Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow vs. Patriots coach Bill Belichick -- Tebow has done some nice things in the fourth quarter for the Broncos. But that has offset his struggles earlier in games. He isn't comfortable reading defenses. Even though the Patriots have struggled on defense, I look for Belichick to come up with all kinds of ways to slow down Tebow's running and option offense. He will force him to pass it. You watch. Can he?
Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware vs. Bucs tackle Donald Penn -- Ware is the NFL's best outside rusher. Penn has had success against some of the better rushers, but he tends to slack off sometimes against some lesser players. I think he shows up here and gives Ware a nice battle. The Cowboys might be wise to flop Ware to face right tackle Jeremy Trueblood, who struggled last week
Bears MLB Brian Urlacher vs. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch -- Seattle's recent resurgence has come in large part because Lynch has been able to run the football. The Bears have to shut him down and put the pressure on the Seattle passing game. That means penetration up front to free Uralcher room to run and chase. These two will spend a lot of time banging heads.
Titans left tackle Michael Roos vs. Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney -- These two have had some good battles over the years. This game doesn't mean anything for the Colts, but it does for the Titans. Roos has to keep Freeney off of either Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker, whoever starts.
Eagles defensive end Trent Cole vs. Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson -- Cole can be a disruptive force in terms of the pass rush, but Ferguson is good in pass protection. Cole isn't as good in the run game, so the Jets might run at him some with Ferguson leading the way.
Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe vs. Packers corner Tramon Williams -- It is Williams, not Charles Woodson, who usually draws the other team's top receiver in man coverage. Williams did a great job on Calvin Johnson on Thanksgiving Day, so look for him to spend the day on Bowe. If he can take him away, it will make it tough for whoever starts at quarterback for the Chiefs.
Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali vs. Packers left tackle Marshall Newhouse -- Newhouse has started the past eight games, but was benched some in last week's game against the Raiders for rookie Derek Sherrod. He is expected to start in this one, but if he has a rough go of it he could be on a quick hook. Hali has dominated some bad tackles this year and done some goof things against good ones. He is relentless.
Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson vs. Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis -- Jackson hasn't had the season many expected, but he can fly and he's a dangerous deep threat. I expect to see the Jets put Revis on him a lot. Revis excels in man coverage and he's great getting his hands on smaller receivers. If he doesn't against Jackson, there could be some big plays there.
Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs vs. Chargers tackle Jared Gaither -- These two are former teammates, so they know a thing or two about each other. Suggs is having a Pro Bowl season, and is relentless pass rusher. Gaither was acquired a couple of weeks ago off waivers from Kansas City and has had two good starts, especially in pass protection. He will be key in keeping Philip Rivers clean.
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen vs. Saints left tackle Jermon Bushrod -- Allen leads the NFL with 17 1/2 sacks. Bushrod has done a good job in the past month after a rough go at St. Louis. But none of the players he's faced is in Allen's class. He did a good job on him in the playoffs two years ago, and Bushrod is better now.