Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton vs. Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau -- They say facing LeBeau's complicated defenses can be daunting for a rookie. But I asked Dalton about it last week and he was looking forward to the challenge. He is a smart quarterback who might be better suited to handle it than most rookies. Dalton should have spent extra time in the film room this week.
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen vs. Packers left tackle Marshall Newhouse -- When the Packers played the Vikings in the first meeting, Allen had two sacks and spent the day in the backfield. Newhouse has to do a better job against him this week. The Packers gave up four sacks to the Chargers last week, but some of those were coverage sacks. If Allen wins consistently, he will make it troubling for Aaron Rodgers to get going,
Patriots receiver Wes Welker vs. Jets corner Darrelle Revis -- The last time the Jets played the Patriots, Welker had five catches for 124 yards, but he didn't get into the end zone. Expect to see Revis on Welker a ton here. The Patriots don't have a lot of other options, so if Welker is taken away that could be trouble for Tom Brady.
Falcons defensive end John Abraham vs. Saints left tackle Jermon Bushrod -- Bushrod had a tough go of it two week ago against the Rams, but bounced back to play well last week against the Bucs. Abraham is always a tough test for any tackle because of his explosive first step. It could be even more of a problem for Bushrod because of the crowd noise.
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham vs. Falcons safeties James Sanders and Thomas DeCoud -- It looks like William Moore won't be able to go for the Falcons, which puts Sanders into the lineup. Sanders is a veteran who has started in the past, but he has struggled some in coverage. DeCoud has coverage ability, but he hasn't always played up to it. Graham might be the best receiving tight end in the NFL right now, and he is clearly the security blanket for Drew Brees.
Bengals receiver A.J. Green vs. Steelers corner Ike Taylor -- Taylor has done some of his best cover work this season, playing more man than usual. He will likely get the call on Green in man coverage. Green is an impressive rookie who knows how to go up and get the football. Look for the Bengals to challenge Taylor a lot if he's singled on Green.
Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe vs. Broncos corner Champ Bailey -- Bailey had done some good man-coverage work on Bowe in the past, so expect to see him on him again. Bowe is a big receiver who gives smaller corners trouble. But Bailey has good size to match up.
Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson vs. Titans left tackle Michael Roos -- Johnson signed the big deal to stay in Carolina this summer and he hasn't disappointed. He has seven sacks and he's good against the run. Roos is playing at a high level again, which means near Pro Bowl quality. This battle could go a long way in deciding this game.
49ers right tackle Anthony Davis vs. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul -- Davis is coming off two of his best games. He can be a dominant run blocker, but his pass protection has also improved. Pierre-Paul is a powerful and fast edge rusher who never lets up.
Lions left tackle Jeff Backus vs. Bears defensive end Julius Peppers -- At times this season, Backus has had protection problems. That's never a good thing against Peppers, who is one of the league's better ends. He hasn't put up big sack numbers this season, but he's still influencing the quarterback.