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Last week my Top 3 Match-Ups turned out to be exciting games. After falling behind 27-10, the Texans rallied to force overtime against the Redskins. The Redskins missed a field goal in the extra period and Neil Rackers eventually kicked the game-winner to bring the Texans to 2-0.

In a highly anticipated match-up between divisional foes, the Patriots took a 14-10 lead into halftime of Sunday’s game. The Jets came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Pats 18-0 on their way to a 28-14 victory.

In the Manning Brothers showdown, Peyton led the Colts to a 24-0 halftime lead over younger brother Eli en route to a 38-14 throttling of the Giants.

This week has some interesting games, with a set of divisional match-ups being the most intriguing. Read below for my Top 3 Match-Ups of Week 3.

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
This week the Falcons travel to New Orleans to face the reigning Super Bowl champs. The Saints are coming off a 25-22 overtime win Monday night over the 49ers, while the Falcons thumped the Cardinals 41-7 on Sunday. This NFC South match-up features the two best quarterbacks in the division in Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, with both looking to capture the division crown.

It looks like Reggie Bush may be out six weeks with a leg injury, but the Saints will lean on other offensive threats like Pierre Thomas, Jeremy Shockey and Marques Colston among others. In the Falcons, beat-down of the Cardinals, running back Jason Snelling ran 24 times for 129 yards and 2 TDs and also caught 5 passes for 57 yards and a score. Stud WR Roddy White had 7 grabs for 78 yards and a score as well. The Birds will face a tough test this week but this should be a great game.

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
The Jets, led by Rex Ryan, travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins. The Fish lead the division with a 2-0 record, while the Jets are coming off of a huge win over Tom Brady and the Patriots. Both teams are exciting franchises on the rise. I look for this to be a great battle, with the winner determining who will have control of the AFC East.

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
The Packers will visit Soldier Field for Monday Night Football to face the Bears. Both teams are 2-0 and in first place in the NFC North, which makes this game even more meaningful to these long-time rivals. Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers has led his team to wins over the Eagles and Bills, while Bears signal-caller Jay Cutler beat the Lions in Week 1 and the Cowboys last week. This should be a great showdown on Monday Night Football to determine who will be atop the North Division after Week 3.