Week 2 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 1?  Think again, as injuries and simple poor play will likely change things dramatically for the coming week.  Let’s take a look at how things stack up in the always unpredictable NFL for Week 2:


  1. Seattle Seahawks – at San Diego
  2. Houston Texans – at Oakland
  3. Arizona Cardinals – at New York Giants
  4. St. Louis Rams – at Tampa Bay
  5. Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
  6. Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. St. Louis
  8. Carolina Panthers – vs. Detroit
  9. Detroit Lions – at Carolina
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  11. San Francisco 49ers – vs. Chicago
  12. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Atlanta
  13. Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  14. Tennessee Titans – vs. Dallas
  15. Jacksonville Jaguars – at Washington


  • The Chargers struggled in Week 1, with Philip Rivers throwing for just 238 yards and Ryan Mathews rushing for 40 yards (Danny Woodhead totaled 11 yards and Donald Brown was a non-factor).  Now they have to square off with the best defense in the league?  It’s not looking good.
  • Does anyone have faith that the New York Giants offense is going to suddenly be able to figure it out?  They had the benefit of five preseason games, as well as Week 1, and they have continued to stumble in adjusting to the new offense (while Eli Manning continues to look like a disaster).  Considering they face one of the better defenses in the league this week, it’s not looking good for them (but Arizona is looking like a great play).
  • San Francisco had a good showing in Week 1, but that was against a Dallas offense that looked lost.  The suspensions and injuries are going to be an issue and I’d expect the Bears to expose them a bit.
  • The Carolina Panthers have a difficult matchup against the Lions, but Detroit’s running attack looked terrible for most of Week 1.  Then there’s the fact that the Panthers are significantly better than the Giants.  This goes along with the idea of not sitting your stars.  Chances are, the Panthers make some plays.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings:


Week 2 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 2 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs


  1. Andy says:

    Should I start Houston Def this week instead of 49ers Def? Look like you like Houston Def this week.

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