Week 1 Rankings (2019): Top 15 Defenses

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Clear as mud… Well we think we know plenty about what will happen in the upcoming NFL season, but how much of that will actually take place? And how many things will go in the complete opposite direction than we are predicting?

The season is a very quick 17 weeks and we can only make the best decisions based off the knowledge we have. With that being said, let’s jump into how our options rank for this week:

  1. Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Indianapolis
  2. New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  3. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  4. Denver Broncos – at Oakland
  5. Baltimore Ravens – at Miami
  6. Kansas City Chiefs – at Jacksonville
  7. Cleveland Browns – vs. Tennessee
  8. Detroit Lions – at Arizona
  9. Buffalo Bills – at NY Jets
  10. New Orleans Saints – vs. Houston
  11. Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
  12. Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
  13. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Detroit
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. San Francisco
  15. Dallas Cowboys – vs. NY Giants

Notes:

  • Last season was a bounce back campaign for the Chargers defense, and I would expect that to continue this season. A large part of that is the health (at least for now) of Joey Bosa, as he and Marvin Ingram should do damage rushing the quarterback. They open the season against the Colts and Jacoby Brissett who, until recently, was not slated to be the starting quarterback (in case you hadn’t heard, Andrew Luck retired). Los Angeles’ secondary is just as strong and they should get off to a good start at home. Regardless of what happens, the Colts don’t have the firepower on offense that can lead to a negative outcome for the Chargers.
  • Few rookies have a greater buzz surrounding them than Kyler Murray, but we all remember how bad the Cardinals’ offense was last season. With an uneven preseason Murray will likely get off to a slow start, and the Lions could be in a position to capitalize. At the very least Murray will likely mix a few interceptions in with any big plays. With 43 sacks last season Detroit was able to get to the quarterback, and Arizona’s offensive line should allow for that once again this week.
  • Last season was just a disaster for the Eagles defense, in what was a complete reversal from the two previous years. There was some traffic in both directions for Philadelphia during the off-season, but targeting them this week is more about the opponent. To say there are a lot of questions surrounding Washington’s offense would be an understatement. Case Keenum opens up the season under center, and he was far from impressive during the preseason and he isn’t exactly a quarterback who puts fear into opposing defenses. As far as weapons go Washington doesn’t have many, and at home this is a game that the Eagles should be able to control pretty easily.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



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