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Week Eight defensive rankings

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By Pat Fitzmaurice

Updated Friday, Oct. 26, 9:04 p.m. ET

Byes: Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston.

Here are PFW's Week Eight defensive rankings:

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

The above 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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