1. Seahawks @ NYG
The Giants are in shambles and after a blowout loss to the Chargers, they have minimal time to prepare for the Seahawks premier defense. The Seattle defense has recorded a touchdown for the second consecutive game and they have forced a turnover in each contest this season. The Seachickens are licking their chops as only one quarterback has thrown more interceptions (20), than Eli Manning this season. The Giants have struggled to control the ball in 2013 and have registered a league-worst 34 turnovers this season. Only one team has recorded more takeaways (28) than Seattle and considering the inferior instability surrounding the G-Men, Pete Carroll could really be chomping his gum this week.
2. Chiefs @ OAK
The Chiefs needed a slump buster and they found one in the Washington Redskins last week. The Chiefs defense recorded a turnover in every game until week twelve and finally looked rejuvenated again in week 14. This week they face an Oakland Raiders team that has been very friendly to opposing fantasy defenses this season. Matt McGloin has thrown an interception in each of his last three games and the Raiders have turned the ball over a sixth-most 21 times this season. Kansas City will regain Tamba Hali this week, which is sure to bolster their pass rush and help create turnovers.
3. 49ers @ TB
The 49ers defense is catching steam and has corralled an interception in each of their last five games. The Bucs offensive line has allowed a respectable 34 sacks to opposing defenses this season, which bodes well for a San Francisco defense that has accumulated nine sacks over the last three games. The 49ers haven't awarded more than 20 points to opposing offenses for three weeks and the Bucs are averaging a third-worst 18.8 points per game average. With the turnover potential of this group and the surging play of their defense, it seems logical for San Francisco to do very well this week.
4. Panthers vs. NYJ
Despite allowing a season-high 31 points to the Saints last week, the Panthers remain one of the top defenses in the league this season. They are still second in total defense, along with rushing defense and they face a remarkably good matchup with the Jets this week. The Jets have allowed double digit points in seven of their matchups this season and their offense finally broke an eight quarter scoring drought last week. Only three teams have recorded more sacks (41), than Carolina and the Jets offensive line has awarded a third-most 43 sacks this season. The Panthers failed to force a turnover for the first time this season, but with quarterback Geno Smith registering a league-most 20 interceptions this season, the Panthers will put Rex Ryan into a frenzy.
5. Saints vs. STL
The Saints lead the league in sacks (43) and given how well the New Orleans offense has been playing, they have forced teams into pass-first situations, which will continue to pay dividends for this group. St. Louis is allowing nearly three sacks per game and the Saints have notched 11 sacks in their last three contests. The Saints haven't tallied an interception in two weeks, but Kellen Clemens has thrown three picks in his last two games, making this matchup a great slump buster for Rob Ryan's defense.
6. Bills @ JAC
Chad Henne has surprisingly thrown just one interception in his last three games and this has come at the hands of two respectable defenses in Houston and Cleveland, but his time is about to run out. Only one team has more interceptions (18) than Buffalo and five have come over the last three games. The Bills defense is allowing a sixth-best 5.0 yards per play average, along with a league-high 43 sacks. The Jags have awarded a fifth-most 39 sacks to opposing defensive lines, which means the Bills could wreak havoc this week. Jacksonville may be without their best offensive player in Maurice Jones-Drew, making the Bills nearly as attractive as the Victoria Secret Fashion Show that aired on Tuesday night.
7. Titans vs. ARZ
The Titans were gashed last week in Denver for 51 points and failed to create a turnover against the best offense in football. Nonetheless, the Cardinals have been notoriously bad on the road this season, averaging just 18 points per game, along with two turnovers per contest. Tennessee hasn't been adequately pressuring quarterbacks and have been blanked in two of their last three games. The Cardinals have allowed a seventh-most 36 sacks to opposing defensive lines, which is the perfect recipe for the Titans pass rush to evolve. Only two teams have warranted more giveaways (25) than Arizona this season and with this game being on the road, it seems likely ball security will continue to be a problem.
8. Eagles @ MIN
The Eagles defense squares off with a Minnesota offense that has been improving over the last three weeks, scoring 23 points or more in each of the last three contests. Nonetheless, the Eagles haven't allowed an opposing offense to surpass 21 points since week four. Furthermore, the Philadelphia defense has corralled eight turnovers, along with nine sacks over their last three matchups, which could yield more positive results. Matt Cassel is due for struggles this week and this will benefit the surging Eagles as they hit the bitter cold Minneapolis air.
9. Bengals @ PIT
The Bengals have registered nine turnovers over the past four weeks and they have corralled 11 sacks over the past four matchups. The Steelers offensive line has allowed a fourth-most 40 sacks to opposing defensive lines, which means a Bengals defense that is ranked sixth in total sacks (36), could flourish this week. Ben Roethlisberger hasn't thrown an interception in four weeks, but Cincinnati has registered four picks in their last three games. If the Bengals adequately rush the water buffalo outside of the pocket, turnovers can be forced and points will be accumulated as fast as the crazy snowstorm that fell in the eastern part of the country last week.
10. Patriots @ MIA
The Patriots have accumulated five turnovers over the past three weeks and in New England's previous matchup with Miami, they dominated the Dolphins offensive line. The Patriots corralled six sacks and intercepted two Ryan Tannehill passes against Miami in week eight, which makes this matchup more intriguing. The Patriots have awarded 30 points per game over their last five contests and allowed an offensively strained Cleveland Browns team, to accumulate 493 total yards last week. Nonetheless, this matchup is intriguing due to the Patriots past success against Miami and it is worth the risk if you are pushing deep into the playoffs.
Colts vs. HOU
The Colts defense has been dreadful since their week eight bye, allowing 24 points or more in five of the last six games. They have logged just 3 interceptions in their last six contests, but Case Keenum has thrown picks in each of the last four games. The Texans offense has been awful and the Colts defense hasn't been much better, but if the Colts want momentum heading into the playoffs, they need to start meshing. In a home matchup against a struggling team, with Wade Phillips filling in for the recently fired Gary Kubiak, the stars seem to be aligning for a very nice week from the Indianapolis defense.
Bears @ CLE
Yes, the Bears run defense is the worst in the league and allowed Demarco Murray and Julius Randle to combine for 199 total rushing yards last week. The Bears run defense was shredded for the third straight week and they have been imploded by opposing running backs, as injuries have piled up for Da Bears. The Bears will see a very non-inspiring group of running backs this week, which includes Fozzy Whitaker, Chris Ogbonnaya, and Willis McGahee. If Chicago can't handle this grouping, they better be ready to find other tasks in the months of January and February. The Bears have forced just one turnover in their past three games, but the Browns aren't the most challenging matchup for the Bears this week. Jason Campbell has awarded three interceptions over his last three games and it makes perfect sense for the Bears to strike back as they look to keep pace in the NFC North race.