NFL Defensive Rankings

NFL Defensive Rankings

Joined: December 14th, 2001, 1:34 am

October 24th, 2011, 11:34 am #1

1 Bengals

2. Steelers

3. Ravens

4. Browns







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Joined: November 25th, 2007, 12:30 am

October 25th, 2011, 2:44 am #2

All hail the AFC North!

Early in the third quarter of the Baltimore-Jacksonville Monday night game, the Jaguars have less than 150 yards of offense. The Ravens are likely to take the lead in defensive rankings.

And the Ravens have waaay less than 100! Less than 50, actually, if I'm reading the SI box score right. The Jaguars may jump into the top four.

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Joined: December 14th, 2001, 1:34 am

October 25th, 2011, 3:18 am #3

Bet anyone anywhere and anything that no AFCN team makes it to the Super Bowl

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Joined: November 25th, 2007, 12:30 am

October 25th, 2011, 4:59 am #4

Aw... didn't you hear, Storm? Defense wins championships.

Ravens gave up 205 net yards to the Jags. They move to the top. Now it's Ravens, Bungs, Steelers, Browns.
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Joined: December 14th, 2001, 1:34 am

October 25th, 2011, 11:27 am #5

I always believed that defense wins championships but I just don't see the Bengals or Ravens getting there with their offenses and Pittsburgh was just there and I don't think they will make it back this year.

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Joined: December 16th, 2003, 4:17 am

October 25th, 2011, 12:57 pm #6

Bet anyone anywhere and anything that no AFCN team makes it to the Super Bowl

I wouldn't be TOO sure about that. I still think (*shudder*) that Pittsburgh could do it. Let's put it this way: they've looked utterly underwhelming and they're still 5-2 and they've been there before. December isn't going to faze them.

One team that will be curious to watch is the Jets. They've looked absolutely AWFUL for most of this year but they're still in the hunt and slowly starting to perform better on offense. They could pull another one of those "get it together late in the season" acts.

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Joined: January 9th, 2002, 2:23 pm

October 25th, 2011, 9:03 pm #7

If Pittsburgh gets ahead of Baltimore and sneaks away with the bye and some form of home field, they will be tough to beat. I don't think that they've lost a home playoff game since Jacksonville upset them in Tomlin's first year there.

Baltimore IMO is not a Superbowl team...the offense is just not quite there.

Bengals and Browns will not even make the playoffs but both will continue to put up good defensive numbers all year long.
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October 25th, 2011, 11:07 pm #8

1 Bengals

2. Steelers

3. Ravens

4. Browns







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That's the stupidest most untrue cliche ever used in football. Good teams win championships. Some have great offenses. Some have great defenses. Some are great (or good) at both. But if anything there are more past superbowl winners with very good to great offenses than defenses. The Patriot's, Colt's, Ram's, 49er's, Cowboy's, Saint's, Packer's, Bronco's etc. championships were predicated much more on their stellar offenses than their defenses. So why does everyone keep saying this stupid line 'defense wins championships'? It's just stupid and not true.
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Joined: November 25th, 2007, 12:30 am

October 26th, 2011, 2:17 am #9

Maybe you didn't catch the memo, BBB. To talk about football, you have to be a card-carrying member of IIII. That's the International Institute of Inane Idioms. Mark it down. You heard it here first. You'll read that "defense wins championships" again before the year is out.

Maybe it's a false impression, but it seems like a great defense can carry a lousy offense. Right on its back. All the way through to a Super Bowl title. But not vice-versa. The offensive top-heavy teams you mentioned all had respectable defenses. But there were some pretty awful offenses numbered among the champions, like the 2002 Buccaneers.

Here's a thought that might hold-up to scrutiny. Many champions had to get through a defensive struggle or two in the playoffs. But not as many shootouts. And that was probably more true in the 60's, 70's, and 80's than in later decades.

And once a phrase catches on, it might as well be etched in stone.
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Joined: November 20th, 2003, 8:42 pm

October 26th, 2011, 2:37 am #10

Just like pitching is 90% of baseball.

Never mind the Braves epic staffs of 90s underachieving all decade. It took Cleveland being their opponent to grind out 1 championship. The "Dream Team" Phillies had three Cy Young contenders, and lost to team that was left for dead twp weeks before the season ended.

The Yankees laugh their asses off every time they hear pitching is 90% of the game. Not that Yankees don't try to assemble a great staff, they just never do.

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