Well ladies and gentlemen, this is about all there is to it. Everything that needs to be said has been aired out. Go out there and kick some butt this week and take home your trophy. Don’t overthink it, trust your guys, but look to the waiver wire if you need some last minute fixes.
I was right and wrong about the Cardinals last week. I was incorrect about Jalen Hurts struggling and looking like a rookie against them, but I was right in the fact that they still had a solid game, buoyed by 6 sacks, a safety, and a blocked kick. This team is buzzing at the right time and should be able to help Kyler Murray out in a game against the down-and-now-out 49ers who will still be looking to play spoiler. The 49ers offense has allowed 6 double-digit fantasy point performances to defenses this year, 4 of which, have come in the last 5 games. Start this unit with confidence.
If you didn’t watch the game against the Packers, you likely saw the box score and identified a middling performance out the Panthers defense. What the charts won’t show you is how dominant the Carolina Panthers were in the second half, holding the tentative Packers to 3 points and getting heat on Aaron Rodgers constantly. They logged five sacks and get a desperate Washington Football team that has allowed 6 sacks and turned the ball over 3 times in its past two games against unimpressive defenses.
Alright, I’m not buying the Bengals after their shocking underdog victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ryan Finley is exactly what he is, a backup quarterback. I’d hope Romeo Crennel can devise a gameplan to stop the RPO and at least focus on the run. The Texans are bad against the run and haven’t forced a turnover in three games, but this feels like a position in which they should be able to turn it around and post a decent defensive outing.