With five big divisional matchups this week including the always exciting Chicago Green Bay rivalry. It’s impossible to watch everything, but here’s a few matchups you should keep an eye on this week:
Ndamukong Suh vs. Mike Pouncey: Pouncey didn’t have a great start to the season, but he has come around in recent weeks along with the rest of the Miami Dolphins team. The Dolphins are coming off a 37-0 rout of the San Diego Chargers in which the Chargers defense provided little to no resistance throughout the game. This week the Dolphins are at Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions and the number one defense in the NFL. The biggest question in this game is can Pouncey stop Suh, easily one of the top three defensive linemen in the NFL. Ryan Tannehill will have a hard enough time against this Lions’ defense without being thrown to the ground every other play.
Peyton Manning vs. the Raiders’ Defense: It seemed like Peyton Manning was the only player on the Broncos team that made the trip to New England last week, but this week the Broncos have the winless Oakland Raiders. After an embarrassing loss on the road, the Broncos are looking to bounce back with a huge road win over the Raiders. Manning wasn’t happy with his team after last week’s loss, so he just may come out and fire off eight touchdowns against the Raiders. If you love high-powered offenses picking on weak defenses, this is the game for you.
Brandon Marshall vs. Sam Shields: This matchup is a big if, because Jay Cutler could easily screw this up by constantly throwing to the wrong team like he’s known to do. Brandon Marshall can definitely help Cutler out though—getting open against Shields quickly would allow Cutler to get rid of the ball before Clay Matthews and company has a chance to drag him to the ground. Alshon Jeffery will most likely be matched up against Tramon Williams, so his ability to get open will impact this game as much as Marshall’s. But let’s be honest, it’s almost impossible to get open enough for Cutler.