Last week’s Top 3 Match-Ups turned out to be fun games to watch. The Ravens beat the Steelers on a Joe Flacco touchdown to T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 32 seconds left in the game, the Redskins held off the Eagles after a late surge and the Patriots put on a special teams show, spanking the Dolphins.
This week’s Top 3 Match-Ups feature a future hall of famer against his former team, one of the best quarterbacks in the league putting a team on his shoulders and a huge showdown in the AFC.
Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets
Legendary QB Brett Favre takes on his former team, the New York Jets this week on Monday Night. Favre played just one season for the Jets in 2008 before retiring. He came out of retirement to play for the Vikings last year and returned to play this season as well.
Favre has a new weapon in Randy Moss who was traded to Minnesota on Wednesday. Moss wasn’t happy in New England, so he was shipped to the team he started his NFL career with. Jets CB Darelle Revis called out Moss again this week after saying he wasn’t playing hard in the second half of the Patriots/Jets game in week 2. Revis had originally called Moss a “slouch” last year. Favre, the old gunslinger takes on the young gun Mark Sanchez in what should be a great match-up as both teams are Super Bowl contenders.
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins
Another intriguing game pits the Packers at the Redskins. The Packers are coming off narrow victory over the Lions and the Redskins notched a big win over the Eagles last week. The Pack will need to lean on QB Aaron Rodgers, as their running game has been a little shaky. Donovan McNabb and the Redskins are 2-2 and at the top of the NFC East but are looking for a huge win this week.
Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts
The Chiefs and Colts square off in another excellent match-up this week. Kansas City is the only remaining unbeaten team in the NFL, while Peyton Manning and the Colts are looking to bounce back from their late 3-point loss to the Jags last week. This should be the Chiefs’ biggest test for far this year and will give them an idea of where they stack up against one of the best teams in the AFC.
Week 1′s Top 3 Match-Ups turned out to be solid games. The Saints beat the Vikes, the Pats knocked off the Bengals, and the Ravens upended the Jets on Monday Night Football.
For Week 2′s Top 3 Match-Ups we look at a game between two up-and-coming teams, an intense AFC East rivalry, and a face-off between brothers.
Houston Texans at Washington Redskins
The first match-up pits two teams coming off huge in-division wins. The Texans upset Peyton Manning and the Colts, who had only lost one out of their 16 games against Houston. Texans RB Arian Foster couldn’t be stopped as he ran 33 times for 231 yards and 3 TDs. The Redskins, with new QB Donovan McNabb at the helm, upset the Cowboys in Landover, MD. The Skins’ D held the ‘Boys to just one touchdown to walk away with a 13-7 Week 1 win. This week should be a battle to see which team continues in the right direction. I look for Arian to run wild and the aerial attack of Matt Schaub to Andre Johnson to be too much for the Redskins to handle.
New England Patriots at New York Jets
After a big win over a good Bengals team, the Patriots are looking to keep their momentum moving forward against the Jets. The Jets are coming off a tough 10-9 loss to the Ravens on Monday night and need to rebound. This match-up features a potent Patriots passing attack with Brady throwing to Moss and Welker again a stingy Jets D. The Jets offense just isn’t very strong. I think they’ll score a couple touchdowns this week, but I have the Patriots winning in the end.
New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts
This week, Peyton Manning and the Colts need to bounce back after an upset loss to the Texans. The Giants beat a mediocre Panthers team but will have a much tougher challenge this week. The Manning brothers face off this week in what is one of the coolest story lines of the young NFL season. Older brother Peyton won the big game in 2007 against the Bears and was named Super Bowl XLI MVP, while little brother Eli followed in big bro’s footsteps the following season, winning Super Bowl XLII against the Patriots and also being named MVP of the game. This is a big game for brotherly bragging rights. I think the elder Manning will have his team more prepared. I’m taking the Colts at home.