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Top 10 Defenses in the NFL

Posted on: June 18, 2009 3:06 pm
So i saw a thread somewhere and it had the Top 10 defenses. I didn't believe with it at all so I decided to make my own:

1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dick LeBeau is the best D/C in the NFL. James Harrison and Troy Polamalu are flat out great. Your whole LB group is amazing, not very deep though. Your DL is pretty good and a decent secondary but you always get the job done. Unknown players always step up and do something for you. You lost Bryant McFadden and Larry Foote thats about it.

2. Washington Redskins: Albert Haynesworth and Brian Orakpo were added in. You already have London-Fletcher, Griffin, Carter, McIntosh in your front 7. Your secondary you have two good safeties and three good corners. Your in a tough divison but even with it your going to be a good defense.

3. New York Giants: You have the #1 DL, Osi, Canty, Bernard, and Tuck starting... even your backups of Kiwanuka and Robbins are good. Antonio Peirce and new additon Michael Boley will stop if anything gets through the front 4. Aaron Ross is developing at corner and Kenny Phillips is at safety. You look like you'll be good this year on D.

4. San Diego Chargers: Shawne Merriman and Antonio Cromartie is as well. Last year Cooper and Shaun Phillips stepped up with Merriman gone now hes back helps them. Castillo and Jamal Williams will stop up front. They drafted OLB/DE Larry English in the draft which will provided depth. Jammer and Cason along with the Cro are a good CB group. Safeties are a little weak.

5. New York Jets: Kerry Rhodes is a good safety. You added Bart Scott, Jim Leonhard , Lito Shepard, and Rex Ryan (Coach). Ghoston needs to step up and you already have Jenkins, Pace, and Ellis going good. Darelle Revis stepped up big last year. I think put all these things together and you look pretty great on the D.

6. Tennessee Titans: The Titans lost Big Al. But they now have 5 DT who are fighting for his spot, so now you rotate them in and your set. Keith Bulluck, David Thornton, and underrated Stephen Tulloch are one of the best LB group. Javon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch provided Vetran EXP on the DL. Young gunners Jacob Ford and Jason Jones will learn. Courtland Finnegan is one of the best corners along with a realllly good safety group in Griffin and Hope.

7. Baltimore Ravens: Lost Bart Scott, Leonhard, and your D/C. You added 3 decent safties to add in with Samari Rolle. Ray Lewis is always good. But he's all you really have besides Terrell Suggs in the LB group. Your DL looks good. You'll have a good defense but not as good as last year. Ray Lewis is getting old.

8. New Orleans Saints: You added vet Darren Sharper and Malcom Jenkins. Sedrick Ellis is coming into his second year. You have an ok DL and your LB look good, (Vilma). Also added Jabari Green add him in with your all ready good secondary. You had the 4th best rush d last year, but 16th pass.

9. Minnesota Vikings: This depends what happens to the Williams thats why your so low. If you lose them for 3+ games thats bad. You have  Jared Allen hes one of the best DE. Henderson is improving. Winfield and Griffin are looking good.... Lost Sharper though.

10. Chicago Bears: Urlacher is great. Briggs is too. You also have depth in LB with Hillenmyer, Pisa T., and Marcus Freeman. Your DL always does good. DJ Moore needs to be good because your secondary doesn't look amazing. Top 10 Defense barely.

Just missed the cut: Cowboys, Eagles, and Pats
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Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2009 6:39 am

Top 10 Defenses in the NFL

Wink, I got nothing against the saints, actually I'd like to see their defense pick it up a couple of notch's....BAM(little emril But fellas look at the rankings from the so called fantasy experts. What are they saying? I dont see any predictions for the Top 10, do you? I dont see any for the Top 15, do you? I dont even see any for the top 20, do you? WHY?

Because a couple players added here and there, who arent top flight free agents or NFL Draftee's, isnt gonna make the Saints turn into a top flight defense in the NFL, if they break the Top 15, that would be great, and with that offense, they could be sitting on a Super Bowl trophy this year. We'll see..........the tooonsman

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2009 8:41 pm

Top 10 Defenses in the NFL

Chiefs are gonna suprise some ppl this year! mark my words!! Great young corners... *  Brandon Flowers , Carr*     
New and improved D line.    New linebackers ( Mike Vrabel , Zach Thomas, Monty Beisel) plus the great Derrick Johnson

And a new safety ( Mike Brown) to go along with 2 under rated safeties ( Bernard Pollard, Jarrod Page)

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Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2009 3:57 pm

