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The Worst Ten Pass Defenses

Like the best pass defenses, there is one team on the list of worst pass defenses because they were effective in stopping the run. The Chicago Bears rank 5th overall in rushing yards allowed and find themsleves on this list because of one game's passing yardage - last week's 407 yard effort by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unless another team comes out and puts up 50-60+ passing attempts, I consider the Chicago Bears presence amongst the worst ten pass defenses a complete aberration.

I can't say that for the other teams, though. Is your WR or QB going up against the Denver Broncos? Get your receiver(s) in there. In the case of the Kansas City Chiefs this week, WR Dwayne Bowe and TE Tony Gonzalez could be in line for a season-best effort, and QB Damon Huard could be a surprisingly good start in a week where fellow QBs Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Jon Kitna, and Matt Hasselback are on bye.

Amongst the other solid starters are Buffalo Bills QB Trent Edwards, for the same reason as Huard, and San Francisco 49ers QB J.T. O'Sullivan. While I can't defintely throw out the names of 49ers wide receivers, the Saints secondary has the ability to make any WR a good fantasy receiver. This is good news for Isaac Bruce owners and those who gamble on Arnaz Battle.

The 10 Worst Pass Defenses:

Rank Team PYA
32 Denver 315.7
31 San Diego 284.7
30 St. Louis 272.3
29 New Orleans 258.7
28 Chicago 249.7
27 Tampa Bay 237.7
26 Oakland 232.3
25 Miami 227.3
24 Seattle 226.3
23 Detroit 222.7