Top 50 Fantasy Football Big Board for NFL Week 2
Week 1 is in the books and Week 2 is under way. The Packers and Bears already gave us a "show" on Thursday night—perhaps featuring Clay Matthews as Sweeney Todd and Jay Cutler as his customers—but there is plenty more to see on Sunday.
Here are this week's top 50 players remaining, with a bonus 45 for good measure.
20. Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Kansas City)
He might have had an awful start to his day against the Jets, but he turned it on during garbage time. Kansas City's defense is a bit less problematic, and Fitzpatrick is at home.
19. Josh Freeman (at New York Giants)
The Giants made Tony Romo look good in Week 1.
18. Andrew Luck (vs. Minnesota)
It was a mostly forgettable debut for Andrew Luck, but he was on the road against a feisty Chicago defense. He gets a Minnesota defense that allowed 260 yards and two touchdowns to Blaine Gabbert in Week 1.
17. Alex Smith (vs. Detroit)
The Lions' pass defense seems to have improved, but how much? Smith, on the other hand, sliced up a Green Bay defense that just made Jay Cutler look like JaMarcus Russell.
16. Joe Flacco (at Philadelphia)
Flacco had a great game against Cincinnati, but he goes on the road to face a good Philadelphia Eagles defense led by Nnamdi Asomugha.
15. Ben Roethlisberger (vs. New York Jets)
Revis Island is closed for the weekend, making the Pittsburgh passing offense a bit more palatable from a fantasy standpoint. Big Ben could be under fire from the Jets' pass rush, though.
14. Matt Cassel (at Buffalo)
The Bills made Mark Sanchez look like Broadway Joe last week. Cassel has some weapons of his own.
13. Matt Schaub (at Jacksonville)
Schaub remains a steady if not spectacular fantasy producer as long as Andre Johnson is healthy.
12. Jake Locker (at San Diego)
Locker was on his way to a nice fantasy day until he injured his shoulder. As usual, he is a threat to score some points with his legs.
11. Philip Rivers (vs. Tennessee)
Rivers moved the ball well against the Raiders, but he could not get into the end zone more than once. That should be doable against the Titans at home.
10. Michael Vick (at Baltimore)
Boy, did Michael Vick look bad against the Browns. Granted, Cleveland's defense is one of the more underrated units in the NFL—at least when Joe Haden is not suspended—but Vick quite nearly gave the game away on several occasions.
The Ravens defense is not underrated, it is simply great. Vick gets them at home, which could help, but do not expect him to have a big day.
It doesn't help that Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson are battling injuries.
9. Tony Romo (at Seattle)
Speaking of underrated defenses, the Seahawks have a good unit featuring rapidly ascending cornerback Richard Sherman, who did a nice job against Larry Fitzgerald in Week 1.
Romo may have done a fine job against the Giants on the road, but playing against the 12th man in Seattle is a bird of a different color.
8. Matthew Stafford (at San Francisco)
The Rams, of all teams, made Matthew Stafford look terrible at times in Week 1. They picked him off three times, including a pick-six that almost won the game for St. Louis.
Stafford pulled the win out at the end, salvaging his fantasy day by throwing his only touchdown to Kevin Smith in the waning seconds of the game.
Will the 49ers be so forgiving? They do have a fantastic defense that kept Aaron Rodgers at bay for the most part, but Calvin Johnson is the ultimate X-factor. He should buoy Stafford's fantasy value regardless of matchup.
7. Eli Manning (vs. Tampa Bay)
Manning did not have an impressive day against the Cowboys in Week 1, but it wasn't terrible either. His fantasy output was rather pedestrian, however, as he only threw for 213 yards and one touchdown. Drops by his receivers and better defense from the Cowboys were major factors.
The Buccaneers, meanwhile, kept Cam Newton from going off in Week 1, but Newton still managed to throw for over 300 yards against them on the road. They travel to New York and attempt to do the same to Manning, but he should bounce back with a nice week.
