Week 4 Passing Matchups

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

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Neutral Matchups: [ATL] [DEN] [DET] [KC] [NO] [PIT] [TEN]
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Bad Matchups: [BUF] [MIN] [TB]


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.


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense vs Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Green Bay passing attack has been underwhelming to open the 2019 season, relative to the expectations accompanying Matt LaFleur's appointment as the new head coach and play-caller. Through three games, Aaron Rodgers has yet to eclipse 250-yards passing in a game this season. Rodgers has excelled at avoiding negative plays this season, with 4-touchdown passes to 0-interceptions to this point in the season, which has been vital to the team's 3-0 start to the 2019 campaign. Much like years past, Davante Adams has been Aaron Rodgers' favorite target through the air, although the volume is substantially less than previous seasons. Adams has seen just 7-targets-per-game in 2019, down from a mark of over 11.25-targets-per-game in 2018. This decline in involvement can partially be attributed to the emergence of Marquez Valdes-Scantling in Green Bay's offense. Valdes-Scantling has matched Adams' 7-target-per-game mark through 3 games, a significant increase from just 4.6-targets-per-game in 2018. Much like the primary pass-catchers, Green Bay's offensive line has impressed to start the 2019 season. The Packers sport one of the best pairs of offensive tackles in the NFL with David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga keeping opposing edge-rushers from disrupting the pocket. On the interior, rookie Elgton Jenkins will replace Lane Taylor at left guard. Taylor was placed on the injured reserve following a biceps injury, forcing second-round pick Elgton Jenkins into a starting role. In limited work in 2019, Jenkins has impressed in pass protection, but this sample size is not yet large enough to draw any definitive conclusions of the impact he will have on the unit as a whole. As a whole, the Packers have failed to light up the scoreboards or stuff the stat sheet through the air, but they have been successful enough to win games, which matters most in the NFL. Thursday night against a depleted Philadelphia secondary offers the Packers their first chance for an offensive outburst in the 2019 season.

The Philadelphia Eagles have struggled mightily to defend the pass thus far in 2019. The Eagles had hoped that the unit would enter the 2019 season healthy, which would subsequently solve the issues of yesteryear. That has been far from the case to start the season, as Philadelphia ranks in the bottom-third in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game, passing touchdowns allowed, and net-yards-per-attempt allowed. The Eagles pass-rush has failed to make a consistent impact in 2019 following a pair of injuries on the interior. Malik Jackson and Timmy Jernigan, two of the team's top three defensive tackles, both went down with injuries over the team's first two games, and neither will be returning to action for quite some time. In their absence, Hassan Ridgeway and Akeem Spence have failed to disrupt the pocket whatsoever. Without an impactful pass rush, the shortcomings in Philadelphia's secondary have been magnified. An already-struggling unit will enter Thursday night's game even weaker. Starting cornerback Ronald Darby is expected to miss a few games due to a hamstring injury. Darby had not performed well in the opening weeks of the season, but his replacement, Rasul Douglas, has not been any better. Philadelphia's pass defense has been miserable to start the 2019 season, allowing 4 different 100+ yard receivers through just 3 games. A matchup against Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, one of the league's best quarterback-wide receiver duos, will offer no reprieve for a reeling pass defense.

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


Los Angeles Chargers Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Phillip Rivers is averaging 315 passing yards per game with a 77 percent completion rate and five touchdowns to start the season. Those are respectable numbers for the veteran who put up an impressive performance last week in a losing effort against the Texans. As he has done all season, Rivers relied very heavily on the short-to-intermediate passes to Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler in last week’s game. Keenan Allen continues to be the face of this passing offense after a monster showing with 13 receptions for 183 yards and two touchdowns. With 17 targets last week, Allen is easily the most targeted receiver in football by three targets per game over the next closest receiver. Rivers has and will continue to lean heavily on Allen. Austin Ekeler has seen plenty of focus as well, actually ranking fifth among running backs in targets per game and first at his position in receiving yards with 208 and two receiving touchdowns. His reliability out of the backfield has proven to be an asset to this passing offense. Mike Williams has been the odd man out here as he is really just a big-play threat or big body in the red zone, especially in the absence of Hunter Henry.

The Dolphins defense continues to disappoint as they were blown out by the Cowboys last week. Quarterbacks are averaging nearly 300 yards and the second-most fantasy points per game when facing Miami. Opposing wide receivers have scored six touchdowns (second-most allowed by a defense), and tight ends are averaging 88 yards per game (third-most allowed by a defense). Cornerback Xavien Howard is a talented young defensive back, but he has still contributed to allowing opposing WR1’s to average 97 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game. The defensive line has accounted for just four sacks--tied for third-worst in the league. With that said, the Chargers offensive line has been almost equally bad in pass protection. They are allowing Rivers to be pressured at one of the highest rates in the league and averaging 3.3 sacks per game allowed. Rivers has played well under that pressure so far, however, and all of his weapons will have advantages in their matchups this week. Keenan Allen, in particular, has an extremely favorable matchup that should only be tainted by what could be a run-heavy game script if the Chargers get out in front early.

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


Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense at Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

In the season-opening win against the Cincinnati Bengals, Wilson attempted just 20 pass attempts, completing 14 for 196 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. In weeks two and three, when the Seahawks were in far closer games (or playing from behind) Wilson attempted 35 and 50 pass attempts in each contest, respectively. Wilson has impressed once again to start this season, with 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions to his name on the year. Tyler Lockett has exploded onto the scene as Seattle's number-one receiver following a disappointing 2019 opener. In the first game of the year, Lockett caught just 1 of 2 targets on the day. In the two games since Lockett has caught double-digit passes in each contest, proving he is prepared for life as Wilson's top option through the air. Opposite Lockett, rookie D.K. Metcalf has earned a consistent role in the offense with at least six targets in every game this season. Metcalf primarily runs deeper routes to maximize the physical advantage he possesses over nearly every defensive back in the league, making his opportunities more boom-or-bust in nature. Tight end Will Dissly rounds out Seattle's bunch of regular pass-catchers. Dissly has hauled in touchdowns in each of the last two games, but he only plays about 50-percent of the team's offensive snaps. Until this number spikes, his current rate of production is likely unsustainable in a typically-low-volume passing attack. Through three games, the success of the passing attack has primarily been in spite of the Seahawks' offensive line, not because of it. At right tackle, Germaine Ifedi has been exceptionally poor. Through 3 games, Ifedi has allowed 13 hurries on the quarterback, the 3rd-worst mark in the entire NFL for an individual offensive lineman. Russell Wilson's remarkable ability to extend plays has masked the issues up front through three games, but the passing game desperately needs improvement along the offensive line.

Arizona's up-tempo offense has taken a definitive toll on its defense early in the 2019 season. Through 3 games, the Cardinals have allowed an average stat line of 306 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions to opposing quarterbacks, including Carolina's original backup, Kyle Allen, who started in place of an injured Cam Newton last week. The Cardinals have specifically struggled to defend opposing tight ends in the passing game. In week one, rookie T.J. Hockenson caught 6 passes for 131 yards and 1 score. In week two, Mark Andrews caught 8 passes for 112 yards and 1 score. Then, in week three, Greg Olsen caught 6 passes for 75 yards and 2 scores. These struggles can be attributed to the team's inadequate coverage from the linebackers. Both Jordan Hicks and Hasaan Reddick have failed miserably in coverage this season, causing head coach Kliff Kingsbury to admit it may be time for a change schematically. Safety Budda Baker has been the best coverage player on the defense, and Kingsbury mentioned in a press conference this week that the Cardinals are considering bringing him closer to the line-of-scrimmage in the future. This adjustment would allow Baker to contribute more directly in coverage of opposing tight ends, effectively shutting them down in the game. It has yet to be seen if these adjustments will be enacted, but it is certainly a situation to keep an eye on. For Seattle, tight end Will Dissly has found the end zone 3 times over the last 2 games, but he has failed to stay on the field for 60-percent of the Seahawks' offensive snaps in a game this season, which is cause for concern. Arizona's up-tempo offense maximizes its opponents scoring opportunities with the ball. Through three weeks, opposing offenses have cut through the Arizona secondary like a hot knife through butter. Expect nothing to change as a whole, but if Budda Baker's deployment in coverage changes, the specific weakness of the secondary may change as well.

