We're at the midway point of the NFL season, and this is the time of the year where multiple teams find themselves on a bye week. Mainstay defensive units that include the Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants all have the week off -- and that means we've got some digging to do on the waiver wire.
A couple of AFC East teams are at the forefront of the discussion this week -- the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins -- and we'll wrap it up with the Washington Redskins.
Bills are back to nearly being on opposite ends of Football Outsiders’ DVOA ratings. Heading into Week 9:— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) October 31, 2018
(Buffalo’s Week 9 opponent, the Bears, are currently 1st in Defensive DVOA)
Yes, folks, you heard that right. The Bills defense is a viable option against the Chicago Bears in a game that has a very underwhelming total of 38. Buffalo has allowed the fifth-fewest passing yards and rank well against most of the other skill positions.
Speaking of teams playing at home, the Dolphins will face a New York Jets team they already beat 20-12 on the road in Week 2, forcing three turnovers in that game. Miami has dropped four of their last five games, but the level of competition elevated much more since their 3-0 start. It is a bit risky since the Dolphins are allowing the third-most rushing yards per game, but the Jets are down to basically one worthy running back.
Dan Quinn says the Redskins' defense does a good job of putting opposing offenses into third-and-long situations. Credits it to their run defense and play on first and second downs. #Falcons— William McFadden (@willmcfadden) October 31, 2018
The last of three teams, the Redskins, have one of the NFL's best defenses at this point. Stopping the run has been their main point of emphasis, ranking second in the league with only 80.1 yards per game. While their pass defense is ranked right around league average, this could force the Atlanta Falcons to become a one-dimensional team on Sunday, and the newly acquired safety HaHa Clinton-Dix could certainly help out on pass defense. Lastly, the Falcons have only played two road games this season and tallied a combined 29 points.
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