Best one-on-one matchups for NFL Week 10
Von Miller versus Zach Strief, Russell Wilson against Malcolm Butler; Nathan Jahnke identifies the top player matchups to watch.
Best one-on-one matchups for NFL Week 10
The 10th week of the 2016 NFL season is already underway, with the Ravens’ win over the Browns on Thursday. As the action continues, be sure to watch these key one-on-one matchups in every remaining NFL game.
Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton’s top wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, will face off against the league’s co-leader in interceptions, Marcus Peters, this week. Through Week 9, Peters also has five pass breakups to his name, though he is surrendering a completion rate of 59.6 into his coverage.
Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints
As expected, Von Miller posted an above-average game against the Raiders on Sunday night in Week 9, with four QB pressures to his credit. In Week 10, Saints RT Zach Strief will aim to slow Miller down, having surrendered just 11 total pressures this season.
Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots
Possibly one of the most infamous play-calls in Super Bowl history, Russell Wilson’s red-zone pass — and the resulting interception by Patriots CB Malcolm Butler — will forever be scrutinized. Since that February 2015 meeting, Butler has continually upped his game, currently tied with Oakland’s David Amerson for the most pass breakups among cornerbacks this season (10).
Los Angeles Rams at New York Jets
One of the more entertaining battles to watch on Sunday when the Rams travel to MetLife Stadium will take place in the slot. This season, Quincy Enunwa owns 368 receiving yards from the slot, as well as three touchdowns. On the other side, Rams CB Lamarcus Joyner has surrendered 277 yards to slot receivers, though no TDs.
Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans
Packers DE Nick Perry is having somewhat of a breakout season, grading well above his career baseline through Week 9. He’ll face off against one of this year’s top rookie standouts in Week 10, meeting Titans RT Jack Conklin often. Conklin has yet to surrender a sack this season — he’s one of only three offensive tackles with 150 or more pass-blocking snaps to maintain that clean sheet.
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles
A deviation from other matchups in this article, this is a mismatch to watch in Week 10. Eagles CB Leodis McKelvin will try to stop the highest-graded WR in the game, Julio Jones. If the Falcons’ offensive line can keep the Eagles’ impressive pass-rush at bay, Jones could have yet another monster day.
Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins
Since his hot start to the year, Vikings WR Stefon Diggs has seen a drop in his performance from Week 3 on. It will be quite the chore to get back on track versus Josh Norman, however, despite the fact that the Redskins No. 1 cornerback is attempting to climb out of a slump of his own.
Dallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers
In Week 10, one of the game’s top left tackles, Dallas’ Tyron Smith, will face off against one of the most impressive edge defenders of the last decade, Steelers OLB James Harrison. On 207 pass-blocking snaps, Smith has surrendered just five QB pressures, fewest among qualifying offensive tackles.
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Playing under the franchise tag in 2016, Alshon Jeffery hasn’t been the dominant receiver we saw for the Bears in the 2015 season. That said, he’ll still pose a threat to the Tampa Bay secondary in Week 10. Brent Grimes will be among the DBs tasked with limiting Jeffery in this one.
Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers
Riding the momentum of three straight wins, can the Miami Dolphins’ offense overtake a stout San Diego defensive unit? Jarvis Landry will look to do his damage mainly from the slot, where Chargers CB Brandon Flowers has played nearly 73 percent of his coverage snaps this season.
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Proving to be a major offseason addition this year, Chandler Jones is among the five highest-graded NFL edge defenders entering Week 10. While 49ers LT Joe Staley has earned an overall grade below the baseline of his past few seasons, he’s still San Francisco’s second-highest-graded offensive lineman, behind only center Daniel Kilgore (78.6).
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Coming out of the bye week, Texans RB Lamar Miller will look to get back to the form he showed in Week 6 against Indianapolis, this time versus another AFC South opponent. The Jaguars’ linebackers will play a key role in limiting Miller’s effectiveness, as they hope to force Brock Osweiler and company to beat them through the air.
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants
The ever-consistent Andrew Whitworth is again among the highest-graded offensive tackles in the game entering Week 10. He’ll face off against New York’s biggest free-agent signee from last season, Olivier Vernon. Vernon has been an above-average player this season, but he hasn’t quite produced at the level the Giants are paying him for.