Week 8 Passing Matchups

by Justin Howe, Devin Knotts, and Keith Roberts, Exclusive to Footballguys.com

Jump to Rushing Matchups

Great Matchups: [CIN] [NYG] [TB]
Good Matchups: [BAL] [BUF] [CHI] [CLE] [DEN] [HOU] [JAX] [MIN] [OAK] [WAS]
Neutral Matchups: [ARI] [GB] [IND] [KC] [LAR] [MIA] [NYJ] [PHI] [PIT] [SF]
Tough Matchups: [DET] [NE] [NO] [SEA]
Bad Matchups: [CAR]


PLEASE NOTE: This does NOT replace the Cheatsheet ranking. The Cheatsheet rankings are the final say on where we see a player for that week. The Matchup Breakdowns are simply one more tool in the box when it comes to helping choose your lineup.

Also note, just because a player has a "bad" matchup, it does NOT mean he's not a starter in your league. If Tom Brady is playing the toughest pass defense in the league, that just means he's got a tough matchup that week. He's also your starter unless you're loaded at QB. In the same way, if the worst QB on your roster has a "great" matchup that week, it doesn't necessarily mean he's your starter. It means we think he'll fare better than normal that week.

Bottom line is that the cheatsheets are the final say.


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Last week, Andy Dalton’s worst start of 2018 came in his juiciest matchup thus far. Averaging a solid 279 yards a game going in, Dalton managed just 148 Sunday, joining Denver’s Case Keenum as the only 2 passers not to feast on the porous Kansas City secondary. Dalton was scattershot throughout the game, making numerous mistakes with the ball and looking generally out of sorts. But Dalton’s hot start has earned him the benefit of the doubt for that dud. He’s generally thriving in coordinator Bill Lazor’s creative offense, and at least we know his A.J. Green connection isn’t suffering. Still a walking mismatch and an elite high-point receiver, Green has averaged a 6-87-0.7 line thus far, falling below 69 yards only once. Tyler Boyd’s emergence (6-69-0.6) has also been key, providing a second set of reliable hands and some much-needed wiggle out of the slot. This isn’t one of the league’s more explosive offenses, and Dalton’s week-to-week floor is concerning. But some of its individual elements are dynamic and productive, and always a threat to erupt in a given matchup.

It’s been awhile since the NFL has seen a pass defense as inept as that of these Buccaneers. The numbers are staggering: 5 of their 6 opponents have thrown for 334-439 yards, and there’s been an 88-yard receiving performance in all six. It’s especially hard to wipe Mitchell Trubisky’s 354-yard, 6-touchdown romp from memory. Soft in coverage and shaky at open-field tackling, they’re simply being gashed all over the field. Downfield receivers have an easy time strolling through the secondary, which is manned by 35-year-old Brent Grimes and a host of poor cover men. Cornerback M.J. Stewart has been picked on relentlessly, and he’s always a matchup to monitor for fantasy purposes. And underneath, running backs both check down and run routes with little resistance – 2 have already topped 112 receiving yards. This is an ideal matchup to target in fantasy on any week whatsoever, and a great opportunity for Andy Dalton to snap his short slump. He, the Bengals wideouts, and Joe Mixon all get extraordinary boosts to their outlooks this week. hard to wipe Mitchell Trubisky’s 354-yard, 6-touchdown romp from memory. Soft in coverage and shaky at open-field tackling, they’re simply being gashed all over the field. Downfield receivers have an easy time strolling through the secondary, which is manned by 35-year-old Brent Grimes and a host of poor cover men. Cornerback M.J. Stewart has been picked on relentlessly, and he’s always a matchup to monitor for fantasy purposes. And underneath, running backs both check down and run routes with little resistance – 2 have already topped 112 receiving yards. This is an ideal matchup to target in fantasy on any week whatsoever, and a great opportunity for Andy Dalton to snap his short slump. He, the Bengals wideouts, and Joe Mixon all get extraordinary boosts to their outlooks this week.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Eli Manning had his best game of the season on Monday night going up against the Falcons as he threw for 399 yards and completed 71% including his first 8 passes. The issue for the Giants is that a lot of this success occurred in the second half as the Giants had fallen behind in the game. The good news for the Giants is that they got Evan Engram back and while he only had two receptions, he was on the field for 81% of the plays and showed some burst on a tight end screen pass. This passing offense continues to be based on how Odell Beckham performs and on Monday Night he was terrific, but consistency has remained an issue as he has four games so far this season with 109 yards or more and three games with 60 yards or less. With the Giants record now at 1-6, it remains to be seen how this offense will perform from a consistency standpoint.

It's looking like Quinton Dunbar will likely miss this game for the second straight week with a shin injury which is a significant loss for the Redskins as Josh Norman has remained on the right side of the defense which could allow the Giants to game plan around this and get Odell Beckham to face Greg Stroman who was a seventh round rookie out of Virginia Tech. The Redskins could also be without Fabian Moreau this week who is the slot corner on this team as he left last week’s game with an injury which would leave the Redskins decimated at corner and force undrafted rookie Danny Johnson into a more significant role.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Tampa Bay pass game is fantasy dynamite, and arguably the best kind. It’s inflated wildly by volume, and capable of big numbers in any game script. There’s not a ton of efficiency on display: over 2.5 games back, Jameis Winston sits just 25th in the league in adjusted net yards per attempt (factoring in yards, touchdowns, sacks, and interceptions). He’s thrown 6 picks, continuing to alternate splash plays with back-breaking giveaways. A downfield attacker at heart, Winston will probably never stop testing tight coverage, which is fine. But he’s often erratic with his powerful arm, and he makes more than his share of Jay Cutler-esque awful decisions. At least fantasy players can bask in the breakneck nature of this attack. Often trailing (and unwilling to run the ball much anyway), the Buccaneers are averaging an obscene 377 passing yards and 2.8 touchdowns a game. Loaded with downfield mismatches – and enjoying a blistering start from 31-year-old DeSean Jackson – this group can produce on a league-best level regardless of a game’s flow.

Through 7 weeks of football, few pass defenses have proven leakier than Cincinnati’s. They’ve showed well in matchups against Cam Newton and Ryan Tannehill, but the other 5 opposing passers have averaged a stunning 368 yards, with 12 combined touchdowns. There’s a dynamic pass rush in place, routinely generating pressure both from the edges and the interior. But the coverage units have been bad enough to neutralize that. Cornerbacks William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick are struggling mightily after promising starts to the year; as a result, 8 different wideouts have produced 67 yards or more in this matchup. Rookie safety Jessie Bates has impressed, but there are still far too many big plays given up down the seams. Poor tackling in the open field hasn’t helped, resulting in tons of yardage after catches. This is one of fantasy’s juicier matchups to target, and Jameis Winston should be afforded plenty of opportunities to win down the field.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Joe Flacco is enjoying a rebirth of sorts after watching the Ravens draft Lamar Jackson. After a nightmarish 2017 that saw him struggle with nagging back woes and a toothless receiving corps, Flacco is back to his workmanlike ways. He’s averaging a career-high 295 yards per game, clearing 277 or more in 5 of 7 contests. Just as importantly, he’s avoiding sacks (just 12) and interceptions (4) and extending drives. As a result, he sits 15th league-wide in adjusted net yards per attempt, and there’s life in this passing game again. Michael Crabtree is thriving as a steady underneath threat, but the real story has been John Brown, who’s healthy and excelling as a downfield threat. He’s made Flacco’s deep arm, still one of the strongest in football, relevant again. The pair has hooked up 28 times thus far, and 9 have covered 20 yards or more. There’s very little upside beyond Brown – Flacco is staying close to the vest and peppering Crabtree and the tight ends with targets. But with Flacco throwing with poise and Brown running laps around defensive backs, it’s encouraging to see a playmaking spark again.

The Carolina pass defense just can’t get out of its own way. The secondary remains undermanned and starving for talent, even with rookie Donte Jackson added to the mix and excelling thus far. The rest of the group is simply too beatable. James Bradberry is an exceptionally up-and-down cover man, alternating great downfield coverage with terrible mental lapses. Slot specialist Captain Munnerlyn has been picked on relentlessly, and the safeties are installed for run support, not centerfield coverage. As a result, 3 of the Panthers’ last 4 opponents have easily topped 300 yards. And on the year, they’ve allowed 5 different receivers to notch 73 yards or more. Even with an occasionally-dominant pass rush up front, there are deficiencies all over the second and third levels.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Bills passing game, as presently constructed, might be as punchless and ineffective as any of the last decade. Through 7 weeks, the Bills sit dead last league-wide in both yardage and touchdown production, averaging just 156 and 0.4 per game. It’s not just the counting stats that are low: this is by far the NFL’s least-efficient unit, generating just 4.0 net yards per attempt (also last by a mile). With rookie quarterback Josh Allen out, 35-year-old Derek Anderson, a free agent 3 weeks ago, will again start under center. It’s hard to imagine him being the best option for anyone, but he still projects worlds better than Nathan Peterman, who’s completed just 44% of his NFL throws (with 9 of his 79 throws being intercepted). Anderson was quite bad last week, losing four turnovers and leading only one scoring drive. But it’s hard to pin all of the blame on this group of quarterbacks, who continue to throw to an anemic receiving corps that isn’t on pace to produce even a 600-yard name on the season. At least Kelvin Benjamin, who carries a history with Anderson, showed some life last week (4 catches for 71 yards). There’s a sliver of hope those two can create splash plays, particularly on downfield jump balls. But altogether, there’s little reason for real optimism here. Zay Jones looks like a painfully average slot man who scares no one, while tight end Charles Clay has been reduced to no more than a check-down around the line.

The New England pass defense has taken a small step forward here in 2018, but remains a fantasy punching bag. They’ve now allowed 4 of 7 opposing quarterbacks to rack up 333 yards or more, with 13 touchdowns among the group. Some of that can be blamed on the flow of your typical Patriots game, which is often high in both play volume and downfield pass attempts. But the personnel continues to struggle, too, and opposing pass games are always shrewd plays for fantasy purposes. Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Jason McCourty have been wildly inconsistent, trading off blanket coverage with bad mental lapses. And the safeties are struggling mightily with providing downfield help. As a result, big plays keep opening up and paving the way for strong stat lines from receivers.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Mitchell Trubisky continues to flounder between erratic and explosive. His mobility and creativity are top-notch, and he routinely uses his athleticism to create throws for himself. He and tight end Trey Burton (290 yards and 3 touchdowns over the last 4 games) are developing a great, instinctive relationship over the middle and down the seams. But Trubisky’s mechanics leave a lot to be desired, with too many throws coming off his back foot and often with terrible placement. Trubisky likes to test downfield coverage, but isn’t powerful or accurate enough to win many one-on-one battles with his arm. As a result, he’s thrown a few head-scratching interceptions over the last two weeks, and had a few more dropped. At least coach Matt Nagy is embracing his dynamism. Trubisky is encouraged to move around and look for splash plays, which do pop up from this underrated stable of playmakers. He has, after all, averaged 334 yards and thrown 11 touchdowns over his last 3 games. He’s not consistent enough to be looked at as a fantasy QB1, but at least he’s turning Burton, Tarik Cohen, and occasionally Allen Robinson into impact plays.

