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Aug. 06, 2007
Aug. 06, 2007

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Aug. 6, 2007

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Defenses

ON THE RISE

This is an article from the Aug. 6, 2007 issue

BRONCOS
Dre' Bly joins Champ Bailey (above) to give Denver the NFL's best cornercombo--but defensive guru Jim Bates is the biggest addition.

COWBOYS
Wade Phillips's aggressive 3-4 scheme will mean more sacks for OLB DeMarcusWare.

DOLPHINS
Rookie Ted Ginn Jr. boosts the return game, and LB Channing Crowder has ProBowl potential.

ON THEDECLINE

BILLS
Second-round pick Paul Posluzny alone can't make up for the free-agentdepartures of LBs London Fletcher-Baker and Takeo Spikes.

FALCONS
Injured LB Demorrio Williams and DT Rod Coleman won't be ready for the start ofthe season.

TITANS
They'll face a schedule laden with top-rated passers--and do it withoutsuspended CB Pacman Jones.

SLEEPERS

CARDINALS
Additions at safety and corner give Pro Bowl SS Adrian Wilson (above) moreopportunity to roam.

BENGALS
First-round pick CB Leon Hall improves the return game and a dismal secondary.Safety Marvin White is a fourth-round steal.

PACKERS
All 11 starters return from a surprisingly stout unit that allowed only 23points over the last three games.

SI TEAM RANKINGSFOR 2007 with 2006 stats

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  POINTS/GAMEYARDS/GAMERANK (rush/pass)RANK (total)INTERCEPTIONSSACKSPOINTS*BYE WEEK
1.Chicago Bears15.9294.16/1152440509
2.Baltimore Ravens12.6264.12/612860408
3.New England Patriots14.8294.45/1262244810
4.Miami Dolphins17.7289.18/54847189
5.San Diego Chargers18.9301.67/13101661187
6.Denver Broncos19.1326.412/21141735126
7.Philadelphia Eagles20.5328.126/9151940305
8.Dallas Cowboys21.9322.810/24131834308
9.Jacksonville Jaguars17.1283.64/1022035124
10.Minnesota Vikings20.4300.21/3282130365
11.Pittsburgh Steelers19.7300.33/2092039186
12.Green Bay Packers22.9320.913/17122346307
13.Carolina Panthers19.1296.111/471441147
14.Cincinnati Bengals20.7355.115/3130193565
15.New York Jets18.4331.624/142016351810
16.Arizona Cardinals24.3349.416/30291638248
17.Oakland Raiders20.8284.825/131834265
18.Seattle Seahawks21.3330.322/16191241188
19.Indianapolis Colts22.5332.232/2211525126
20.San Francisco 49ers25.8344.219/26261434146
21.New York Giants22.6342.414/28251732149
22.Kansas City Chiefs19.7328.918/1816153268
23.New Orleans Saints20.1307.323/311113864
24.St. Louis Rams23.8335.131/8231734129
25.Atlanta Falcons20.5332.89/29221237128
26.Tampa Bay Buccaneers22.1329.417/191711251810
27.Buffalo Bills19.4329.628/7181340306
28.Washington Redskins23.5355.527/2331619144
29.Cleveland Browns22.2344.829/15271828187
30.Houston Texans22.9337.520/222411281810
31.Detroit Lions24.9345.621/2528123086
32.Tennessee Titans25.0369.730/27321726524


*Points scored by defense and special teams

PHOTOICON SPORTS MEDIA (BAILEY)PHOTOKEVIN TANAKA/SPORTPICS (WILSON)