Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: The Saints and More High-Risk, High-Reward Defenses

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIOctober 29, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 23:  Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints calls a defensive play during a game against the Indianapolis Colts being held at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 23, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Colts 62-7. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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What do you do if you're in a tough match this week? Maybe you have Aaron Rodgers and/or Greg Jennings and are expecting a hard time finding points. Maybe you're just against a really tough team and not likely to win.

Well, look at your defense. If you're in a tough game anyway, take a risk. Yes, these units can be a little vulnerable at times, but they are also big-play units. If you think you're in a tough game anyway, then the worst these guys can do probably won't cost you anything. Still, they could get you a huge payoff.

If you're in a match that you should win, don't risk it on these guys. Go with a solid defense like Cincinnati and don't look back.


New Orleans Saints

The Saints have a tendency to allow a lot of yardage and even points. But they are also a hard-charging, aggressive defense that thrives on pressuring the quarterback and forcing turnovers.

Against the Rams without Sam Bradford, the pressure will be turned up even more. They will be constantly pressured, which is not good for a backup quarterback.

You do have to take your chances that the Saints will allow some points, but they will generate plenty of positives.


Buffalo Bills

The Bills' defense has already scored three touchdowns this year. Their biggest problem is that they allow points, and I get that fear.

But I love those touchdowns, and the overall aggressiveness of the Bills' defense. With John Beck at quarterback, Tim Hightower on I.R. and Santana Moss out, I really don't like the Redskins' chances of not turning the ball over a few times.

It wouldn't surprise me if the Bills found the end zone for a fourth time.


Kansas City Chiefs

No, they won't have six interceptions again. Last week's game against the Raiders was just a rare occurrence.

But Philip Rivers has thrown multiple interceptions four times this season. One of those games came against the Chiefs, in San Diego.

In Kansas City on a Monday night, the crowd will be fired up. Do not be at all surprised of Rivers fires a few passes to the other team.


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