Do I think New England really deserves to be atop my Week 7 fantasy football defense/special teams (DST) rankings? No. Do I think Chicago is that bad, however? Yes.
It's a tad poetic that the Bears are playing the Patriots on "Monday Night Football." When these teams met way back in Super Bowl XX that might have been the last time the Bears had a quality quarterback. (Don't even try to give me "Sexy Rexy" Grossman.)
Justin Fields is one of the tougher quarterbacks out there and I think he still might have a decent NFL career. But right now he is such a liability at QB given his interception rate. He has five interceptions compared to four touchdown passes. He's not even completing 60 percent of his attempts. I have no problem if you want to blame the lack of weapons around him or the new coaching staff. But the point is defenses facing Fields are probably licking their chops.
And it's not like the New England D has been bad. In fact, only six teams have more interceptions and the Patriots are allowing the seventh-fewest points. They also have 17 sacks, giving us a very nice floor.
Do you think I'm justified in ranking them the No. 1 DST this week? See below for my Week 7 rankings for which unit you might rank ahead of the Pats.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota, Philadelphia
NFL Defense/Special Teams (DST) Rankings: Week 7
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.