NFL Week 1 Schedule: 50 Most Exciting Matchups

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NFL Week 1 Schedule: 50 Most Exciting Matchups
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The first of the year's great matchups, Brees vs Rodgers, went to the youngster

If you were lucky enough to witness the Thursday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, it may have had enough of everything to whet your appetite.

There were some key match ups that sparked big plays.

First, the obvious: Aaron Rodgers versus Drew Brees, the two most recent starting quarterbacks to earn Super Bowl victories.

There was also the match up between head coaches Mike McCarthy and Sean Payton, both of whom applied for McCarthy's eventual Green Bay gig. They have nearly identical records as head coaches of their respective teams.

There was the Dom Capers' pass-rush schemes, which gave the Saints offensive line fits, especially their highly touted interior offensive linemen: Jahri Evans, Olin Kreutz and Carl Nicks.

Conversely, there was Green Bay's crafty management of Gregg Williams's blitz-heavy scheme, with Rodgers calling Tom Brady-like pre-snap motion to uncover the assignments.

There were the player match ups in the wings that sparkled.

Greg Jennings picked on young cornerback Patrick Robinson to great effect.

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins brought the wood to anyone running a vertical route upfield.

Green Bay rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb smoked Saints safety Roman Harper a couple of times, including once for a touchdown.

The Packers defensive line, especially BJ Raji, sniffed out Mark Ingram all game long.

Darren Sproles was utterly uncoverable by everyone.

So what other match ups bode well for the rest of the week?  

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