2022 NFL defense rankings Best NFL defenses tering Week 12

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Lets examine how the best NFL defenses performed in Week 11 with our latest defense rankings before Week 12. Well also provide NFL defense vs position stats on Tuesday

Dropped from NFL defense rankings:Green Bay Packers (20), Minnesota Vikings (18)

As if defending the Los Angeles Rams offense couldnt get any easier, the Arizona Cardinals faced John Wolford on Sunday and watched Cooper Kupp leave with an ankle injury. It shouldnt surprise anyone who knows that to see Los Angeles didnt crack 260 total; yards even on 60-plus plays. Things arent going to go nearly as well against the San Francisco 49ers onMonday Night Footballin Week 11, Christian McCaffrey will feast.

The Carolina Panthers have made plenty of appearances in our defensive rankings this season. After bottling up the Baltimore Ravens 13 points, 308 total yards), this unit is worth a second look. There is a nice collection of young talent Brian Burns, Jaycee Horn, Derrick Brown, Frankie Luvu and its enough to make this a quality group when they are all executing. Battling the Denver Broncos next Sunday, the Panthers are a great sleeper defense for Week 12 in fantasy football.

As expected, the Los Angeles Chargers couldnt containPatrick Mahomesand Travis Kelce. Allowing 485 yards and 30 points to the best offense in the NFL isnt really a surprise, especially considering the injuries to the Chargers defense. Kansas City has done this to almost every opponent it faces all year, so were not too concerned for Los Angeles. Its pass rush should fare much better vs the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 27.

As the Los Angeles Rams race to the bottom of theNFL standings, its worth revisiting this defense. The stars-and-scrubs formula isnt working, investing heavily in three players (Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, Bobby Wagner) requires a lot of things to go right for the Day 3 picks and late add-ons. Its not working this year and that will be only full display vsPatrick Mahomes.

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As the Seattle Seahawks return from their bye, our focus in Week 12 will be on what changes the coaching staff makes to address the run defense. From Week 2-10, opponents averaged 145.1 rushing yards per game against Seattle with 12 touchdowns on the ground. Its exactly the type of thing the Las Vegas Raiders want to exploit.

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There are reasons to like this group. In the Seahawks last five games, opponents averaged a pedestrian 83.7 quarterback rating with a 6-4 TD-INT ratio, 198.4 pass ypg and took 19 sacks. If the game script unfolds in Seattles favor, this unit thrives.

Its apparent the New Orleans Saints arent returning to the elite consistency we saw from this defense in previous seasons. However, there is still enough talent for this unit to string together quality performances when the matchup is right. Facing arguably the worst offensive line in the NFL, New Orleans registered seven quarterback hits and four sacks.

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However, the fact that Cam Akers averaged 4.4 yards per carry and a lifeless Rams offensemissing Cooper Kuppfinished with 336 total yards and 5.4 yards per play is concerning. We anticipate Christian McCaffrey and Elijah Mitchell will run wild against the Saints in Week 12.

Considering the Pittsburgh Steelers offense struggled to sustain drives in the second half. we admire the performance of this defense.Joe Burrowconnected for plenty of big plays, thats going to happen considering the state of the Steelers cornerbacks and off-ball linebackers. Its the presence of T.J. Watt (0.5 sacks, 1 INT), Cameron Heyward and Alex Highsmith that allows Pittsburghs pass rush to cause problems for every opponent it faces.

Pittsburgh poked a few holes in an increasingly vulnerable Cincinnati Bengals defense. Najee Harris (90 yards, 2 TDs) had one of his best games of the season, George Pickens exploded (83 yards, 1 TD) and Cincinnati let Pat Freiermuth (79 receiving yards) eat in the middle of the field. If the Bengals cant stop Harris, Derrick Henry is going to be a nightmare for them.

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The Baltimore Ravens pass rush was a weakness coming into the season and its since become a strength. Over the last seven games, Baltimore generated 23 sacks. Its because of that more consistent pressure that opponents now have a 5-4 TD-INT ratio and averaged 198.8 passing yards per game over the last five weeks. Set to face the Houston Texans, the Ravens D/ST belongs near the top of Week 12 fantasy defense rankings.

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After stunning the Philadelphia Eagles onMonday Night Football, everyone expected the Washington Commanders defense to neutralize the Houston Texans. Sure enough, thats exactly what happened. Houston needed 54 plays to record 148 total yards, with one of the lowest yards per play (2.7) averages in the NFL this season.

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Looking ahead to the Commanders vs Atlanta Falcons matchup, its strength vs strength. Washington entered Week 11 ranked 12th inrun-stop win rate(31%) and opponents have now averaged just 68.8 rush ypg and 3.5 yards per carry vs Washington in the last five games. Meanwhile, the Falcons are one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL. Bet on a defensive clinic from the Commanders.

