Super Bowl 2011: Darrelle Revis-Roddy White and 10 Matchups We'd Love To See

Chris Faig@@ULuminaryCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2011

2011 NFL Super Bowl: 10 Potential Position Matchups

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    With the Wild Card round of the 2011 NFL playoffs now decided, there are some intense and exciting matchups to look forward to in the Divisional round.  As the Seattle Seahawks showed with a win over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, anything can happen in the playoffs.  

    Divisional round predictions aside though, lets take a look at some of the most intriguing potential Super Bowl matchups, as well as some positional matchups we would like to see. Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers, anyone?

New York Jets' Defense Vs. Chicago Bears' Defense

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    Chicago Bears

    Rushing Defense:  ranked second overall, holding opponents to an average 90.1 YPG.

    Passing Defense:  ranked 20th overall, giving up an average of 224.3 YPG.

    Key Players:  

    LB Brian Urlacher, with 125 total tackles (96 solo, 29 assisted), four sacks, 10 tackles for loss, one interception and two forced fumbles.

    LB Lance Briggs, with 89 total tackles (76 solo, 13 assisted), two sacks, seven tackles for loss, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

    CB Charles Tillman, with 82 total tackles (71 solo, 11 assisted), one tackle for loss, five interceptions and three forced fumbles.

    DE Julius Peppers, with 54 total tackles (43 solo, 11 assisted), eight sacks, five tackles for loss, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and one blocked kick.


    New York Jets

    Rushing Defense:  ranked third overall, holding opponents to an average of 90.9 YPG.

    Passing Defense:  ranked sixth overall, holding opponents to an average of 200.6 YPG.

    Key Players: 

    CB Darrelle Revis, with 32 total tackles (26 total, six assisted) and two fumbles recovered.

    LB Jason Taylor, 36 total tackles (25 solo, 11 assisted), five sacks, five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

    LB Bart Scott, 81 total tackles (59 solo, 22 assisted), one sack, six tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.

    LB Calvin Pace, 51 total tackles (42 solo, nine assisted), 5.5 sacks, three tackles for a loss, one interception and one forced fumble.


    Advantage:  Jets' Defense

Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger Vs. Atlanta's Matt Ryan

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    Ben Roethlisberger

    Height:  6'5''

    Weight:  241 pounds

    NFL Experience:  seven years

    Playoff Experience:  10 playoff games played with 2,239 yards, 15 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 61.9 completion percentage and a 87.2 QB rating.

    Season Stats:  3,200 yards, 61.7 completion percentage, 17 touchdowns, five interceptions and a 97.0 QB rating.

    Accomplishments: 2-time Super Bowl champion, 4-time AFC North Division champion, 2-time AFC Conference champion and AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2004). 


    Matt Ryan

    Height: 6'4''

    Weight: 220 pounds

    NFL Experience: three years

    Playoff Experience:  one playoff game played, with 199 yards, 65.0 completion percentage, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

    Season Stats:  3,705 yards, 62.5 completion percentage, 28 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 91.0 QB rating.

    Accomplishments:  2010 NFC South Division champion, AP Offensive Rookie of the Year (2008).


    Advantage:  Roethlisberger

Chicago's Jay Cutler Vs. Baltimore's Joe Flacco

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    Jay Cutler

    Height: 6'3''

    Weight: 233 pounds

    NFL Experience: five years

    Season Stats:  3,274 yards, 60.4 completion percentage, 23 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a 86.3 QB rating.

    Accomplishments:  Pro Bowl selection (2008). 


    Joe Flacco

    Height: 6'6''

    Weight: 238 pounds

    NFL Experience: three years

    Playoff Experience:  six playoff games, with 925 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions.

    Season Stats:  3,622 yards, 62.6 completion percentage, 25 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 93.6 QB rating.

    Accomplishments:  Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award (2008).

    Advantage:  Flacco


New York's Running Backs Vs. Chicago's Running Backs

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    Shonn Greene

    Height:  5'11''

    Weight:  226 pounds

    Season Stats:  766 rushing yards (4.1 AVG) and two touchdowns; 120 receiving yards.

    Experience:  two years

    LaDainian Tomlinson

    Height:  5'10''

    Weight:  215 pounds

    Season Stats:  914 rushing yards (4.2 AVG) and six touchdowns; 368 receiving yards.

    Experience:  10 years

    Accomplishments:  2-time second-team All-Pro selection, 4-time consecutive first-team All-Pro selection, AP NFL MVP (2006) and NFL 2000's All-Decade team member.

    Matt Forte

    Height:  6'2''

    Weight:  218 pounds

    Season Stats:  1,069 rushing yards (4.5 AVG) and six touchdowns; 547 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

    Experience: three years

    Chester Taylor

    Height: 5'11''

    Weight: 213 pounds

    Season Stats:  267 rushing yards (2.4 AVG) and three touchdowns; 139 receiving yards.

    Experience:  nine years

    Advantage:  Jets' running backs



Baltimore's Defense Vs. Atlanta's Offense

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    Ravens' Defense

    Rushing Defense:  ranked fifth overall in the NFL, holding opponents to an average 93.9 YPG.

    Passing Defense:  ranked 21st overall in the NFL, giving up an average 224.9 YPG.

    Falcons' Offense

    Rushing Offense:  ranked 12th overall in the NFL, averaging a total 118.2 YPG.

    Passing Offense:  ranked 15th overall in the NFL, averaging a total 222.9 YPG.


     Advantage:  Ravens' defense


Underdog Seahawks Vs. Top Dog Patriots

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    This game alone would create many exciting matchups of its own, such as Tom Brady vs. Matt Hasselbeck, coach Bill Belichick vs. Pete Carroll and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis v. Marshawn Lynch. 

    This unlikely matchup is guaranteed to be a thriller, with the worst team entering the playoffs against the league's most dominant team this season.  That would also mean the Seahawks would have already beaten the Saints, Bears and either the Packers or Falcons.  

    Advantage:  Patriots

Devin Hester Vs. New York's Special Teams

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    Devin Hester is the NFL's most feared return man, and the New York Jets have a highly-effective special teams unit.  

    The only way the Jets win this battle is if they either kick the ball out of bounds every time, or put enough hang time on the ball to get to Hester before he gets his hands on it.  Hester is simply that dangerous; all he needs is one touch, and he can turn it into six.


    Advantage:  Hester

Atlanta's Michael Turner Vs. Baltimore's Ray Rice

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    Michael Turner

    Height:  5'10''

    Weight:  244 pounds

    Experience:  seven years

    Season Stats:  1,371 rushing yards (4.1 AVG) and 12 touchdowns; 85 receiving yards.

    Accomplishments:  2-time Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro selection (2008).

    Ray Rice

    Height:  5'8''

    Weight:  212 pounds

    Experience:  three years

    Season Stats:  1,220 yards (4.0 AVG) and five touchdowns; 556 receiving yards and one touchdown.

    Accomplishments:  Pro Bowl selection (2009). 

    Advantage:  Rice

New England's Tom Brady Vs. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers

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    Tom Brady

    Height:  6'4''

    Weight:  225 pounds

    NFL Experience:  11 years

    Playoff Experience:  18 playoff games with 4,108 yards, 62.0 completion percentage, 28 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, two rushing touchdowns and a 85.5 QB rating.

    Season Stats:  3,900 yards, 65.9 completion percentage, 36 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 111.0 QB rating.

    Accomplishments:  3-time Super Bowl Champion, 2-time Super Bowl MVP, AP NFL MVP (2007), NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2009) and 6-time Pro Bowl selection. 


    Aaron Rodgers

    Height:  6'2''

    Weight:  225 pounds

    NFL Experience:  six years

    Season Stats:  3,922 yards, 65.7 completion percentage, 28 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 101.2 QB rating.

    Accomplishments: Pro Bowl selection (2009) and is the only player in NFL history to have 4,000 yards passing in each of his first two seasons.

    Advantage:  Brady


New York's Darrelle Revis Vs. Atlanta's Roddy White

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    Roddy White

    Height:  6'0''

    Weight:  212 pounds

    NFL Experience:  six years

    Season Stats:  1,389 receiving yards (12.1 AVG) and 10 touchdowns; three rushing yards.

    Darrelle Revis

    Height:  5'11''

    Weight:  198 pounds

    NFL Experience:  four years

    Season Stats:  32 total tackles (26 solo, six assisted).


     Advantage:  Revis