Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow vs. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder -- Even though they won't be on the field at the same time, this is a battle to watch. These two young quarterbacks went against each other a lot in college, Tebow at Florida, Ponder at FSU. Tebow has received a ton of hype, so you know Ponder wants to show him who the better quarterback is in this game.
Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin vs. Falcons right tackle Tyson Clabo -- Barwin is coming off a four-sack game against the Jaguars, and he spent the day in the backfield. He is a relentless player who will battle all day. In Clabo, he will find a guy just as intense. Clabo is considered one of the tougher tackles in the league. He did a nice job on Brian Robison last week. This will be intense.
Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks vs. Packers cornerback Tramon Willams -- Williams limited Calvin Johnson to four catches last week, proving he is back from a shoulder injury that bothered him early this season. Nicks is the Giants' big-play threat, so look for Williams to spend the day on him in man coverage.
Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller vs. Vikings tackle Phil Loadholdt and Charley Johnson -- Miller has emerged as an explosive edge rusher in his rookie season. He's also good against the run. He moves around in terms of where he lines up, so the two Vikings tackles have to play well to keep him off Ponder.
Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins vs. Steelers inside players -- Atkins has been playing at a Pro Bowl level and has dominated some good inside players. The Steelers need to get good games from right guard Ramon Foster to handle Atkins.
Falcons defensive end John Abraham vs. Texans left tackle Duane Brown -- Brown has struggled at times with good pass rushers, although he has been better this season. Abraham can be a tough assignment with his speed off the edge. With T.J. Yates starting, Brown has to win to keep the rookie clean.
Lions defensive end Cliff Avril vs. Saints right tackle Zach Strief -- Avril had a good game against Bryan Bulaga last week. Bulaga came in not having giving up a sack, and Avril got one. Strief isn't as good as Bulaga, but he played well against the Giants pass rushers last week. It's tough to get to Drew Brees since he get the ball out, but Avril has to influence him some to slow him down.
Bengals receiver A.J. Green vs. Steelers corner Ike Taylor -- Taylor has done a good job on some receivers in man coverage this season. Green hurt his leg in the first meeting after catching a touchdown pass and wasn't as effective as he could have been. This will be a tougher challenge for Taylor.
Browns left tackle Joe Thomas vs. Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs --Thomas is considered one of the better tackles in the league. He is good in pass protection. Suggs is one of the better pass rushers, but sometimes can disappear in lesser games. It will be interesting to see how motivated he is here after showing up big against the 49ers.
Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe vs. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman -- Bowe got ripped for short-arming a late throw in the Chiefs loss to the Steelers, and rightfully so. But he is still the Chiefs top target. Tillman is the Bears best cover player and has had some really good games. I expect to see him on Bowe some in man coverage, even if the Bears do play a lot of Cover-2 zone.