Top 10 Defenses in the NFL

I think that the Ravens should be up to number 5. They are a lot better than the Jets. They have been the best D this decade &  New York did below average on defense last year. Saints defense cost them the division last year. Drew Brees threw for the 2nd most pass yards ever and they didnt make the playoffs. Thats terrible. And the Eagles should be in the top 10. But number 10 once you kick the Saints out and move the other 2 up. They have a great core defense but their secondary is in pain after the off season. They lost Brian Dawkins, who has been the face of that D for many years. But overall this a very good post.
Go Falcons

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2009 10:30 am

Top 10 Defenses in the NFL

For all the people that hate the Saints in my top 10, check the stats... 6th best defense last year by yards given up. The #4 rush defense but 19th pass d. They added Malcom Jenkins, Jabari Green, and Darren Sharper just wait and see.I did.
Yards Given - 5432 (23rd)Rushing Yards Given - 1885 (17th)Passing Yards Given - 3547 (23rd)
What site do you use to get stats?

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2009 4:36 pm

Top 10 Defenses in the NFL

washington at number 2 why cause they got orakpo an unproven rookie and haynsworth who plays when he wants to. and why are they jets at 5 are you listening to all rex ryans talk there gonna be decent not the 5th best. the titans should be high up noone gives jason jones his due but he is gonna blow up. the saints should be on your bottom ten list you really botched it with them. chargers could be good not 4th but we will see when the season starts.

Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2009 11:46 am

Top 10 Defenses in the NFL

At this juncture I could not see the Saints above the Vikings or Bears, if anything they should be trailing those two.  Also think the Texans D this year is gonna be something now that they have 2 above average edge rushers, and Brian Cushing going to start making plays in the LB core.  You don't mention the Packers conversion to the 3-4 which could make them a top 10 D, and Arizona who lives off the D!  The Jets have made strides with Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard, and the Bucs have gotten younger where they needed to.  I'm not saying you did a bad Top 10, but I think you overlooked alot of teams that did more for the D's this year then some.  I love the Saints, and I think they did do a good job on the D for what was available, I would have liked to have seen Albert Haynesworth, but oh well.

Tracy Porter should have a better year this year as he had a pretty good one last year so I do feel the Saints secondary has improved, but don't feel they have a Top 8 defense sadly.  Maybe a top 12?

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2009 10:13 pm

Top 10 Defenses in the NFL

Dawkins brouht heart no doubt but he's 35 going on 36 and just doesn't have the legs to run with the great wideouts anymore he was exposed in the NFC title game I love Dawkins but with what Denver offered Philly would have been crazy to match

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2009 7:53 pm

Top 10 Defenses in the NFL

You guys lost Considine and Dawkins as free-agents, and traded Ellis Hobbs, so you definitely lost some players on the D.  I agree with you, the Eagles probably still ARE a top 10 defense, but I think you  Eagles fans might be under-rating what Dawkins brought to your D.  Furthermore, not only would I not be surprised to see you're defense take a step back this year, but I EXPECT it.  The priority for the Eagles in this off-season was re-vamping your offense... not only by signing the two OT's as free agents, but drafting a WR in the 1st round, alond with Mc Coy, the running-back.  Obviously the Eagles are taking a chance that the D will still be solid, but I think they are selling their defense to build their offense.  W'll find out, I guess.  But I do agree that the Titans are over-rated without Haynesworth.

Since: Jun 23, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2009 1:30 pm

Top 10 Defenses in the NFL

Ok let me start by saying that I make my predictions based on how teams performed the previous season, Off-season moves, and Returning players. So let’s get started on my rankings for this season


AFC East
1. New England Patriots*
2. Miami Dolphins
3. Buffalo Bills
4. New York Jets

-Okay it’s obvious these standings are fueled by the return of Tom Brady to the explosive Patriots offense, but I think the Pat’s reign of complete dominance behind Brady has finally come to an end. The #1 spot in this division will no doubt be a battle between NE and Miami. Miami behind Tony Sparano is obviously a completely different team than that of 2 years ago. Powered by the Wildcat and with the addition of Multi-Talented Pat White to this formation Miami should definitely make a run this year. Buffalo should no doubt make #3 but I don’t see them competing with the powerhouse offense’s at the top of the division. Based on how Trent Edwards performs Buffalo should be looking forward to an 8-8 season at best, despite the addition of TO. I’m sorry to say but New York’s only chance is the defense behind Rex Ryan, the defensive Guru. With the loss of Favre that leaves an open battle between Sanchez and Clemens, but the loss of Laverneus Coles to the receiving core should take a bit of a hit on the offense. Rex Ryan should be looking forward to a rebuilding stage. All in all there should definitely be a battle at the top of this division.