6. Robert Griffin III (at St. Louis)
What a difference one week makes.
Rookie quarterbacks are an unknown quantity when it comes to fantasy football. As evidenced by the other four starters, they typically underwhelm in the fantasy realm. Griffin, like Cam Newton, is an exception.
The Redskins dialed up an excellent game plan for RGIII, tailoring it perfectly for their dynamic rookie. The Saints defense was not prepared for the onslaught, and they were torched as a result.
St. Louis did limit Matthew Stafford's fantasy numbers, and they could very well do the same to Griffin at home. He already proved he could play well on the road, though, and his legs will always make him a top threat.
5. Peyton Manning (at Atlanta)
Cornerback Brent Grimes is out for the year with a ruptured Achilles, which is a big blow to a Falcons defense with Super Bowl aspirations. It opens things up a bit for opposing passers, and Peyton Manning is first in line.
Manning did a fine job against the Steelers defense in Week 1, throwing for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and he should follow that up with a great game in a potential shootout.
4. Tom Brady (vs. Arizona)
Why is Tom Brady not ranked higher for this week? Two reasons: his opponent and a balanced attack.
The Cardinals are as underrated as they come, particularly on defense. The unit pressured Russell Wilson into oblivion in Week 1, and it is a big reason why Arizona is 8-2 over its last 10 games stretching into last season.
Brady is no rookie like Wilson, but he is typically affected by pressure. The Patriots may try to alleviate that with Stevan Ridley, who looked great as the lead back in Week 1. He is a big reason why Brady threw for "just" 236 yards against the Titans.
3. Matt Ryan (vs. Denver)
Has Matt Ryan permanently entered the ranks of the elite? This week will be a good test.
The Broncos have a better defense than the short-handed Chiefs did in Week 1, including Champ Bailey, who will likely draw Julio Jones. Thankfully for Ryan, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Jacquizz Rodgers give him great alternatives if Jones is blanketed.
2. Drew Brees (at Carolina)
Despite the loss at home to the Redskins and the first sub-50 percent game of his Saints career, Brees was the fourth-best fantasy scorer in Week 1.
Carolina should be a good antidote for him.
Brees threw for 748 yards and seven touchdowns in two games against the Panthers last season, completing 80 percent of his passes in their second meeting.
1. Cam Newton
Speaking of antidotes, Superman could use a nice day himself.
The only thing keeping Brees from the top spot this week is the Saints defense. This is the same defense that allowed 320 passing yards and 42 rushing yards to rookie Robert Griffin III.
Of course, this comes with a caveat: Newton did not fare particularly well against New Orleans last season, as he threw for just 158 yards and rushed for just 32 in their second meeting.
20. Trent Richardson (at Cincinnati)
Richardson ran into a buzzsaw last week as he made his way back from preseason knee surgery. The Bengals were a sieve last week against Ray Rice and the Falcons, though they may be stacking the box against the Browns.
19. Frank Gore (vs. Detroit)
Gore was not having a particularly great day until he got into the end zone in "beast mode" fashion. The Lions held Steven Jackson in check for the most part, but they did not have to deal with the 49ers' passing game.
18. Willis McGahee (at Atlanta)
McGahee remains a viable starter as long as he is the main back in Denver.
17. Darren Sproles (at Carolina)
Sproles was in for most of New Orleans' offensive snaps in Week 1, mostly because the Saints were trying to catch the Redskins. He had no rushing yards but caught five passes for 35 yards and a touchdown.
16. Reggie Bush (vs. Oakland)
The Raiders shut down the San Diego running game, but Ronnie Brown is not exactly Barry Sanders. Bush might have a tough time against that front seven, but he should see plenty of opportunity in the passing game.
15. Steven Jackson (vs. Washington)
Jackson had a tough time in Week 1, averaging just 2.5 YPC against the Lions. He got 21 carries as the main back in his offense, though, and he is always involved in the passing game.
14. Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. Tampa Bay)
The Bucs completely shut down Carolina's running game, but can they do it again against the Giants on the road?
13. Marshawn Lynch (vs. Dallas)
Lynch looked fine after returning from back spasms. He nearly cracked 100 total yards, though he did not find the end zone. He will have the opportunity to engage beast mode at home.
12. Doug Martin (at New York Giants)
Martin is Tampa Bay's bell cow, and the Giants allowed 132 rushing yards to DeMarco Murray last week.
11. DeMarco Murray (at Seattle)
The Seahawks are a bit stingier than the Giants, at least after one week of games.
10. Stevan Ridley (vs. Arizona)
It seems as though the Patriots have found a balance on offense for the first time in years—at least after one week.
As such, Stevan Ridley was the fourth-best fantasy back in Week 1 after rushing for 125 yards and a touchdown. He might not be in for quite that fantasy output on a weekly basis, but he should still have another nice week as the lead back for the Patriots.
Shane Vereen is lurking, and Ridley is one fumble away from fantasy irrelevance; but he is a must-start for the foreseeable future.
9. Chris Johnson (at San Diego)
Have you given up on Chris Johnson already?
One game into the 2012 season and Johnson has already ticked off his fantasy owners. Were it not for his work in the passing game, CJ0K would have put up a big goose egg on fantasy scoreboards across the country.
It was a bad game, but he will not have to deal with Vince Wilfork on a weekly basis.
This week he gets the Chargers, who allowed roughly 73 catches to Darren McFadden in Week 1. Johnson is not going to be as present in the passing game, but he should have some more room to operate against the Chargers than he did against the Patriots.
All bets are off if he bombs again. Keep the faith, though—at least for one more week.
8. C.J. Spiller (vs. Kansas City)
The early leader in fantasy scoring at running back is none other than C.J. Spiller, who scampered his way to 169 yards and a touchdown against the vaunted Jets, much of it before garbage time was officially declared.
Spiller gets his chance as the lead back again with Fred Jackson out with a knee injury, and he has been great in that role for the Bills since last season.
7. Maurice Jones-Drew (vs. Houston)
Less than a week removed from ending his holdout, Maurice Jones-Drew took the rock 17 times for 77 yards. He seems fine.
He returns to bell-cow duties this week with Rashad Jennings likely out. He gets a Texans team that is stout on defense but allowed Reggie Bush to gash them for big gains at times last week.
Jones-Drew had a decent output against Houston last season, and the Texans will have to contend with an improved passing game.
6. Ray Rice (at Philadelphia)
Rice ho-hummed his way to 68 yards and two touchdowns on the ground on just 10 carries against the Bengals last week. The sledding should be a bit tougher against the Eagles in Week 2.
Philadelphia held Trent Richardson in check, allowing just 2.1 YPC to the talented rookie. Rice is no rookie, though, and his team is a notch or 10 better than the Browns at this point in time.
Still, Rice may not get to the top of the heap this week from a fantasy standpoint.
5. LeSean McCoy (vs. Baltimore)
While the Ravens have an excellent defense, they did allow BenJarvus Green-Ellis to run on them last week.
The Eagles, meanwhile, ran a conspicuously high number of passing plays despite LeSean McCoy's obvious effectiveness against the Browns. Look for that to change this week as they try to protect Michael Vick and keep the Ravens honest.
4. Darren McFadden (at Miami)
The Oakland McFaddens had a rough go on Monday night against the Chargers.
He may be the best player on Oakland's offense, but they may have overdone it with the 18 targets to McFadden. He may not get that kind of workload, but McFadden will remain a focal point for the Raiders on offense.
The Dolphins, meanwhile, allowed two rushing touchdowns to Arian Foster despite holding him to 3.0 YPC. That is, in part, because they gave the Texans great field position when they turned the ball over four times in the second quarter.
