Week Nine defensive rankings

Posted Nov. 03, 2012 @ 12:22 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Updated Saturday, Nov. 3 at 12:22 a.m. ET

Byes: New England, N.Y. Jets, St. Louis, San Francisco

Here are PFW's Week Nine defensive rankings:

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

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.