||Wade Phillips is playing chess; in his first NFL start, with a rag-tag band of receivers, Ryan Tannehill is barely playing checkers.
||No team scored more defensive touchdowns last season than the Lions, and they open 2012 feasting on one of the league's shakiest offensive lines
||The Jets served up a league-high seven defensive TDs a year ago; adding Tim Tebow isn't likely to help improve that stat.
||A pressure defense at home against a rookie quarterback in his first pro start--and oh yeah, Devin Hester in the return game.
||John Skelton is down yet another offensive tackle; time to turn the Seahawks pass rush loose.
||It's not so much facing Russell Wilson in his first NFL start as it is what Patrick Peterson can do with the ball in his hands.
||The Pack's 31 INTs last season led the NFL; hosting Alex Smith is a nice way to begin defense of that title.
||Rex Ryan still knows his way around a defense; if the preseason is any indication Revis & Co. may have to create their own scoring opportunities.
||Philly doesn't blitz like they used to, but they'll bring more than enough heat to unsettle a very young Cleveland offense.
||Few teams can bring the relentless heat like the defending champs; Dallas will learn early if moving Tyron Smith to Tony Romo's blind side was a wise choice.
||Philip Rivers is down several weapons and a couple key offensive linemen; you know the Raiders are going to get after him in prime time in the Black Hole.
||The Niners sport a talented defense, but even they aren't likely to turn Aaron Rodgers over in Lambeau--not enough to be a real fantasy helper, anyway.
||No team recorded more sacks last season than the Vikings, and last we checked Blaine Gabbert was a wee bit skittish in the pocket.
||So long as Ed Reed and Ray Lewis are still on the field, the Ravens are still a formidable fantasy defense.
||Carson Palmer was prone to turnovers in the preseason; maybe he's still unsure what color jersey he's throwing to.
||The Steelers are down a safety when they travel to Denver, and they won't be facing Tim Tebow this time around either.
||Another rookie quarterback making his pro debut; even if there isn't a pool of money the Saints have plenty of incentive to get after RG3.
||Christian Ponder made some very questionable decisions last season; there's no guarantee he's done making them, either.
||The Pats are still a bit undermanned on the defensive side of the ball, but their offense applies enough pressure that mistakes will be made.
||Eli threw just one pick in 80 throws against Dallas last year--a far cry from the five INTs he served up to the Cowboys in 2010.
||Atlanta is looking to its offense to apply the pressure and its pass rush to handle the mop-up; easier said than done in Arrowhead.
||Carolina has just one D/ST TD in its last 22 games, and it's been three full seasons since they tallied such a score in a division game.
||Peyton allowed Indy to apply pass rushing pressure and generate defensive fantasy points; can he do the same for Miller and Dumerville in Denver?
||Cincy generated just one turnover in last season's series; tough to see them going into Baltimore and turning that tide the other direction.
||Tampa Bay scored three defensive TDs over the final six weeks of the season. Can the new regime keep the momentum going?
||Michael Vick has been known to turn the ball over a time or two; mix in Josh Cribbs in the return game and we're sayin' there's a chance.
||The defensive changeover will take time, but don't completely write off what Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney could do to Jay Cutler.
||If the Falcons' offense is as ready to explode as everyone seems to think, you don't want to throw the Chiefs' D in front of that bus.
||Jeff Fisher will have his Rams playing hard, and the Lions' offensive line remains in need of some upgrading.
||The Titans lost return ace Marc Mariani and are facing Tom Brady; neither add up to much in the way of defensive fantasy points.
||With Houston pound, pound, pounding the ball on the ground there won't be many opportunities for the Miami defense to make plays.
||It's not as if the Redskins defense is going to roll over for Drew Brees and the Saints, but for fantasy purposes they may as well.