3. Adrian Peterson (at Indianapolis)
Adrian Peterson really is the Purple Jesus, coming back to full form just nine months after tearing his ACL and MCL last season. He gashed the Jaguars—who may have been surprised to see him running like nothing had ever happened—to the tune of 4.9 YPC and two touchdowns.
All Day gets a soft Indianapolis defense for dessert in Week 2, one that allowed 122 yards and three touchdowns to the Bears in Week 1.
2. Jamaal Charles (at Buffalo)
This is a bit of a lofty ranking for Jamaal Charles, contingent on him scoring a touchdown or two. Then again, the other top rankings generally assume trips to the end zone.
Charles had a decent day against the Falcons, one that was short-circuited by the need to play catch-up for the Chiefs. He didn't quite get to his career 6.0 YPC average, but Charles rushed for 87 yards on just 16 carries and outperformed Peyton Hillis by a significant margin.
Look for him to also get involved in the passing game after going targetless in Week 1.
1. Arian Foster (at Jacksonville)
Arian Foster has not failed to score a touchdown against the Jaguars in his career, though that spans just four games to date.
Jacksonville, meanwhile, allowed Adrian Peterson to run through it like a warm knife through butter despite it being his first action since having major knee surgery.
Foster was held to just 3.0 YPC against the Dolphins, but he still found the end zone twice. The Texans certainly fed him the ball quite a bit, and they will continue to do so against the Jaguars.
20. Malcom Floyd (vs. Tennessee)
As long as he's healthy, Floyd will be a big asset to Philip Rivers and to your fantasy team. The question is when his first injury will occur.
19. Eric Decker (at Atlanta)
Decker was left out of the end zone festivities in Week 1. That won't last too long.
18. Antonio Brown (vs. New York Jets)
With Revis out of the picture this weekend, Brown should have a nice day.
17. Stevie Johnson (vs. Kansas City)
He was marooned on Revis Island until injury and garbage time rescued him, salvaging his fantasy day. He should have a bit of an easier time this weekend, though Brandon Flowers could make things difficult.
16. Reggie Wayne (vs. Minnesota)
Andrew Luck targeted Wayne a whopping 17 times last week. It resulted in nine catches for 135 yards but no touchdowns. He might not see as many targets, but the end zone is always a possibility for the veteran.
15. Brandon Lloyd (vs. Arizona)
Lloyd led all Patriots receivers with eight targets, including one long pass play that he could not haul in. He could give way to Wes Welker, who saw his target count dip, but Lloyd seems to be comfortable in the Patriots offense.
14. Marques Colston (vs. Washington)
Drew Brees targeted Colston 10 times, but he only caught four of them. He also had a costly fumble at the goal line while the Saints were trying to catch up.
13. Dez Bryant (at Seattle)
Richard Sherman did a nice job on Larry Fitzgerald in Week 1. Bryant might not be shadowed all game, but he could find it tough to get going in Seattle.
12. Victor Cruz (vs. Tampa Bay)
Perhaps it was season-opening jitters or the pressure of stardom, but Cruz had a miserable game against the Cowboys that saw him drop three passes. He should turn things around against the Bucs.
11. Roddy White (vs. Denver)
A groin injury is nagging White right now, but he should be good to go. With Champ Bailey likely shadowing Julio Jones, Matt Ryan could hook up with his main man of yesteryear more often this week.
10. Demaryius Thomas (at Atlanta)
Thomas proved a valuable target for Peyton Manning last week, and he will continue to be a big-time target for the future Hall of Famer.
Manning targeted Thomas seven times, and Thomas took one of his five catches to the house on a beautifully executed wide receiver screen. His line could have very well been reversed with Eric Decker's, who had also been targeted seven times, but Thomas remains the bigger, faster receiver on that team.
As long as Peyton Manning is healthy and throwing the ball well, Broncos receivers are must-starts.
9. Percy Harvin (at Indianapolis)
One of the game's most dynamic receivers continues to put up fantasy points in multiple ways.
