Week 16 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

Let’s take a look at how all the defenses stack up for Week 16:

  1. San Francisco 49ers – at Seattle
  2. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. St. Louis
  4. Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
  5. Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  6. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Arizona
  7. Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
  8. Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  9. New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  10. New York Jets – vs. New York Giants
  11. Detroit Lions – vs. San Diego
  12. New York Giants – at New York Jets
  13. Arizona Cardinals – at Cincinnati
  14. Washington Redskins – vs. Minnesota
  15. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland

Thoughts:

  • I know the Pittsburgh Steelers have been far from what we expected them to be in 2011, but a matchup with the St. Louis Rams has to have you salivating.  St. Louis is scoring just 11.9 points per game, while the Steelers have limited the points against this season.  The real question is if Pittsburgh will be able to do the extra things (sacks, interceptions, etc.), but consider them a good play in all formats.
  • The Green Bay Packers may (and it is no sure thing that they do) dial things down a notch in preparation of the playoffs.  However, does that actually work in their defenses favor?  If they aren’t amassing a monster lead the defense is actually going to have to play all game.  If Jay Cutler and Matt Forte were healthy there would be some concern, but without them the Packers defense should be considered a good play.
  • Can the Detroit Lions silence the San Diego Chargers offense?  The Lions defense has been very good this season, but San Diego is on an absolute roll.  I would consider the Lions a borderline option, at best.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 16 articles:

Week 17 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks
Week 16 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

6 comments

  1. Randy says:

    I have both the broncos and Seattle defenses and need to pick one. I see broncos aren’t in the mix above. How would you compare one vs the other in a league with scoring based on points and yards allowed, turnovers, and sacks? Thanks!

  2. kyle says:

    Opinions on line up any sugjested changes

    starters

    Qb: Aaron rodgers
    Rb: Reggie Bush
    Rb: Michael Bush
    Rb/wr: Michael Turner
    Wr: Miles Austin
    Wr: Hakeem Nicks
    Te: Anthony Fasono
    D/st: Cincinnati
    K: S Janakowski

    bench

    fitzpatrick
    grossman
    demeryus Thomas
    heth miller
    jarod cook

  3. Muddy cleats 18 says:

    Same thing. seattle or denver? gotta love denvers upside vs a buffalo team just going through the motions…

  4. Randy – I would probably still go Seattle.

    kyle – Not much you can do with that. It’s tough having Thomas on the bench, but you are loaded. I’d keep things as is

    Muddy cleats – Yea, I can understand that, but it’s not like SF has a high-powered offense. Seattle’s D has been very good this season and I would have more faith in them.

  5. Brian C says:

    Newton
    Peterson
    Spiller
    Bey
    Fitz
    Gronkowski
    Akers
    49ers

    Bench

    Pierre Thomas
    Chris Johnson (ankle injury)
    Crabtree
    Nate Washington
    Gostowski
    Packers

    Spiller for CJ cuz CJ has a bum ankle. Now 49ers @ Seattle or Pack at home vs a weak Bears offense? Any other thoughts. Thanks!!

    • Definitely San Francisco for the D

      As for Johnson/Spiller, with the expectations being that Johnson will play I would probably go with him but I can understand your hesitance. With your title on the line you don’t want to play someone only to lose them in the first quarterback. Spiller should have a good day as well, so it really depends on your risk tolerance.

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