AFC North
1. Pittsburgh Steelers*
2. Cincinnati Bengals/Baltimore Ravens*
3. Baltimore Ravens/Cincinnati Bengals
4. Cleveland Browns

-The Super Bowl champions should again be at the top of this division led by their dominating defense, despite the loss of Foote and McFadden. Although their Reign at the top is definitely in jeopardy due to their weak o-line and beat up backfield. Big Ben has proven he can take a beating in the past but how much can one person really take? Even with all of this it should still add up to a playoff berth for Pittsburgh. The #2 spot is questionable though, with Baltimore’s always dominating defense and the quickly maturing Joe Flacco running their ground and pound offense they could easily make a push for the wildcard spot. Though this push won’t be easy with the young and fresh Cincinnati team. Cincy no doubt had one of the best drafts, and have signed many key players this offseason. The additions of Tank Johnson, Row Williams, and Rey Maualuga, plus the return of Keith Rivers, should give the push this #13 ranked defense needed into the top 10 this season. On the offense’s side of the ball, a return of a healthy Carson Palmer, a happy and hungry Chad Ochocinco, a hopeful running game behind Cedric Benson, and the addition of Laverneus Coles to this great receiving core could quite possibly rejuvenate this once explosive offense. The Bengals could quite possible make a tough run for the wild card spot. Now there’s not really too much you can say about Cleveland this year especially with the undecided QB situation, an aging Jamal Lewis, an unhappy Braylon, the loss of Kellen Winslow, and a No-Name defense, Cleveleland should definitely be looking for a rebuilding stage behind Mangini.

AFC South
1. Indianapolis Colts*
2. Houston Texans*
3. Tennessee Titans
4. Jacksonville Jaguars

-Indy should definitely be making its push back to the top of this division, despite the loss of Dungy. Last season’s MVP Peyton Manning returns as the leader of this offense with a refreshed receiving core. Reggie Wayne takes his rightful spot as #1 receiver and the young Anthony Gonzales moves up to #2. Don’t forget Peyton’s favorite target Dallas Clark at TE. Whether or not Indy’s defense performs or not Indy will no doubt make a run with a top 5 offense this season. A young team in Houston is finally ready to make a playoff run. A great defense led my Mario Williams takes the pressure off of the young explosive offense. A quickly developing Schaub has an amazing target in Andre Johnson, and will likely be a top 10 offense this year. With this solid team Houston should make a push for that wild card spot this year. Coming off of an amazing season Tennessee will be looking to repeat that success. An aging Kerry Collins should be running the show again this year, and the tandem of Chris Johnson and Lendale White will fuel their explosive running game. But with the defense’s loss of Haynesworth can they really have that same defense? Tennessee has a shot but I don’t see it happening in such a tough division this year. Jacksonville will finally have MJD providing the running game and David Garrard leading the offense at QB. This young team is looking at the start of their rebuilding and won’t be going anywhere any time soon.


AFC West
1. San Diego Chargers*
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. Denver Broncos
4. Oakland Raiders

- San Diego coming off a sub-par season will be looking towards a championship season. A healthy return of LT and Antonio Gates to the offense should provide that spark needed. Phillip Rivers coming off the best season of his career, leading the league in passer rating and tieing for touchdowns, should lead this offense in the right direction. The defense’s leader Shaun Merriman coming back health and the addition of the versatile Larry English to this dominate defense will fuel a no doubt top 10 defense this season. Kansas City’s addition of Matt Cassell could possibly help, but KC doesn’t really have the receiving core NE had for Cassell, who will definitely be looking to prove himself. Larry Johnson will be hungry and looking for a great season and this sub-par defense should look forward to an 8-8 season at best. Denver made a huge mistake in trading an unhappy Cutler, and getting practically nothing out of the deal, and with their star receiver Marshall wanting out now, not too much you can say about this team. An aging defense won’t perform too well this season, and this team doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Can Josh McDaniel’s turn this show around? Only time will tell. The Oakland Raiders…well let’s just leave it at that.


