by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
There’s no questioning who the top two defenses in the league are for the upcoming season. After that? Well, it becomes easily debatable. Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:
- Seattle Seahawks
- San Francisco 49ers
- Chicago Bears
- Denver Broncos
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Houston Texans
- New England Patriots
- St. Louis Rams
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Green Bay Packers
- Baltimore Ravens
- New York Giants
- Arizona Cardinals
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Miami Dolphins
- Since we posted our original rankings, the Broncos have seen Von Miller get levied a four game suspension. He is appealing, so it could be reduced (or wiped out), but his loss does hurt Denver’s overall defense. They can’t be dropped significantly, but if it’s close in your mind it does sway things slightly.
- Ed Reed was a major acquisition for the Texans, but it’s become abundantly clear that he may not be 100% at all this season. It’s a minor knock against them, but not one that sends them plummeting down any rankings.
- The Packers defense is solid, but they could often give up a lot of TD as opponents open up the passing game to try and keep up. That’s one of the problems with high-powered offenses, their defensive numbers are often skewed.
- The Giants are a bit banged up, there’s no arguing that. We all know Jason Pierre-Paul is working his way back and now Antrelle Rolle suffered an ankle injury. That said, they’ve long proven to be able to generate a significant pass rush and they still have the tools to do so. Don’t underestimate them.
- Some have compared Rams’ first round draft pick Alec Ogletree to Keith Bullock, a former All-Pro who played many seasons under Jeff Fisher. In fact, reports were that the Rams’ brought Bullock in to help Ogletree during Training Camp. There’s a lot to like there.
Make sure to check out all of our 2013 preseason rankings: