Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan vs. Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow -- What kind of looks will Nolan throw at Tebow? Does he attack him with a lot of blitzes? Has the two weeks -- coming off the bye -- prepared Tebow for what will come? Tebow is making his first start of the season, and he's not known for his ability to see the field so it will be fun to see what Nolan does against him.
Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley vs. Jeremy Bridges -- Woodley has played much better the past two weeks. He is showing signs of being the same dominant player he was last year. Bridges had a rough go of it against the Vikings in his last game. Brian Robison whipped him.
Packers left tackle Marshall Newhouse vs. Vikings defensive end Jared Allen -- Newhouse is a second-year player who is playing because Chad Clifton is down. Newhouse has played well, but Allen is a real step up for him. Allen didn't do much last week against the Bears, so look for him to be focused here. Look for the Packers to give Newhouse some help.
Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo vs. Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross -- Gross did a nice job on John Abraham last week, and now gets another top-notch pass rusher. The last time Orakpo was on the road, he abused Rodger Saffold of the Rams. Gross better be on top of his game again.
Lions receiver Calvin Johnson vs. Falcons corners Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson -- Johnson has a huge height advantage on the two Falcons corners. I would imagine the Falcons would play him like the 49ers did last week, a corner under and safety over. Even so, I look for the Lions to try and attack with him anyway to take advantage of his height.
Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson vs. Jets corner Darrelle Revis -- Revis loves to play man against the other team's top receiver. Jackson is that guy for the Chargers. Jackson, like Brandon Marshall last week, is a bigger receiver. Revis seems to thrive on that. He plays a physical style of corner, and seems to get away with more than other corners in terms of contact. Even with Revis on him, look for the Chargers to attack with Jackson.
Ravens running back Ray Rice vs. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew -- Yes, they won't face each other, but this is a battle between the game's two best small running backs. Which one comes up with the big game? The Ravens defense is a little better than Jacksonville's, so the early lean is to Rice but it's hard to count out Jones-Drew. He's such a competitor.
Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer vs. Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali -- There is no better left tackle in the league right now than Veldheer. He is playing especially well as a pass protector. Hali can be an explosive pass rusher off the edge. He seems to be a guy who gets into a groove once he beats a tackle once or twice. Veldheer has to handle him to make it possible for Carson Palmer to make big plays in the passing game.
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh vs. Falcons center Todd McClure and guards Justin Blalock and Garrett Reynolds -- The Falcons got their running game going last week with McClure back in the lineup after missing games with an injury. Reynolds has had a rough start to his career as a starter, so he has to play better here. Suh hasn't been the same player he was as a rookie. He got trapped twice for big runs against the 49ers. I expect the Falcons to do a lot of the same.
Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall vs. Broncos corner Champ Bailey -- Marshall gets a chance to face his former team and in Bailey he will face one of the top cover corners in the league. Bailey has been bothered by injuries some this season, but the bye should help him. This will be fun. Bailey helped tutor Marshall on what it took to become a big-time receiver.