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July 24, 2006
July 24, 2006

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July 24, 2006

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Defenses

ON THE RISE

This is an article from the July 24, 2006 issue Original Layout

PANTHERS
Lane-clogging DT Kris Jenkins, who tore his right ACL in Week 1 last season, isback at full speed.

BEARS
Top-notch defense now has rookie Devin Hester (six kick-return touchdowns incollege) to bolster a weak return game (one touchdown in '06).

VIKINGS
Koren Robinson, 26, blossomed (26.0 yards, one TD) in his first year as akick-return man last season.

ON THEDECLINE

PATRIOTS
Aging defense struggled through first half of 2005 (27.5 PPG) and lostlinebacker Willie McGinest to free agency.

JETS
Defense is bound to struggle as new coach Eric Mangini implements his 3-4system, which doesn't suit their personnel.

RAMS
This was the NFL's second-worst scoring defense in '05; Martz-less offense willkeep that unit on the field even more this year.

SLEEPERS

EAGLES
A bust last season, they'll benefit from adding free-agent DE Darren Howard (31/2 sacks in 12 games for the Saints last year) to an injury-depleted line.

CHIEFS
The talent is there; now they have a defense-first coach in Herm Edwards totake advantage of it.

SAINTS
This could be a clever way to siphon points out of Reggie Bush (three careerTDs as a punt returner at USC).

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 SI TEAM RANKINGS FOR 2006 With 2005 statsPOINTS/
GAME
YARDS/
GAME
RANK
(rush/pass)
RANK
(total)
INTSSACKSPOINTS*BYE WEEK
1.Chicago Bears12.6281.811/522441367
2.Pittsburgh Steelers16.1284.03/1641547204
3.Carolina Panthers16.2282.64/932345189
4.Indianapolis Colts15.4307.116/15111846246
5.Seattle Seahawks16.9316.85/25161650185
6.Jacksonville Jaguars16.8290.914/761947186
7.Baltimore Ravens18.7284.79/851142187
8.Washington Redskins18.3297.913/1091635248
9.Denver Broncos16.1312.92/29152028204
10.San Diego Chargers19.5309.21/28131046123
11.Tampa Bay Buccaneers17.1277.86/611736204
12.Philadelphia Eagles24.2325.421/21231729189
13.Cincinnati Bengals21.9338.720/2628312865
14.Minnesota Vikings21.5323.319/22212434306
15.Dallas Cowboys19.2300.915/11101537123
16.New England Patriots21.1330.28/31261033126
17.New York Giants19.6327.512/27241741244
18.Miami Dolphins19.8317.417/20181449128
19.Atlanta Falcons21.332526/14221637205
20.Cleveland Browns18.8316.830/4161523186
21.Arizona Cardinals24.2295.610/1281537189
22.Kansas City Chiefs20.3328.17/30251629183
23.Detroit Lions21.6322.424/13201931208
24.Buffalo Bills22.9343.531/19291738148
25.Green Bay Packers21.5293.123/171035186
26.Tennessee Titans26.3319.422/1719941327
27.St. Louis Rams26.8350.128/23301341267
28.New York Jets22.2308.829/2122130249
29.Houston Texans26.936432/2431737125
30.San Francisco 49ers26.8391.218/32321628367
31.New Orleans Saints24.9312.127/314102507
32.Oakland Raiders23.9330.825/182753663

*Points scoredby defense and special teams

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