Week 1 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There’s a bit of a learning curve in Week 1, as we try to learn which teams are for real and which were mostly hype.  It makes it particularly tough to pick a defense, but let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. St. Louis Rams – vs. Minnesota
  2. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
  3. New England Patriots – at Miami
  4. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Tennessee
  5. Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
  6. Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  8. New York Jets – vs. Oakland
  9. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Jacksonville
  10. Chicago Bears – vs. Buffalo
  11. Detroit Lions – vs. New York Giants
  12. Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Diego
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
  14. Houston Texans – vs. Washington
  15. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati



  • No one is going to argue against the Seattle Seahawks as the best defense in the league.  However, are they a lock to produce as the top unit in a matchup against the Packers?  This should be one of the few weeks that they are “questionable”, though still one of the elite groups in the league.
  • The Giants’ offense has looked bad all preseason, but does that mean we trust a Detroit Lions defense that we weren’t high on entering the year?  They are worth considering, but it’s hardly a must start option.
  • The Tennessee Titans appear primed to utilize Shonn Greene in a primary role at running back…  Yes, Bishop Sankey and Dexter McCluster are also going to play roles but this is a tough sell.  The Kansas City Chiefs are a strong defense to begin with, but they look even better this week.

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

Week 2 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks
Week 1 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

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