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 (Great Matchup)

The Washington Redskins have struggled in every facet of the game to open the 2019 season. The passing numbers have primarily been salvaged by a strong first half against the Philadelphia Eagles in week one, coupled with significant garbage time throughout their three games. Quarterback Case Keenum has looked atrocious in his first few games as a member of the Washington Redskins, leading fans to call on head coach Jay Gruden to make the switch to Dwayne Haskins under center. Gruden is committed to Keenum as the team's starter for the foreseeable future, and he is adamant that this is the option that gives the team the best chance to win. The blame does not rest solely on Keenum's shoulders; the weapons he has been equipped with rank amongst the league's worst. Rookie Terry McLaurin has been the lone bright spot in an otherwise awful receiving corps. McLaurin has commanded at least 7 targets in each of his first 3 starts, compiling at least 62-receiving yards and 1 touchdown in every game thus far. No other active pass-catcher on Washington's active roster comes close to McLaurin's production or talent level. Trey Quinn and Chris Thompson both factor into the passing game on underneath routes. Thompson, the team's third-down running back, is an exceptional pass-catching running back. Quinn, on the other hand, is a slot receiver who thrives as a safety blanket for Case Keenum when he's under pressure. Washington's offensive line has been a glaring weakness for the team. Right tackle Morgan Moses ranks dead-last in the NFL in quarterback hurries allowed with 15 over just 3 games. Washington opened the season with arguably the toughest three-game stretch of any NFL team, against Philadelphia, Dallas, and Chicago, which explains some of the team's struggles. However, until the team provides evidence to the contrary, the Redskins rank as one of the league's worst offenses from top-to-bottom, including in the passing game.

The New York Giants enter this game on the heels of what they hope will be their worst three-game stretch defending the pass this season. Through the first three games of 2019, the Giants have allowed a league-worst 997 passing yards, with 2 opposing quarterbacks clearing the 380-yard mark. The Giants against the struggles start with the defensive-front. On the defensive line, the Giants lost Olivier Vernon, by far the team's top pass-rusher from 2018, in an offseason trade with the Cleveland Browns. Rookie Oshane Ximines has surprisingly effective disrupting the pocket, but his production levels still pale in comparison to Vernon's 2018 pro-bowl season. In the secondary, Janoris Jenkins has been one of the league's worst cornerbacks to start the 2019 season. Jenkins' production has been in steady decline following his 2016 campaign that earned him a spot on the second-team All-Pro roster. Such a steep drop from average-to-atrocious is unexpected and uncommon, but he is certainly a shell of his former self at this point in his career. Opposite Jenkins, rookie DeAndre Baker has been one of the very few cornerbacks to have performed worse than Jenkins through three games here in 2019. As a whole, the Giants lack of a disrupting presence along the defensive line has provided opposing quarterbacks with plenty of time to surveil the field and exploit New York's weaknesses at cornerback. Washington's passing game has posted impressive numbers to this point, in large part, thanks to a surplus of garbage time possessions. Week four against the Giants provides Washington's passing game with an elite opportunity to string together a full four-quarters of production for the first time this season.

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


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Kliff Kingsbury's up-tempo offensive philosophy coupled with the Cardinals habitually playing catch-up to open the 2019 season has made for the league's highest-volume passing attack through three games. Arizona's rookie quarterback, Kyler Murray, averages a league-leading 44-pass-attempts-per-game to start his career, which he has converted into a 300+ yard passing game in 2 of 3 outings. Arizona heavily favors four wide receiver sets for the base offense, but two pass-catchers have separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Second-year receiver, Christian Kirk, leads the team in targets through 3 games, averaging nearly 11-targets-per-game. 16-year-veteran, Larry Fitzgerald, has also separated himself from the rest of the pack, averaging over 10-targets-per-game to open the season. Both receivers play primarily in the slot for Arizona, which creates matchup problems for opposing defenses, with many top-tier cornerbacks defending most effectively on the outside. At running back, David Johnson's role in the passing game has increased dramatically following one single season in a miserable Mike McCoy offense. Johnson has topped seven targets twice already through three games this season- a feat he accomplished just three times all of last season. Kingsbury knows where the strengths and weaknesses are in this offense, and he has constructed an attack centered around the strengths of Murray, Kirk, Fitzgerald, and Johnson. On the offensive line, Arizona's performance has been shockingly impressive. The presumed weak links along the line have performed far better than most have anticipated early in the season, giving Kyler Murray adequate time to throw the ball. Murray has struggled at times to process the information defenses have provided him, taking unnecessary sacks with unsettling regularity. Arizona's passing game will continue to post impressive numbers for as long as they stick with the up-tempo and pass-heavy approach they have shown to kick off the Kliff Kingsbury era. The efficiency levels lag behind the volume, but the production is there, nonetheless.

Seattle's secondary struggled once again in week three against the New Orleans Saints, as they allowed Teddy Bridgewater to complete over 66-percent of his passes and throw for 2 scores in his first start for the New Orleans Saints in 2019. This has been a troubling trend for Seattle: aside from Shaquil Griffin, the Seahawks secondary is one of the league's weakest units. Tre Flowers, specifically, has been targeted relentlessly by opposing offenses, and with startling levels of success. The best hope for short-term improvement for Seattle's pass defense is up front with the pass rush. Ezekiel Ansah made his Seahawks' debut last week but only played 18 defensive snaps in his first game since offseason shoulder surgery. Ansah will likely play far more here in week four against the Arizona Cardinals. Ansah has established himself as one of the league's best and most consistent pass rushers over recent years. Inserting a pass rusher of his caliber into Seattle's defense will improve the pass rush immediately. Opposite of Ansah, preseason acquisition, Jadeveon Clowney has yet to truly make his presence felt in Seattle. His track record, much like Ansah's, is lengthy and impressive. Clowney will likely return to his old ways of tormenting opposing offensive linemen and quarterbacks. In the short-term, if this duo does not immediately combine to significantly improve Seattle's pass rush, the Seahawks field a league-average pass defense with a few glaring holes for the opposition to exploit. Arizona's high-volume passing attack will have an opportunity to exploit a particular weakness in Seattle's defense with the proper planning. Week four is Kliff Kingsbury's first real opportunity to prove his worth as an offensive mind and attempt to exploit Seattle's weakness on the back end of the defense, specifically with Tre Flowers at cornerback.

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


Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense vs Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

So far this season, the Ravens have had two incredibly favorable matchups in Arizona and Miami and Lamar Jackson looked fantastic in those games. This past week, facing a good Chiefs secondary, Jackson struggled for the first time in 2019, as he completed just 51% of his passes in a game script that should have led to success passing. It was a struggle for most of the game for the Ravens offense and while we expect ups and downs from Jackson, ultimately brought it back down to earth that this is not the elite passing unit that we had seen in their first two matchups against Miami and Arizona. This is still a very talented unit and can exploit matchups with Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews. This is a unit that is still young and will continue to hit bumps as they develop.

The Browns entire secondary was out this past week as Denzel Ward (Hamstring), Greedy Williams (Hamstring), Damarious Randall (Concussion), and Morgan Burnett (Quad) all missed last week. The replacements overall played alright holding Jared Goff to 268 yards, but the Rams dropped critical passes which inflated those stats. Damarious Randall looks to be the only one of this group that is for certain to be returning as he has been cleared from the concussion protocol and the rest of the group has not practiced as of Wednesday. This could be a real issue for this Browns defense as while they have experience at the position, they do not have the speed to keep up with this Ravens defense as they will be running Terrance Mitchell who ran a 4.63 40 in 2014 against Marquise Brown who is one of the fastest players in the NFL. The Browns had to start Justin Burris and play him for 100% of the snaps after picking him up 48 hours prior to the game. This is a unit that could be exploited in this game.

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


Carolina Panthers Passing Offense at Houston Texans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Kyle Allen-led Panthers offense looked spectacular against the Cardinals last week. Allen passed for 261 yards and four touchdowns, appearing poised and focused in his first start of the season. He fed Greg Olsen as his top target, with Olsen looking like his pre-2017 form as he logged his first multi-touchdown game since Week 3 of 2015. Both Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore also had productive days with over 50 yards and a touchdown apiece, albeit Moore’s touchdown was his only reception--which is disappointing usage after he had amassed 16 receptions over his first two games. Nevertheless, take last week with a grain of salt--as the Chargers were squaring off against what has been a terrible Cardinals defense. With Cam Newton remaining sidelined for Week 4, Kyle Allen will have another chance to prove himself in what should be a more difficult matchup on the road in Houston.

The Texans defense had a very tough time with the Chargers last week, particularly slot man Keenan Allen as he exploded with 13 receptions for 183 yards and two touchdowns while squaring off against slot cornerback Bradley Roby. Roby certainly did not play well in that one, but it was not all his fault as he received little support from safeties Justin Reid and Tashaun Gipson Sr. The Texans have now given up two big games to slot receivers this season, but they have also struggled on the outside with sloppy coverage from new starter Lonnie Johnson Jr. With how this secondary has looked, Panthers wide receivers should have an advantage in their matchups this week. Greg Olsen should also see a positive matchup. While the Texans have yet to be tested much by opposing tight ends, Olsen shouldn’t have a big problem getting open against the likes of Gipson at safety. Christian McCaffrey should be set up for success here as well based on what the Texans have done against running backs this season. They have allowed at least four receptions and 40 yards to lead running backs in all three games to start as Texans linebackers have been subpar in coverage. Where the Texans defense is improving is on the defensive line. Interior lineman D.J. Reader has been applying strong pressure this season, even notching his first sack last week. J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus will pose mismatches for this Panthers offensive line, which will be the true change of pace for Kyle Allen, who was rarely pressured in last week’s contest.

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


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Andy Dalton’s numbers have tumbled since a huge opening day, but he doesn’t deserve all of the blame. Top wideout A.J. Green remains out indefinitely, as does left tackle Cordy Glenn, the team’s best pass blocker by far. Dalton misses Green’s one-on-one brilliance, and he’s still running for his life as much as ever (11 sacks thus far) behind one of the league’s worst lines. Dalton wasn’t effective last Sunday against the Bills’ stout secondary, hitting on just 20 of 36 throws for 249 yards, with a touchdown and 2 interceptions. Never known as a strong downfield passer, he’s struggling more than ever to generate splash plays. With Green sidelined, most of the Bengals’ passing success has come on after-the-catch playmaking by his receivers. The big early story has been third-year speedster John Ross, who’s caught 16 balls and sits third league-wide in yardage (292). He entered the year with just 21 and 210 over 16 career games. Ross has been far from flawless, committing a handful of drops and fumbles along the way. But he boasts a remarkable burst in the open field; when he catches in stride, few defensive backs can track him down. Most of Tyler Boyd’s contributions have come on short, quick throws to the slot. He’s caught 73% of his targets, but has averaged just 10.4 yards and failed to find the end zone. The team’s 3 tight ends have been involved but posted an anemic 9.2 average along the way. Perhaps 6-foot-5 Auden Tate, who made a handful of key catches in Sunday’s second half, will take on more snaps to fill the playmaking void until Green returns.

The Pittsburgh pass defense has kicked off 2019 in disappointing fashion. They’ve allowed opponents to complete 74% of their throws - each one finishing above 275 yards - and hit on 7 touchdowns thus far. A talent infusion has been needed for some time now, and it appears to have begun last week via the trade market. Ex-Dolphin Minkah Fitzpatrick made his debut in Week 3 with a bang, playing all 79 snaps and making a handful of splash plays, including an interception. The Steelers invested heavily in their new toy, who’s arguably already the best defensive back this unit has boasted in years. He’ll be tasked with high-impact, centerfield-type coverage to help stem the team’s bleeding in the slot. They’ve opened the year by giving up big days to Julian Edelman (6 catches for 83 yards) and Tyler Lockett (10 for 79), then allowed a handful of big slot plays to the 49ers last week, That volume has been a byproduct of Joe Haden’s strong play on the outside; he’s done a fine job of funneling the quarterback’s attention short and inside. All in all, this group could be on the verge of great things. The pass rush is versatile and strong, and there are talented coverage pieces in place on the back end. But until they show cohesion and consistency, this will remain a matchup to target confidently.

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


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense at Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Baker Mayfield and this offense continue to struggle to start the year as Mayfield has now turned the ball over five times compared to just three touchdowns. With all of the hype heading into the season, the Browns have yet to put it all together as Mayfield is completing just 56% of his passes. The problem for this offense is that once the first or second read is covered, Mayfield has struggled to improvise and finding the open non-primary receivers. This continues to be an offense that has an immense amount at the top of the receiving group in Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, but so far this year, Landry has struggled to be the possession player that he has been over the last few seasons as he has just 10 receptions over his first three games. The Browns are going to need Landry to help Mayfield as this is a team with limited alternative options with injuries to Rashard Higgins who is questionable this week with a knee injury and David Njoku remains out with a knee injury.

The Ravens secondary has now given up back to back weeks of 349 yards or more to opposing quarterbacks. Outside of Marlon Humphrey, this is a unit that is struggling across the board as they have been scrambling a little bit with the loss of Tavon Young and Jimmy Smith. Anthony Averett on the outside has struggled as he has allowed 269 yards passing so far this season and saw his snaps greatly reduced as he was replaced by Maurice Canady on Sunday. Canady is an oft-injured sixth-round corner who has been placed on injured reserve each of his first three years and was a practice squad promotion heading into Week 2. Part of the issue is that so far this year, Marlon Humphrey has not shadowed any receivers and has lined up on the defensive left side for a vast majority of plays. This could be a real problem against the Browns who move Beckham all over the field as he plays all three positions. The Ravens should be exploitable out of both the slot with veteran Brandon Carr and on the outside with either Canady or Averett. While it is still a unit that has talent particularly at safety, with Earl Thomas and Tony Jefferson, this is a unit that was one of the best in football last year and so far appears to be a long ways away from that.

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


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Three games into his fourth NFL season, Dak Prescott has looked like one of the game’s most efficient passers. He currently sits first in completion rate, first in touchdown rate, and a clear second to Patrick Mahomes in most yardage metrics. It’s worth noting that his competition (Giants, Redskins, Dolphins) hasn’t exactly been robust, and that the New Orleans secondary is far more talented and aggressive. Still, when these teams squared off last season, Prescott did manage to complete 24 of his 28 throws. Amari Cooper leads the supporting cast - he drew 22% of targets last week with Michael Gallup sidelined - and continues to show a versatile skill set and a nose for the end zone. Through 3 games, he’s caught 16 balls for 238 yards and scored 4 times. The team would love to have Gallup back, but have received dynamic help from new additions Randall Cobb and Devin Smith. Between the pair, they recreate much of what Gallup did during his two-game breakout. Cobb remains a steady if unspectacular target from the slot, though it’s worth noting he had a 74-yard touchdown called back last week. And reclamation project Smith has run Gallup’s screen and clear-out routes, showing off the speed that once made him a coveted prospect (22.6 yards per catch). Jason Witten continues to provide a dependable set of hands underneath; he’s caught 10 of his 12 targets thus far, two for touchdowns.

The New Orleans pass defense remains a boom-or-bust unit, always equally capable of aggressively dominant weeks and shaky, beatable ones. They’ve opened the season against three of the league’s better passers, but have provided little resistance to any of them. Deshaun Watson, Jared Goff, and Russell Wilson have combined to produce a strong 8.9 yards per attempt, with 6 touchdowns through the air. Wilson was particularly great last week, throwing for 406 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wilson consistently worked the ball through tight Saints coverage and wasn’t sacked once over 50 dropbacks. The Saints boast a dynamic pass rush and a fair amount of talent in the secondary but continue to struggle all-around with consistency. Last week, top cornerback Marshon Lattimore allowed a pair of long downfield receptions due to not playing the ball on its path. Lattimore is a talented cover man, yet also exceptionally streaky in his play and has really struggled this year as he has allowed the most yards in coverage on the year with 334. He’ll follow Amari Cooper around a fair amount this week, though he isn’t exactly a prohibitive matchup right now. Across the field, Eli Apple also alternates great coverage snaps with bad ones. But the Saints’ biggest vulnerability remains in the slot, where P.J. Williams continues to struggle mightily. Cooper Kupp posted a huge Week 2 in this matchup (5 catches, 120 yards), while Tyler Lockett feasted for 11 and 154 and a touchdown last week.

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


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

Jacoby Brissett's passing profile to open the 2019 season has been exceptionally conservative. Brissett's measly 5.6-air-yards-per-attempt ranks second to last in the entire NFL, ahead of only Teddy Bridgewater. Jacoby Brissett's 310-yard day in week three against the Atlanta Falcons was the first game this season in which he eclipsed 200-yards passing. One pass-catcher stands out far above the rest in the Colts' offense: T.Y. Hilton. Hilton has recorded over twice as many targets and receptions than any other pass-catcher on the roster. While Indianapolis continues to utilize the tight ends more than most other teams in the NFL, both Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle average only about two-receptions-per-game. This uninspiring volume is unlikely to change anytime soon, as Brissett has displayed a clear dependence upon T.Y. Hilton above all others. In recent years, the Colts' front office has invested heavily in the offensive line. Initially, this plan was enacted to keep Andrew Luck healthy, but now Jacoby Brissett is the primary beneficiary of one of the league's best offensive lines. The Colts sport a very low-risk, low-reward passing attack predicated around getting the ball out quickly and to mostly underneath wide receivers. Through three games, the results have been inconsistent and uninspiring. Even the relative explosion for 310 yards through the air in week three failed to produce a single 100-yard receiver, as Brissett distributed the ball to nine different receivers on the day. Barring any unforeseen changes to the offensive gameplan, the Colts' passing game will likely continue as one of the league's least-imposing units.

The Oakland Raiders have fielded one of the league's worst pass defenses in the early weeks of 2019. The Raiders have struggled to stop the pass in every game this season, but whether or not the opponents have capitalized on this weakness is a different story. In week one, Joe Flacco left a lot of meat on the bone, but still posted an impressive 268-yard, 1-touchdown, and 0-interception stat line. In week three, Kirk Cousins attempted just 21 passes, completing 15 of them for 174 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions. Sandwiched between these two efficient, but low-volume games was a 443-yard and 4-touchdown outburst from Patrick Mahomes in week two. Mahomes' exploitation of Oakland's bottom-tier defensive backfield signals a glaring issue for the Raiders down the road. The Raiders don't have a single pass-rusher on the roster with double-digit pressures on opposing quarterbacks yet this season. Oakland's weak pass-rush does the team's already-weak secondary no favors, allowing opposing quarterbacks to distribute the ball from a clean pocket consistently. The Raiders are consistently below-average at every position at the back-end of their defense. After losing Jonathan Abram to an injury in weak one, the lone reason for optimism is second-year cornerback Gareon Conley. However, even Conley has struggled in 2019 following a promising rookie campaign. Oakland's weaknesses against the pass have seldom been exploited to this point in the 2019 season, but this is not a unit equipped with the requisite tools to shut down opposing aerial attacks regularly.

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


Los Angeles Rams Passing Offense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Rams passing attack, so dominant for much of 2018, has yet to get off the ground this young season. Too often, it’s looked more like the shaky, ineffective unit that closed out the season and laid an egg in the Super Bowl. Jared Goff has yet to recapture his magic from the first half of last year; his efficiency rates are down across the board, ranking 26th league-wide in adjusted yards per attempt and 23rd in touchdown rate. Goff has looked erratic when going downfield, sticking mostly to shorter throws that rely on his receivers’ after-catch ability. Luckily for this group’s floor, those abilities are considerable. Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, and Robert Woods are all adept at turning quick routes into big plays. Cooks remains a difficult mismatch, even when he’s not catching deep balls, and Woods is a far better player than he’s looked of late (just five receptions over the past two games). But Kupp has led the way thus far, pacing the team in all receiving categories. He was masterful Sunday night, dominating the middle of the field en route to catching 11 of his 12 targets, for 102 yards and 2 scores. Even with their quarterback struggling, each wideout boasts week-winning potential in fantasy. If Goff snaps out of this haze, this will again be one of football’s more potent overall attacks.

The Tampa Bay defense has improved markedly in the run game, but remains a juicy matchup for opposing passers. They’ve allowed back-to-back opponents to throw for 330 yards or more, with a stunning 6 different receivers topping 85 yards in the process. On Sunday, they were able to pressure Giants rookie Daniel Jones into a few off-target throws, but ultimately had no answer for his heroics. The New York receivers consistently gained separation and made tough throws easy for their new signal-caller. The Buccaneers remain plagued by miscommunications in the secondary, leaving wide lanes down the seams and lots of run-after-catch room. Vernon Hargreaves is improving gradually in coverage, but teammates M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis remain liabilities. On the plus side, the offseason overhaul of the pass rush is paying off handsomely. Edge men Shaquill Barrett and Carl Nassib have set up camp in opposing backfields all season, while Vita Vea and Ndamukong Suh push the pocket from inside. Still, until the coverage group reshuffles or takes a big step forward, this will remain a wholly beatable unit. It’s hard to find viable matchups between the shaky cornerbacks and the Rams’ prolific receiving corps.

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

Ahead of the Giants' week three matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Pat Shurmur officially made the transition from Eli Manning to rookie Daniel Jones at the quarterback position. In Jones' NFL debut, the rookie threw for an impressive 353-yards on 26 completions, with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Jones proved to be far more aggressive and adept at pushing the ball down the field than his predecessor was in recent games. Jones' average target was nearly 10-yards down the field, while Eli Manning's average target was approximately 7-yards down the field in his two starts this season. Jones' aggressiveness paid dividends for his pass-catchers. Sterling Shepard tallied 7 catches on 9 targets for his first 100-yard receiving game of the season and 1 score. Tight end Evan Engram also registered over 100-receiving yards and found the end zone once by hauling in 6 of his 8 targets on the day. A notable absence from New York's offense in the coming weeks will be Saquon Barkley. Barkley suffered an ankle injury that is expected to sideline him for at least one month. The all-purpose running back averaged over six-targets-per-game to start the season, and his replacement, Wayne Gallman, will be hard-pressed to match that production in the passing game. On the offensive line, the New York Giants have mostly done an adequate job of protecting whichever quarterback has been under center to open the 2019 season. One surprising weak point through three games has been left tackle Nate Solder. Solder has long been one of the NFL's best pass protectors, and he can be counted on to right the ship and shore up the weak-side of the Giants' offensive line.

The Washington Redskins have been shredded through the air for three straight weeks to open the season. The Redskins dealt with a remarkably-difficult opening slate of games in the 2019 season, facing off with three teams that made the playoffs last season. The Redskins secondary, however, has been entirely overmatched in every game, allowing nine passing touchdowns over the course of the first three games of the season. These struggles are a byproduct of personnel changes throughout the defense from last year's league-average unit, coupled with some decline in production from aging veterans like Josh Norman. Washington has struggled to generate any pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season. The departure of edge rusher Preston Smith has proven to be an impactful loss for Washington, as his replacement, rookie Montez Sweat, has failed to produce. Sweat has generated just four pressures on opposing quarterbacks through three games in 2019. In the secondary, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, one of the league's best coverage safeties in 2018, left in free agency. While Landon Collins has been serviceable in his place, the Redskins need Collins to return to his All-Pro ways if they are going to field a respectable secondary. At cornerback, the now-31-years-old Josh Norman has seen a steady decline in production. He is no longer the lockdown corner he was in his early years in Washington. Teams are throwing his way more consistently and with more success than ever before. Norman has already allowed four touchdowns this season, more than he had ever allowed in a single season before 2018. Washington's pass defense has been tormented by every quarterback they've faced this season. Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has been gifted another easy matchup by the scheduling gods for his second NFL start. If there is a bright spot for the Redskins it is that they should improve with the return of Fabian Moreau last week who played in 95% of snaps last week.

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

Oakland's passing game opened the 2019 season with an impressive primetime performance against the Denver Broncos. Since then, however, the results have been atrocious. The Raiders' passing attack lacks creativity and ambition, as Derek Carr once again ranks near the bottom of the league in air-yards-per-attempt. For an offense devoid of playmakers, the Raiders can ill-afford such a conservative approach to the passing attack. Carr's favorite targets, Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller, have improved leaps and bounds from where each of them last season (neither were with the Raiders in 2018, but play critical roles in the 2019 passing game.) Waller, one of the league's best athletes at the tight end position, has proven to be one of the biggest surprises in the league through three games. Fresh off 13-catch performance in week three, Waller's ranking as one of the league's most consistent and productive tight ends is being solidified one week at a time. Tyrell Williams slowed down a bit in week three following a pair of strong showings in the first two games of the year. Through three games, Williams averages approximately 6 targets, 60 yards, and 1 touchdown per game. In such an anemic passing attack, Williams' numbers are relatively impressive, but it is unclear how much room for growth there is barring drastic play-calling and passing tendencies from Jon Gruden and Derek Carr. On the offensive line, in the same week the Raiders introduced offseason acquisition Richie Incognito into the fold, Oakland lost Trent Brown to injury. Incognito provided a definitive improvement in pass protection on the interior, but the loss of Brown will prove to be devastating to the Raiders if he misses even just one game. Brown has been one of the league's most-consistent pass-protectors, and his presumed replacement, Brandon Parker, is one of the worst in the league at protecting the quarterback. The outlook for Oakland's passing attack is bleak, and aside from the emergence of Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams, there is little to be excited about for this unit.

The Indianapolis Colts have allowed opposing quarterbacks throw for at least 300-yards and 3 touchdowns in 2 of the team's first 3 games in 2019. In week one, Philip Rivers shredded the Colts' to the tune of 333 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception in a 30-24 overtime victory over Indianapolis. In week three, Matt Ryan posted 304 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception in a 24-27 loss on the road to the Colts. The Colts' susceptibility against the pass is primarily due to the coverage abilities of the team's linebackers and defensive backs. The defensive line has done a reliable job of applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks, with both Justin Houston and Kemoko Turay providing adequate production off the edge. At linebacker, Darius Leonard and Anthony Walker have consistently been picked on by opposing quarterbacks targeting both running backs and tight ends on intermediate routes. In the secondary, however, Indianapolis' cornerbacks have been especially weak. All three of the team's primary corners, Kenny Moore, Rock Ya-Sin, and Pierre Desir, have struggled mightily in the early weeks of 2019. Kenny Moore has undeniably been the most impressive of the bunch, and even his 93.8 QB Rating allowed is a below-average mark. Oakland's passing attack has been uninspiring through three weeks, but this week four clash with the Colts provides Derek Carr and the rest of this offense with a substantial opportunity to get on the right track. Specifically, look for Oakland to continue its heavy usage of Darren Waller at the tight end position to exploit the Colts linebackers' inability to defend against the pass.

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Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Matt Ryan has had an up and down start to his 2019 campaign in charge of this Falcons passing offense. While he has passed for over 300 yards and multiple touchdowns in all three starts, he has also racked up six interceptions--just one short of his season-long mark of seven interceptions in 2018. Some of these picks have been extremely bad looks, including an interception in the end zone from last week’s game. On the flip side, Ryan has looked prodigious in pockets of play--including during the second half of last week when he threw for three touchdowns while completing 22-of-23 pass attempts. Two of those touchdowns went to tight end Austin Hooper, who has been a consistent target for this offense. The other went to Julio Jones, who has averaged 10 targets per week, has at least one touchdown in every game, and is coming off back-to-back outings with over 100 receiving yards. Calvin Ridley was on a similar pace until he was absolutely forgotten last week, finishing with just one catch from one target for six yards.

This Titans passing defense has some talent, but they were hamstrung by poor play from their offense and special teams in last week’s loss to the Jaguars. This defense has looked good to start the season. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging just 212 passing yards per game while this secondary has racked up four interceptions, all coming in the first two games. Logan Ryan has been the best player amongst Titans defensive backs as he has rarely given up a big gain to opposing slot receivers. Malcolm Butler has been the weaker cornerback to start the year though, as he has been susceptible to a few big plays thus far. Look for Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones to both see advantageous looks when lining up against Butler. While this secondary has held tight ends relatively in check from a yardage perspective, they have also allowed a touchdown to an opposing tight end in all three games to start the season. Red zone weapon Austin Hooper will be a viable threat to continuing that streak this week. Running backs have not been so lucky though, as linebacker Jayon Brown’s impressive coverage has led to no running back amassing more than 26 receiving yards in any of the first three games.

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Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Broncos passing offense was lackluster in a loss to the Packers last week. Joe Flacco passed for just 213 yards with no touchdowns and an interception while getting sacked six times. Flacco has not impressed in the first three games with his new team, as he has been holding on to the ball far too long while displaying a lack of aggression when it comes to pushing the ball downfield. Contrary to what he showed in Baltimore, Flacco has been relying heavily on short passes this season as his average depth of target is one of the lowest in the league. This has been somewhat beneficial for Emmanual Sanders and Phillip Lindsay, who have each eaten up some of those short passes. It hurts receivers like Cortland Sutton, however, as he has caught just two passes of more than 25 yards this season and has yet to find the end zone. Sutton has still put up relatively consistent numbers though--especially compared to Emmanuel Sanders, who’s usage fell off a cliff last week with just two receptions for 10 yards. Phillip Lindsay has managed to finish with a consistent four receptions in each of his three games as he continues to serve as the primary pass-catching running back, and he could be in for extra work this week with his receivers up against a talented Jaguars secondary.

Not only did this Jaguars defense sack Marcus Mariota nine times last week, but they also drew five holding penalties on plays that very well could have added to that sack total. This is terrible news for a Broncos offensive line that has both struggled with penalties and gave up six sacks in their last outing. The potential absence of right tackle Ja’Wuan James also doesn’t help things for this shaky pass-protecting unit. The Jaguars were hit with news that Jalen Ramsey will be out for paternity leave and by all accounts, it likely is his last game that he has played in Jacksonville. This will put a lot of pressure on A.J. Bouye who has put together a couple of spectacular weeks, including playing a key role in holding A.J. Brown to just one reception for four yards last week. Slot cornerback D.J. Hayden will likely be forced to move to the outside and he did struggle at times against Adam Humphries last week. Both Sutton and Sanders will be in for challenges on the outside as well. The one potentially positive matchup for the Broncos lies with Phillip Lindsay, as the Jaguars are looking at the chance of missing linebacker Myles Jack (concussion). This linebacker group hasn’t been great in pass coverage to start the season, and the combination of a strong pass rush and coverage in the secondary should force more check-downs to Lindsay this week. This defense looked like it was returning to 2017 form, but without Ramsey will be an average defense moving forward until they can stabilize things.

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Detroit Lions Passing Offense vs Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Through three games, the Detriot passing game has looked significantly better than the banged-up, shellshocked version that closed out 2018. Matthew Stafford has been more valuable to the Lions than to fantasy players, making impact plays but failing to reach 250 yards in either of the last 2 weeks. Coach Matt Patricia has a strict, run-based vision for this offense, which doesn’t call for Stafford to do much more than manage the game and occasionally look downfield for his dynamic receiving duo. Over the last 2 weeks, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones have dominated Stafford’s attention from the outside (53% of team targets). Golladay is a true size/speed mismatch with a great catch radius for outside throws. His Week 3 was disastrous (17 yards over 8 targets), but he spent most of the day uncharacteristically running slot routes through traffic. He’s a prime bounce-back candidate against the Chiefs. Across the formation, Jones is healthy and looks like the same dynamo that averaged 16.8 yards per catch from 2016-18. Meanwhile, Week 1 darlings Danny Amendola and T.J. Hockenson (a combined 45 yards since) have faded into the matchup-based shadows. Ultimately, this attack will go as far as Stafford, Golladay, and Jones take it. They’re a solid bunch, and the Lions’ improving line, led by left tackle Taylor Decker, affords time for big plays to develop. The weekly floor is bland, but there’s always an attractive ceiling for the playmakers.

The Kansas City pass defense remains an inconsistent unit, but it’s improving by the week. They’re allowing 272 yards per game, though much of that production has been the result of game flow, with opponents trying desperately to match the Chiefs’ offensive firepower. More crucially, they’ve given up just four touchdowns through three games, allowing fewer meaningful completions down the field. Last week, Ravens phenom Lamar Jackson had to work exceptionally hard for just about every play he made through the air. The team has to be thrilled with the play of new safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Juan Thornhill, both big-time playmakers on the ball in centerfield. Their help has been invaluable to cornerbacks Charvarius Ward, Bashaud Breeland, and Kendall Fuller. Of course, the secondary is at its best when the team’s explosive pass rush is hassling the quarterback. Star rushers Chris Jones and Frank Clark have dominated opposing pockets, forcing off-target throws and producing drive-killing sacks. Overall, the unit is still working toward consistency, and determined passers can compile numbers. But with all of the new playmakers paying dividends, this is far from the soft fantasy matchup of reputation.

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Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense at Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Week after week, Patrick Mahomes continues to make professional football look like a video game. He’s now thrown for 275 yards or more in 19 of his 22 NFL starts, and he’s topped 374 in each game to open this season. Even against a stingy Baltimore secondary that’s loaded with talent, Mahomes had little trouble last week hitting one successful downfield throw after another. Not even the absence of Tyreek Hill has made a noticeable dent, as the Chiefs are thoroughly stacked with dynamic deep-ball playmakers. Hill’s clear-out role has been covered by the duo of Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman, who have combined to produce 15 catches for 373 yards (a 24.9 average) and score 4 times over the past 2 weeks. Their usage isn’t easy to project, but this attack presents both with plenty of opportunity for those massive splash plays. Sammy Watkins has cooled off since his huge Week 1; as the team’s most well-rounded wideout, he’s drawn more consistent attention from opposing defenses. But the versatile Watkins is trusted by Mahomes and always a threat to produce. Mahomes’ most dependable target is still tight end Travis Kelce, who’s hit the ground running with at least 88 yards in each game to open the year. Kelce is lethal on both short routes and on deep balls up the seams, and week-to-week, he remains among fantasy’s best blends of safe floor and dynamic ceiling. SImply put, every piece of this attack boasts big weekly upside. It’s packed with explosive weapons on every level, and Mahomes has shown no signs of even tapping the brakes on his unprecedented young career. These are matchup-proof talents, but if Detroit’s Darius Slay can’t suit up Sunday, there will be almost no ceiling to speak of.

In general, the Lions field a fairly average pass defense. They’ve looked solid overall in 2 of 3 weeks thus far, with opposing passers averaging a ho-hum 6.8 yards per attempt and throwing just 4 touchdowns. However, the secondary is extremely top-heavy, one that relies on top cornerback Darius Slay locking down the opposition’s best receiver. And if Slay can’t suit up Sunday - he left Week 3 with a hamstring injury and didn’t return - this group will be severely undermanned against Patrick Mahomes and his many weapons. If he plays, Slay will likely shadow Sammy Watkins across the field, hoping that safety help can contain the Chiefs’ other speedsters. Their biggest vulnerability lies in the slot, and Larry Fitzgerald (8 for 113 and 1 touchdown), Keenan Allen (8 for 98), and Nelson Agholor (8 for 50 and 2) have posted huge days primarily against shaky Justin Coleman. On the outside, Rashaan Melvin is competent opposite Slay, though he was beaten badly by the Chargers’ Mike Williams in Week 2. Obviously, the Kansas City pass catchers are prime fantasy plays regardless of matchup. They’ll project nicely even if Slay is available. If he’s not, this could be a mismatch for the ages. It’s hard to see how Melvin, Tracy Walker, and the team’s mediocre safeties will be able to keep the lid on.

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New Orleans Saints Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Bridgewater endured a shaky camp and preseason, leading some to wonder whether Taysom Hill could bump him from the backup job. Bridgewater has won that battle definitively - Hill has yet to throw a pass on the year - but doesn’t have much of a leash in this offense. In Week 3, coach Sean Payton carefully limited his impact, calling mostly short, quick throws and not asking for any heroics. Yet Bridgewater still played erratically, throwing a few ill-advised balls that could have easily been intercepted. He did throw a pair of touchdowns, but both came almost entirely from the play of his receivers. With Brees sidelined, the Saints aren’t only missing his pinpoint precision, but also his downfield accuracy. If Bridgewater can’t push the ball effectively, this will be a one-dimensional attack that scares no one - and keeps defenses in tight on top weapons Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Both are special players, of course. Thomas is one of the league’s most physical and fundamental intermediate targets, and he’d win one-on-one battles for throws from any quarterback. And Kamara is dynamic enough, on both check-downs and called routes, to maximize the situation. Both maintain their strong volume outlooks (63% of Bridgewater’s Week 3 targets), but their ultimate ceilings could be limited for a while. Splash plays and touchdowns will be in much shorter supply than usual. And with Bridgewater under center, none of the supporting receivers are on the fantasy map. Ted Ginn and Tre’Quan Smith aren’t factors on deep balls, while tight end Jared Cook has suffered through a brutal start to his time in New Orleans (just 69 yards on his 12 targets).

The Dallas pass defense has been solid to start the year, allowing just 258 yards per game and only 3 touchdowns through the air. And much of that production came in Week 1 garbage time, once the Cowboys had built a healthy lead. But closer inspection shows that the quarterbacks they’ve faced - Eli Manning, Case Keenum, and Josh Rosen - may play a role in those marks. This Sunday, they’ll again face a bottom-tier starter in Saints backup Teddy Bridgewater, who has looked unsure and extremely cautious thus far. Up front, the Cowboys still lack a difference-making second edge rusher. Demarcus Lawrence has looked fantastic, but this unit as a whole has still totaled just five sacks. That’s put added pressure on the secondary to hold downfield coverage, where there have been several lapses. There’s a clear bright spot in cornerback Byron Jones, who has blossomed into one of the league’s best cover men. Jones’ snaps have been limited after offseason hip surgery but remains sticky and aggressive when on the field. He doesn’t shadow but will make things difficult for Michael Thomas when they square off. Chidobe Awuzie is shaky on the other side, and their safety help is lacking with starter Xavier Woods on the shelf. Jeff Heath and journeyman Darian Thompson are clear liabilities in his place. As a result, there are frequently lanes and open spots down the field in which to beat this unit. It will just take better quarterbacking to truly take advantage.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

With 37-year-old Ben Roethlisberger facing an uncertain future, Sunday may have marked the onset of the Mason Rudolph era. If so, the Steelers should be bracing for an ineffective 2019 through the air. Former third-round pick Rudolph didn’t tailspin but showed plenty of warts and limitations in his first start. He stayed safely within the limited framework given by coordinator Randy Fichtner, working the slots and flats with quick, high-floor throws. The results were so-so: he completed 14 of 27 throws for 174 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with 76 of those yards coming on a single catch-and-run by JuJu Smith-Schuster. Even working with a backup, Smith-Schuster remains one of football’s most dynamic weapons. That long touchdown marked his third career catch of 75 yards or more. Blessed with an explosive burst in and out of his breaks and strong, dependable hands, he’s earned WR1 treatment even with the offense in limbo. Beyond him, there’s little more than confusion. Donte Moncrief’s historically bad start to the year has landed him on the bench, though James Washington and rookie Diontae Johnson have yet to produce much in his place. At least Johnson showed promise in beating the 49ers’ Jason Verrett for a walk-in 39-yard score last week. Tight end Vance McDonald, who caught two short touchdowns from Rudolph in Week 2, may find himself sidelined a few games with a shoulder sprain. To that end, the team dealt for Seattle backup Nick Vannett this week, though he’s not a fantasy option even as a starter. Going forward, it’s fair to expect more of the same, that the pass-catchers will need to take playmaking onto their shoulders. Rudolph hasn’t looked explicitly bad, but he won’t be playing with the instincts and downfield vigor of Roethlisberger. There’s talent in place here: Smith-Schuster remains a weekly must-start, while Johnson could work his way into the starting lineup any week now. But on most weeks, fantasy players with Steelers in their lineups will walk away satisfied with whatever they can get.

Not much has improved for Cincinnati’s enigmatic pass defense here in 2019. Opposing quarterbacks are feasting on their zones, completing 67% of their throws and averaging a robust 9.1 yards apiece. The underachieving Bengals do boast a wealth of talent on all levels of this unit. The pass rush is dynamic, headed by the always-great Geno Atkins inside and a pair of adept edge men in Carlos Dunlap and Sam Hubbard. Cornerbacks William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick make for a strong duo, with Jackson, in particular, an ascending star. But safeties Jessie Bates and Shawn Williams have disappointed mightily in coverage, and the cornerbacks can only do so much downfield. That leaves wide openings to exploit between them, and opponents have found plenty of success there. Jimmy Garoppolo carved up the slots and seams in Week 2, en route to a wildly efficient 297-yard, 3-touchdown day. And just last week, Buffalo’s Josh Allen posted one of his more efficient days as a pro with a similar approach. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see this group start to pull things together gradually. Bates and Williams, for example, are ascending players fresh off 2018 breakouts. But at the moment, this remains a juicy fantasy matchup for as long as game flow keeps their opponents passing. Even the Steelers’ in-transition attack projects much better than average this week.

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Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Titans passing offense looked bad last week against the Jaguars. While Marcus Mariota did pass for over 300 yards, he was far from graceful in the moment. Mariota was constantly under pressure and wild passing the ball, as nearly a third of his passes were completely uncatchable. He has been indecisive with the football in all three games this season, and it came to a head last week as the indecisiveness combined with a breakdown on the offensive line resulted in Mariota being sacked nine times while. Ryan Tannehill remains the backup, but that situation will be worth monitoring if poor play from Mariota continues. The only reliable offensive weapon in the Titans passing offense has been Delanie Walker, who has been targeted at least six times in all three games while averaging just over five receptions and 53 receiving yards per game with two touchdowns on the season. Those stats are not eye-popping, but the usage is consistent for such a low floor passing offense. Corey Davis continues to disappoint while A.J. Brown’s production has trended in the wrong direction since Week 1. Adam Humphries did see a huge bump in usage last week as he came close to 100 receiving yards with six receptions, but he too is tough to trust after amassing three receptions for four yards in the first two games of the season.

Top Falcons safety Keanu Neal was carted off with an Achilles injury last week and will be expected to miss the remainder of the season. Neal’s absence will mark a huge gap to fill for this Falcons secondary that has been trending in the wrong direction. While Week 1 was an outlier since the Vikings attempted just 10 passes, Week 2 was solid performance against an injury-laden Eagles offense missing two of its top targets on offense. Week 3, however, was more of a struggle as they allowed Jacoby Brissett to pass for over 300 yards and two touchdowns. Of the 310 passing yards, 114 of those went to tight ends last week--an encouraging sign for Delanie Walker, especially considering the absence of Neal in this secondary. Walker should have a positive matchup this week. Corey Davis should see tough coverage from Desmond Trufant, while Adam Humphries should have an advantageous matchup from the slot against Damontae Kazee. With all that said, the success of the Titans offense will lean heavily on how their offensive line performs. The Falcons pass rush has been impressive as they can bring strong pressure from both the interior and edges. The Titans pass protection has been absolutely abysmal, especially after their nine-sack outing last week. At this point, matchups in the secondary may be trivial if this Titans offensive line and Marcus Mariota cannot make significant improvements.

