2012 Fantasy Football Team Defense Rankings: NFL Week 16

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IDecember 18, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 16:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is sacked by Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 16, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-13.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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With an exciting 15th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 16 fantasy football team defense rankings.

1. Chicago Bears

The Lions may have failed to contain the Cardinals, but the Bears will be a more ferocious foe. "Da Bears" rank fifth in total defense and third in scoring defense. The Cardinals rank last in total offense and 30th in scoring offense. Chicago’s ability to force turnovers should lead to a monster fantasy score.

2. Denver Broncos

The Broncos rank fourth in total defense and fifth in scoring defense. Their offense will likely take the running game out of the equation for the Cleveland Browns. That’s when it gets ugly. The Browns rank 26th in total offense and 24th in scoring offense.

3. New England Patriots

The Patriots were embarrassed defensively by the San Francisco 49ers last week. They will recover against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags rank 31st in both total offense and scoring offense.

4. Green Bay Packers

The Packers held their three divisional foes to 15.7 points per game during their current three-game winning streak. They are facing the Tennessee Titans at home. The Titans rank 23rd in both total offense and scoring offense. They have averaged 16.5 points in their past four games.

5. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have an average defense, but have a favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs rank 25th in total offense and dead last in scoring offense. They were shutout by the Oakland Raiders last week.

6. Houston Texans

I would have the Texans ranked higher if Adrian Peterson wasn’t running like a man possessed. The Texans have been vulnerable to the pass of late, but Christian Ponder is incapable of challenging them downfield.

7. San Diego Chargers

The Chargers aren’t a strong defensive unit, but the New York Jets are in full self-destruct mode. They rank 30th in total offense and 28th in scoring offense. They have averaged just 13.3 points in their last four games. There is a lack of talent on the team, and the Tebow Experiment was a complete failure.

8. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton has the Panthers at least going in the right direction. Meanwhile the Raiders, despite last week’s shutout, have hit the skids. They are averaging 14.4 points in their past five games. They are playing on the road, where they are averaging just 15.8 points in six games.

9. New York Jets

The Jets may be a mess on offense, but they have buckled down on defense, allowing just 10 points per game during their past three games. The Chargers rank 28th in total offense and 21st in scoring offense.

10. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks rank third in total defense and second in scoring defense. They have a tough matchup with the 49ers, but they are playing at home.

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