Week 9 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

Let’s take a look at how all the defenses stack up for Week 9:

  1. San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
  2. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
  3. Green Bay Packers – at San Diego
  4. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Miami
  5. Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  6. New York Jets – at Buffalo
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  8. Cincinnati Bengals – at Tennessee
  9. Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
  10. Houston Texans – vs. Cleveland
  11. New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  12. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Chicago
  13. Atlanta Falcons – at Indianapolis
  14. Arizona Cardinals – vs. St. Louis
  15. Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets


  • The 49ers have been an elite rushing defense this season and the Redskins’ passing attack is not all that impressive.  What exactly is there not to like this week?  Washington has thrown the most interceptions in the league thus far with 12 and are scoring just 16.6 points per game.  It’s a perfect matchup for owners.
  • If the Chiefs were able to get a few more sacks (just 9 on the season) I would probably rank them even higher for this week.  That said, they are more than usable considering they are taking on the Miami Dolphins (15.3 points per game).
  • Cincinnati’s defense has gotten a big boost from having 8 fumble recoveries (second in the league) and 3 TD (behind only Baltimore & Detroit, who have 4 apiece).  However, can we really anticipate those things continuing?  Of course, it’s not like the Tennessee Titans (19.9 points per game) are this big threat at this point, but they have lost just 2 fumbles all year.  You have to consider the Bengals a good play once again, but not a top option.
  • Normally taking on Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers would lead to a decline in value of the Green Bay Packers defense.  Then again, we all know Rivers has been struggling in 2011 and that the Chargers’ rushing attack is severely banged up.  As of right now Green Bay looks like a solid play.

Make sure to check out our other Week 9 articles:

Week 9 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 9 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers


  1. AJ says:

    Am I crazy starting the Texans D instead of the Ravens D? I like the matchup the Texans have this week

    • No, I wouldn’t call you completely crazy. Pittsburgh has a tougher matchup, but it’s not like we haven’t seen Baltimore lay an egg recently.

      That said, there is something about going with your gut that I wouldn’t argue with. Rankings are a very subjective thing by nature. Considering I have Houston as a starting option, I wouldn’t have an issue with it at all.

  2. The Big Ole TDs says:

    more importantly, who’s running the Ball for Cleveland? I’d rank the Texan’s D MUCH higer (top-4) this week.

  3. Tony says:

    I have Big Ben and the Ravens D. Am I overthinking it this week by leaning towards starting the Chiefs D instead?

  4. Big Ole TD – It’s looking like Hillis is going to play this week, so I’m not sure I’d bump them up quite that high.

    Tony – I actually like the Chiefs D better than Baltimore’s this week (though not by much). I don’t think it’s a bad play at a ll

  5. Muddy Cleats 18 says:

    What about the Rams Def vs Skelton? I haven’t watched Arizona this year but I think Long would be good for 3 sacks at least…

  6. Muddy Cleats 18 says:

    also – since I play defense roulette every week. What do you think of the week 10 matchup of Jags vs Colts at Jacksonville?

    • Remember, these rankings were done before the news of Kolb being out broke. Obviously, that news does alter things a little bit. I would still consider St. Louis on the lower end, but they are worth using.

      As for Jacksonville vs. Indy, it’s not a bad option at all, though I don’t see the Jgs being ranked as anything more than a low-end option. Who else is available to you?

  7. RT says:

    RP – I have the NY Jets D and have the opportunity to pickup the Dallas D. Should i do it. Thank you!

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