Week Seven defensive rankings

Pat Fitzmaurice
Week Seven defensive rankings

Updated Friday, Oct. 19 at 9:20 p.m. ET

Byes: Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego

Here are PFW's Week Seven defensive rankings:

  1. Minnesota Vikings vs. Cardinals
  2. San Francisco 49ers vs. Seahawks
  3. Dallas Cowboys at Panthers
  4. Green Bay Packers at Rams
  5. New England Patriots vs. Jets
  6. Chicago Bears vs. Lions
  7. Oakland Raiders vs. Jaguars
  8. Seattle Seahawks at 49ers
  9. Pittsburgh Steelers at Bengals
  10. Houston Texans vs. Ravens
  11. Jacksonville Jaguars at Raiders
  12. Arizona Cardinals at Vikings
  13. New York Giants vs. Redskins
  14. Buffalo Bills vs. Titans
  15. Baltimore Ravens at Texans
  16. Tennessee Titans at Bills
  17. Indianapolis Colts vs. Browns
  18. Cincinnati Bengals vs. Steelers
  19. Cleveland Browns at Colts
  20. Detroit Lions at Bears
  21. Carolina Panthers vs. Cowboys
  22. St. Louis Rams vs. Packers
  23. New York Jets at Patriots
  24. New Orleans Saints at Buccaneers
  25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Saints
  26. Washington Redskins at Giants

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.