NFC East
1. Philadelphia Eagles*
2. New York Giants*
3. Washington Redskins
4. Dallas Cowboys

-Coming off a great season Philly will be looking towards a championship and this could be their year. With the addition of Jason Peters to the line, Jeremy Maclin to the already decent receiving core, and LeSean McCoy to tandem with a healthy Brian Westbrook Philly’s offense should be explosive this year. The loss of veteran Brian Dawkins may have dampened the defense a little bit but the strong secondary and D-Line of the Eagles should propel them to the top of their division. The New York Giants have a lot of potential, despite the weakened receiving core. Their dominating defense will keep them rolling this season. The return of Umenyiora opposite of Justin Tuck will provide a pass rush like no other to this stacked defense. Washington with the addition of Haynesworth and Orakpo, to compliment their great linebacker core and secondary should also have a great D. If Jason Campbell doesn’t get it done with the offense there’s always young star Brennen waiting to take the reins. Least of all there’s the Dallas Cowboys. No doubt in the toughest division in all the NFL the Cowboys has a pretty weak team. Besides DeMarcus Ware, there’s really no outstanding player on their defense, and the loss of Terrel Owens could really affect Romo’s performance this season.


NFC North
1. Minnesota Vikings/Chicago Bears*
2. Chicago Bears/ Minnesota Vikings
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Detroit Lions

-The Vikings are pretty much set at every position besides QB but that could soon change with the addition of Favre. With a solid passing game to fuel the explosive running of AP the Minnesota offense should be fine. Last year’s #1 rush defense could be at risk due to the Williams’ possible suspension, but all in all Minnesota should have a solid D. Chicago just added a young talented QB to fill their desperately needed position. A great RB in Forte should give the running game a big push, and the always solid D of Chicago will no doubt push the Bears back to the top. Green Bay’s performance this season is based on how well their transition to a 3-4 defense goes and if Aaron Rodgers can continue to play at the level he’s playing. A solid team in a tough division sums up this spot in the rankings. Finally there’s Detroit. Had a great draft and looks to be on the right path towards rebuilding this team.


NFC South
1. Atlanta Falcons*
2. Carolina Panthers*
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 -Atlanta has a great team that could quite possibly make a run for the big game this year. Young QB Ryan should be playing at the top of his game and RB Michael Turner will be looking to repeat his amazing 08 season. With the addition of veteran Tony Gonzales the passing game should be phenomenal going into the 09 season. Carolina has a solid team and a great tandem at RB with Deangelo Williams and Johnathan Stewart. An unhappy Julius Peppers doesn’t look to good for this sub-par defense but as long as the offense holds up they should be able to look forward to a tough fought wild card. The Saints have one of the best passing attacks in the game behind Drew Brees, and Reggie Bush will be looking to come back healthy and prove himself this season, but with the very weak defense that only made a few additions, New Orleans will remain in the bottom of the conference. Now as Tampa Bay starts its rebuilding stage with the acquisitions of Kellen Winslow and Derrick Ward to this possibly strong offense they will be looking towards first round pick Josh Freeman at QB to propel this offense.


NFC West
1. Arizona Cardinals*
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. St. Louis Rams

 - Arizona will be looking for a repeat of last season’s success. QB Kurt Warner will return with his threats at WR including Larry Fitzgerald and possibly Anquan Bolden. A hopeful boost in the running game with the addition of Chris “Beanie” Wells will fuel this already explosive passing game. The Seattle Seahawks are looking forward to the healthy return of of QB Matt Hasselbeck to help their impaired offense. Also with the addition of WR TJ Houshmandzadeh this should aid in the offense. On the defensive side of the ball 1<sup>st</sup> round pick Aaron Curry will be teaming with veteran Lofa Tatupu to give the defense a much needed spark. The 49ers don’t have much to look forward to with an injury prone Gore at RB and an undecided QB but WR Michael Crabtree could have a great season still. Then there are the Rams. Finishing with one of the worst records in the league, and not making improvements in the offseason leads the Rams to another disappointing season in 09.

 All in all these are my predictions for the 09 season, controversial as they may be.

Super Bowl
Philadelphia Eagles-W
San Diego Chargers-L

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2009 9:23 am

Top 10 Defenses in the NFL

Knowing how eagles fans are it sounds like you already sold yourself on their defense. I guess by november you'll be used to seeing high point games. Most of the guys you named are mediocre at best.The linebackers just aint going to cut it in the nfc east this year. No matter who steps up as the leader of that d you know in your heart no one will be able to match the intensity that dawkins brought. No one will be able to get that crowd pumped up at the linc like him. In 2 years when mcnabb leaves, the team will sink back down to where they were in the buddy ryan era--maybe his son rex will be available then.

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