The Jets pass defense is definitely improving. The pass rush has impressed despite a lack of big names, and cornerback Morris Claiborne is covering at an All-Pro level. So is Darryl Roberts, who’s been outstanding in place of the injured Trumaine Johnson. But injuries and wild bouts of inconsistency continue to hamper this group, and they’re still among fantasy’s juiciest matchups. Three of their last 4 opponents have topped 300 yards, and all 4 have thrown multiple touchdowns. The big problem lies with the safeties, who continue to struggle in help coverage down the field. Perhaps Terrence Brooks, who’s always been a playmaker in limited snaps, will provide a spark in place of the injured Marcus Maye. There are pieces in place for this group to finish strong down the stretch, but the fantasy world has yet to see it.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Baker Mayfield continues to be a quarterback who has started slow but has improved as the game progresses. Mayfield and the Browns have averaged just 5.12 yards per attempt in the first quarter while averaging 7.3 yards per attempt in the second quarter through overtime. The biggest issue for the Browns continues to be the lack of consistency with the wide receiver position as outside of Jarvis Landry, the Browns have very little at the position. Antonio Callaway continues to show that he is not ready to contribute as he has just three receptions over the last two games for 23 yards. David Njoku continues to grow and create a further rapport with Mayfield as Njoku is averaging 5.7 catches per game and 59 yards over his last three games. The one area the Browns need to improve on is getting Duke Johnson involved as while the coaches keep talking about it, we have yet to see Duke see his role in this offense increase to the level it was at last season.

The Steelers secondary started the season off poorly as they were torched by Patrick Mahomes, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Joe Flacco allowing 11 touchdowns and an average of 367 yards in those three games. Since then, however, the Steelers have played a little bit better as they held both Matt Ryan and Andy Dalton in check. This still remains a unit that is largely burnable as while Joe Haden has been elite during stretches of the game he has also shown that he is susceptible to being burned as A.J. Green had 85 yards and 7 receptions against him. The biggest issue for the Steelers this week will be David Njoku as the Steelers have really struggled against the tight end giving up 50 yards or more to a tight end in five consecutive weeks.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Denver Broncos Passing Offense at Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Broncos passing offense was limited last week due to the game script and impressive play by their defense. Case Keenum has been a liability for this team all season long despite posting palatable fantasy numbers in three outings this season. Keenum had a stretch of three zero-touchdown games in a row and now has at least one interception in all seven games to start the season. The watch for Chad Kelly to take over may have been stalled by the news events of this week, but still, keep an eye on this quarterback situation going forward. The Broncos receiving group has no lack of distractions either, with trade rumors swirling around both top wideouts. Emmanuel Sanders has been dominant at times this season, including posting over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown in his last two outings in addition to a passing touchdown on a trick play last week. He suffered a minor ankle injury last week, but is likely to still play. Sanders handily leads the team in targets as the primary underneath passing option while Demaryius Thomas has struggled from the ineffectiveness of Keenum. Thomas had another mediocre outing last week and has crossed the 70-yard mark just once this season.

With star safety Eric Berry having yet to play a snap this season, the Chiefs secondary has taken a ton of flak this season, much of which was rightfully show as they are allowing the second-most receiving yards per game (332.7) while opposing wide receivers and quarterbacks both rank within the top-10 in fantasy points per game when facing the Chiefs. Last week was a surprisingly dominant performance though as they shut down the Bengals offense with strong play from both the secondary and a defensive line missing Justin Houston for the second straight week. The line has been a strength for the Chiefs while their secondary has played better in recent weeks, allowing just one touchdown to wide receivers in their last four games--including limiting the top two Broncos receivers to fewer than 50 receiving yards each in their last meeting just a few weeks ago. While the Chiefs secondary remains the primary liability here with their linebackers and safeties particularly vulnerable to tight ends and big plays by wide receivers, they have not played as poorly as portrayed within the past few weeks while Case Keenum has really struggled this season.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Houston Texans Passing Offense vs Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

DeShaun Watson so far this year has been struggling the last two weeks and you have to wonder how many more hits he can take. Watson who had to ride a bus to and from Jacksonville due to concerns around being able to fly is still dealing with a chest injury. Making matters worse for the Texans is that they will be limited on offense due to injury as Keke Coutee and Ryan Griffin will be out limiting the check-down options. While the offense has fire power in Hopkins and Fuller, the issue continues to be the offensive line which is one of the worst in football and the inability to protect Watson.

The Dolphins passing defense is a unit in which has exceeded expectations so far this season after initial thoughts were that this would be one of the worst units in football. The Dolphins have been inconsistent at times as evidenced by allowing Sam Darnold to throw for 334 yards. Heading into the season, the perception was that the Dolphins would be Xavien Howard with little support around him, but so far this season Bobby McCain is playing at a high level. This is a defense that does not have any elite players as Xavien Howard is not playing up to the shut-down level that he was expected to, but at the same time, they do not have any players that you feel that they will easily be able to exploit.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Jaguars once again will go with Blake Bortles as their quarterback after benching Bortles in the second half last week. The ice is pretty thin under Bortles feet as the Jaguars are in a state of panic mode with having lost three straight games by ten or more points and have really struggled to move the ball. The issue for the Jaguars passing game is really a trifecta as Bortles is a below average quarterback, the receiving group has been poor as Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook have all struggled at times, and there is no running game to speak of in Jacksonville.

