Best one-on-one matchups for NFL Week 11

A.J. Bouye versus Amari Cooper, Ryan Kerrigan against Bryan Bulaga—here are the top player matchups to watch in Week 11.

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A.J. Bouye, Amari Cooper

Best one-on-one matchups for NFL Week 11


The 11th week of the 2016 NFL season is already underway, with the Panthers’ win over the Saints on Thursday. As the action continues, be sure to watch these key one-on-one matchups in every remaining NFL game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Kansas City Chiefs

With both of these players coming off solid Week 10 outings, who will have the upper hand when the Bucs travel to Kansas City this week? Wide receiver Mike Evans has hauled in eight touchdowns this season, tied with Packers WR Jordy Nelson for most in the league. Meanwhile CB Marcus Peters is still tied for the NFL lead in interceptions, with five on the year (though he hasn’t recorded a pick since Week 6).

Mike Evans vs Marcus Peters

Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions

While Jacksonville free-agent addition Malik Jackson hasn’t quite matched the performance standard he set in Denver over the past three seasons, he still ranks among the top 20 interior defenders, and had arguably his best game of the season against the Texans in Week 10. Can he continue the momentum against Lions RG Larry Warford?

Malik Jackson v. Larry Warford

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Playing what may be the best football of his career this season, Steelers guard David DeCastro anchors the strong right side of the Pittsburgh offensive line. He’ll be tested frequently by second-year DT Danny Shelton on Sunday, who has justified his first-round draft status thus far in 2016, owning the fourth-best run-stop percentage among NFL defensive tackles.

David DeCastro vs Danny Shelton

Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard will look to bounce back in Week 11 after seeing his second-lowest snap count of the season — and lowest game grade  —against the Giants in Week 10. Bills linebacker Zach Brown will often be tasked with slowing him, however. Through 10 weeks, Brown owns the fourth-highest grade among all NFL LBs.

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Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts

While Brian Orakpo hasn’t matched his high play of past seasons, he’s still been a noteworthy force on the edge for Tennessee. On Sunday he’ll try to add to Andrew Luck’s league-high sack total. In Orakpo’s way, however, will be Colts LT Anthony Castonzo. Through Week 10, Castonzo has graded out among the 20 best offensive tackles.

Brian Orakpo vs Anthony Castonzo

Baltimore Ravens at Dallas Cowboys

While Dallas Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott may be running away with this season’s Rookie of the Year honor, C.J. Mosley will attempt to slow the former Buckeye’s success. Mosley owns the sixth-best run-stop percentage among NFL linebackers this season, with 25 run stops on 120 run-defense snaps.

Ezekiel Elliott vs C.J. Mosely

Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings

Possibly the premier matchup of the week to watch, Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson will attempt to shut down — or at least limit — Vikings WR Stefon Diggs. For more on this matchup, and to learn why Diggs’ performance from the slot could be key for Minnesota in breaking the losing skid, see Senior Analyst Sam Monson’s game breakdown from Wednesday.

Patrick Peterson vs Stefon Diggs

Chicago Bears at New York Giants

Once again atop all defensive tackles in run-stop percentage this season, Giants DT Damon Harrison has proven to be a wise free-agent pickup. He’ll often face the Bears’ last-minute acquisition, LG Josh Sitton, on Sunday. Since his departure from Green Bay, Sitton has maintained the excellent level of play he demonstrated with the Packers for years.

Damon Harrison vs Josh Sitton

Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Rams

A key slot matchup to watch this week will pit Rams CB Lamarcus Joyner against Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry. While much of the attention will be on Rams QB Jared Goff in this game, Joyner’s ability to shut down – or at least slow — Ryan Tannehill’s favorite weapon will play a critical role in deciding the winner in L.A.

Lamarcus Joyner vs Jarvis Landry

New England Patriots at San Francisco 49ers

In a battle of two rookies, 49ers DE DeForest Buckner will meet Patriots LG Joe Thuney on Sunday as San Francisco attempts to pull off what would likely be the biggest upset of the week. Thuney, a former N.C. State standout, is coming off a solid effort against Seattle, surrendering no QB pressures in Week 10.

Joe Thuney vs DeForest Buckner

Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks

Tied with Raiders DE Khalil Mack for the top overall grade among edge defenders entering Week 11, Eagles DE Brandon Graham aims to continue his career-best season against an underperforming Seattle offensive line. To keep Russell Wilson clean, Seahawks RT Garry Gilliam must slow Graham; unfortunately, Gilliam has surrendered the most QB pressures among all NFL right tackles this season, with 34 (actually tied with Chargers RT Joe Barksdale).

Garry Gilliam v Brandon Graham

Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins

In a battle of strength versus strength, Ryan Kerrigan against Bryan Bulaga may be one of the more interesting matchups of the night on Sunday. Kerrigan owns the second-highest pass-rushing productivity mark among 3-4 OLBs this season, with 42 QB pressures recorded, while Bulaga has surrendered just 17 pressures through nine games played.

Ryan Kerrigan v Bryan Bulaga

Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders in Mexico City

After missing Week 10 due to injury, A.J. Bouye — PFF’s highest-graded quarterback this season — returns for one of his toughest tests yet. Boasting both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, the Raiders’ passing attack will look to pick apart an otherwise suspect Houston secondary in Mexico City.

A.J. Bouye v. Amari Cooper

  • crosseyedlemon

    Not sure why Malik Jackson is smiling….if he plays looking like that Goodell will certainly fine him $6076 for a uniform violation.

  • Vladimir_Poutine

    Belichick is without a doubt one of the most overrated gms in the league… great coach but trading chandler and Jamie Collins was such a massive mistake this season. If he would have even let them walk after this season the Pats would have gotten compensatory picks for the players. Fact is he killed this Patriots team chances at a super bowl this year. I guarantee the Pats choke in the playoffs. That defense is a complete and utter joke now. Jabaal Sheard won’t be resigned and now where are you after this year? No chandler, no jabaal… horrible. He keeps complete and utter bums around like pat Chung and Logan ryan and gets rid of star defensive players.. lol only belichick… he’s the most overrated defensive minded coach in the league. The Pats could have had a hell of a defense this year… too bad two stars are gone who would be game changers now… Matt Patricia is a horrible coordinator, just a complete mess defensively. I will be so happy when this pathetic choke artist pats team loses. It will be because the defense is a total joke . Please do not tell me about how he got Joe Thuney or Malcom Mitchell out of the chandler trade like those two players matter. Thuney is mediocre and Mitchell hasn’t done anything and will be another pats wr drafted bust. They couldn’t find anyone better than the guy who is ranked 30th at guard than Thuney in free agency or someone else they have? I love how much belichick overthinks things. He is so incredibly overrated lol. Pats choke in playoffs. Calling it now. Book it. Can’t wait till I’m right!

    • crosseyedlemon

      Every GM has an owner they have to satisfy so if told to cut the payroll expenses they have to comply. Those compensatory picks you mention rarely have much impact though they sometimes provide depth behind the starters. Belichick didn’t seem to overthink things much when he trashed that tablet on the sidelines during the loss to the Bills and in doing so he proved that despite the criticism, he actually does have a sense of humor. Anything can happen in the playoffs but New England still has to be considered the favorite to win the championship.

  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    marcus petrers didn’t practice all this week, granted he’s important enough to play without it anyway, jussayin tho

  • B

    *A.J. Bouye – PFF’s highest graded cornerback this season