In case you haven’t noticed the predictions of the demise of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is bollocks! Well, at least for last week. Why? Because Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is a bonafide stud. Well, at least for last week. And he wasn’t the only stud. But one thing you can count on? The New Orleans Saints defense landing on the Dud list. But I digress. Let’s do good first.
Ryan Shazier, Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Oh no he didn’t! You like stats? We got stats. Shazier was the man! He collected 11 solo tackles. Wait…what? Yes, that is what I said. Shazier had 11 tackles. And you know what? The man still wasn’t satisfied. He also assisted on four more tackles, went to the opposing backfield said hello to the quarterback as he sacked him and then for the cherry on top, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Oh yes he did!
Sean Lee, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys
I know! I try to spread the stud love to all IDP positions, but when the linebackers show up they must be showed off. And Lee wanted to make sure you didn’t forget him in his year long absence. In the city of brotherly love, Lee wasn’t feeling so loving, at least if you were a Philadelphia Eagles. Lee is so much more than a stat line. He is the heartbeat of that defense. But just to solidify his stud status he did flush out the stat line. How so? Lee finished with nine solo tackles and five assisted tackles. He also included one interception. Try to look at a highlight from the game that doesn’t show Lee? You can’t.
Jacquies Smith, Defensive End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oh Tampa Bay who are you? First game of the season you couldn’t tackle a paper bag. So of course, not much was expected of you when you had to travel to the unfriendly confines of the Big Easy. And then you go into New Orleans and win? With a defensive effort that was well, inspiring. Voodoo? Count me in, I love that voodoo that you do so well. And Smith you were good man. Not spectacular but complete. Three tackles, meh. Two forced fumbles, eh? And then you just went in for three sacks, okay. Smooth and easy in the big easy. Sometimes our studs come in smooth and easy packages and we like it.
Enough candy coating it. There are some defenses that you are looking at to play your offensive fantasy players against. You know fantasy football players, when you start streaming defenses? Well, that’s because those defenses are duds. And for week two, here they are.
New Orleans Saints
I read somewhere that the Ryan family was known for their defensive coaching prowess. So does that make Rob Ryan the anti-Ryan? The Saints defense is not good. Let’s look at the facts: week one against the Arizona Cardinals they allowed Carson Palmer to pass for 355 yards, while simultaneously allowing Mark Ingram to run for 98 yards. Ingram averaged an astonishing 12.3 yards a carry! Come on! Okay so maybe because it was the Cardinals? No! You got beaten by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! You let them come in your house on your opening day and spank you. You allowed Jameis Winston to throw for 207 yards. You allowed Winston to torch you with Vincent Jackson for a touchdown pass. And this is no disrespect to Mr. Winston, but you did see him the week before right?
You might get better? I mean seriously, it can’t get much worse, right?
New York Giants
Steve Spagnuolo returned to the Giants. It just goes to prove you can’t go home again. Sure you are missing Jason Pierre-Paul. And yeah you lost four players in the secondary during preseason. And Jon Beason is limping around. But this is the NFL and there is no crying in the NFL. So next man up!
I am not sure if it is a bad defense or just a completely inept team? But whatever. You can count on the opposing offense to score frequently on the Giants. Okay, it might be the fact the Giants’ offense doesn’t really allow the defense much rest. But do we care? Not really. The truth is when we look for a weak defensive match-up, this name is right on our lips.
The Monsters of Midway have turned into a cartoon. And not a good one, cause there are good ones.
Forget that this regime has both defensive minded head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, it ain’t helping. Game one was challenge, I get it. Many have tried and few have stopped Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. But you didn’t even get one sack on the man, and his offensive line is almost as porous as well cheese cloth. And you let him toss three touchdowns on you! To a man who has been released by two teams.
But then you allow a quarterback and wide receiver who are closer to their HOF speeches than their rookie years to just light you up! It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t even last call you are the last man in the bar and the only chance for night stimulation adequate. Dud.
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