Week 4 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

Let’s take a look at how I rank the top defenses for the upcoming week:

  1. Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  2. New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
  3. New York Jets – at Buffalo
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Pittsburgh
  5. Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  6. Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  7. Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  8. Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis
  9. San Diego Chargers – vs. Arizona
  10. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  11. Tennessee Titans – vs. Denver
  12. Houston Texans – at Oakland
  13. Atlanta Falcons – vs. San Francisc0
  14. Arizona Cardinals – at San Diego
  15. Chicago Bears – at New York Giants

Thoughts:

  • Even without Darrelle Revis, you have to like the chances of the Jets defense shutting down the Bills.  While Buffalo was able to post 30 points against the Patriots, that was more due to the failings of the Patriots secondary.  Ryan Fitzpatrick is not going to be able to torch a Revis-less Jets secondary like he did in Week 3 when he went 20-28 with 2 TD.
  • Carolina has scored a league low 32 points through three weeks.  Their quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, has not yet thrown a TD on the season (he’s 23-48 for just 247 yards and 2 INT).  They are just bad offensively and New Orleans should be a great bet defensively this week.
  • The Ravens-Steelers game features two of the best defenses and two offenses that have the potential to struggle.  It easily could be a drag out, defensive struggle, and both defenses are worth using.
  • Will the change at offensive coordinator spark the 49ers offense?  It’s certainly possible, making the Atlanta Falcons a risky play this week.
  • Would it surprise anyone if the Giants-Bears game turns into a shootout?  That threat makes it tough to use either defense this week.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 4 Rankings:

Week 4 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (Updated)
Week 4 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

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