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Ten Match-ups to watch in Week 3

Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:11 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 10:53 am

Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert vs. Panthers QB Cam Newton -- Yeah, they won't face each other. But this is a battle of two rookie passers taken in the top-10 of the draft last April. Newton is off to a fast start. Gabbert will be making his first start. It will be interesting to see how he responds. The other question is this: Can Newton keep it up?

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald against Seahawks CB Brandon Browner -- Fitzgerald had one big play last week against DeAngelo Hall, but it was a 73-yard touchdown catch. Browner had a real tough go of it against the Steelers. If Fitzgerald can get man coverage against him -- even though he's a bigger corner at 6-4 -- he should light him up.

Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs vs. Rams T Rodger Saffold -- Suggs didn't do much last week against Titans left tackle Michael Roos. Saffold is one of the rising stars at left tackle. He did a nice job on Jason Pierre-Paul Monday night. This will be a real challenge and chance to earn some acclaim for Saffold.

Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall vs. Cowboys QB Tony Romo  -- Anytime a player talks about going after another player's injury, it has to make this list. Romo has a broken rib and Hall said he would do his best to get a shot on it if he could. He might want to worry more about covering Romo's receivers. Hall is off to a great start this season, but making the statement he did is risky business.

Giants defensive front against Eagles offensive line -- The last time the Giants played Mike Vick, they attacked him from all angles. That will put a lot of pressure on the Eagles re-shuffled line. Can rookie center Jason Kelce handle the line calls to help identify the blitzers?  Pierre-Paul vs. Jason Peters should be a fun battle.

Saints QB Drew Brees against Texans top-ranked pass defense -- The Texans haven't exactly played two good passing offenses, but they did finish last in 2010 and now they're first in pass defense. But Brees and his receivers will be a big challenge to that rating. It's hard to get pressure on Brees because he gets the ball out so quickly. That will put a lot of pressure on the cover people on the back end.

Steelers OLB James Harrison vs. Colts LT Anthony Castonzo -- Anytime a pass rusher like Harrison faces a rookie tackle, it makes for interesting talk. Harrison is one of the toughest players in the NFL, but Castonzo won't back down. He's a tough guy too.

Jets C Colin Baxter vs. Raiders DTs Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly -- Baxter, an undrafted rookie, will be making his first NFL start for the injured Nick Mangold. That's tough on the road against two good tackles. The Jets are a run-heavy team and if they are to have success doing that Baxter has to have a good game.

Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth vs. 49ers DE Justin Smith  -- This is a battle of two former teammates who are both relentless in their play. Smith has started to get his due, but it's time Whitworth get some as well. He did a nice job last week against the Broncos and he can get more juice if he plays well against Smith.

Bills WR Stevie Johnson vs. Patriots CB Devin McCourty -- Johnson has become a top-level receiver. McCourty is one of the best young corners. When they get matched up, it will be interesting to see who wins. Johnson is a smart receiver who knows how to run routes. He isn't a burner, but he plays fast. He is bothered some by a groin injury, but is expected to play McCourty excels in man coverage. Keep an eye on this one.

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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:09 am

Ten Match-ups to watch in Week 3

patriots 42 bills 21

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:55 pm

Ten Match-ups to watch in Week 3

I think the Bills need to win to show they are for real in the AFC East, but I see them turning it over a couple of times and that will end up costing them, 31-21 Pats. The other surprise team, the Lions, need to beat the Vikings as well, but they'll get that done easy. Some people see the Texans as a surprise, but fans thought this was coming for a couple of years now. And with no Peyton, that division is the Texans' to lose, whether or not they best the Saints this week.

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:43 am

Ten Match-ups to watch in Week 3

Agree with most of that, however Bills WILL win 28-21

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 8:42 am

Ten Match-ups to watch in Week 3

Good stuff Pete.That NE/Buffalo game should be high scoring & whoever gets the ball last wins.I say Brady get's it done-45-38.

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