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Defense and Special Teams
David Sabino
August 04, 2008
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August 04, 2008

Defense And Special Teams

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SI TEAM RANKINGS FOR 2008 with 2007 stats PTS/GM YARDS/GM INTs SACKS DEF. TDs SPEC. TEAM RETURN TDs SAFETIES BYE WEEK
1. San Diego Chargers 17.8 337.3 30 42 8 2 0 9
2. Chicago Bears 21.8 370.0 16 41 8 6 1 8
3. Minnesota Vikings 19.4 355.3 15 38 9 1 1 8
4. Seattle Seahawks 18.2 340.8 20 45 5 3 1 4
5. New England Patriots 17.1 309.6 19 47 8 2 0 4
6. Green Bay Packers 18.2 326.9 19 36 6 2 0 8
7. Dallas Cowboys 20.3 327.6 19 46 4 0 0 10
8. Jacksonville Jaguars 19.0 329.1 20 37 4 1 0 7
9. Indianapolis Colts 16.4 289.8 22 28 3 1 2 4
10. New York Giants 21.9 326.8 15 53 6 1 0 4
11. Baltimore Ravens 24.0 313.0 17 32 4 3 0 10
12. Arizona Cardinals 24.9 345.3 18 36 8 1 0 7
13. Buffalo Bills 22.1 371.9 18 26 5 2 2 6
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16.9 291.3 16 33 3 1 1 10
15. New York Jets 22.2 344.9 15 29 5 3 0 5
16. Pittsburgh Steelers 16.8 281.6 11 36 3 1 1 6
17. Detroit Lions 27.8 393.6 17 37 5 1 1 4
18. Denver Broncos 25.6 348.7 14 33 3 1 1 8
19. Tennessee Titans 18.6 306.6 22 40 2 0 0 6
20. Philadelphia Eagles 18.8 326.6 11 37 2 0 0 7
21. Oakland Raiders 24.9 353.3 18 27 2 0 1 5
22. Cleveland Browns 23.9 371.2 17 28 4 3 1 5
23. New Orleans Saints 24.3 360.5 13 32 5 0 1 9
24. Carolina Panthers 21.7 335.9 14 23 2 0 0 9
25. Houston Texans 24.0 356.4 11 31 7 4 0 8
26. San Francisco 49ers 22.8 357.6 12 31 1 0 1 9
27. Kansas City Chiefs 20.9 335.2 14 37 1 0 1 6
28. St. Louis Rams 27.4 355.7 18 31 3 1 1 5
29. Washington Redskins 19.4 317.6 14 33 2 0 2 10
30. Cincinnati Bengals 24.1 356.8 19 22 5 1 1 8
31. Miami Dolphins 27.3 352.6 14 30 3 1 0 4
32. Atlanta Falcons 25.9 364.6 16 25 1 0 0 7

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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On the Rise

JETS
New acquisitions Vernon Gholston (above) and Kris Jenkins will add value to a defense that already includes fantasy stars Kerry Rhodes and Darrelle Revis.

SEAHAWKS
This underappreciated group is led by Lofa Tatupu, one of the game's most active defenders.

PACKERS
With the offense in transition, Green Bay's outstanding defense and special teams will be called upon to do even more.

On the Decline

RAVENS
This team has been defined by its elite defense for years, but this aging unit could plummet abruptly.

STEELERS
They will still be among the best at keeping opponents off the board, but they won't score many fantasy points.

GIANTS
With Michael Strahan's retirement, they no longer have the best three-end rotation in the league.

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