It is the start of the playoffs and is streaming defenses still a thing? Well, in one league I have two defenses (I know…I know), but streaming defenses is still a thing.
And after having both Washington and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenses come in first and second last week…well anything goes? Lets see what we got.
Green Bay Packers v Washington
Yes, Washington won last week, putting them on a two-game win streak. And okay, the Packers’ defense was definitely better in the beginning of the season, than they are now. Sure, Washington scored 29 points last week, and Derrius Guice ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
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But THIS IS LAMBEAU (did you hear this is SPARTA in your head…you should have) and they are playing Washington who has rookie, Dwayne Haskins, under center. Haskins, in the win last week, attempted 25 passes and completed 13. He ended up with 147 total passing yards with zero interceptions and zero touchdowns. Washington’s offense averages 14.4 points per game. They are 32nd in total yards, 32nd in passing yards, and 32nd in points. To reiterate, the Packers’ defense isn’t what they used to be, but Washington has turned the ball over 20 times this season. Not to mention, Haskins has been sacked 22 times, while tossing in six interceptions on two touchdowns. So yeah, play the Packers defense with some confidence.
Cleveland Brown v Cincinnati Bengals
Not sure what happened to Cleveland last week. So, now it’s on to Cincinnati. The Bengals scored their first win of the season last week after bringing Andy Dalton back under center. It also helped that the New York Jets couldn’t find the red zone.
Dalton is a step-up from Ryan Finley (no disrespect), who finished the Finley experiment with a 47.1% completion rate and was sacked 11 times. But, did you know Dalton is hoovering around a 60% completion rate (okay 60.3) and has been sacked 30 times?
It remains to be seen if the Browns are going to fold it up or come out playing. This game has an over under of 41 points, which is the lowest of the week. The Browns are currently an 8.5 point favorite and there is still a chance if the Browns can win out and other teams lose they make a wild card berth. Look for the Browns to continue fighting. Look for the Dalton effect to have less oomph behind it.
Pittsburgh Steelers v Arizona Cardinals
The Pittsburgh Steelers are winning by smoke and mirrors. And by smoke and mirrors, I mean their defense. Last week, in their rematch with the Cleveland Browns, they racked up five sacks and an interception, while holding both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, to 58 and 46 yards respectively. The defense is fifth in total yards allowed, seventh in passing yards allowed, 13th in rushing yards allowed and sixth in points allowed.
Since the Cardinals have shown no real run game, this game will rely on rookie quarterback, Kyle Murray, to vex linebacker, TJ Watt, who has 12.5 sacks on the season. Get through safety, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and his five interceptions, nine passes defended, two forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns. Generally escape defensive tackle, Cameron Hayward and linebacker, Bud Dupree. That’s asking a lot from a rookie quarterback who has thrown a very respectable six interceptions but has been sacked 41 times.
Good luck and come talk at me on Twitter @neverenoughglt
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