fantasy defense according to The Huddle’s staff league scoring system.  Considering they face the team with the most turnovers (16) this week, it’s good enough to barely get them in the top-12 here this week.  

Note: League scoring used for this column is 2 points for safety, fumble recovery, blocked punt or FG, 1 point for blocked PAT or sack, 6 points for defensive or special team TDs, and anywhere from 10 to 2 points based on points allowed.