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:
- St. Louis Rams – vs. Minnesota
- Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
- New England Patriots – at Miami
- Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Tennessee
- Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
- New York Jets – vs. Oakland
- Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Jacksonville
- Chicago Bears – vs. Buffalo
- Detroit Lions – vs. New York Giants
- Arizona Cardinals – vs. San Diego
- Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
- Houston Texans – vs. Washington
- 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: