NFL Week 5: Top 5 Must Watch Match-ups This Week

Ashley Swafford@ashleyswaffordContributor IOctober 4, 2010

NFL Week 5: Top 5 Must Watch Match-ups This Week

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  A pink ribbon with the NFL logo in support of Breast Cancer Awareness on the goal post during a game between the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisian
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    Week five’s NFL match-ups are some of the best of the year. The defending Super bowl champions will fight on the road against an embarrassed Cardinal team. Romo and the Cowboys will get a chance to prove themselves against the Titans. The Raiders will get an opportunity to become an above 500 team when they face the Chargers at home. Brian Cushing will come back for the first time since his suspension against the Giants. The New York Jets, the experts’ favorite to win it all, will face the Vikings to close the weekend’s NFL play. 

5: Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys makes an adjustment at the line of scrimmage against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    After a slow start, the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of catching up to do. High expectations in the preseason may have overwhelmed the Cowboys causing them to falter in their opening games. Not to mention, knowing the Super bowl will be played in their stadium may have put too much pressure on the Texas team. Tennessee Titan quarterback Vince Young had a mediocre night against the Denver Broncos and may be looking for redemption against Dallas. However, if Dallas quarterback Tony Romo can find the hands of his receivers, Roy Williams and, rookie, Dez Bryant, the Cowboys should fare well. 

4: New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Jon Beason #52 of the Carolina Panthers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Panthers 16-14.    (Photo by Chris
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    The Saints need some wins and Arizona needs redemption. The Cardinals need to bounce back after humiliating loss against the Chargers. 

3. San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders in action during their game against the St. Louis Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    One of the most classic rivalry games of all time, the Oakland Raiders will host the San Diego Chargers next week. The immense hatred shared amongst fans for one another makes the game more intense than any rivalry in the NFL. The Raiders are just a couple of wins away from being an above 500 team. The Raiders lost by just one touchdown against a strong Houston Texans team.  Raiders backup quarterback, Bruce Gradkowski, show tremendous poise against the Texans making up for Jason Campbell’s lack of consistency. It will be interesting to see how Gradkowski will fare against Chargers Philip Rivers.

2. New York Giants at Houston Texans

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    MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 24:  Brian Cushing #10 of the South Team prepares before the game against the North Team during the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 24, 2009 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Un
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    Houston Texans are good this year and with outside linebacker Brian Cushing coming back from his four-game suspension, the Texans will be ready to wreck havoc on the Giants. However, the Giants defense made history last week when they collectively sacked Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler nine times in one half of football. The battle of the defenses will mark the story line for Sunday’s match-up. 

1. Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings watches from the sidelines during the first half of the game against the Miami Dolphins on September 19, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Pho
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    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will have to prove himself against a strong defensive team. Favre will face the best defense that he’s played all year, the New York Jets. The Jets will have to maintain stamina and not play into all the Favre hype to remain the experts' favorite to win it all.