The way to beat the Eagles is through the air as the Eagles are allowing the 8th-most passing yards allowing at 287 yards per game to opponents. This is an Eagles team that has a lack of talent at the cornerback position as Jalen Mills has not progressed as quickly as the Eagles would have liked and Ronald Darby who has been a nice complimentary corner is being forced into being the number one corner for the Eagles. The biggest weak spot for the Eagles this season has been at the free safety position as rookie Avonte Maddox continues to struggle as he is filling in for Corey Graham.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

For the past two seasons, the football world has seen the development of Adam Thielen, from undrafted nobody to productive No. 1 wideout. But few could’ve expected quite this level of proficiency – the NFL’s reception and yardage leader through seven weeks, Thielen has been a model of high-end consistency. Averaging a line of 10-117-0.7, he’s hauling in 75% of his targets and has yet to land short of 102 yards in a game. Between Thielen and Stefon Diggs (7-67-0.4), Kirk Cousins certainly hasn’t hurt for dynamism. Cousins has already thrown for 296 yards or more 4 times; he’s one of the league’s truly elite downfield creators and a perfect match for these explosive receivers. The reserves and tight ends don’t offer much to the stat sheet, but all of the principal figures are weekly threats to erupt, regardless of matchup.

The New Orleans pass defense hasn’t returned to its devastating ways of 2017, but it’s inching in that direction. They opened the year in horrid fashion, allowing 346 yards per game and 10 touchdowns over the first 3 weeks. Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley were gambling and whiffing left and right, and splash plays were cropping up all over the field. But since Week 4, they’ve tightened considerably, clamping down on all three opponents. Baltimore’s John Brown had a big day last Sunday, but aside from him, there’s been little dynamism against the Saints. Lattimore is returning to the ball-hawking ways of his rookie year, but without missing terribly on the ball. And Crawley continues to flash shutdown potential in his own right; he’s a much better cover man than he showed early in the year. The addition of Eli Apple, who’d improved greatly in his third year, brings more depth – and keeps the burnable P.J. Williams off the field more. This isn’t some unit to fear in fantasy, but that’s well within their range of outcomes.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense vs Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Raiders’ deep rebuild (unsurprisingly) sent Amari Cooper out of town, which may not leave much of a tangible mark. Cooper only occasionally commanded a big stake in this passing game, which has been rudderless and toothless for most of the season. Quarterback Derek Carr has been hounded by opposing pass rushes and looks unable/unwilling to try and work the ball down the field. And now, he’ll work with one of the league’s weakest arsenals. Jordy Nelson looms as the by-default No. 1, but he hasn’t shown much rapport with Carr. Apart from two broken-coverage catch-and-runs in Week 3, Nelson has produced just 196 yards through 6 weeks. Even when Cooper’s involvement waned, Nelson never stepped far into the void. He doesn’t bring much deep speed anymore, and his otherworldly instinct with Aaron Rodgers doesn’t carry over here. Splash-play threats Seth Roberts and Martavis Bryant are wildly inconsistent, but capable of big impacts down the field – a trait wasted in this offense. Between the shaky line, Carr’s refusal to play a downfield game, and the receiving corps’ lack of dynamism, this looks poised to remain a fantasy trap. Tight end Jared Cook, however, retains plenty of value. His work up the seams has been Carr’s only semi-projectable source of success.

Shrewd fantasy players won’t be fooled by the Week 7 performance of the Colts pass defense. Shutting down Derek Anderson and the Bills’ barely-there receiving corps isn’t enough to erase yet another young season’s worth of miscues. Opponents are completing 72% of their throws in this matchup, and 4 of the last 6 have topped 280 yards. There are definitely signs of life, particularly from the surprisingly potent pass rush (21 sacks). But the coverage units have been shaky enough to override them. This is a patchwork secondary, one that gives up chunks of yardage both downfield and in the slots. Even Buffalo’s Kelvin Benjamin showed a flicker of life last Su

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Washington Redskins Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Redskins passing offense is really struggling as Alex Smith has thrown for less than 180 yards in two consecutive weeks. The issue for the Redskins continues to be health, but they should get Paul Richardson back this week which will be helpful as he has been the best deep threat in this offense when healthy. The Redskins are still likely going to be without Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder this week which ultimately means that the Redskins will continue to look for Josh Doctson to break out of his slow start as he has just 11 receptions on the season and has really struggled with consistency. Alex Smith has talked about timing in this offense and how they need to improve and at the moment it is not an offense that can be trusted.

The Giants are a team in disarray at the moment as they traded Eli Apple away to New Orleans who had been an up and down player but their most talented corner on the roster as Janoris Jenkins appears to have lost a step compared to where he once was. The move away from Apple leaves the Giants pretty weak at the corner position as B.W. Webb will need to play a more significant role on this defense which will also mean that Grant Haley who is an undrafted rookie will likely have to take on Paul Richardson out of the slot which if Richardson is able to go would be a big boost for the Redskins.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Josh Rosen and company had yet another poor showing last week as Rosen committed five turnovers in the blowout loss. In five starts, Rosen has completed just 55 percent of his pass attempts with seven turnovers to just three passing touchdowns while failing to surpass eight passing yards per attempt in a single game. Rosen has been sacked on over 10 percent of his dropbacks in back to back weeks, going down 10 times over that span after getting sacked no more than once in a game prior to Week 6. He did suffer a toe sprain late in last week’s game and has been limited in practice early on this week, but Rosen is still expected to suit up. Larry Fitzgerald finally found the end zone for the first time this season last week, but he has failed to finish with more than 40 receiving yards since Week 1. David Johnson also remains dreadfully underutilized in the passing attack with no more than 41 receiving yards in a game this season, but his usage could improve with a change in offensive coordinator after last week’s blowout loss.

San Francisco had a decent stat line against the pass last week, but the Rams didn’t need to throw often due to how effective they were on the ground. The 49ers were without cornerback Jimmie Ward again last week while Richard Sherman also joined him sidelines as a last minute scratch. As a result, the 49ers cornerbacks struggled against the Rams wide receivers on the limited passes thrown in their direction. Sherman has battled this calf injury on and off throughout the season. On top of being down a couple cornerbacks, starting safety Adrian Colbert was carted off with an ankle injury last week and has been placed on injured reserve to miss most of the remaining games this season. Rookie D.J. Reed may actually be an upgrade to the pass defense here though, as Colbert had been terrible in coverage. Larry Fitzgerald should be relatively well-covered by K’Waun Williams here, while Richard Sherman, if healthy, will help to lock down Christian Kirk on the outside. David Johnson may be the only hope for the Cardinals here, as the 49ers have coughed up three receiving touchdowns and an average of nearly 50 receiving yards per game to running backs.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Los Angeles Rams Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Aaron Rodgers continues to put the Packers offense on his back as he led them to an improbable and historic comeback in their Week 6 bout on Monday night leading into the bye. Rodgers is now riding back-to-back outings with multiple passing touchdowns and more than 420 passing yards after failing to exceed 300 yards through his first four games. The bye came at a great time for this offense though with Rodgers nursing a bum knee and two of his starting wide receivers, Randal Cobb and Geronimo Allison, warming the bench with injuries of their own. Both receivers are expected back this week while Rodgers hopes to shed his knee brace and improve his mobility. Davante Adams dealt with a calf injury of his own a few weeks ago, but you would never have known it by his stat line as Adams averaged nine receptions, 118 yards, and a touchdown per game in the three games leading into Week 7, putting him only one point behind Adam Thielen as the second highest-scoring fantasy wide receiver in PPR formats over that span from Weeks 4-6. Jimmy Graham, on the other hand, has disappointed for most of the season with only one touchdown and half of his outings with fewer than 50 receiving yards, but he is coming off his first 100+ yard outing and will hope to see improved red zone usage after the bye.

The Rams passing defense exploded against the 49ers last week, holding them to just 10 points while forcing four turnovers and amassing a whopping seven sacks. Aaron Donald finished with six tackles for loss as he doubled his season sack total last week, racking up four sacks while applying pressure to the quarterback on nearly every play while impressively forcing and recovering a fumble on one of those bum rushes. This nonstop pressure helped force two interceptions, one of which was hauled in by safety John Johnson III who now has three picks and seven passes defended on the year. Johnson should be keeping an eye on Jimmy Graham in coverage, posing a poor matchup for Graham. Nickell Robey-Coleman continues to be the best cornerback for the Rams and should help keep Randall Cobb in check, while Marcus Peters should line up opposite Adams for most snaps. Peters was once an elite shut-down cornerback, but he has been no such threat this season as Adams maintains the advantage here.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense at Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Even with a pared-down receiving corps, Andrew Luck remains efficient and fantasy-worthy. Even with the likes of Dontrelle Inman, Zach Pascal, and Mo Alie-Cox pressed into heavy snaps, Luck keeps nickel-and-diming defenses with decisive, accurate throws. Not just a volume guy, though, he’s averaged 377 yards and thrown 15 touchdowns over the last 2 weeks. (That yardage number would be much higher if not for the blowout nature of last Sunday.) He now has T.Y. Hilton back, who’s scored on 4 of his first 25 catches, and is able to manufacture explosiveness through rookie back Nyheim Hines and slot/tight end Eric Ebron. Hines has proven reliable and dynamic out of the backfield, catching 32 balls (and 2 touchdowns) thus far. And dating back to his Stanford days, Luck has always appreciated his tight ends and saturated them with targets, especially near the goal line. Ebron isn’t the most efficient receiver, but he’s become a deft endzone target for Luck.

Watching the 2018 Raiders, it’s easy to see the impact of Khalil Mack’s loss. There’s so little playmaking dynamism that opposing quarterbacks are able to dictate game flow from start to finish. The Raiders sit dead last in the league in net yardage allowed per attempt, stemming from big problems both up front and in the secondary. They rank last in both pressures and sacks, forcing their ever-revolving group of defensive backs into coverage for far too long. Cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Rashaan Melvin have already been benched, and there’s now a ton of reliance upon Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the very burnable Daryl Worley. But the safeties have been the real story, struggling mightily to stay in position and hang with receivers down the middle. Karl Joseph looks like a massive bust, and Marcus Gilchrist is a major liability in coverage. All told, opponents are generally able to produce as much as game flow will allow. The only thing preventing big fantasy days is how tight these floundering Raiders can keep the score.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense vs Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Patrick Mahomes continued his campaign of dominance last week with a sixth straight game of 300+ yards passing and his fourth game with four or more passing touchdowns. While his interceptions have been up in recent weeks with five in the last three outings, Mahomes still looks dominant making plays from all kinds of angles and places on the field. Tyreek Hill continues to serve as a top option for Mahomes, finding the end zone for the second straight week as he posted over 60 receiving yards for the third straight week. Hill dropped a would-be long touchdown pass last week, otherwise, his outing could have been massive for the second week in a row. Travis Kelce turned in another consistent performance with 95 receiving yards as he now is averaging 93 yards per game since his Week 1 stinker with at least five receptions per game over that span. Kelce has been held out of the end zone for three straight weeks now though, as Kareem Hunt has been the preferred red zone target as of late. Hunt has put together back-to-back outstanding performances through the air with 11 targets and 160 receiving yards

Kareen Hunt has now put together back to back outstanding performances, particularly through the air to haul in 10 of 11 targets for 160 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns over that span. Hunt had just one game with more than one reception for seven yards leading up to Week 6.

