The first two weeks of the season have been an indication that teams are still in the process of finding their identities. Offenses and defenses are building chemistry while also trying to take the next step in development. So far, we have seen several instances of matchups between WR’s and CB’s that have determined the outcome of games. In week three, this most certainly will not change. As teams move through their respective schedules, WR vs. CB matchups will continue to a highlight.
Kelvin Benjamin vs. Xavier Rhodes:
The Minnesota Vikings defense has been the staple of their team for the past several seasons, partially due to the play of Rhodes. The dominate CB has displayed that he can battle from week-to-week with the league’s best. With having the track record of managing WR’s such as Antonio Brown, Rhodes will be prepared Sunday for his matchup facing Benjamin. The Bills and Benjamin have struggled to find any rhythm offensively. With a rookie quarterback in Josh Allen and no foundation for the offense, I expect the Bills and Benjamin to struggle against this potent defense.
Chris Hogan vs. Darius Slay
For the New England Patriots there have been several changes to the roster that pertain to WR vs. CB matchups. Newly acquired WR Josh Gordon has been added to the mix in New England and has the potential to be a star. However, do the transaction being so recent I expect Gordon to not have an impact on the game against the Lions. Therefore, Hogan will spotlight the WR position while Julian Edelmen also serves a suspension. Darius Slay is one of the most dynamic athletes in the NFL. Slay has an ability to play with speed both in physical and mental capacities. Slay’s ability can create frustration for WR’s and I believe this will be evident in the Patriots vs. Lions game. Slay’s knack for the football combined with Hogan’s inability to be a true #1 WR, I believe Slay has the advantage.
DeSean Jackson vs. Joe Haden
It can be said that a CB is only as good as its surrounding unit. I believe that this will be true in Steelers vs. Buccaneers. Even though the Bucs are missing their former first overall pick in quarterback Jameis Winston, they approach week three undefeated and with confidence after strong performances from backup Ryan Fitzpatrick. On the other hand, the Steelers have struggled so far this season. With distractions off the field due to LeVeon Bell’s contract dispute and social media mishaps, it can be said that the Steelers are not focused on the task at hand. For this reason, I believe that Haden will struggle against the speedster DeSean Jackson. In weeks one and two, it is evident that Fitzpatrick and Jackson have chemistry and I expect them to showcase it once again this Sunday. With the lack of cohesion with the Steelers and the trending Buccaneers. I give Jackson the advantageover Haden and the Pittsburgh secondary.
Nelson Agholor vs. Kenny Moore III: With the absence of Alshon Jeffery due to offseason shoulder surgery, Agholor has emerged as the number one receiving threat for the Eagles offense. Due to his ability to be a deep threat, Agholor presents a mismatch that can give second year undrafted CB Moore III of the Colts issues this Sunday. Moore III has showcased his ability to be a major piece to the Colts defense. His range despite his size combined with his football IQ is a testament to his growth. In previous weeks the Eagles have struggled due to injury. Backup quarterback Nick Foles has been inconsistent. However, this week, potential MVP Carson Wentz makes his season debut after being tearing his ACL late in 2017. Last season, it was evident that Wentz and Agholor have a relationship that will spill over into this season. In week two, Agholor failed to reach 50 receiving yards and I expect that to change this week due to the presence of Wentz and a young Colts secondary that is still attempting to find its identity. Due to Agholor’s role in the Eagles’ success, I expect Moore III to have his hands full this Sunday.