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Team Defenses Report - Week 3
Darin Tietgen
September 21, 2006

First Tier – Must Starts

  1. ChicagoRide ‘em while they’re hot.   Actually, just ride ‘em all season. 
  2. BaltimoreBlew up the Raiders, as expected.  Now they travel to their “old home”, Cleveland.  This should be interesting.

Second Tier – Solid Starts

  1. PhiladelphiaAlex Smith could revert to the Alex Smith of old at any time.  Will it be this week?  Loss of Kearse hurts, but they have replacements.    
  2. Atlanta Posted consecutive solid defensive efforts.  Now they get to try and contain Reggie Bush and a pumped-up New Orleans crowd. 
  3. Buffalo They’ve played two solid, consistent games, fantasy-wise.  Facing the Jets at home could mean big things.      
  4. New England They’re at home, and something tells me Denver QB Jake Plummer is very close to cracking.
  5. Seattle Tough, tough matchup against the G-men, but they’ve put up consecutive 13-point fantasy outings. 
  6. Carolina What’s wrong with them?  Who knows.  Well, they should be able to pound the Bucs with the way the Buc offense has looked thus far.    

Third Tier - Best of the Rest

  1. Pittsburgh Playing against Palmer & Co. will be a tough go, but they’ll be eager to perform after last week’s stinker.    
  2. Cincinnati  – After a big Week 1, disappointed last week.  Will need to play stellar D at home against their rivals, the Steelers.    
  3. Jacksonville They absolutely manhandled the defending champs, but going to Indy is a totally different ballgame.      
  4. Detroit Don’t laugh.  They’re playing Green Bay at home.  That almost ensures 2 INTs.    

Note: League scoring used for this column is 2 points for safety, fumble recovery, blocked punt or FG, 1 point for blocked PAT or sack, 6 points for defensive or special team TDs, and anywhere from 10 to 2 points based on points allowed.