From old school showdowns to new decades of dominance, there are more than enough gridiron rivalries etched into National Football League history.
With those same football archives in mind, in addition to looking at the league from a 2010 perspective, today we’ll be power ranking some of the best current NFL rivalries as the new season quickly rolls into Week 3.
So, where does the New England Patriots vs. New York Jets matchup rank in my personal 10 best rivalries in the NFL this season?
And what other teams are invited members to today’s top 10 list?
Although a fairly new “rivalry,” you can never underestimate a showdown between two very talented brothers.
In this particular case, we’re talking about Peyton (Colts) and Eli (Giants) Manning—as the annual kickoff between Indianapolis and New York should be quite a sight to see for many years to come.
Interesting enough, this particular matchup happens to be this Sunday night’s (Sept. 19) nationally televised football game; and thus far, it’s been a very entertaining game…
This is actually a long-standing rivalry that still lives on passionately to this day, as the twice-annual showdown between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins is often a showcase matchup.
The Jets, holding an all-time advantage in the series at 46-42-1, have only faced the Dolphins once in postseason play—a game Miami won 14-0 (1982 AFC Championship).
In the teams last meeting, the Dolphins narrowly escaped with a 30-25 victory over the Jets on Nov. 1, 2009.
The Dolphins and Jets are slated to face off twice in 2010: Sept. 26 at Miami and Dec. 12 at New York.
Another near-lifelong rivalry in the NFL is the duo of games every season between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.
Miami, holding a 53-35-1 edge in the all-time series between the two teams, have matched up with Buffalo on four different occasions in postseason play—with the Bills holding an impressive 3-1 record in those contests.
In the teams’ latest showdown, Miami won 15-12 at Buffalo on Sept. 12.
The other meeting between the Dolphins and Bills in 2010 is slated for Dec. 19 at Miami.
There have been at least four incredible showdowns between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys since 2000, and that’s not even counting the long-standing rivalry between the two squads prior to the latest decade.
And there are bound to be many more in both 2010 and beyond.
In the team’s latest matchup, on Dec. 6, 2009, the Giants edged the Cowboys 31-24.
The Cowboys and Giants face off twice this season: Oct. 25 in Dallas and Nov. 14 in New York.
The 2010 version of NFL rivalry between the Titans and Steelers has already begun, with Pittsburgh garnering a 19-11 victory over Tennessee on Sept. 19.
With the win, the Steelers improve to 40-29 in all-time series against the Titans.
However, since the team bolted from Houston to Tennessee, the Titans were 7-1 all-time at home heading into Sunday’s showdown with the Steelers (dropping to 7-2 all-time after the Sept. 19 loss).
In postseason play, meanwhile, Pittsburgh is 3-1 against Tennessee (losing their lone playoff game in Nashville in 2002).
The Titans and Steelers will not face each other again during the 2010 regular season.
When looking at truly heated rivalries in the NFL, one of the first to come to mind are the annual matchups between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos.
And with the 100th meeting between the two teams kicking off on Nov. 22, 2009, the Chargers cruised to a 32-3 victory.
Denver leads the all-time series between the two teams 54-45-1.
The Chargers and Broncos will face off twice this season: Nov. 22 at San Diego and Jan. 2, 2011 at Denver.
From the teams first NFL showdown on Sept. 8, 1996, to their latest on Dec. 27, 2009, the rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens has been heated and intense from the get-go.
Through the 28 meetings between the two teams, Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 19-11; the Steelers are also 2-0 against the Ravens in postseason play.
The Steelers and Ravens will play each other twice in 2010: Oct. 3 at Pittsburgh and Dec. 5 at Baltimore.
The rivalry between the New England Patriots and New York Jets has been going on for 102 meetings and counting.
In the team’s latest showdown, the Jets won 28-14 on Sept. 19 at New York.
In postseason play, meanwhile, the Patriots are 2-0 all-time against the Jets.
The two teams will face each other one more time this season, on Dec. 6 at New England.
The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins have a rivalry that has been going on since 1960—lasting 101 meetings and counting.
In the latest showdown between the two teams, the Redskins escaped with a 13-7 victory over the Cowboys on Sept. 12, 2010, at Washington.
Dallas leads the all-time series 59-40-2 while Washington is a perfect 2-0 against the Cowboys in postseason play.
The Redskins and Cowboys will face each other one more time this season, on Dec. 19 at Dallas.
Through 73 extremely intense meetings, the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots have poured blood, sweat, and tears into the two teams' riveting rivalry that began in 1970.
The Patriots lead the all-time series 44-29, with the Colts escaping with a 35-34 victory in the two team’s latest showdown on Nov. 15, 2009.
In postseason play, meanwhile, New England leads Indianapolis 2-1 all-time.
The Colts and Patriots will face off just once in 2010: Nov. 21 at New England.
This rivalry, heated as it may have been prior to Brett Favre’s departure from the Packers, became a yearly must-see when Favre bolted from Green Bay for Minnesota.
In the two 2009 meetings, Minnesota won both games—with Favre and the Vikings winning 30-23 on Oct. 5 before taking a 38-26 victory on Nov. 1.
The Packers and Vikings will kick off twice this season: Oct. 24 at Green Bay and Nov. 21 at Minnesota.
Are you ready for some football rivalries yet??
We’re only two weeks into the 2010 NFL season, with 14-plus weeks of top-notch rivalry showdowns to go…
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