1. Steelers and Bengals, the rematch– This has become the best rivalry in the NFL today and when we talk about two teams having a strong dislike for one another, these two normally will pop up in any football conversation. They bash each other in their pressers and on twitter. No love found here between these two. For the first time since that memorable playoff battle in January, the Bengals will face the Steelers and this time, Andy Dalton will be under center and that can make all the difference.
2. Vikings host Packers on Sunday night– Everything seems to be normal once again for the Packers. Jordy is back, Rodgers has his go-to guy back and the offense is more open with Nelson on the field. The Vikings, on the other hand, have some questions of their own at quarterback as it’ll be a week to week battle between Shaun Hill who didn’t look too bad against the Titans on Sunday and Sam Bradford who the Vikings traded for on September 3rd. The last time we saw these two play one another, it was in week 17 and the Vikings won the NFC North on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. The Packers would love nothing more than to spoil the home opener of the Vikings at their new stadium.
3. Louisville hosts Florida State– Ever since the comeback against Ole Miss, Florida State has played tremendously and Deondre Francois is the reason why. He looks comfortable now. This is the beginning of a tough stretch for Jimbo Fisher and his Seminoles. They enter a stretch of four games and three of them are on the road. Louisville has soared up in the rankings. They actually sit at number ten as we speak and I’ll finally be able to see Louisville’s dynamic playmaking quarterback, Lamar Jackson. This could be a fun ACC battle and one of the best games we see all day on Saturday.
4. Oklahoma faces true test with Ohio State– This is a battle that really intrigues me. Ohio State entered the year with a lot of questions surrounding them after losing many key pieces to the NFL. How would they be able to maintain especially with the youth and inexperience? It doesn’t matter who’s on the field for them, but when you have Urban Meyer on your sideline, you have a chance to win every game and right now, Ohio State is ranked third in the country in the polls. Oklahoma is looking to find their swagger and get to their winning ways. We knew the beginning of their schedule would be a tough one. They faced Houston in week one and lost and now they welcome Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes of Ohio State to town.
5. Chiefs face Texans– 30-0. That’s what happened when they last met up in January. The Chiefs were by far the hottest team in the league at that time when they entered the playoffs with a ten game winning streak and then went on to win their first playoff game since 94 and some legend named Joe Montana was their quarterback. This will be a different looking Texans team when they take the field on Sunday. Brock Osweiler is now their quarterback and the weapons around him are better.