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Chicago Bears Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Mitchell Trubisky left himself plenty of room to improve after some abysmal outings in Weeks 1-2, and he partially delivered last week as he made a few nice throws to Taylor Gabriel for three touchdowns in his last game. Trubisky did have his best game of the season, but he was propped up by excellent play from the Bears defense to set him up in great field position with minimal pressure on the scoreboard. Trubisky was not accurate and made some poor decisions, including an interception in the red zone that cost his team a scoring opportunity. Taylor Gabriel had a surprise performance last week as he racked up 75 yards and three touchdowns from six receptions. Prior to last week, Gabriel was targeted just seven times and had three receptions for 35 yards. In 2018, he had one big multi-touchdown game but was minimally involved other than that. He will remain a boom or (primarily) bust option. Allen Robinson should be more dependable as he has led or tied for the lead in targets for the Bears in all three games this season. Tarik Cohen saw the field for 50 percent of snaps last week, but his role out of the backfield will continue to be game script dependent with limited upside considering the presence of both Mike Davis and David Montgomery.

The impressive Vikings passing defense may have shown some slight vulnerability last week despite an overall impressive showing against the Raiders offense. Their pass rush continues to impress as Everson Griffen and Daniel Hunter both finished with a sack and multiple hurries last week. They have combined for five sacks on the season and should pose a challenge for Bears tackles this week. Play from the Vikings cornerbacks has also been decent to start the year, but the absence of Mackensie Alexander may cause continued concern. The combination of Mike Hughes and Jayron Kearse has filled in from the slot. Kearse is a safety by trade but has done an excellent job in coverage--whereas Mike Hughes has played pretty poorly and would be a better matchup for Taylor Gabriel in this one. Xavier Rhodes, on the other hand, has done a decent job holding up to tough competition as he limited production from both Julio Jones and Tyrell Williams. He should present a challenge to Allen Robinson. Where this defense was exploited last week is at tight end, as Darrel Waller for the Raiders had his will over the middle of the field, hauling in 13 of 14 targets for 134 yards. The Vikings safeties and linebackers have historically been pretty strong in coverage against tight ends, but they also allowed a big game to Austin Hooper earlier this season. With continued strong play by the Vikings cornerbacks, production may continue to be funneled to tight ends against this defense. This could lead to some upside for the likes of Trey Burton this week.

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Houston Texans Passing Offense vs Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Texans passing offense had a big bounce-back game against the Chargers last week, led by Deshaun Watson passing for 351 yards and three touchdowns in what was a stellar performance. Watson was actually afforded decent protection by his offensive line, which allowed him time to complete a number of big chunk plays downfield. Watson spread the ball around last week with five different receivers seeing five or more targets and finishing with 49 or more receiving yards. DeAndre Hopkins had another slow day last week as he finished with 67 yards from six receptions. His past two games have certainly been productive while Hopkins remains a focal point of this offense, but expectations are high for one of the game’s top wide receivers--especially after his two-touchdown performance in Week 1. Will Fuller continued his consistently mediocre start to the season as he is now averaging 53 yards per game with seven targets in back-to-back outings. Kenny Stills has looked great with his new team and nearly solidified his spot as the top slot option with a team-leading 89-yard receiving performance in last week’s game. Keke Coutee has taken a back seat to Stills, while Duke Johnson seems to be taking a back seat in this offense as a whole with limited usage on the ground and through the air.

The Panthers defense has played well against some decent quality offenses to start the season. Quarterbacks have had a tough time, averaging just 189 passing yards per game--second-fewest allowed by a defense. Their defensive line, led by Mario Addison and Brian Burns, has racked up 12 sacks to start the season--tied for third-most in the league. This group also has one of the highest sack conversion rates in football. While the Texans offensive line showed some improvements in pass protection last week, they still have allowed an average of four sacks per game and should struggle to protect Watson in this one. Carolina’s secondary has also looked good, anchored by impressive play outside cornerbacks James Bradberry and Donte Jackson. Both should offer challenging matchups for Watson and Fuller. The Panthers have been tough on opposing tight ends as well, allowing a league-low three receptions and 15 yards per game to the position--so it will be hard to expect a repeat performance from last week by these Texans tight ends. There could be an opportunity for Duke Johnson to find room on check-down screens and short routes this week based on the zone defense Carolina tends to play, but Watson strayed away from relying on check-downs all season long. Don’t get any hopes up for Johnson quite yet, especially against a Panthers linebacker group that has been strong in pass coverage.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Gardner Minshew continues to display a keen ability to lead this Jaguars offense. He has an aggressive style and has shown the ability to make great decisions with solid accuracy. He had many things going against him last week, from the weather, an inept rushing attack, and receivers dropping passes. But Minshew still amassed 204 yards and two touchdowns and has been turnover-free since Week 1. Dede Westbrook finally saw some quality targets last week as he led the team with nine, but he ended up dropping three of them--including a would-be touchdown. Westbrook’s slow start to the season is certainly concerning for a prospect many thought was the clear WR1 in this offense. In actuality, it has been D.J. Chark who has looked the part of a WR1. Chark has an undeniable connection with Minshew and has put up the numbers to prove it, amassing at least 55 receiving yards and a touchdown in every game so far. Leonard Fournette also continues to be heavily involved in the passing game as he has seen at least six targets and four receptions in all three games. Considering he was targeted only 26 times in eight games last season, this usage has been significant.

The Broncos secondary held their own last week against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, limiting Rodgers to just one touchdown and 235 passing yards with a 58.6 percent completion rate. This was a quality game against their first quality opponent, as this secondary had yet to truly be tested. Both Chris Harris Jr. and Kareem Jackson have played well to start the season--especially Jackson, who has been a lock-down asset covering slot receivers this season. Cornerback Isaac Yiadom was finally benched last week as journeyman De’Vante Bausby came in to replace him. Bausby had a very good game and was a clear upgrade from Yiadom, who has struggled mightily to start the year. Should Bryce Callahan still be sidelined this week, Bausby should get the start. While he still represents a winnable matchup for the likes od D.J. Chark, he will not be nearly as exploitable as Yiadom was. The defensive line continues to be a challenge for this team though, as they have still yet to sack the quarterback through three games. Adding fuel to the fire, Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off from last week’s game with an ankle injury and is expected to miss multiple games. While Wolfe was not an elite pass-rusher, this is still a loss for a defensive line that is struggling to find their groove.

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Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs Los Angeles Chargers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Josh Rosen made his first start under center for the Dolphins last week, and it ended in rather unspectacular fashion as he completed just 46 percent of his passes for 200 yards. It is tough to expect much from Rosen after what he showed in Arizona last season, especially considering this Dolphins offensive line looks to be even worse than what he had with the Cardinals last year. Rosen has been decent when throwing from a clean pocket, but those opportunities should come few and far between. Preston Williams was his favorite target last week with 12 looks, but he converted just four of them for 68 yards. Not all of that terrible catch rate is on Williams though, as Rosen chucked more than one pass his way that was by no means catchable. However, Williams did drop a 15-yard touchdown pass that he should have hauled in. DeVante Parker made a few nice plays last week, but he remains far from a reliable option in this low ceiling passing offense.

The Chargers passing defense has had a slow start to the season, giving up an average of 262 passing yards per game and the 11th-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks while accounting for just four sacks on the year. This lack of a consistent pass rush is surprising considering their elite duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, accounting for just three sacks between them on the year. They will have the best opportunity of any week to get right here though, squaring off against the struggling Dolphins offensive line. This Chargers secondary has been decimated by injuries, particularly at safety after they lost two starting strong safeties. They rolled out rookie Roderic Teamer last week, and he looked terrible in coverage. Thankfully, the Chargers have a couple of strong cornerbacks in Casey Hayward Jr. and Desmond King. Hayward has played very well to start the season and will be a challenging matchup for Devante Parker. King actually gave up a few plays to Kenny Stills last week, but King still has a clear advantage against Jakeem Grant in this one. Preston Williams is who actually will see the most favorable matchup against Brandon Facyson, who is allowing nearly three-quarters of balls thrown his way to be caught.