The Broncos passing defense had a massive week with six sacks and three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns by cornerback Chris Harris Jr and linebacker Todd Davis. The secondary finally came back to life in this game as cornerback Bradley Roby gained back some credibility after a poor showing to start the season. Roby allowed just three receptions for 17 yards with three pass breakups when in coverage. It is important to not overreact to last week’s performance though, as taken in context, the Broncos were facing a rookie quarterback at the helm of one of the worst offenses in the league. The pass rush continues to be impressive with a couple of the best defensive ends in football attacking opposing quarterbacks. The stage is set much differently this week though as the Broncos face the absolute best offense in football with a quarterback on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Josh Rosen. While the Broncos should be able to apply consistent pressure, their cornerbacks will need a repeat performance this week to stand a chance against this high flying Chiefs passing offense.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Los Angeles Rams Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Jared Goff wasn’t asked to do much for the second straight week with Todd Gurley and the Rams defense setting up a plush situation for any passing offense. Goff still completed 75 percent of his pass attempts for a couple touchdowns while taking care of the ball with zero turnovers. Robert Woods led the team in receiving as he has now exceeded 75 yards in six straight games, ranking as the third-highest scoring fantasy wide receiver in PPR formats over that span. Brandin Cooks found the end zone but had another relatively underwhelming outing compared to what we saw in his first four games when Cooks ranked third in the league with 452 receiving yards thru Week 4. Since his concussion in Week 5, Cooks has relied on a few big plays to keep his fantasy production propped up as the Rams have not needed much production through the air. Cooper Kupp remained sidelined last week with a knee injury and looks to be doubtful heading into this week, but keep an eye on his status. Josh Reynolds saw significant playing time last week in Kupp’s absence, but he failed to capitalize on it with only one reception for 19 yards.

The Packers front seven continues to anchor this defense, racking up a dozen sacks in their last three outings. The defensive line has a very talented interior led by Kenny Clark who has applied consistent pressure to quarterbacks this season while serving as an immovable object against opposing rushers. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry have been banged up at times due to injury, but both have looked better in recent weeks. While an unlikely candidate to be leading the team in sacks, Kyle Fackrell has earned more playing time in this rotation week over week due to his impressive pass rushing abilities. Cornerback Kevin King had struggled through his short career, but he finally notched his first interception in the Packers’ last game. King has typically been the most exploitable cornerback for the Packers, but if he can repeat the play from his last outing, the once stand-out prospect could be a difficult matchup. It is also worth noting that the Packers have been particularly strong against pass-catching running backs, allowing more than three receptions to just one player in Week 1 while holding all running backs to zero passing touchdowns this season. This can be attributed to very solid play in coverage from both linebacker Blake Alexander and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who should have a close eye on Todd Gurley this week.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Miami Dolphins Passing Offense at Houston Texans Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Brock Osweiler for the second week in a row did not play horribly last week against the Lions. While it was not the performance that we saw against the Bears, Osweiler played a respectable game completing 71% of his passes against a good Lions secondary and most importantly did not turn the ball over. One of the key issues this week for the Dolphins however is that they will be without Albert Wilson who was put on injured reserve. The Dolphins do get back DeVante Parker this week and will look for him to play a significant role alongside Danny Amendola to solidify the Dolphins receiving group.

The Texans are a unit that statistically are going to grade well when you look at their last three weeks as they shut down the Jaguars, Bills, Cowboys and also shut down Blaine Gabbert and the Titans earlier this season. While it is a good unit and Tyrann Mathieu has been a nice addition to the Texans, it remains a unit that at the corner position lacks talent. Johnson Bademosi continues to be a liability on the opposite side of the aging Johnathan Joseph who is having a career resurgence but as the season progresses you have to wonder how the 34 year old will hold up.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New York Jets Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Sam Darnold’s development took a breather last Sunday, resulting in possibly his worst start to date. Darnold hit on just 17 of 42 throws, producing a pitiful 4.90 yards per attempt and his first 3-interception game. Even when he wasn’t harassed by the Vikings’ formidable pass rush, Darnold threw erratically and failed to get onto his receivers’ pages, as has happened often throughout the year. It’s important to remember that, by team design, Darnold will be eased into the rigors of the NFL in 2018. The Jets like to manage his contributions closely, and his downfield game isn’t very threatening. As a result, deep-ball playmaker Robby Anderson, who represents just about all of the dynamism in the Jets’ stable, is greatly minimized. Darnold is showing progress, but he’s not close to fantasy relevance as a low-volume rookie. That’s a shaky bet reserved for guys with palpable upside, which Darnold’s safe, sanitized approach doesn’t offer. And there’s not a single pass-catcher on roster that merits any fantasy attention.

The Bears pass defense, stout early in the season, has taken a noticeable dip over the past two weeks. Unsurprisingly, it’s correlated with Khalil Mack’s Week 7 ankle injury. Looking like the Defensive Player of the Year through the first five games, Mack was hobbled against the Dolphins and Patriots, unable to put much real pressure on either Brock Osweiler or Tom Brady. The Bears field a deep defense, but Mack’s impact can hardly be overstated, and the drop-off is noticeable. It’s also worth pointing out that, despite boasting an elite cornerback duo and a fine free safety, the Bears have already allowed 8 different wideouts to produce 60 yards or more – and 6 have topped 85. There are enough lapses to allow for 1-3 splash plays a week, and they’re no fantasy deterrent for opposing receivers. The Bears need Mack back to his pocket-busting ways.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Carson Wentz continues to look better each week as he recovers from his knee injury last season. Wentz has moved the ball efficiently the last three weeks against the Vikings, Giants, and Panthers as he went over 300 yards in two of those three games. The offense continues to run through Zach Ertz who has 110 yards or more in three of his last four games. Adding to the Eagles offense, it appears Alshon Jeffery is getting healthier as he has 79 yards or more in three of his last four games and has scored four touchdowns in those four games. This appears to be a unit that is coming together at the right time and will look to be once again one of the top passing offenses in football.

The Jaguars are a unit that are in a bit of disarray. Jalen Ramsey over the last few weeks has not been the shut-down corner that he was last season and has been struggling after talking a lot early in the season. This is a unit that the struggles have not shown up on the stat sheet yet largely due to the Jaguars being down by so much that teams have not needed to throw the ball against them as evidenced Houston throwing just 24 times and Dallas throwing just 27 times. The Jaguars passing defense still remains the most talented in the NFL, but they are showing some cracks in the armor. Edit: As of Thursday, A.J. Bouye will not be traveling with the team to London and will miss this week. This is a key loss for the Jaguars as Tyler Patmon who has been a career backup will fill in for the injured Bouye.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Steelers bye may have come at the worst time for them for their passing offense as they are coming off of their best performance of the season. After some early season struggles, Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown seemingly have gotten back on track as Brown is averaging 103 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game over his last two games. The one bright spot for the Steelers so far has been Vance McDonald who has gone for 60 yards or more in three of his last four games and gives the Steelers an additional weapon that opens up space for Brown, Smith-Schuster and Conner out of the backfield.

The Browns secondary is an improving unit led by Denzel Ward who is likely going to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. Expect Ward to shadow Antonio Brown this week for most of the game which Ward has shadowed receivers for the past few weeks including completely shutting down DeSean Jackson last week. This could once again be a game where the Steelers look to move the ball through the air with JuJu Smith-Schuster who had success the last time he played the Browns as he caught 5 balls for 119 yards. He will likely matchup against a combination of Damarious Randall who the Browns moved to corner as the team waits for E.J. Gaines to return, and T.J. Carrie out of the slot.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

C.J. Beathard had a sloppy showing against the Rams last week as he failed to surpass 200 passing yards for the first time this season, completing only 56 percent of his passes with three turnovers to just one touchdown. Beathard has been a turnover machine since taking over at quarterback, now throwing multiple interceptions in three of four starts with 10 total turnovers. Part of his poor performance last week has to be chalked up to a tough day for the offensive line, as Beathard was constantly under pressure, taking a league-leading seven sacks on the week. Beathard has been sacked 13 times in the last three games while the 49ers offensive line has coughed up the second-most sacks (27) on the season. George Kittle continues to be the clear leader in this offense from a receiving perspective, hauling in his second touchdown last week while posting 98 receiving yards on five receptions. Kittle is averaging 16.5 yards per reception and just over 75 receiving yards per game this season, landing him third amongst tight ends in receiving yards and fourth in fantasy points in PPR formats. Marquise Goodwin disappointed after his big performance in Week 6 as he struggled to get open while also suffering a minor leg injury that did not land him on the injury report for this week. Both Kittle and Goodwin should remain the top options here.

The Cardinals passing defense continues to keep yardage totals down while limiting fantasy output of opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers to below-average totals. Slot cornerback Budda Baker has had a decent season, but he did contribute to allowing Emmanuel Sanders to rack up over 100 receiving yards and a long touchdown last week. Patrick Peterson continues to play at a high level but is publicly asking for a trade--so his status will require monitoring as the week progresses in case of any movement in that situation. The pass rush has been decent this season with 20 sacks on the year, but this front seven struggled to get consistent pressure on Case Keenum last week despite notching a couple sacks. Chandler Jones accounted for one of those as he is now up to 6.5 sacks on the year--tied for sixth-most in the league. The Cardinals will have to keep an eye on fullback Kyle Juszczyk this week, as he racked up six receptions for 75 yards against them in the Week 5 meeting between these two teams. George Kittle found plenty of room with five receptions for 83 yards in that outing as well as this group of safeties and linebackers lack the size to match up well against the 6-foot-4 Kittle at nearly 250 pounds.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Matthew Stafford had another solid outing last week as he completed 82 percent of his season-low 22 pass attempts for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Stafford did not need to pass much as the Lions had a very effective rushing attack going, but when he did pass, he was extremely effective with 50 percent of his throws resulting in a first down or touchdown. With multiple passing touchdowns in five straight games and a clean sheet of no turnovers in three straight games, Stafford continues to be a consistently reliable option at quarterback. Golden Tate led the team in targets for the fifth time in six games last week, but he along with the rest of this wide receiver group had a slow day under tough coverage. Kenny Golladay had at least 50 receiving yards in every game until last week, but he now has just 10 receptions in his past three games. Marvin Jones has had a relatively quiet season kept afloat by three touchdowns as he has finished with fewer than five receptions and 70 yards in every game thus far. Tight end Michael Roberts found the end zone twice out of nowhere last week as he now owns a ridiculous 75 percent touchdown rate, hauling in three scores on just four receptions this season. He can’t be expected to remain involved in the passing attack.

Seahawks cornerbacks did a solid job against the Raiders’ wide receivers in their last game, allowing only 31 yards to Seth Roberts and no other wide receiver or tight end to exceed 20 receiving yards. This last game was the first time all season in which a wide receiver has failed to score a touchdown against the Seahawks though, as cornerback play has been relatively poor on the season. Where the Seahawks secondary has excelled is from outstanding play at safety along with the effectiveness of Bobby Wagner to help cover the middle of the field. Frank Clark has been a force on the defensive line as well, ranking T-11th in the league with 5.5 sacks. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging the second-fewest fantasy points per game against the Seahawks defense, and they are one of only two defenses in football to average more interceptions per game than passing touchdowns allowed. While the Lions receivers may be able to get open underneath, this is still a stout defense to square off against.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Tom Brady looks back to his typical self. After opening the year in ho-hum fashion, Brady is again stocked with a full receiving stable and back to winning with precision. Brady has averaged 308 yards and thrown 10 touchdowns over the last 4 weeks; the return of Julian Edelman and the addition of Josh Gordon have been huge. Edelman is more trusted and dynamic underneath than Phillip Dorsett, while Gordon’s role increases each week and now sends him downfield a fair bit. He’s still working into shape, but carries blowup potential into any given matchup. And James White continues to show his worth as a check-down option, but also as a designed target near the goal line. He’s already caught 6 touchdowns on the year, with 4 coming from within 10 yards. Rob Gronkowski could return Monday, but isn’t likely to be pushed as he deals with spasms in his long-worrisome back. It’s bizarre to think that, even with Gronkowski sidelined, Brady would remain a top-three quarterback play regardless of matchup, but that’s the case. Game flow could be a concern for fantasy value, but there’s plenty of dynamism here, and plenty of opportunity for multiple pieces to shine at once.

