1. Seahawks vs. JAC
Let's face it, when your local television network apologizes for playing a game within the justified market, there may be major issues with your football team. The Jaguars are averaging a league worst 5.5 points per game and are traveling to the dreaded 12th man in week three. The Seahawks have forced opponents to average just ten points per game through two weeks, which adds more matchup appeal. The Seattle defense has allowed a league best 113 passing yards per game, along with four fumble recoveries. Chad Henne is certainly capable of miscues, especially in these hostile environs.
2. Bills @ NYJ
The Bills defense has sacked the quarterback eight times in two games, 4.5 of those coming from Mario Williams. Buffalo squares off with a Jets offense that is averaging 14 points per game, along with a rookie quarterback at the helm. Quarterback Geno Smith has already been sacked nine times, which bodes well for Buffalo's defensive line. Smith has also thrown four picks already, and the Bills now have 120 minutes of game tape with which to dissect Smith's games. The Bills have recorded two forced fumbles and two interceptions through the first two weeks. They have scored one defensive touchdown, matching their total for the entire 2012 season.
3. Bears vs. PIT
The Bears defense will create turnovers, as always, which bodes well for a week three matchup with a reeling Steelers offense. Da' Bears have already logged three forced fumbles, three interceptions, and a defensive touchdown. The Pittsburgh offense has struggled through two weeks and is currently home to the second worst yardage total, with a measly 472 through two games. The Steelers offense has averaged just 9.5 points per game against the Titans and Bengals and are second worst in rushing yards with just 37.5. Finally, the Steelers are -4 in the turnover ratio, which will provide the Bears with opportunities this week.
4. Patriots vs. TB
The Patriots defense is allowing the fifth worst passing yards per game so far. Granted, they've squared off against rookie quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Geno Smith over these games. And now they face another favorable matchup with a reeling Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team averaging just 15.5 points per game. What's more, the Bucs recorded an almost nonexistent passing game over the first two weeks, while dropping to dead last in average passing yards with just 149. The Patriots defense has allowed a sixth best 31 points over the first two weeks and are near the top of fumble recoveries with 3.
5. Broncos vs. OAK
This week, Denver squares off against a Raiders team that picked up a ‘victory' over the Jaguars last week. The Raiders offense is leading the league in average rushing with 198.5 yards. But, the Broncos defense has allowed a league best 40.5 rushing yards per game this season. Something has to give. It'll be the Raiders. Denver has recorded a league best 6 interceptions in just two games, which means they will create turnovers. The Broncos special teams unit is one of two teams in the league to record a kick return touchdown this year.
6. Vikings vs. CLE
The Browns announced Brandon Weeden (thumb) will miss Sunday's game and Brian Hoyer will get his first ever start. This bodes well for a Vikings defense who has struggled in the first two weeks, while allowing 440 yards and 30 points per game to the Bears and Lions. The Vikings play at home, where they finished 7-1 last season, adding intrigue to the matchup. Furthermore, through two games, the Browns have scored 16 points and allowed 11 sacks. The Vikings defense created turnovers in week two by recording two forced fumbles, two interceptions, and a defensive touchdown against Chicago. Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has been a disaster all year, allowing a league worst five sacks already.
7. Texans @ BAL
The Houston Texans have allowed a third-best 156 yards per game average. They face Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco who threw for just 211 yards versus the Browns in week two. Last year, the Texans recorded the sixth most sacks (47) and are continuing the trend by racking up six to start this season. In the Texans last matchup with the Ravens, they held their offense to 13 points, while recording two interceptions, a defensive touchdown, and four sacks. Flacco has been sacked 6 times in two games, along with three turnovers, which adds appeal to this matchup.
8. 49ers vs. IND
The 49ers defense hasn't been as dominating this season, and clearly struggled to handle the Seahawks last week. They allowed Seattle to rush for 172 yards and failed to stop Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch on Sunday night. Despite all of this, they are still a top tier defense with a favorable matchup at home against the Colts. To add, they were able to sack Wilson four times and recorded an interception, which means they have been applying pressure. The 49ers are 10th best in yards allowed (220) and are facing off with quarterback Andrew Luck who has been sacked seven times in two weeks. San Francisco has reached the quarterback six times this season. When sacks (and hurries) happen, turnovers can happen.
9. Cowboys vs. STL
In many scoring systems, the Cowboys defense is averaging the most fantasy points through two games. They complied three sacks, three forced fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns in week one versus Giants. Last week they recorded four sacks, but were unable to create turnovers against a Kansas City Chiefs offense. Nonetheless, they matchup with a St. Louis team that has averaged the fourth-most passing yards in two weeks. This is attributed to the Rams facing a week two Falcons offense that has allowed a fourth worst (346.5) passing yards per game. Given the importance of a win and the game being at Jones Mahal, expect a great week from the Cowboys defense.
10. Giants @ CAR
The New York Giants rank 20th in total defense (375.5 YPG), along with allowing a league worst 38.5 points per game. Things will change this week against a struggling Panthers team that ranks 5th worst in total offense, while scoring a measly 15 points per game. The Giants have had a history of playing well against Carolina and recorded five turnovers and two sacks, while allowing just 7 points in 2012. The Giants are facing a must-win situation, which will provide a sense of urgency against a struggling Panthers offense.
Lions @ WSH
Robert Griffin III has not returned to normal form and the Redskins were obliterated by the Eagles and Packers to start the season. The Lions defense has already forced five turnovers and recorded a defensive touchdown during the first two weeks. Furthermore, Washington has rushed for an average of just 91 yards to start the season, but are in the top ten for passing yards (311). The Detroit pass rush has recorded 4 sacks and is much improved over 2012. Given the Redskins struggles early in the season, the Lions could surprise the league this week.
Saints vs. AZ
The Saints defense has redeemed themselves early in 2013, but they should be handled with caution for a few more weeks. The Arizona Cardinals are 12th in passing yards, but have struggled running the football. The Saints defense is tied for fourth in points allowed with 31, which has been a key to their success. In week one, they allowed just 17 points to a potent Atlanta offense that generally explodes for long touchdowns. Given the Saints are at home, it increases the chances for their defense to create turnovers and win on Sunday.