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

Tom Brady continues to show at age 42 that he is largely matchup proof. Brady has thrown for 300 yards in two of his three games so far this season and has thrown for 7 touchdowns on the season. Even without Julian Edelman for half the game, and without James White for the entire game, this was an offense that seemingly did not miss a beat as Jakobi Meyers stepped into his first meaningful role of the year catching two passes. This is a unit that will continue to be one of the best in the league for most of the season even without Antonio Brown who the team cut before last week.

The Bills passing offense continues to be a nightmare for opposing defenses for the second straight season. This past week, the Bills were suffocating the Bengals but did show some vulnerability in the second half in garbage time allowing Andy Dalton to lead a comeback which ultimately fell just a little bit short due to a late score from the Bills. This is a unit that is led by Tre’Davious White who is one of the most underrated corners in the league as he added two interceptions this past week. At the safety position, the Bills have two of the best pass defenders in Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer which make it difficult for opponents to have consistent success throwing the deep ball. This is the most difficult matchup that Brady and the Patriots have faced so far this season and the Bills pass defense is a big reason they are off to a 3-0 start.

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Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense at Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The absence of significant pieces in the Philadelphia passing game played a massive role in the Eagles 24-27 loss at home to the Lions in week three. Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside unsuccessfully replaced Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson in Philadelphia's starting lineup while Jeffery and Jackson recovered from injury. Jackson is unlikely to play in week four, while Jeffery is hopeful to return for this matchup in Green Bay. Philadelphia's backup pass-catching unit performed miserably in week three, compiling 7 drops on 36 pass attempts. Quarterback Carson Wentz turned in an impressive performance in spite of the weakness on the outside, as he finished completing 19 passes for 259 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions against the Detroit Lions. Look for Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz to command the majority of the targets in week four, as these two are clearly the most reliable and established pass-catchers in this offense. On the offensive line, one of the league's best units enters week four as a mostly-healthy group. While both Andre Dillard and Jason Peters missed periods of last week's game, neither appear on Philadelphia's injury report ahead of the team's Thursday night clash with the Green Bay Packers. Isaac Seumalo stands out as the only cause for concern along this otherwise-impressive offensive line. Through three games, Seumalo's performance has been troubling, and he will have to face off with one of the league's best interior rushers here in week four.

The Green Bay Packers have opened the season with three straight victories, in large part, thanks to their defense. The Packers have yet to allow an opposing quarterback to surpass 250-yards passing in a game yet this season. Through three games, opposing quarterbacks have totaled just one passing touchdown to four interceptions against Green Bay's stout pass defense. The strength against the pass starts up front with a pass rush that ranks amongst the league's best. Kenny Clark, Preston Smith, and Za'Darius Smith make up, arguably, the league's best pass-rushing trio. With Clark playing on the interior and Za'Darius and Preston Smith rushing the passer on the edge, the Packers can seamlessly slot their top-three pass-rushers onto the field at any time. The strong pass rush is backed up by one of the league's most versatile secondaries. At cornerback, Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, and Tramon Williams all possess the rare ability to move all over the field as the matchups dictate, without seeing a drop-off in production. The impressive group of corners is backed up by two strong coverage safeties, Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage. Savage, a rookie out of Maryland, was explicitly drafted because of his prowess in coverage, and Amos, a recent free-agent acquisition, also consistently tops the charts as one of the NFL's best safeties in coverage. The depth on Green Bays defense is daunting, and beating this team through the air has proved to be exceptionally difficult early in the 2019 season.

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

Josh Allen is a player who is difficult to figure out, as he’s been better as a passer this season, but he’s a player who still at times shows his inconsistency. While on the season he’s been incredibly consistent in his first three games as all three games have been between 63.3% and 64.9% completion percentage and between 243 and 254 yards, he’s a player who has halves of football where he looks fantastic and other halves where he struggles as evidenced by his first-half struggles in week 1 and his second-half struggles in weeks 2 and 3 which almost caused the Bengals to come back for the win last week. A big issue for the Bills is the lack of receiving talent outside of John Brown who has been fantastic so far this season, but the team lacks another downfield option as Zay Jones, Robert Foster, and Isaiah McKenzie have all failed to step up so far this year.

The Patriots defense has been one that so far this season has been one of the best in football. Stephon Gilmore appears to be challenging for the best cornerback in football in 2019 as he has been dominant in each of his three games and the McCourty brothers continue to play at an extremely high level. This is a unit that has allowed just 3 points on the season and pitched two back to back shutouts, but a large portion of that has been schedule related as outside of Week 1 against the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger, the team has largely been untested. The Patriots pass rush was one of the primary concerns heading into the season, but they have been one of the best units in football as they have 13 sacks so far this season which leads the NFL and they have gotten them from levels on their defense as no player has more than 2.5 sacks on the year. So far this season, this is the best unit in football and the only question will be whether these stats will normalize as they face stiffer competition, but until then, they are a team to avoid starting players against.

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Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Vikings passing offense had an easy time last week as their ground game did most of the heavy lifting in a big win over the Raiders. Kirk Cousins cruised to 174 passing yards and a touchdown with just 21 pass attempts. After averaging just short of 38 pass attempts per game in 2018, Cousins is averaging just 21 attempts per game to start this season in what has proven to be one of the most run-heavy offenses in the league. While some weeks will certainly require more from Cousins, the Vikings will be perfectly content with another 21-attempt game if their rushing offense can keep up the current pace. Both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have had rough starts to the season from a fantasy perspective, but at least one of them has found the end zone in all three weeks with Thielen grabbing a touchdown in Weeks 1 and 3 and Diggs scoring in Week 2. Thielen has consistently led the team in targets on a weekly basis, but Diggs will still remain a boom or bust big-play threat--as we saw from his Week 2 long touchdown. Slot receiver Chad Beebe is injured and likely to miss this week, but he was not a big factor in this offense regardless. Rookie tight end Irv Smith had somewhat of a breakout game in Week 3, catching three passes for 60 yards. However, his low snap share in an already low ceiling passing offense will limit his reliability on a weekly basis.

The Bears defense continues to look like one of the best in the league as they had another strong performance against the Redskins last week. While they did allow Case Keenum to exploit their zone defense on a few drives late in the game last week, this opportunistic defense earned that ability to play soft based on their strong first-half showing. Safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix grabbed his first two interceptions of the season, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Cornerback Kyle Fuller locked down his side of the field and also finished with an interception, marking his second in the past two games. He will present a challenging matchup for both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. This Bears defensive front will also present a challenge for the Vikings offensive line. While the Vikings didn’t give up a single sack in their last game, this offensive line is still vulnerable in pass protection and should have a hard time against the likes of Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense at Los Angeles Rams Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Always a volatile passer, Jameis Winston struck the high end of his outcome range in Week 2. He continued to lose control in the pocket, take sacks, and throw shaky passes at times. But he also attacked downfield aggressively and with poise. When Winston is on, he has a truly dynamic connection with his gifted receivers, particularly Mike Evans. Evans is a walking mismatch most weeks, but simply couldn’t be corralled Sunday, turning 15 targets into 8 catches, 190 yards, and 3 scores. He caught two long, contested touchdowns, another on a short pick route, and a flawless go-route that should have clinched the win. Evans consistently got separation from Janoris Jenkins and the New York safeties and won most battles at the catch point. He’s not always this fundamentally great, but these kinds of performances aren’t fluky or out of character for him. The supporting cast took a backset Sunday but excelled when thrown to. Chris Godwin was again strong in the slot, and tight end O.J. Howard broke out of a bad slump to make a handful of big plays. When this attacking is clicking and not pressured by the game script - which forces Winston into desperate, errant throws - its upside is as high as any in football. As a result, Winston, Evans, and Godwin are all matchup-proof fantasy plays.

Through three weeks, the Rams have boasted one of the NFL’s most dominant pass defenses. They’ve allowed just 5.8 yards per throw and 212 per game, and they opened the year with 10+ quarters of touchdown-free football. Star cornerback duo Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib have locked down the outside, helping to limit the likes of Odell Beckham, Michael Thomas, and D.J. Moore to just 6.9 combined yards per target (and no touchdowns). Peters certainly looks more confident and poised than he did during his rocky first season with the Rams. He doesn’t move around to shadow top receivers, but when he does square off with Mike Evans this Sunday, it will be required viewing. Perhaps the unit’s biggest strength is the deep and talented corps of safeties, which provides dynamic help over the middle and down the field. John Johnson continues to shine as one of football’s best young coverage safeties, while 13-year veteran Eric Weddle has scarcely lost a step. Even second-round safety Taylor Rapp has made big, momentum-shifting plays in coverage. Of course, this unit is even more dominant when the pass rush, led by the near-unstoppable Aaron Donald, is hassling quarterbacks. They’ll face their stiffest test of the young season on Sunday but boast the ability to flummox Jameis Winston into one of his trademark shaky days.

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