||The Bears are top-five in sacks, picks, fumble recoveries and defensive touchdowns and face a rookie quarterback at home. 'Nuff said.
||If there's one thing the Jets can still do, it's confuse an overmatched quarterback behind a decrepit offensive line. And look who's on the schedule!
||The Chiefs have givcn the ball away a whopping 32 times. Even an average defense should be able to do something with that many opportunities; consider Carolina this week's Cedric Benson of defenses.
||You wouldn't necessarily consider the Patriots an elite defense, but with 32 takeaways and seven return touchdowns they are most definitely opportunistic.
||Take your pick: the Ravens will be gunning for a banged-up Ben Roethlisberger or an ancient Charlie Batch. Either works.
||Between the Arizona and New York defenses, not to mention the substandard quarterback play on either side of the ball, would it surprise anyone if half the points in this game were generated by the defense?
||The Cowboys defense has been underachieving all year; here's their opportunity for a make-good.
||Denver's defense is formidable, but the Bucs take good care of both the quarterback and the football. Something's gotta give.
||Despite failing to post elite numbers in sacks or takeaways, the Bolts have generated five defensive touchdowns. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
||If your league gets points for deflected passes, J.J. Watt single-mittedly elevates Houston five spots.
||After a relatively quiet season the Niners produced a couple return scores against Drew Brees of all people last week. Turning the trick on Sam Bradford shouldn't be nearly as difficult.
||Cleveland's nose for the football has served them well; they're used to having to make up for a struggling offense.
||The Bengals rank second with 35 sacks, which should lead to copious camera shots of the Philip Rivers face this weekend.
||Raise your hand if you ever thought the phrase "Chad Henne upgrades this team" would come out of your mouth.
||Big Blue didn't do a particularly stellar job of containing RG3 last time around; let's see what they dial up for the rematch.
||Chicago's much-maligned offensive line did a number on the Vikings last week. Can they do the same against Seattle? And can Jay Cutler be the good Jay Cutler for a second straight week?
||Green Bay is down key personnel, but a Vikings offense that lacks any semblance of a passing game won't present much of a challenge. The downside is that fewer passes present fewer opportunities for sacks and picks.
||It's a race to see if the Giants' line can give up fewer sacks than Eli throws picks. Right now Eli is up by three, but the Skins are tied for fifth in INTs so this is an opportunity to close that gap.
||The Bucs are near the bottom in sacks; the Broncs are near the top in fewest sacks allowed. Give Peyton Manning that much time and he's not going to throw picks.
||Matty Ice--sorry, Rich; the Matural--has demonstrated a penchant for picks of late. Problem is, the Saints have generated a meager 16 takeaways thus far this season.
||Jeff Fisher will certainly throw some wrinkles at Colin Kaepernick, but after surviving the Bears and a trip to the Superdome the Niners have to be confident he'll hold up under pressure.
||It's not that Drew Brees doesn't throw picks (see last week); it's just that an Atlanta defense that doesn't get after the quarterback or turn the ball over particularly well isn't a good bet to be the team that goads him into picks.
||Detroit is one of only four teams yet to generate a defensive or kick return touchdown. That's a kick in the store. What, too soon?
||Well, Minnesota whiffed badly against an awful offensive line last week in Chicago; can they rebound against an awful offensive line this week in Green Bay?
||Indy's vaunted edge rushers have helped generate a league-low seven takeaways. Makes it tough to score defensive points that way.
||KC has generated a pathetic 11 takeaways and 19 sacks. And since the ball rarely leaves Cam Newton's hands, this isn't a good week for those numbers to tick upwards.
||If the Jags were doing anything encouraging on the defensive side of the ball they'd be an intriguing play against Ryan Pickspatrick. But 13 sacks, 16 takeaway, zero defensive touchdowns... just nothing to see here.
||The Steel Curtain is shredding this season, with a mere 10 takeaways. That's less than one a game. That's awful.
||Houston doesn't fumble, doesn't allow sacks, rarely throws INTs, and has yet to allow a defensive touchdown. On the bright side, they've given up a couple kick return scores and the Titans have some wrinkles in that area.
||No stat is more telling of how the wheels are falling off in Philly than the -17 turnover differential.
||The Raiders are last in the league in sacks, bottom five in turnovers generated, and have yet to score a defensive touchdown, so it doesn't really matter if it's Brandon Weeden or Colt McCoy.
||Tom Brady has thrown three interceptions this year. Three. That's a quarter of work for Peyton Manning or Matt Ryan. No team takes better care of the football, making it extremely difficult for the Dolphins to generate defensive fantasy points.