Percy Harvin did not get into the end zone against the Jaguars, but he surpassed 100 total yards for the Vikings. With a pass rush that has been short-circuited by Dwight Freeney's injury, the Colts might have trouble getting pressure on Christian Ponder.
8. Andre Johnson (at Jacksonville)
Andre Johnson is healthy, and so is his fantasy value. He had a great game against the Dolphins, scoring 17.9 standard points despite some tight coverage.
He has had a bit of an erratic career against the Jaguars, however. In 15 games against the divisional rival, Johnson has scored just six touchdowns. He has had some good games in games where he has not scored, but he has had a few duds.
The Jaguars have a pretty good defense, but they will have their hands full trying to stop the running game. It will be enough to get Johnson his in the passing game.
7. Dwayne Bowe (at Buffalo)
Bowe got off to a good start against the Falcons, but he wound up with just 53 yards on three catches. It is a bit disconcerting considering the Chiefs were playing from behind for much of the game.
Maybe it was Bowe's holdout, or maybe Brent Grimes and the Falcons defense clamped down on him—until Grimes' injury in the fourth quarter—but Bowe is too good to keep down for long.
Considering raw rookie Stephen Hill torched the Bills last week, Bowe should have that bounce-back game.
6. A.J. Green (vs. Cleveland)
It's tough to play against the Ravens. It's even tougher when officials are disallowing legitimate catches.
Green is an elite receiver, but he just couldn't get going against the tough Ravens. He was targeted 11 times but caught just five for 70 yards. He could have had just as tough of a time this weekend against the underrated Browns, but Joe Haden is out for the next four games with a gimpy suspension.
That means a nice day is in store for Green.
5. Hakeem Nicks (vs. Tampa Bay)
This ranking is obviously contingent on Nicks playing, as he has missed practice because of a sore foot this week. Nicks is no stranger to playing without practice, though.
If he does go, Nicks has an easier matchup than it turns out he did against Morris Claiborne and the Cowboys. The Buccaneers might have been able to win the game against Carolina and keep Cam Newton from going off, but they also gave up 106 yards to Steve Smith.
4. Julio Jones (vs. Denver)
Jones ran amok against a Brandon Flowers-less Chiefs defense. He was the second-best fantasy receiver in Week 1 behind the great Kevin Ogletree after he ran out to 108 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Champ Bailey will be a bit more of a challenge when the Broncos come to town.
The second-year receiver is entering the rarified air where Megatron has reigned supreme in recent years, which means it may not matter who is covering him.
3. Larry Fitzgerald (at New England)
It was a slog for Fitzgerald as he faced off against Richard Sherman, a cornerback who is quickly building his own island. Of course, it might help if Fitzgerald had Matthew Stafford or even Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the ball.
Alas, it's The Kevin Kolb Show in Arizona.
The good thing is that Fitzgerald's numbers got a bit of a boost after Kolb came into the game. He had just 63 yards receiving, but the Cardinals quarterbacks know to try to get him the ball, as he was targeted 10 times.
The Patriots defense seems to be improved, but they do not feature a shutdown cornerback. That is good news, provided Kolb is not under fire from the pass rush all game long.
2. Calvin Johnson
Do not adjust your computer monitors. You are not misreading this slide. Megatron is not the top-ranked receiver this week.
Calvin Johnson is always a threat to explode, even against tough defenses. The 49ers are that defense, and that is enough to ding Johnson's value.
If St. Louis could keep Johnson out of the end zone and intercept Matthew Stafford three times last week, what might the 49ers do?
1. Steve Smith
Smith is battling injury—what else is new—but he should be good to go this weekend. And what a weekend it should be for him.
New Orleans let Pierre Garcon gain over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown last week—in one quarter.
The veteran Panthers receiver surpassed 100 yards himself against the Bucs in Week 1, though he could not get into the end zone. It is the perfect storm for a big game for Smith against the division-rival Saints.
