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8 best positional matchups in Week 2

Touchdown Wire logo Touchdown Wire 9/12/2018 Michael Colangelo
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Sometimes it's fun to monitor the game within the game. That's what we are doing here. We'll list some interesting match ups to watch each week. Week two's best matchup seems obvious.

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Rob Gronkowski v. Jalen Ramsey

Ramsey called Gronk overrated this offseason. He said Gronkowski struggles against cornerbacks. Gronkowski may not do as well against corners but there's a logical reason. Teams that put a corner on the Patriots tight end will put their best cover corner. It probably means that corner is not only one of the better corners in the league but they are also a big corner. Small corners don't exactly get the chance so they are left out of the sample size. It will be interesting to see if the Jaguars give Ramsey his wish and throw him on Gronk. The Patriots don't exactly have any wide receivers who are even close to as good as Ramsey so it might be a waste putting him on the outside against Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan.

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Aaron Rodgers v. Vikings pass defense

It could be Aaron Rodgers against Anthony Barr if we wanted to create a revenge factor. The Vikings defensive backfield is one of the best in the NFL. Rodgers is dealing with a knee injury so he may not be able to fit the ball into super-small windows. That's the only space the Vikings give up. The Minnesota defensive backfield absolutely ate up future superstar Jimmy Garoppolo. Now they have to deal with the best quarterback in the NFL.

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Josh Allen v. Chargers pass rush

Allen should be thanking his lucky stars that the Chargers don't have a healthy Joey Bosa this weekend. One of the criticisms levied against Allen during the draft process was that he does not deal with pressure well. The Chargers can still bring it. Melvin Ingram is still going to provide pressure. The Chargers should be showing the rookie a ton of looks to see if they can get pressure directly in his face.

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Saquon Barkley v. Cowboys run defense

The Cowboys will be geared up to stop the rookie. They saw what he did last weekend. Dallas did an OK job against a rush heavy Carolina attack. Will they force the Giants to beat them through the air?

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Dez Bryant v. Twitter

Bryant still hasn't signed with a team and he's been on fire using Twitter lately. What team will he suggest he would be a fit with next?

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Le'Veon Bell fans v. James Conner supporters

This is a crazy idea, but try and stay with me. Bell could be a better player who helps the Steelers win easier while Conner could also be a perfectly fine replacement who can do 80 percent of what Bell can. I know it's tough in this black and white world to be able to think the Steelers need Bell back, but Conner is also good.

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Raiders pass rush v. Case Keenum and the Broncos

Guys, the Broncos passing game looked good against the Seahawks last week. It's almost like Case Keenum was exact replicas of his receivers when he was in Minnesota. It's like Demaryius Thomas plays a role similar to Adam Thielen and Emmanuel Sanders is like Stefon Diggs. The Raiders are going to need to get to Keenum. He only suffered one sack in Week 1. It would be nice if the Raiders had a generational pass rusher.

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Sam Darnold v. Heightened expectations

Sam Darnold, at home, in front of the Jets crowd, after winning his opening game, and now playing a division rival is the perfect situation for Jets fans to flip out if Darnold plays well again. It's also a perfect situation for Jets fans to flip out if he plays poorly.

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