Week 3 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

With two weeks of the football season in the books, we are beginning to get they lay of the land. The sample size is still small and results must be adjusted for the quality of the competition, but things are beginning to get a little clearer. We know which offenses to target and who the strong defenses are. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how they rank for this week:

  1. Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  2. Arizona Cardinals – at Buffalo
  3. Miami Dolphins – vs. Cleveland
  4. Carolina Panthers – vs. Minnesota
  5. Houston Texans – at New England
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Philadelphia
  7. New York Giants – vs. Washington
  8. Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  9. New York Jets – at Kansas City
  10. Los Angeles Rams – at Tampa Bay
  11. Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  12. Los Angeles Rams – at Tampa Bay
  13. Oakland Raiders – at Tennessee
  14. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
  15. Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville

Notes:

  • Not only did the Vikings lose their starting quarterback prior to the start of the season, but they are now without Adrian Peterson and their starting left tackle. So far they have done enough to win, but Minnesota hasn’t exactly lit up the scoreboard. Through the first two weeks of the season Carolina is the seventh ranked fantasy defense, and that includes the garbage time points (27) they allowed last week to the 49ers. The Panthers have already forced six turnovers and they shouldn’t have too many problems with the Vikings as Sam Bradford makes his second start without Peterson.
  • So far Carson Wentz is 2-0 in his NFL career, but what should we take away from that? In his debut he faced the Browns and last week he got the Bears who didn’t offer up much in the way of resistance. Despite emerging victorious, Wentz failed to eclipse 200 yards passing as he has yet to receive a legitimate NFL test. The Steelers have allowed 16 points in each of their last two games, and they intercepted Kirk Cousins twice in the season opener. While the game is in Philadelphia, I would expect Wentz to struggle and record his first loss.
  • Against the Saints last week the Giants proved that their defensive struggles from last are behind them. They held Drew Brees to just one touchdown after limiting Dak Prescott and the Cowboys the week before. The Giants have yet to record a turnover this season, but that should come this week against Cousins and Redskins. It also helps that the Redskins are already a team in turmoil.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 3 rankings:

Week 4 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks
Week 3 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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