Week 1 Rankings (2013): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Let’s continue to look at our Week 1 rankings with the Top 15 defenses.  Who has a tough matchup, making them tougher to trust?  Which under-the-radar defense has a favorable matchup, making them worth considering?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Seattle Seahawks – at Car
  2. New England Patriots – at Buf
  3. Houston Texans – at SD
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at NYJ
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Ten
  6. St. Louis Rams – vs. Ari
  7. Denver Broncos – vs. Bal
  8. Cincinnati Bengals – at Chi
  9. Chicago Bears – vs. Cin
  10. San Francisco 49ers – vs. GB
  11. Kansas City Chiefs – at Jac
  12. Indianapolis Colts – vs. Oak
  13. Arizona Cardinals – at Stl
  14. Miami Dolphins – at Cle
  15. Cleveland Browns – vs. Mia


  • The New York Jets offense appears to be a train wreck, with a questionable running game, little talent on the outside and a rookie QB who doesn’t appear to be ready for the NFL game.  Yeah, Tampa Bay’s defense has the potential to put up some big numbers in the season’s opening week.
  • The focus for the Pittsburgh Steelers this week has to be stopping Chris Johnson, because the passing game (led by Jake Locker) has the potential to struggle.  While Johnson did get it going last season, he struggled early (24 yards or fewer in four out of five games) and late (56 yards or fewer in four of the final five games).  He did manage 91 yards on 19 carries against Pittsburgh last season, but failed to find the end zone.
  • We all know the 49ers are among the elite defenses in the league, but can they stop the Green Bay Packers?  It’ll be a true test, but consider this one of the few weeks that benching the 49ers may make sense (within reason, of course).
  • As we discussed last week (click here for the article), the Indianapolis Colts represent one of the best options to stream this week.  That’s probably going to be a common trend against the Raiders, however.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings:

Week 1 Rankings (2013): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 1 Rankings (2013): Top 40 Running Backs


  1. Roll Tide says:

    Prof -
    Yahoo has Washington 5 pts better than Cincy on D.

    I’m 7 down in my wk 1 matchup w/Cincy at D which I drafted and 2 down if I start the redskin d which I picked up and basically would just use them one more time when Cincy is on their bye week.

    Which D Tis week?

    Thx in advance!

    • Projections are subjective (much like rankings).

      ESPN has the Bngals projected for 9 points and Redskins 5 (obviously scoring could be different). I wouldn’t trust Washington against Philly, so I would roll with Cincy.

  2. Thomas says:

    Seattle Seahawks – at Car
    New England Patriots – at Buf

    I have both these Def teams but I think I’m going to roll with the NWE only because Newton might do some damage running all over the damn place.

  3. randy says:

    start colts Def vs Raiders or bears Def vs Cinn

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