NFL Predictions Week 2: Which Defenses Are Guaranteed to Dominate?

Cian Fahey@CianafFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 11: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is pressured by Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins during the season-opening game at FedEx Field on September 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The first week of the NFL season saw a lot of points go on the board as most defenses appear to be a step behind most offenses.

As the season goes on the defenses should catch up to the offenses and overcome the effects of the lockout. As we enter the second season of the year, there are a few defenses that look set to dominate already.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

The Steelers defense had possibly its worst showing ever under Dick LeBeau in Week 1. Nothing worked as they couldn't stop the pass or the run. This week, they get the relief of facing off against the Seattle Seahawks, who are led by Tarvaris Jackson.

Jackson was sacked five times by the San Francisco 49ers and couldn't establish a running game. The Steelers should be angry and looking to prove themselves with a dominating performance over an inferior opposition.

Washington Redskins:

Kevin Kolb had a very good debut for the Arizona Cardinals. However, he was facing off against a pretty poor defense in the Carolina Panthers. This weekend, the Redskins' aggressive front seven should make it a very long day for the former Philadelphia Eagle.

Kolb will look to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald a lot to take advantage of the size matchup on the outside, but with Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo, as well as Barry Cofield looking to manhandle that offensive line, he will struggle to get time in the pocket.

Detroit Lions:

The Lions' home opener should be a lot of fun for them, despite facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs. Losing Eric Berry could cripple the Chiefs defense, allowing the Lions to get the lead early. If that happens, Matt Cassel won't be able to move the chains against that defensive line.

Jim Schwartz's defense has an incredibly strong front seven with an improving secondary. The Chiefs won't be able to rely on their running game and after being shut out by the Bills; they could be in even greater trouble this week.

Dallas Cowboys:

Leaving New York with a bad taste in their mouth last week was a result of the offense rather than the defense for Dallas. The Cowboys defense destroyed the Jets for the most part as once again nobody could stop DeMarcus Ware.

This week should be a similar story, as Alex Smith's offense in San Francisco still doesn't look like being a strong unit. The 49ers will look to Braylon Edwards' size on the outside to take advantage of the Cowboys' secondary, but I can't see that front seven allowing them enough time to throw deep.