1. Oakland Raiders
Oakland’s defense is certainly not one of the better units in the league. They struggle to contain opposing quarterbacks and receivers, and don’t get much pressure on the passer. However, a match up with an awful Bengals team gives the D/ST some upside. Oakland was able to sack Philip Rivers five times last Thursday night. They brought the heat all game long, forcing Rivers to make serious mistakes and turn the ball over a bunch. More of the same will be in store against Cincinnati, who has one of the worse offensive lines in the league. Also, they will be sticking with their rookie quarterback, who will undoubtedly struggle in the Black Hole.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
If Jacoby Brissett misses this contest, lock Jacksonville into your D/ST slot. Brian Hoyer isn’t a bad backup, but he certainly is not starter caliber material. Though Indianapolis has a very good offensive line, the Jags pass rushers will still have their moments getting into the backfield. Hoyer is not very good under pressure, so he will force the ball downfield leading to turnovers. Jacksonville has a relatively safe floor and upside in this contest.
3. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles return from the bye week to host the New England Patriots. At first glance, this pick may make owners uneasy. However, considering all the issue the Pats have with their offensive line, this unit is definitely viable. For all of the issues the Eagles have defending the pass, they can still get pressure on the quarterback and making Tom Brady uncomfortable will be the key for their defensive success. With Brady unable to complete deep passes downfield, New England will be forced to dink-and-dunk their way to scoring position. Multiple sacks are definitely possible in this one.
4. New York Jets
Recommending the Jets is more of a play against Dwayne Haskins than an endorsement of New York. The Redskins welcome the Jets to town, and by all accounts, will be rolling with Haskins for the rest of the season. In three games so far, he has not looked close to being ready to perform at the NFL level. Safety Jamal Adams on his own could make Haskin’s life miserable this Sunday. Sacks, turnovers, and defensive touchdowns are all within the realm of possibility for this D/ST unit.