20. Martellus Bennett (vs. Tampa Bay)
Bennett was one of 14 tight ends to score a touchdown last week, but he was just 11th in terms of fantasy scoring. He has never been a consistent performer.
19. Dennis Pitta (at Philadelphia)
He was the No. 2 fantasy receiver last week, but can he do it again? The Eagles held the Browns' tight ends to three receptions for eight yards last week.
18. Marcedes Lewis (vs. Houston)
After an entire season without scoring a touchdown, Lewis found pay dirt in the season-opener. That ought to sate him for the next few seasons.
17. Jermaine Gresham (vs. Cleveland)
Gresham had just 30 yards receiving in Week 1.
16. Jared Cook (at San Diego)
Jake Locker and the Titans might have to rely on Cook more this week if Nate Washington misses the game.
15. Jacob Tamme (at Atlanta)
He had a pretty good fantasy day, but without finding the end zone he would have had just 4.3 points. His value could be tied to touchdowns, which can be finicky.
14. Coby Fleener (vs. Minnesota)
Fleener had a great debut against the Jaguars, catching six passes for 82 yards. He gets the Vikings, who gave up that elusive touchdown to Lewis.
13. Owen Daniels (at Jacksonville)
The Texans' tight end had eight targets in Week 1, second-most on his team behind Andre Johnson.
12. Kyle Rudolph (at Indianapolis)
His first game as the starter for Minnesota went well. His second could be better against the Indianapolis defense.
11. Jason Witten (at Seattle)
It might have been a bit crazy to play a game of football just weeks after rupturing his spleen, but Witten came away from it unscathed. His fantasy line, however, was worse for wear. He hadn't practiced leading up to the game; hopefully a few extra days of practice will help him get back to form.
10. Fred Davis (at St. Louis)
Were his four targets the new normal, or will Fred Davis turn it around in Week 2?
He was a top fantasy tight end last season before his four-game suspension ended it, but the new offense the Redskins are running could mean an erratic fantasy output from Davis.
The Rams did a great job against the Lions receivers last week, and Pierre Garcon is hurting. Maybe Fred Davis was just a week late to the fantasy party.
9. Brandon Pettigrew (at San Francisco)
The 49ers did a great job against the Packers offense, but Jermichael Finley still managed a nice fantasy day.
Brandon Pettigrew was targeted 10 times last week, catching half those passes for 77 yards. He nearly got into the end zone, and he eventually will.
8. Brent Celek (vs. Baltimore)
The Eagles offense had a rough day in Cleveland, depressing fantasy numbers all around, save for Jeremy Maclin.
Celek was not immune, scoring just 6.5 standard points, as he could not fully capitalize on the eight targets he got (fellow tight end stole a receiving touchdown).
He remains a favorite target for Vick, though, making him valuable in the fantasy football realm.
7. Tony Gonzalez (vs. Denver)
Julio Jones may have emerged as a fantasy stud, but Tony Gonzalez has lived there or close to it for years as a tight end.
It was no different in Week 1, as Old Faithful had five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.
The Broncos just gave up 11 standard points to Heath Miller. It seems like a nice day is in store for Gonzo.
6. Greg Olsen (vs. New Orleans)
Olsen did not have a huge Week 1, but he garnered seven targets, catching six of them for 56 yards. He appears to be a big target for Cam Newton, and the Panthers could be involved in a big shootout with the Saints this week.
That is a recipe for a nice fantasy day.
5. Vernon Davis (vs. Detroit)
Getting rejected by the crossbar is not so bad if you've just scored a touchdown.
That made Davis' fantasy day, as he caught just three passes for 43 yards in Week 1 against the Packers. He remains a vital part of the San Francisco offense, however, and a constant fantasy threat as a result.
4. Aaron Hernandez (vs. Arizona)
Aaron Hernandez is New England's Swiss Army tight end. He can take a handoff, play slot receiver or line up outside; a big-time threat for Tom Brady.
He garnered the second-most targets on the offense with seven, catching six of them for 59 yards and a touchdown.
