NFL defenses are intimidating.
At least, they should be.
After Week 1, a substantial number of defenses lived up to expectations whereas a number of traditionally solid defenses fell by the wayside.
When casual fans think of dominant defenses, they might recall the defensive units of teams like the Baltimore Ravens or the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yet, times have changed.
Now, a number of other teams have emerged as the vanguard of tough defenses within the NFL. Many of these were showcased in Week 1 and have earned the accolade of being touted as top tier.
Contained herein are the 10 most intimidating defenses heading into Week 2.
The criteria for this list includes a number of various aspects. For starters, a defensive unit must have limited their Week 1 opponent to less than 400 yards. In addition, the defense had to generate at least two turnovers and limit their opponent to less than 25 points.
Consideration is also given to defenses with a number of "intimidating" key players. Sacks and tackles for a loss also factor into the equation.
Also considered is the opponent each defense faced in Week 1. Some defensive units matched up against high-flying offenses that are going to put up yards and points regardless of what team they face. A respectable game against a worthy offense has to be taken into account.
As mentioned, it is tough to compile a truly accurate list after only one week, yet the facts and statistics are there. Though fans and analysts can predict which defenses are going to be good in 2013, one week gives us little indication as to whether or not those predictions stand correct.
And so, let us take a look at the 10 most intimidating defenses heading into Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season.