Just over halfway through the NFL season and teams are moving closer and closer to locking up a spot in the postseason.
Here is a look at some of the best potential matchups from the teams currently occupying the playoff spots.
New England Patriots vs New York Giants
Tom Brady has two Super Bowl losses, both against Eli Manning and the Giants. With the Patriots looking like they could once again go the whole regular season unbeaten, just like in 2007, what better way to end the season than a chance for Brady to avenge that season’s loss in Super Bowl XLVI.
Away from the quarterbacks these two teams have two of the most exciting players in the league to watch in Odell Beckham Jr. and Rob Gronkowski. Who wouldn’t want to watch these two players on the biggest stage of them all?
This past week showed once again that these two teams always play great games. The last five times that these two have met, the biggest margin of victory has been just four points.
If these two teams make it to Levi’s Stadium in February then I don’t think many people will be disappointed.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers
The most successful team of the Super Bowl era vs the most successful NFL team of all time.
These two great franchises met in 2011 and Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to victory. This was Rodgers’ first and still his only Super Bowl victory.
The Green bay quarterback was the MVP that day and many thought that win would lead to multiple rings and years of dominance from the Packers. It hasn’t quite worked that way. The Packers haven’t even made it back to the Super Bowl since.
Ben Roethlisberger is looking as good as he ever has, at least when he can stay on the field. It helps when you are throwing to arguably the best receiver in the league in Antonio Brown. The Steelers’ quarterback would be looking to add a third ring to his collection and cement himself as one of the best players of his generation.
Denver Broncos vs Arizona Cardinals
The Super Bowl is all about matching up the best teams in the league. I can’t think of a better way of doing that than a Super Bowl featuring the league’s best defence and the best offence.
The Cardinals are leading the league in total offence. That offence is built around three veterans – Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and Chris Johnson. I’m not sure anybody would have predicted such a good season for Palmer after the ACL tear that cut his 2014 season short.
Perhaps even more surprising is the resurgence of Chris Johnson. The running back most known for his 2000 yard season in 2009 has struggled over the past few seasons but he has overtaken Andre Ellington and David Johnson to become the Cardinals’ leading running back.
The Denver defence almost singlehandedly dragged this team to 7-0 before back-to-back losses. Peyton Manning’s struggles this season have been well documented but the team is still one of the league’s best thanks to the likes of Von Miller and Aqib Talib.
Wouldn’t it be funny if Peyton finally got his second ring in comfortably the worst season of his career?