Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 7?  Think again, as injuries and simple poor play will likely change things dramatically for the coming week (they were out of control last week).  Let’s take a look at how things stack up in the always unpredictable NFL for Week 8:


  1. Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  2. Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  3. New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  4. Detroit Lions – at Atlanta
  5. Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  6. Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  7. Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  8. Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  9. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  10. Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  11. Minnesota Vikings – at Tampa Bay
  12. Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  13. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. St. Louis
  14. Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Miami
  15. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia


  • The Ravens defense has been good this season, but even if A.J. Green were to miss another week the Bengals have only thrown 3 INT and allowed 6 sacks on the season (only the Raiders, who have allowed 5, have yielded fewer sacks).  That doesn’t make Baltimore unusable, but they also are hardly a must use option for the coming week.
  • Will the Bears be able to get things back on track after a poor showing in Week 7?  The matchup against the Patriots does give that a little bit of doubt, as New England’s defense has been one of the best and figure to attack Jay Cutler (they have 18 sacks, 7 INT on the season).
  • Unless Robert Griffin III is able to return, Colt McCoy is going to be under center for the Washington Redskins.  Yea, that makes Dallas seem like a very good option doesn’t it?

Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings:

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs


  1. Steve L says:

    Any suggestion for a replacement for Bennett in case this hamstring is serious? Wire is thin, maybe take a shot with Clay harbor, heath miller, gresham, or escobar?

  2. Chris says:

    Outta of the 3 which one gets the nod… Broncos D Vikings D or ravens D

  3. Bob says:

    Browns or Patriots for this week and beyond?

  4. tee hobson says:

    Tannehill or Palmer at QB?

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