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Week Two defense rankings

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By Pat Fitzmaurice

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Here are PFW's Week Two defensive rankings:

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

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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