These rankings are for the purpose of predicting how many fantasy points defenses will allow to offensive players this week.Yes, it's early. But we weight the rankings 50 percent for last year and 50 percent for the two weeks of 2012. This way, they can be better relied upon when choosing among players that you believe are generally close in value. Last week, it was 75%/25% and the results were pretty good – recommending the Chiefs and Vikings and advocating avoiding more marginal Jaguars, Cowboys, Ravens and Eagles. If you have other questions relating to matchups, feel free to ask them via Twitter @MichaelSalfino. I cannot emphasize enough that these defensive rankings have nothing to do with which defense to play in fantasy. This week's highlighted matchups follow after the chart. But first a word about the categories. Only "Red Zone" is a little tricky. We're not talking efficiency there, but rather red zone possessions allowed. Red Zone Possessions have proven over many years to be more useful in predicting future defensive performances. RYPG is rushing yards per game. RTD/G is rushing TDs per game. PYPG is passing yards per game. PTD/G is passing TDs/per game. Yardage allowed is more reliable than touchdowns allowed for predictive purposes. Ideally, the two correlate. But some teams really can be break but don't bend, e.g., teams that blitz a lot. Defensive Power Rankings
Teams are sorted by cumulative rankings in all categories. Lowest total number is best; highest is worst.
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