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Week One defense rankings

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By Pat Fitzmaurice

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Here are PFW's Week One defensive rankings:

  1. Houston Texans vs. Dolphins
  2. New York Jets vs. Bills
  3. Baltimore Ravens vs. Bengals
  4. Seattle Seahawks at Cardinals
  5. Chicago Bears vs. Colts
  6. Buffalo Bills at Jets
  7. Philadelphia Eagles at Browns
  8. Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos
  9. San Francisco 49ers at Packers
  10. Minnesota Vikings vs. Jaguars
  11. Green Bay Packers vs. 49ers
  12. Cincinnati Bengals at Ravens
  13. New Orleans Saints vs. Redskins
  14. New York Giants vs. Cowboys
  15. Dallas Cowboys at Giants
  16. New England Patriots at Titans
  17. Jacksonville Jaguars at Vikings
  18. Detroit Lions vs. Rams
  19. Atlanta Falcons at Chiefs
  20. Denver Broncos vs. Steelers
  21. San Diego Chargers at Raiders
  22. Oakland Raiders vs. Chargers
  23. Carolina Panthers at Buccaneers
  24. Cleveland Browns vs. Eagles
  25. Arizona Cardinals vs. Seahawks
  26. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Falcons
  27. Indianapolis Colts at Bears
  28. Tennessee Titans vs. Patriots
  29. Miami Dolphins at Texans
  30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Panthers
  31. St. Louis Rams at Lions
  32. Washington Redskins at Saints

The above player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
ACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated active (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

Note: Remember to check back for late-week and weekend updates, as well as game inactives (when available) in the 90 minutes preceding the 1 p.m. Sunday kickoffs. You'll also find regular updates in our live fantasy injury reports on Sundays.

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