Seattle’s coming off of a loss and gets Denver at home in a Super Bowl rematch, so, for at least one week, there’s a new team leading off Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings for Week 3. After struggling with Miami’s running game in Week 1, New England’s defense rebounded in a big way on the road against Minnesota. The Patriots collected six sacks, picked off Matt Cassel four times and scored as many points as the Vikings’ offense (six) thanks to a blocked field goal that Chandler Jones returned 58 yards for a touchdown. The good times should continue this week with 0-2 Oakland and rookie quarterback Derek Carr set to visit Gillette Stadium.
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2014 NFL Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
New England Patriots
Pats rack up 6 sacks, 4 INTs and block FG for TD.
Panthers' D has been stout thus far.
Bengals picked off Ryan 3 times last week.
After feasting on Raiders, TO-prone G-Men next.
San Francisco 49ers
49ers struggled to stop Bears after 1st Q.
Champs struggled vs. SD, get Manning and co. next.
Cards' D getting job done early.
Ravens' D manhandled Steelers last week.
Barometer game for Broncos' new-look D.
6 sacks, 5 takeaways in 2 games.
St. Louis Rams
Rams gave up 144 rushing yards to Rainey.
New Orleans Saints
Saints' D usually tougher at home.
at NYJ (Mon.)
Revamped D came up big (4 sacks, 4 TAs) vs. SF.
Pick-six helps fuel Browns' W over Saints.
Kansas City Chiefs
Shorthanded D kept Broncos in check.
Titans got run over by Murray last week.
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points
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