Top 5 NFL Defenses: 2011/2012 Season:

Written By: Andy Flint

Defense is the glue that holds an entire franchise together. Without the hard-hitting line-backers, ball-hawking defensive backs, and a defensive front, built on strength, agility and blazing speed, most professional teams would simply fall short. I’m a huge advocate for strong defensive play. I believe a team can only be as strong as its defense. This is my prediction for what teams have the best defensive potential for the upcoming season.

You bet. We own the Titans. I remember the good old days when I would blow up Eddie George with a big hit. Now, they’ve got another running back with two first names, Travis Henry, whom I plan on blowing up in the same manner.” -Ray Lewis

#5: New York Jets:

The bone-shattering New York Jet defense has become somewhat of an NFL staple over the course of the last couple of seasons. Coach Rex Ryan doesn’t accept anything but greatness from his players and he holds everyone accountable for their actions on the field. The Jets defense is fueled by perennial shut-down corner-back, Darrelle Revis. “Revis Island” has become a common term in popular football ramble, and is known as a cold and lonely place for vacationing wide-receivers. I expect that Rex Ryan and the Jets defense will continue to improve, Bart Scott, Revis and cast, should continue to excel on the defensive end of the ball.

2010/2011 Defensive Stats: 19.0 ppg (6th), 291.5 yards per game (3rd), 200.6 passing yards per game (6th), 90.9 rushing yards per game (3rd):

#4: Chicago Bears:

The Chicago Bears and it’s defense have been a long-standing NFL tradition. We all recall the Bears defensive units from the 80′s, and surly we all recall the defensive work they put in a few years ago. The defense that would propel them to a 13-3 record, and carry them straight into the 2007 Super-Bowl? The Bears had a run of bad luck after their success in 2007. Urlacher, who is the heart and soul of their defense, was hit with injury, and they had some off the field issues unfold. But, it seems as if they found their way again last season. While they’ll need to get better against the pass, I’m sure they’ll put up stout numbers across the board.

2010/2011 Defensive Stats: 17.9 ppg (4th), 314.3 yards per game (9th), 224.2 passing yards per game (20th), 90.1 rushing yards per game (2nd):

“My object is to stop the guy with the ball before he gains another inch.” -Dick Lane

#3: Baltimore Ravens:

I find it hard to argue against the Ravens defense. These guys are tough, they’re gritty, and they play with every ounce of Baltimore behind them. “Purple Pain” is one of the most exciting, and bone-crushing defensive units that I have ever witnessed. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs fully embody the fierce spirit of old-school defensive punishment, and they look good doing it. Their heated rivalry with the fellow defensive-minded, black and yellow wearing, Pittsburgh Steelers only makes us want to see more games like last seasons’ playoff game. I expect the Ravens defense to button-up behind their “bread-n-butter” and have an incredible defensive season!

2010/2011 Defensive Stats: 16.9 ppg (3rd), 318.9 yards per game (10th),  224.9 passing yards per game (21st),  93.9 rushing yards per game (5th):

#2: Green Bay Packers:

Explosive, energetic, young, and scary as hell. That is the way I view the Green Bay Packers defense. These guys are animals, and they’re on a mission to prove just how good they can be. I think we’ll see them lose some mistakes they made from last season, and come full circle with a ridiculous 2011/2012 NFL season. The Packers defense, led by the man-child, Clay Matthews, are going to make noise for many seasons to come. These guys are fast, they hit hard, and they understand the game. They’ve already added a Super-Bowl to their collection, but I expect to see them keep playing with a big chip on their shoulders.

