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|Matt Flynn passed for 480 yards and six touchdowns against the Lions in Week 17 last season.|
"Pittsburgh and Baltimore are strong on defense every year, but all four teams from that division finished among the top 10 in fewest yards allowed last season. There are superior ways to measure a defense, but the best defenses tend to allow fewer yards. Teams still aspire to rank among the top 10. It's not a perfect measure, but it's a decent one. And it's readily accessible, plus widely understood.
"NFC West teams ranked fourth (San Francisco), ninth (Seattle), 18th (Arizona) and 22nd (St. Louis) last season. Arizona improved significantly late in the season. I do think this will be an increasingly physical and ferocious division on defense. Let's revisit this one as the 2012 season unfolds."