2. Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21: All NFC East rivalries are good ones, but this one moved to the top of the list after DeSean Jackson's move from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Washington Redskins. Apparently, Eagles coach Chip Kelly tired of how Jackson worked off the field and decided to release him. The Redskins and Dan Snyder wasted no time getting him into their offense. Seeing Jackson play in Philadelphia will be one of the highlights of the season. How the Jackson move works out will be telling for both franchises. For the Eagles, they have the chance to show that Kelly's system and offense can be more important than the talent used in that offense. The Eagles won the division last year with Jackson at receiver. For the Redskins, the Jackson move could indicate talent is more important than just schemes. Jackson gives the Redskins a more talented receiver corps than the Eagles have heading into the draft. Robert Griffin III can throw to Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts and Santana Moss. If the Redskins can win in Philadelphia, Eagles fans might be scratching their heads about the release of Jackson.
3. Denver Broncos at New England Patriots, Sunday, Nov. 2: The regular-season meeting between Manning and Tom Brady often plays a big role in determining the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. This year should be no different. On paper, the Broncos and the Patriots are the best teams in the AFC. After Denver beat New England in last season's AFC Championship Game, both franchises were aggressive in what might be considered a personnel arms race similar to what we saw last offseason with the Seahawks and the 49ers. The Broncos added DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib. The Patriots added Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Brandon LaFell. Now, the Broncos have former Patriots Wes Welker and Talib on their roster. The winner of this game might have the edge for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
4. Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 21: Did the Seahawks teach the Broncos a lesson during the Super Bowl? What was expected to be a close game turned into a blowout. The Seahawks dominated and embarrassed the Broncos. As a result, the Broncos invested significant money to give themselves a tougher defense that can be more aggressive with pass coverage and rushing the passer. The Broncos also learned not to be too tricky when playing the Seahawks. Carroll uses one of the simplest defensive schemes in the game. His corners play man. The rest of the secondary plays Cover 1 or Cover 3. If you try to trick Seattle's defense, the Seahawks can destroy an offense. The best strategy against them is to be physical and try to hang in for close games in the fourth quarter. Last year, the Seahawks dominated the Broncos in the preseason and the Super Bowl. We'll see if the Broncos have closed the gap.