by Ray Kuhn
That didn’t take long… There’s nothing like being totally wrong to start the season, but when it came to the Rams’ defense I certainly was. That is the funny thing about football sometimes, you just don’t know what you are going to get. We now have one week in the in the books, so it is a start towards figuring out the defenses to own and the offenses to target. Let’s take a look at how the defenses rank for this week:
- Carolina Panthers – vs. San Francisco
- Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
- Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
- New York Jets – at Buffalo
- Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
- New England Patriots – vs. Miami
- Denver Broncos – vs. Indianapolis
- Houston Texans – vs. Kansas City
- Los Angeles Rams – vs Seattle
- Arizona Cardinals – vs. Tampa Bay
- Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets
- Kansas City Chiefs – at Houston
- Detroit Lions – vs. Tennessee
- Philadelphia Eagles – at Chicago
- Chicago Bears – vs. Philadelphia
- If it weren’t for Kenny Stills dropping what seemed to have been a sure touchdown pass, the Seahawks would have allowed 17 points (instead it was 10). Regardless, it seems safe to count Seattle as one of the top defenses yet again this season. Miami was held to 214 yards to open the season, and they also sacked Ryan Tannehill five times. The Seahawks didn’t come up with a turnover, but that is likely just a matter of time as they face the Rams this week. That is the same Rams team that managed just 185 yards against the 49ers on Monday…
- It really should not be surprising that the Browns already had to turn to Josh McCown as Robert Griffin has found himself on Injured Reserve. The Browns managed 10 points last week against the Eagles, and it’s likely they won’t score much more this week against the Ravens. Facing Buffalo at home to kick off the season Baltimore held the Bills to a single touchdown and only 95 yards through the air. Things set up nicely for them in Cleveland as they look to build on that success.
- Green Bay traveled to Jacksonville to open the season, and they were able to withstand an ascending, talented offense. The Packers did allow the Jaguars to put up 23 points, but they also held them to 48 yards on the ground. I would look for more of the same this week, even though they are facing Adrian Peterson. Peterson managed 31 yards on 19 carries last week, and things might not get too much betterin what will likely be Sam Bradford’s debut with the Vikings. Even if Peterson does put a better effort forward, the Packers should be able to keep Bradford and Minnesota’s air attack at bay.
- No question about it, the Eagles took advantage of the Browns on Sunday. They held Cleveland to 10 points and Gary Barnidge didn’t manage a catch. In a majority of leagues, between their talent and their match-up the Eagles were likely in many starting lineups. This week I would look for a different streaming option, or at the very least temper your expectations as the Bears do pose more of a threat in their home opener.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings: