Week 5 Rankings (2020): Top 15 Defenses

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by Ray Kuhn

Now that we are a quarter of the way through the season, we have a pretty good idea of what can be expected both out of opposing offenses and opposing defenses. In a lot of situations it really is just confirming what we already knew, but it is still helpful information to have. Let’s jump right into how our options rank for this week.

  1. Los Angeles Rams – at Washington
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Philadelphia
  3. Indianapolis Colts – at Cleveland
  4. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Chicago
  6. Arizona Cardinals – at NY Jets
  7. San Francisco 49ers – vs. Miami
  8. Dallas Cowboys – vs. NY Giants
  9. Denver Broncos – at New England
  10. Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  11. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Minnesota
  12. New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  13. Buffalo Bills – at Tennessee
  14. Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
  15. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Las Vegas

Notes:

  • Last week we saw the Chiefs feast on a New England team that was missing Cam Newton as they held the Patriots to just 10 points while picking up three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. It was the first week this season that Kansas City allowed less than 20 points in a game and things will be tougher this week against a Raiders team that has a strong offensive line. With seven turnovers and 12 sacks through the first four weeks of the season, Kansas City’s defense has been solid to start the year and while there are others I would target this week, they are still start able depending on your other options.
  • Entering this week, the Rams are in the perfect situation. They have a top-10 defense coming off a strong performance in which their pass rushing capabilities were on display as they sacked Daniel Jones five times while feasting on a weak New York Giants offensive line. That gave the Rams 12 sacks on the season and that success should continue this week against a week Washington offense that is also making the switch to Kyle Allen under center.
  • The Seattle defense is not what it used to be. In fact it’s hard to recognize them compared to the previous versions, but at the root of things they are still a solid unit. They have gotten into shootouts with the Cowboys and Patriots so far this season so that hasn’t exactly worked in their favor, but things should slow down this week against the Vikings. Part of the issue for the Seahawks is that their offensive is so good that they go into prevent mode for a large portion of the game as their opponent has throw downfield to try and keep up. The next time they hold a team under 20 points this season will be the first, and there is no reason why Kirk Cousins and the Vikings can’t be that team. As a positive, they do have six interceptions through the first four games of the season with at least one each week.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Ray,
    The only reason I’m planning to start Broncos defense is if Newton is out. Do you believe that to be the case?

    Thanks!

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