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Fantasy Position Rankings - Defense
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's about respect. Two teams that have been at or near the top of the fantasy defense rankings all season long, will not be in the top-20 in Week 12.

That's because we have a very healthy respect for what Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are doing on the football field this season.

Manning and his Broncos host the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon. Despite the Dolphins ranking fourth in points allowed (18 ppg) and second in passing yards (208 ypg) they face what some might call an impossible task - slowing down the Broncos offense in Denver. Denver is averaging 29.3 ppg, but coming off an embarrassing loss to St. Louis in which they scored just seven points and should be fired up.

Detroit's top-ranked defense has an equally tough task. They head to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough to face red-hot Tom Brady and the high-scoring Patriots. Since the watershed loss to Kansas City in Week 4, the Patriots offense has averaged 40.5 ppg. Even worse news for a Lions defense that is only yielding 15.6 ppg, the Patriots found a running game last weekend to go along with Brady's passing ability. You will have to scan all the way down to No. 22 to find the Lions defense in Week 12.

We have chosen Kansas City for our No. 1 spot in Week 12. They bring their second-ranked defense (17.1 ppg) against a horrible Oakland Raiders offense that is averaging a league-worst 15.2 ppg. Oakland has turned the ball over 20 times and that trend is likely to continue.

Off their three-touchdown game against Philadelphia, the Green Bay Packers defense occupies the second spot in this weekend's rankings. They will go up against Minnesota in what should be their type of weather - possible rain and sleet.

The Bills are a top-five defense this weekend, whenever they play, which could be as late as Tuesday depending upon the next lake-effects snowstorm. Buffalo's defense has been playing at a top-10 level and in what is likely a low-scoring affair on a less-than-perfect field should hold a mediocre Jets offense down.

The Jets will travel to Buffalo to face a Bills offense that hasn't been able to practice all week due to four feet of snow on the ground. This gives the Jets an advantage and they should be able to play well enough to crack the top-five this weekend.

Top-25 Defense/Special Teams Rankings

1) Kansas City Chiefs

2) Green Bay Packers

3) Buffalo Bills

4) San Francisco 49ers

5) New York Jets

6) New England Patriots

7) Denver Broncos

8) Philadelphia Eagles

9) Arizona Cardinals

10) Houston Texans

11) Seattle Seahawks

12) San Diego Chargers

13) Cincinnati Bengals

14) Cleveland Browns

15) New Orleans Saints

16) Dallas Cowboys

17) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18) St. Louis Rams

19) Tennessee Titans

20) Atlanta Falcons

21) Washington Redskins

22) Detroit Lions

23) Indianapolis Colts

24) Miami Dolphins

25) New York Giants

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