Best wild-card matchups to watch
We'll see if Ochocinco can produce more than he did last Sunday night, when he was shut out by Revis despite all of the tweeting and talk leading up the game. It won't be easy.
For one, Ochocinco comes into this one a little banged up, even though head coach
No matter what Ochocinco says or does, the results are likely to be the same. Revis has already shut down receivers superior to Ochocinco, whose quarterbacks were playing a lot better than
The Eagles offensive line against the Cowboys defensive line is a broader way of looking at things, but these three individual matchups, especially on obvious passing downs, will prove to be the difference. The Eagles gave first-, fourth- and sixth-round picks to get Peters from the Bills, and they did it with the idea that he could hold up against dynamic rushers like Ware without help. Good luck with that. Peters has been up and down in his first season in Philly and his Pro Bowl selection was a surprise (although I can understand it given the fact that most of the league's best left tackles reside in the AFC.)
Cole has been solid but has not played much center in the NFL and that is a different animal than guard, especially on the road. Ratliff is an especially tough matchup for Cole because of his incredible quickness, which is extremely rare for a nose man. Cole's stocky build and strength make him better suited for the massive road-grader type of nose guard most teams employ, like the Steelers'
Justice has been a pleasant surprise as a competent starting right tackle this season but he will have his hands full with Spencer. The bottom line is if these three Eagles linemen can't give QB
Much of the focus has been on the Pats' loss of wideout
The Patriots defensive line has been banged up lately, but stalwarts like
It is tough to know what to expect in this matchup considering
The Packers enter the game with the No. 1 rushing defense and will likely make the Cardinals one dimensional. No matter how good