Week 3 Rankings (2020): Top 15 Defenses

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by Ray Kuhn

It’s all about generating those turnovers and minimizing the risk when it comes to picking opposing defenses. Now that we are two weeks into the season, we are beginning to get a clearer idea of what offenses to target. Let’s take a look at how this week’s options rank:

  1. Indianapolis Colts – vs. NY Jets
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Denver
  3. Cleveland Browns – vs. Washington
  4. San Francisco 49ers – at NY Giants
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Houston
  6. Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Carolina
  7. Tennessee Titans – at Minnesota
  8. New York Giants – vs. San Francisco
  9. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Cincinnati
  10. Atlanta Falcons – vs. Chicago
  11. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Cincinnati
  12. Buffalo Bills – vs. LA Rams
  13. Washington Redskins – at Cleveland
  14. Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Miami
  15. Los Angeles Rams – at Buffalo

Notes:

  • It goes without saying that we have to target the Colts against the Jets week. They are missing top skill position players (Le’Veon Bell, Jamison Crowder, and Breshard Perriman), but even with them in the lineup, New York still has had their share of struggles moving the ball. Last week the Colts intercepted Kirk Cousins three times while holding the Vikings to 11 points and boosting their sacks total for the season to seven. There is no reason why we won’t see a repeat performance out of Indianapolis this week.
  • The Giants are owned in about two percent of ESPN leagues but that shouldn’t stop you from taking note of them. New York had a solid performance last week against Chicago as they held the Bears to 17 points while coming up with two interceptions and four sacks. Yes, the 49ers are a tough opponent, but they are operating with their backup quarterback (Nick Mullens) this week while both Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are sidelined and George Kittle is still nursing injury.
  • To start the season, Tampa Bay struggled against the Saints as they allowed 28 points but they did bounce back against Carolina last week. The Buccaneers generated four turnovers, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, while also sacking Teddy Bridgewater five times and holding the Panthers to 17 points. Tampa Bay should continue that success this week against Denver as they start their backup quarterback (Jeff Driskel) while Courtland Sutton is now out for the season.
  • Sources – NFL.com, ESPN

Make sure to check out all of our Week 3 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



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