Let’s wrap up our rankings with a look at the defenses around the league:
- Chicago Bears – at Tennessee
- Houston Texans – vs. Buffalo
- Green Bay Packers – vs. Arizona
- San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
- Detroit Lions – at Jacksonville
- Atlanta Falcons – vs. Dallas
- New York Giants – vs. Pittsburgh
- Minnesota Vikings – at Seattle
- Seattle Seahawks – vs. Minnesota
- Miami Dolphins – at Indianapolis
- Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
- Washington Redskins – vs. Carolina
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Oakland
- Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
- New Orleans Saints – vs. Philadelphia
- The Houston Texans defense has been among the best in the league this season, especially against the run (83.0 rushing yards per game, no touchdowns allowed). The Bills strength comes from Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, so if the Texans can slow them down it could make for a very good day.
- The New York Giants defense got off to a slow start, but they suddenly have 16 INT, 8 fumble recoveries and 21 sacks. Yes, they have a tough match-up against the Steelers, but with a defense that has been making plays it is easy to still consider them a very good option.
- A lot of people like the Detroit Lions defense entering the season, but they have been a big disappointment. However, taking on a Jacksonville team that is pitiful on offense (14.7 points per game) and without their best player, there is reason for optimism this week.
- I know it is easy to consider the Baltimore Ravens match-up against the Cleveland Browns a favorable, but this is not the same Ravens defense we have become accustomed to. With Trent Richardson seemingly healthy, they are a tough group to trust.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 9 rankings: