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Baltimore Ravens corner back Fabian Washington (L) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (92) tackle Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller (83) during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 3, 2010. REUTERS/ Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

There has been a big shake-up in this week’s rankings due to a ton of key players on bye week from the Pittsburgh, New England, Miami, and Seattle. And since the season is roughly a quarter of the way through, all the old household names who aren’t performing have gotten the boot in the rankings, for example, Dwight Freeney.

Tackles are the name of the game now, while any other statistics should be considered a welcome surprise and a statistical boost. Surprisingly, James Anderson of the Carolina Panthers is the No. 1 linebacker so far. He is far out-producing teammate Jon Beason who entered the season as a top five selection at LB.

Patrick Willis drops all the way down to No. 16. He hasn’t necessarily had a poor game, but he hasn’t had a game where he really dominated, like most of his San Francisco 49ers’ teammates.

Here are the rankings…

LINEBACKERS DEFENSIVE BACKS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN
1. James Anderson, CAR 1. Charles Woodson, GB 1. Justin Tuck, NYG
2. Paris Lenon, ARI 2. DeAngelo Hall, WAS 2. Trent Cole, PHI
3. Brian Urlacher, CHI 3. Bernard Pollard, HOU 3. Haloti Ngata, BAL
4. London Fletcher, WAS 4. Michael Griffin, TEN 4. Jason Babin, TEN
5. Shaun Phillips, SD 5. LaRon Landry, WAS 5. James Hall,STL
6. Rocky McIntosh, WAS 6. Greg Toler, ARI 6. Dwan Edwards, BUF
7. Lance Briggs, CHI 7. Charles Godfrey, CAR 7. Mario Williams, HOU
8. Stephen Tulloch, TEN 8. Kerry Rhodes, ARI 8. Kyle Vanden Bosch, DET
9. DeMeco Ryans, HOU 9. Terrell Thomas, NYG 9. Jason Taylor, NYJ
10. Jon Beason, CAR 10. T.J. Ward, CLE 10. Shaun Ellis, NYJ
11. Kevin Burnett, SD 11. Carlos Rogers, WAS 11. Julius Peppers, CHI
12. Curtis Lofton, ATL 12. Antoine Cason, SD 12. Dave Ball, TEN
13. Ray Lewis, BAL 13. Kelvin Hayden, IND 13. Kyle Williams, BUF
14. Jonathan Vilma, NO 14. Jerraud Powers, IND 14. Bryan Thomas, NYJ
15. Clay Matthews, GB 15. Chris Hope, TEN 15. Chris Kelsay, BUF
16. Patrick Willis, SF 16. Bradley Fletcher, STL 16. Usi Umenyiora, NYG
17. Zac Diles, HOU 17. Ronde Barber, TB 17. Barry Cofield, NYG
18. James Laurinaitis, STL 18. Charles Tillman, CHI 18. Richard Seymour, OAK
19. Dhani Jones, CIN 19. Quintin Mikell, PHI 19. Robert Mathis, IND
20. A.J. Hawk, GB 20. Donte Whitner, BUF 20. Sedrick Ellis, NO
21. Will Witherspoon, TEN 21. Antoine Bethea, IND 21. Fred Robbins, STL
22. D.J. Williams, DEN 22. Leon Hall, CIN 22. Ndamukong Suh, DET
23. Daryl Smith, JAC 23. Nate Allen, PHI 23. Derek Landri, CAR
24. Chad Greenway, MIN 24. David Jones, JAC 24. Calais Campbell, ARI
25. Scott Fujita, NO 25. Brandon Flowers, KC 25. Quentin Groves, OAK

Bye LBs: Lawrence Timmons, PIT (1) / Jerod Mayo, NE (8) / James Harrison, PIT (11) / Karlos Dansby, MIA (16)
Bye DBs: Yeremiah Bell, MIA (2) / Pat Chung, NE (4) / Bryant McFadden, PIT (8) / Jason Allen, MIA (15) / Troy Polamalu, PIT (24)
Bye DLs: Chris Clemons, SEA (19)

(#) = Previous rank

Written By: Matt De Lima

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