1. Minnesota Vikings (5-0)
Minnesota’s defense is the main reason that the Vikings are undefeated so far. They are leading the league with 12 takeaways and have given up the lowest points per game at 12.6. They give up less than 80 yards per game on the ground and rank in the top 10 in passing yards per game allowing 209.8. They only allowed Green Bay to score 14 points and made Cam Newton look like he had just learned how to play the game.
2. Seattle Seahawks (3-1)
The Seahawks defense has been a staple in the NFL for the past few years. They have given up 1056 yards so far this season which is the least amount of total yards in the league. They only give up 13.5 points per game, rank seventh in rushing yards allowed per game with 80.3, and only give up 183.8 yards through the air which ranks them second. The only knock on Seattle’s record is the fact that their wins came against Miami, San Francisco and the New York Jets.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Philly’s defense has allowed their rookie quarterback to develop comfortably. They have only allowed 1067 yards total this season which ranks them second in that department. They are also second in points allowed per game with 12.8, although they allowed 24 points this past week to Detroit which resulted in their only loss. The Eagles only give up 73.3 yards rushing and 193.5 yards in the air, ranking them third and sixth respectively.
4. Denver Broncos (4-1)
The Denver Broncos defense is notorious for taking the ball away and they are number six in that department. They have five interceptions and have forced four fumbles. They are fifth in points allowed per game only giving up an average of 17.4 and rank third in passing yards allowed per game with 185.6. After taking their first loss this season against Atlanta, the Broncos do not have a lot of time to sit and wonder what went wrong, they have to get back on the horse and visit the Chargers on a short week for Thursday night football.
5. Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
Even though the Ravens have lost two in a row, they rank statistically high in most defensive categories. They are fifth in total yards given up this season with 1334, seventh in points allowed per game with 17.6, they only allow 76 rushing yards per game which ranks them fourth and they give up 190.8 yards through the air which makes them fifth in the league. They have six interceptions and while this defense is not the Ravens of years past, they are still a force to be reckoned with.
By Gordon Robinson