NFL Week 3 Top 3 Match-Ups

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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.

NFL Week 1 Top 3 Match-Ups

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Week 1 of the NFL season kicks off tonight with a rematch of the NFL Championship game last year. In one corner you have the defending Champion the New Orleans Saints, and in the other you have the Brett Favre-led Minnesota Vikings. Both teams are coming off of great seasons last year, and both are hungrier than ever. This much-anticipated, hyped match-up is the game of the week and led me to pick the Top 3 Match-Ups of Week 1.

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
For the first match-up, we’ll look at tonight’s game between the Vikes and Saints. It features two of the top QBs in the league facing off, with 2010 Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees against living legend and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre, who are pretty evenly matched. Then you have Adrian Peterson of the Vikings and Reggie Bush/Pierre Thomas of the Saints in opposing backfields. The Vikes get the edge there, but don’t count the Saints’ rushing attack out; they are dangerous with Bush catching a lot of balls out of the backfield. With Vikes WR Sidney Rice out, and Saints’ top wideout Marques Colston banged up, the receiving side of things is pretty even. The Vikes D is very strong, but the Saints play extremely good team defense, so once again it’s a wash. The Saints are the defending Champs, Coach Sean Payton always has his team prepared, and they are playing at home, so I give a slight edge to New Orleans.

Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots

The second intriguing match-up this week is the Cincinnati Bengals traveling to New England to take on the Patriots. The Bengals picked up celebrity WR Terrell Owens in free agency to go along with their other high-profile WR Chad Ocho Cinco. They are hoping to be a lethal duo on the field this season. The Pats have stud WRs Randy Moss and Wes Welker to counter Cinci’s passing attack. QBs Carson Palmer and Tom Brady are both super talented, but since Brady knows what it takes to win big games, I’ll give the Pats the nod here. The defensive side of the ball is pretty evenly matched, and Bill Belichick has those three Super Bowl rings, so I got the Pats in this game.

Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets
The third matchup of Week 1 features two exciting teams that should both play an extremely physical game Monday Night at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Both teams made some great off-season moves with the Ravens, acquiring excellent WRs Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, while the Jets picked up Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes and star RB LaDainian Tomlinson. Third-year QB Joe Flacco goes up against second-year guy Mark Sanchez in a match-up of youngsters. Both defenses are very talented and should give viewers a great show for the first Monday Night Football game of the year. It’s hard to bet against either one of these teams as Rex Ryan is one of the best coaches in the league, and young head coach John Harbaugh seems to always have his squad playing at a high level. I give a slight edge to the Ravens because Flacco has so many weapons in RBs Ray Rice and Willis McGahee, the aforementioned WRs and TE Todd Heap. I’m picking the Ravens, but if the Jets can make some big plays on D and get good play from their special teams, they can win this game.

For more NFL content, check out the Week 1 2010 NFL Power Rankings or a more in-depth look at the Vikes/Saints Season Opener.