Buffalo’s pass defense is generally not an easy assignment. It’s a unit built on dynamic edge rushers and ball-hawking coverage men, one always capable of flummoxing quarterbacks and proving headaches. Stud cornerback Tre’Davious White does his part, routinely draping himself over opposing receivers. He’s a playmaker, but quarterbacks are testing his coverage less and less. Big plays can definitely be had in this matchup; it’s a gambling group that can be exploited by precise passers. But they do a great job of limiting big plays – only the Jaguars have allowed fewer completions (7) of 20 yards or more. Tom Brady may be able to nickel-and-dime this defense, but he won’t have an easy route to downfield success.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Yet again, Drew Brees showed the football world he doesn’t need big volume or downfield striking to dictate a game. Brees’ usage has dipped a bit over the past three games, but remains the NFL’s most accurate passer, capable of smothering defenses with placement as precise as ever. On the year, he’s completing more than 77% of his throws and has yet to toss an interception. He’s not getting much dynamism from his receivers, though. Michael Thomas keeps playing pitch-and-catch (a 91% catch rate), but beyond him, there’s little proven playmaking. The team is hoping rookie Tre’Quan Smith’s Week 6 eruption (3 for 114 and 2 touchdowns) was a legitimate shove to the front of the pack. Smith offers more explosiveness than the likes of Cameron Meredith or Austin Carr, and the team would rather he create splash plays downfield than Ben Watson lumber over the middle. This passing game is in excellent hands, with Thomas, Smith, and Alvin Kamara offering plenty of dynamite. But the production isn’t as projectable as the efficiency is right now.

It’s been a dominant two weeks, but it hasn’t been enough to prove the Vikings pass defense is back on track. Smothering throughout 2017, this unit has allowed 261 yards or more to every non-rookie starter it’s faced. (In fact, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz went far beyond the pole in their turns, totaling 776 and 7 touchdowns.) There’s plenty of talent in the secondary, particularly in free safety Harrison Smith and occasional shutdown cornerback Xavier Rhodes. But the rest of the group tends to struggle in coverage, often rescued by an erratic, misplaced throw by a rookie. The pass rush is still lethal, but there’s so much open downfield, quarterbacks are more willing to simply wing it through coverage. The better ones are finding success.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Russell Wilson has kept the Seahawks passing offense relevant this season despite the mediocre yardage totals being posted. Seattle is one of only five teams to average fewer than 200 passing yards per game, but Wilson has amassed 13 passing touchdowns with just four interceptions. He has passed for multiple touchdowns in five of six games with three passing touchdowns in back to back outings. Tyler Lockett leads the team in targets, receiving yards, and touchdowns as he has scored in five of the team’s six games with over 50 receiving yards in all but his last outing. Lockett has been reliant on big plays, but Wilson has consistently looked for him throughout the season, especially with Doug Baldwin banged up for most of the season. Baldwin had a decent outing before the bye though, hauling in six of his team-leading eight targets for 91 yards as he took advantage of a great matchup against a weak slot cornerback. Baldwin will not have as cushy of a matchup this week though, so it will be interesting to see how he can perform against a decent secondary.

The Lions roll out a relatively respectable secondary that has allowed fewer than 260 passing yards to every quarterback faced not named Aaron Rodgers. While the turnovers have been scarce with just two interceptions (none in their last three games), this secondary still has the talent to lock down opposing wide receivers, limiting them to the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game in PPR scoring formats. Slot cornerback Nevin Lawson is a decent matchup for Doug Baldwin, while Darius Slay should see a few, but not the majority of snaps against Tyler Lockett. Lockett actually may see a positive matchup against Teez Tabor on most snaps, but he will still be tasked with dealing with a strong duo of safeties in Glover Quin and Quandre Diggs to guard against the essential big play for Lockett to have a solid outing. The Lions could also get back pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah this week, which would be an even further upgrade to this passing defense.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

After a terrible first half last Sunday, Cam Newton braved both the elements and the Eagles’ dominant front line to deliver majorly in the second. He hit on 21 of 30 throws over the final 2 frames, routinely churning out big throws to move the chains and generate points. Newton will never be a polished precision passer like Drew Brees, but when given time to plant and throw, he’s a truly elite creator. Still, his week-to-week fantasy outlook is never easy to project. He often comes out of the gates scattershot, struggling early and building to production. With all of his dynamism and intriguing weaponry at his disposal, though, that’s less of a concern these days. He has a dynamic high-point threat in Devin Funchess to go up and get some of his overthrows, and he checks down to a pair of dynamic options in Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen. Many passing games are more predictable and consistent, but few boast more snap-to-snap explosiveness and upside.

The Baltimore pass defense is rounding nicely into shape. Inconsistent throughout 2017, it’s bolstered itself into a strong unit, boasting numerous talented cover men and an active, disruptive pass rush. Through 7 games, they’ve only allowed a single quarterback (Baker Mayfield) to top 274 yards, and only the Jaguars have allowed fewer touchdowns through the air. (In fact, aside from Andy Dalton’s four-score explosion in Week 2, they’ve given up just four on the year.) Last week, they allowed Drew Brees to dink and dunk to a win, but gave up just 212 yards in all. Cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr have enjoyed fine seasons thus far, and Jimmy Smith’s return to game shape should only sweeten things. There’s a bit of vulnerability when the safeties are forced to cover downfield, but it hasn’t been backbreaking since the Bengals game. And, of course, the unit still feeds off of Terrell Suggs (5.5 sacks) and a diverse pass rush that makes the secondary’s job even easier.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.