Week 5 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

Let’s continue our Week 5 rankings by looking at the top defenses for the coming week:

  1. Chicago Bears – at Jacksonville
  2. Houston Texans – at New York Jets
  3. Arizona Cardinals – at St. Louis
  4. Baltimore Ravens – at Kansas City
  5. San Francisco 49ers – vs. Buffalo
  6. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Tennessee
  7. New York Giants – vs. Cleveland
  8. Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  9. Green Bay Packers – at Indianapolis
  10. Atlanta Falcons – at Washington
  11. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Philadelphia
  12. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Miami
  13. New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  14. St. Louis Rams – vs. Arizona
  15. Philadelphia Eagles – at Pittsburgh

Thoughts:

  • The New York Jets offense is pretty pathetic right now, wouldn’t you say?  They have no running game that they can trust.  With Santonio Holmes injured, they have no wide receiver that is going to scare you.  Tim Tebow anyone?  With the Houston Texans allowing the fewest points per game this season (14.0), as well as a defense that makes plays (13 sacks, 5 interceptions), is there any question that they are among the best options?
  • The only reason the Bears are the top option is the matchup, to go along with their 15 sacks and 11 interceptions this season.  Just minor reasons, right?
  • As I mentioned in my streaming defense article for Week 5 (click here to view), the Minnesota Vikings defense is actually performing well, has a favorable matchup (especially if Kenny Britt is unable to go once again) and also has the benefit of Percy Harvin as a special team weapon.  Don’t overlook them for this week.
  • Can the Falcons slow down Robert Griffin III and company?  They have actually produced on defense, with 7 interceptions and 10 sacks, so even if they give up a few points there is a good chance that they still produce for you.  That makes them well worth using this week.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings:

Week 5 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 5 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

8 comments

  1. AssaultUnit says:

    What do you think about picking up Bilal Powell? Shonn Greene just isn’t getting it done.

  2. Jason says:

    I have romo, ponder…texans, cardinals defense.

    Would you trade cardinals defense for matthew stafford?

  3. AssaultInit – depends on who you would drop, but probably worth it.

    Jason – if the other guy would do it, in a heartbeat, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

  4. jason says:

    Thanks..the guy actually proposed the trade and that’s exactly what I did. Just wanted to make sir I did the right thing.

  5. Double G says:

    need a flex WR-TE…stick with Gates or pickup a WR off waivers? I won’t get Hartline but have a chance for guys like Hawkins, James Jones, or Hixon,

  6. Ted says:

    Need immediate help. Should I start Steelers D or Cardinals D??

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