Top 5 NFL Defenses for 2013

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Yesterday I deliberated on my top five offenses of 2013, with the Packers and Falcons coming out on top. But we all know defense wins championships, right? Who do you think will be the best defense in the league this year?

Honorable Mentions:

Chicago Bears: Even without Bears mainstay Brian Urlacher, Chicago  will be cycling in some new players at linebacker in rookie Jon Bostic and veteran D.J. Williams. Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman are beasts against the pass. Chicago could be a top 5 defense by seasons end, but with the losses of the defensive minded Lovie Smith and Rod Marinelli this team will be a new-look defense in 2013.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Yeah, the Steelers are old. They lost James Harrison in the offseason and injury concerns about Troy Polamalu persist, but hear me out. Rookie Jarvis Jones looks to me like an extremely NFL-ready linebacker and will make an immediate impact. LaMar Woodley, who initially was criticized for being out of shape, seems to have gotten his act together. The Steel Curtain is still something teams should be concerned about.

 

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