Jalen Hurtscauses every defense problems, but the Indianapolis Colts did an admirable job containing him. The NFL MVP candidate did plenty of damage (107.1 QB rating, 86 rush yards), but Indianapolis bottled up Miles Sanders (47 rush yards, 3.6 ypc) and A.J. Brown (60 yards on seven targets). Furthermore, the Colts defense hasnt allowed 20-plus offensive points since Oct. 16. Things will be much easier in Week 12 against Pittsburgh, a true showcase game for Indy.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense is a strange evaluation, made even more complicated returning from the bye week. Opponents averaged just 2.8 yards per carry (107 total rushing yards) in the last two games vs Tampa Bay. The Bucs secondary also held opposing quarterbacks to 193.4 pass ypg in the last five contests, but it came with a 106.7 QB rating and 9-0 TD-INT ratio. Health in the secondary should change that, especially facingJacoby Brissettin Week 12.

A healthier version of this unit ranks as one of the best NFL defenses in 2022. With TreDavious White, Kaiir Elam, Tremaine Edmunds and Greg Rousseau still sidelined, though, there are obvious holes on the Buffalo Bills defense. Amari Cooper (113 yards, 2 TDs) demonstrated that on Sunday, but the Bills still generated some pressure.

Buffalo should fare well on Thanksgiving vs the Detroit Lions, but it will still be without multiple starters on a short week. With holes in the secondary and a weakened front seven, Detroit will deliver a few big plays and find the end zone.

The New York Jets defense did a lot of good things in Week 11. New York recorded six sacks and eight quarterback hits, with that pressure being instrumental in the New England Patriots converting just 4-of-15 attempts on third down. However, Nick FOlk missed two field goals andMac Jones(104.6 QB rating, 9.1 ypa) still played efficiently. This is still a great defense and were excited to see Robert Salehs gameplan vsJustin Fields.

It feels difficult to blame the Denver Broncos defense for what happened on Sunday. EJiro Everos group only allowed 16 points in four quarters, a strong performance by any measure. Unfortunately, when you spend so much time on the field because your teammates are responsible for the worst offense in football, more time means added opportunities where one mistake can swing a game.

The Dallas Cowboys defense delivered early stops and that swung Sundays matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. A game-opening takeaway followed by three forced punts turned the game in the Cowboys favor. Once Dallas led by multiple scores, it unleashed the best pass rush in the NFL and that group destroyed Kirk Cousins (13 QB hits, seven sacks).

Theres a possibility we see something a bit similar on Thanksgiving against the New York Giants. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. Dalvin Cook fashed the Cowboys run defense, just like every top running back has this year. If the Giants can keep things close, this is the perfect game for Saquon Barkley to feast.

Opponents averaged just 55.2 rushing yards and 2.8 ypc vs the Tennessee Titans in the last six games entering Week 11. On the national stage, fans saw why this is the best run defense in the NFL. Green Bay managed just 56 rushing yards and averaged 2.9 ypc, right in line with everything Tennessee did before. The Titans also welcomed back Jeffrey Simmons and the All-Pro candidate made an instant impact. Joe Mixon will be a non-factor on the ground when Tennessee faces the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12. The Bengals will also struggle against this interior pass rush, which could lead to some problems for Joe Burrow.

Ndamukong Suh made his presence felt immediately, recording his first sack with the Philadelphia Eagles. Fans likely were worried after Indianapolis covered 75 yards on the opening touchdown drive. In the Colts final 10 drives, they totaled just 209 yards on 52 plays (4.1 yards per play). Considering Philadelphia faced Jonathan Taylor, holding him to 3.8 ypc is an accomplishment.

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All of this bodes well for aSunday Night Footballmatchup against the Green Bay Packers, with the Eagles pass rush and secondary erasing Green Bays offense. The Eagles D/ST will be an elite fantasy play in Week 12.

The New England Patriots feasted on aZach Wilson-led offense, just as they did in Week 8. New England suffocated the Jets offense on Sunday, allowing just 103 total yards on 49 plays (2.1 yards per play). New York converted just 21% of its third-down attempts, Wilson took six sacks and New York averaged just 2.6 yards per carry.

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Of course, the Patriots are viewed as one of the best defenses in the NFL for more than one matchup. In the last four games, opponents averaged just 140.3 pass ypg with 15 sacks taken and a 59% completion rate. In that same stretch, the Patriots allowed just 81.5 rush ypg.

At a time when many of the best NFL defenses struggle against the run, the San Francisco 49ers shut it down. Heading into Week 11, the 49ers held opponents to 82.7 rush ypg and d3.4 ypc. San Franciscos pass rush, which already ranks fifth in pressure rate (25.2%) is also getting healthy. While there are plenty of teams under consideration, the 49ers have the best defense in the NFL.

The following defense rankings are for fantasy football purposes and only apply to Week 12.

Stats courtesyFootball OutsidersPro Football ReferenceESPNandPro Football Focus.

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