Week Two will be known as the zombie apocalypse week for football injuries. Well that’s how I will remember it. But with injuries come advantages and here are four defenses that can flourish.
STREAMING DEFENSES WEEK 3
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS DEFENSE v CAROLINA PANTHERS
Chargers defense 26.5 % owned according to Yahoo.com
The Carolina Panthers were a team that was sporting a new head coach, new offensive coordinator and new quarterback. What they had going for them was running back Christian McCaffrey. Now that is gone for multiple weeks.
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This is a defense that held Patrick Mahomes in check for the first three quarters of the game and held the Chiefs to 23 points. Carolina could only muster 17 points last week, while their quarterback was getting sacked five times. Look for the Chargers to tee up on Bridgewater and add a few interceptions in for fun.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS @ DENVER BRONCOS
Buccaneers defense 44.4 % owned according to Yahoo.com
The Buccaneers’ defense is allowing 84.5 rushing yards per game and 264.5 passing yards per game, per fantasyfootballers.com. That would be okay if the Broncos were coming into the game healthy. As it is, they will be without their starting quarterback, starting running back, starting wide receiver and an offensive line that saw their quarterback get sacked six times last week. The Buccaneers defense will take full advantage.
ARIZONA CARDINALS v DETROIT LIONS
Cardinals defense 44% owned according to Yahoo.com
The Cardinals’ defense has improved from last season but it is missed because of the play of quarterback, Kyler Murray. Last week against the Washington Football Team, they held Washington to 15 points while forcing two turnovers and four sacks.
The Lions are a better offensive team than Washington but they are allowing their quarterback to be sacked five times in two games, while Matt Stafford has tossed in two interceptions. The Cardinals haven’t scored an interception yet, but this game should give them ample opportunity to do so.
CLEVELAND BROWNS v WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM
Browns defense is 18% owned according to Yahoo.com
The Washington Football Team did not score a touchdown last week until 12:20 left in the fourth quarter. Part of it could be because quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, was running for his life trying to avoid the four sacks and fumble.
Whatever the reason, Myles Garrett and company are more than capable.
Good Luck and talk at me on Twitter @neverenoughgtl