1. Panthers @ MIA
The Panthers interior pressure in the pocket has produced vast results and has made their defense one of the top groups in the league. Carolina has tallied a fifth-most 31 sacks against opposing offensive lines this season. The Dolphins have allowed at least four sacks in all but three games this season and their permeable offensive line has left little to be desired. The Panthers defense has quietly logged five interceptions over the past three games and has one turnover in each of their contests this season. With the instability surrounding the Dolphins in many facets of the game, the Panthers will take advantage in week twelve.
2. Ravens vs. NYJ
If you are in search of weekly options for your defense, the Ravens are the preferred deployment choice this week. The Jets offense is in shambles and Geno Smith has thrown an interception in every game but two this season. The Ravens defense has recorded three interceptions in the past two games and only two teams have registered more sacks than Baltimore (35). As Rex and the Jets continue to watch Smith grow, they will continue to witness defenses run in the opposite direction, which makes whoever is playing the Jets a favorable matchup.
3. Chiefs vs. SD
The Chiefs defense has saw a dip in production, but are still in the top ten of sacks, fumble recoveries, and interceptions. Kansas City failed to reach the quarterback for the second consecutive week versus the Broncos last week. Phillip Rivers has thrown three interceptions over his past three contests, but the Chargers have managed to finish in the top-15 of every offense category. Nonetheless, the Chiefs are looking to get their defense back on track and a home matchup at Arrowhead is the perfect recipe for success.
4. 49ers @ WSH
The 49ers have registered an interception in four of their last five games and have added defensive touchdowns in two of their last four contests. The Washington Bravehearts are leading the league in rushing (155.2 yards) and have produced the sixth-most yards in the league (412.1) this season. However, San Francisco is ranked 11th in rushing yards per game (104.5) and are ranked in the top ten percent of all major defensive categories. This grouping has recorded a seventh-most takeaways (21) this season, which makes this matchup even more logical.
5. Browns vs. PIT
After producing a total of 11 sacks in their last two matchups, the Browns were blanked for the first time last week. As the pass rush failed to adequately rush the passer, it sent the Cleveland defense into distress mode. The Browns have been stout against the run game and have permitted a sixth best 99 yards per game average to opposing tailbacks. This week, they face a Steelers team that has recorded the third fewest rushing yards and have surrendered a third-most 37 sacks to opposing defensive lines. It seems like the perfect slump buster for a Browns defense that needs to get back in the saddle.
6. Jets @ BAL
The Jets defense has recorded five interceptions over their past four games, but allowed Buffalo to accumulate 37 points last week. Nonetheless, the Ravens are hitting the Black Friday sales a week in advance and are already in the giving mood. The Baltimore offense has registered seven turnovers over the past three weeks and the Jets are due to win, as they have won each game on a bi-weekly basis this season. Rex will have this defense ready to play and given the offensive struggles the Jets are facing, the defense will need to pay dividends for this ball club.
7. Titans @ OAK
Despite failing to record a turnover in last week's game versus Indianapolis, the Titans are still ranked as a top-ten defense from a fantasy perspective. With Darren McFadden and Terrelle Pryor likely out this week, the Raiders will be turning to the immortal Sandusky era quarterback, Matt McGloin. With that said, McGloin played rather well last week, but it came at the hands of a Houston Texans team that has hoisted the proverbial white flag. The Titans have forced four turnovers over the past three games and are poised to create many more when they reach the black hole.
8. Cowboys @ NYG
The Cowboys lost Sean Lee, their best interior linebacker to a hamstring injury two weeks ago in New Orleans. Dallas allowed a league-record 40 total first downs and 49 points to the Saints and the Jonesboys seemed to be spiraling out of control. The Cowboys non-existent pass rush has been the problem for this team, but a meeting with the most generous team to opposing defenses makes you lick your chops. This matchup is very intriguing considering no quarterback has thrown more interceptions (17) than Eli Manning this season. The Cowboys had an extra week to scheme for Coughlin and the Giants, which makes it a gamble worth taking.
9. Saints @ ATL
Thursday night football has been such a clomp fest this season and teams have committed turnovers at an extremely high rate. The Falcons have sorely missed Julio Jones and their potent passing attack has been nearly non-existent. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan managed to throw a pair of interceptions in Tampa Bay last week, but the Saints have registered just one turnover over their past three games. Nonetheless, based upon the coverage's and the schemes that the Saints frequently employ, Atlanta will need to execute a perfect game plan. With an inner-division game and a ton of pride on the line, it seems likely the Saints will be dropping the dirty bird in Atlanta on a frequent basis this time around.
10. Raiders vs. TEN
Aside from a week nine blowout loss to the Eagles, where Nick Foles was dawned as a savior, the Raiders defense has played moderately well. They have recorded a turnover in every game but three this season and have forced 7 takeaways over the past four weeks. Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown 4 interceptions over his last three games and the Titans have awarded 14 giveaways over the course of the season, which bodes well for a Raiders defense that has quietly produced rather well.
Texans vs. JAC
The Texans defense is a wreck, but in the NFL, one squad can be more capsized than the other. In this case, the Jaguars are at the foot of the shipwreck that has been treading water over the past couple weeks. Chad Henne has thrown a pair of interceptions for the second consecutive week, but the Texans defense has created zero turnovers in four of their last five home games, which draws a red flag. Nonetheless, the Jags are the worst team in the league and it is all about favorable matchups when choosing which defense to start.
Rams vs. CHI
The Rams have quietly produced some brilliant defensive performances over the past few weeks, which left many people scratching their heads. Over the past two contests, St. Louis has recorded seven takeaways and two defensive scores. The Bears run defense has played like one big cow pie and only the Jaguars have allowed more rushing yards than Chicago, which could shift momentum toward St. Louis. The Rams have a knack for creating turnovers and it seems as if an upset may be the new storm brewing this weekend in the Windy City.