Ranking the Top 5 Defenses Heading Into 2007

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1. Chicago – The big bad Bears allowed 15.9 points per game a year ago, and 294.1 yards per game.  They were deep enough to trade safety Chris Harris, and with Tommie Harris back, Lance Briggs, Alex Bown, and Brian Urlacher, this team should be very sound again in the defensive department.  They also recorded 40 sacks and were third overall in points allowed.  It will be interesting to see what changes if any are made with Ron Rivera out of the mix.

2. New England – I love what this team did in the offseason, and I think with LB Adalius Thomas on board, this unit is in for a big 2007.  Last season they ranked 6th overall, 5th vs the rush and 12th against the pass.  If they can survive without Asante Samuel, which they surely will, this team is looking for a deep playoff run with a solid front three (Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Richard Seymour), and good linebackers led by Thomas and Rosevelt Colvin.  They also went defense in four of the first five rounds of the draft thinking about the future.

3. Oakland - Forget about the fact this team has little to offer on offense, the defense is solid and should be even better in 2007.  They were number one vs the pass last season at 150.8 yards per game, and if the run stuffers can improve on allowing 134 yards per game, the defense will keep this team in games.  The secondary and safety spots are solid and CB Nnamdi Asomugha is underrated and showed his skill last seaosn with 8 picks.  They allowed 20.8 points per game last year, and I expect that number to go down to about 17 this season.

4. Baltimore – The Ravens will once again be a force on defense, last season playing out of their minds and leading the league in the following: total defense, points allowed, interceptions, and plus/minus in turnovers.  They also sacked the QB 60 times on top of that.  The somewhat suspect spot might be in the corner position, where Chris McCalister and Samari Rolle can give up the occassional big play.  Teams will have to try different things to attack the Ravens this year though, as last season nothing seemed to work.

5. Minnesota – Number one against the run last season, the Vikings look to improve even more in 2007 on defense.  They have a solid front four with Pat & Kevin Williams leading the way, along with a good linebacking core.  They did lose defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin to the Steelers as head coach, but the unit still has enough talent to be a force in the NFC and if they can make strides in stopping the pass should win a few games with defense alone.            


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9 Responses to “Ranking the Top 5 Defenses Heading Into 2007”

  1. Russ Loede says:

    I Guess you forgot to mention Philly and include San Diego…? Minnesota ~ no way ~ pass d is terrible – I’d put Wash. ahead of ‘em. Eagles should replace Oakland ~ though I like what they’ve done and how they performed last year with Kirk Morrison and Co. The BEARS D is so DEEP and Good, you forgot to put Mark Anderson (12 Sacks), Ogunleye (Complete DE), Tillman (Strong Corner with good hands), and Vasher (Flat-Out Playmaker) into the article… Also remember – Mike Brown’s BACK! Last 14 regular season games he has played – the BEARS are Undefeated!!!
    I also Expect Baltimore to have a better D than the Pats this season – though N.E. has the BEST D-LINE In the NFL. Also, watch out for the Niners D led by Patrick Willis and Denver’s defense. My Rankings:
    1. BEARS
    2. Baltimore
    3. Philly
    4. Denver
    5. Washington (Bold Pick)
    6. Patriots (Pass D suspect w/ or w/out Samuel)
    7. S.D.
    8. NY Jets
    9. Pittsburgh
    10. Miami
    Outside Looking IN: Oakland, Indy, Dallas, Atlanta, and Niners.

  2. Johnny Cash says:

    Russ,You have got to be kidding. Minnesota not even in your top ten or in “outside looking in” do you even watch football? seriously thats just idiotic enjoy eating your words next season when The vikings have a top 5 defense.

  3. Eric says:

    I am not sure about Minnesota, I think the best coach on their staff is now a head coach.
    I think Tomlin had that defense performing well. A coaching change on defense wouldn’t be a big deal if your head coach was a defensive minded coach, (although I don’t think he is head coach material). I don’t think they will take a step forward with Tomlin gone, most likely they will regress. They were eighth overall last year, but I would be amazed to see them in the top 10 this year. I think the Packers D is definitely worth mentioning as well as the Texans(yep thats right) I think they will be much improved.

  4. Sean says:

    Minnesota is definintly a top 5 D, at least top 10. Russ is a moron. people say the Pass D was horrible, but read this and it will change your mind.

    According to the narrow view most commonly used to rank pass defenses (total yardage), Minnesota tied for last in 2006 with Cincinnati. However, the team ranked right in the middle in completion percentage yielded (59.8), allowed the fourth-fewest TD passes and nabbed the fifth-most interceptions. In fact, if you break down the yardage by attempt instead of by game, the Vikings ranked 12th rather than tied for 31st. All that came without a pass rush.

    now that we have a pass rush, the Vikings have the ability to be a top 5 defense. watch out, with this defense the Vikings are going to surprise some people, especially people like Russ

  5. Al Davis says:

    Lets not forget the raiders last year only allowing 20 pts per game while their offense was only on the field for 10 mins per game.