2010/2011 Defensive Stats: 15.0 ppg (2nd), 309.1 yards per game (5th), 194.2 passing yards per game (5th), 114.9 rushing yards per game (18th):

I thought I came back to win a Super Bowl. But I found out in the middle of last season that’s not what I came back for. I came back for these men inside the locker room. It wasn’t about playing with those guys, it was about allowing those guys to see the man behind the persona.” -Deion Sanders

#1: Pittsburgh Steelers:

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to prove time and time again that, defense wins in the NFL. These guys have been the absolute terrors of the league over the past decade, and beyond. I recall seeing clips of the “Steel Curtain”, and those guys were intimidating. Today’s Steelers aren’t a far cry from those old-school, grid-iron warriors. Sure, James Harrison is an idiot, but he’s a phenomenal defensive animal, and a great enforcer on the field. The Steelers, Led by Troy Polamalu, seem to set the bar for defensive play, each and every season. I expect to keep seeing these guys go out there and blow opposing players up, every single down.

2010/2011 Defensive Stats: 14.5 ppg (1st), 276.8 yards per game (2nd), 214.1 passing yards (12th), 62.8 rushing yards per game (1st):

  • jerry payton

    I would of had the N>Y> jets ahead of the G.Bay Packers N I would have them about 3rd rank

    • Anonymous

      Your an idiot….that’s why you weren’t asked to rank it obviously

      • Susie Gough

        LOL…..couldn’t have said it better myself!

    • Zach

      I would have the patriots at number 1

      • Anonymous

        There the 31st ranked defense why would they be 1st

  • cool

    cool thanx i have a fantasy team

    • james

      yes sir me 2

  • Buffalo Bob

    Bills will be #1 defense!!!!!!

  • Andy Flint

    If the Bills finish inside the top 10 (defensively), then I’ll buy you a steak.

  • james

    the bengals should be the #3 defense really

  • Anonymous

    lions number 1

  • G

    Be serious and look at jets defense . It’s insane look at stats moons

  • Anonymous

    I guess my 49ers shouldn’t be number 1 huh? My bad we are number 1.

    • Andy Flint

      Seems pretty easy to predict now, eh?

  • Richard

    Packers have a good defense? Even the Chargers have a better defense than the Packers. Packers have the Offense, but their Defense is kind of poor. It needs serious improvement.

  • tyler

    ravens are the best.

  • skins

    Taking into consideration we have the worst offense yet only one team has scored 30 points on us Skins defense is top 5 for.sure

  • hg

    what about the bengals

  • Imran Raheem

    Ravens & Steelers always have had a solid defense for the past decade but Ravens D is much better this year. Houston & 49ers Defenses are complete surprises this year.
    1. Houston
    2. Ravens
    3. 49ers
    4. Jets
    5. Steelers

  • shawn

    If you do not have the niners on this list you do not know football and should not post comments like you are authority. The niners are leading every d stat besides avg. Yrds. And total yards. They have not let a back into the endzone at week fifteen. You sir are a moron and this is an unargueable fact. Green bay shouldn’t even be in the ten, there d is horrible.

    • Andy Flint

      Thanks Shawn. This list was compiled in July. I doubt you or anyone else had the 49ers ranked very high going into the season. Are you now going to explain to me that you also had them making the playoffs. Because I call your bluff.

      There is a date at the top of each article written. Do yourself a favor and be sure to take a look and see if that date may play into certain aspects of the article. But thanks for reading.

      • Hate_it_here

        I had them making the playoffs, but to be fair I’ve been a fan since I was 9 and I have them making the playoffs every year.

  • J man

    How in da Hell yall leave da 49ers out da top five when the NFL got them number 1… Cum on man!!

    • Jim Racalto

      This list was done before the season started, that’s why the Niners aren’t on it.

  • Gee

    Yup ninerz number 1 on da map!

  • Max Strauss

    Kind of failed on the packers prediction!

  • Lane

    Ok you’re an idiot! How the hell is packers defense even ranked?
    #1 Baltimore
    #2 Houston
    #3 49ers
    #4 steelers
    #5 Jets

    • Jim Racalto

      This list was done in July, before the season started. It was based off before the season began, not what just happened in the actual season.

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