The Cardinals are no pushovers on defense, but they might have a hard time keeping track of all the weapons on New England's offense.
3. Antonio Gates (vs. Tennessee)
A rib injury has limited Gates this week, but he practiced on Friday.
If he goes on Sunday—and there is little reason to think he won't—Gates remains one of Philip Rivers' favorite targets. He got eight targets, but could not cash in on a few of them, including one in the end zone.
The Titans were just torched by Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. This seems like an elementary deduction.
2. Rob Gronkowski (vs. Arizona)
See Gronk run.
See Gronk catch.
Gronk get points.
1. Jimmy Graham (at Carolina)
The Redskins did a nice job on Jimmy Graham in the second half, shutting him out while holding off the Saints on the road.
Fortunately for his fantasy owners, Graham had already caught five passes for 73 yards and a ridiculous touchdown.
Graham is a favorite target for Drew Brees, and that makes him a top fantasy tight end week-in and week-out.
15. Buffalo Bills (vs. Kansas City)
Yes, the Bills just made Mark Sanchez look like Broadway Joe, but they cannot possibly be that bad again, right? At least they are at home this time. The Chiefs are going to put up some points, but look for Mario Williams to get in gear this week.
14. Miami Dolphins (vs. Oakland)
The Chargers had a field day against the Raiders, and they might still be without their starting long snapper. Granted, no two games are the same, but Oakland is playing a day game on the East Coast in the heat. That could contribute to some turnovers.
13. Dallas Cowboys (at Seattle)
Dallas held a good Giants team to 17 points, even though they did not entice Eli Manning to throw any interceptions. Russell Wilson is a rookie; time to meet DeMarcus Ware and Co.
12. Detroit Lions (at San Francisco)
Will the Lions intercept Alex Smith, or will he continue his improbable streak?
11. New York Giants (vs. Tampa Bay)
The Buccaneers have a pretty good offense, but they are not the Cowboys.
10. Seattle Seahawks (vs. Dallas)
Seattle did a good job defensively against the Cardinals despite the loss.
The Cowboys might feature a better offense, but they will be on the road and up against the 12th man.
9. Minnesota Vikings (at Indianapolis)
The Bears tee'd off on Andrew Luck in Week 1. He's at home against the Vikings, but Jared Allen is bound to have an easier time now that he is not going up against Eugene Monroe.
8. San Francisco 49ers (vs. Detroit)
Once again, by virtue of a powerful offense for their opponent, the 49ers do not crack the top five. They will have their way with the Seattles and Arizonas later this season, but they still merit a top-10 ranking because the defense is just that good.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (at Cleveland)
6. New York Jets (at Pittsburgh)
The Jets feasted on the Bills in Week 1, but they will be without Darrelle Revis this week. That does not completely neuter the defense, but Revis' absence will be a big blow.
Still, the Steelers have a suspect offensive line, and Rex Ryan is sure to try to exploit that fact.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Baltimore)
The Eagles forced four turnovers last week, though that was against Brandon Weeden.
Joe Flacco and the Ravens should be a tougher test, but the Eagles have a good pass rush and they are home. That is a recipe for some turnovers.
4. New England Patriots (vs. Arizona)
The Patriots did a fine job against the Titans thanks largely in part to fantastic defensive line play.
The Cardinals have a terrible offensive line.
Put two and two together.
3. Baltimore Ravens (at Philadelphia)
Michael Vick threw four interceptions against Cleveland, including a pick-six. Pick-sixes are Ed Reed's specialty.
Alright, the chances that he will do that two weeks in a row are slim, but the Ravens will look to harass Vick into more turnovers this week.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. New York Jets)
Yes, the Jets put up 48 points last week. Yes, the Steelers could be without James Harrison and Troy Polamalu.
Does that mean they will allow Mark Sanchez to walk all over them?
My money is on the Steelers at home.
1. Houston Texans (at Jacksonville)
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