QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. QB Drew Brees
Today's game features two of the most productive signal callers in the game as Roethlisberger and Brees rank in the top-five in most of the league's passing categories. Over the last four games Roethlisberger has completed 116-of-161 passes (72 percent) for 1,412 yards with 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Brees is coming off a sharp game against the Ravens in which he threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns. Each player is the unquestioned leader of their team and understand the strong implications that this game carries for each team's playoff aspirations.
WR Antonio Brown vs. CB Keenan Lewis
Two familiar faces will square off today as the former Steeler Lewis defends one of the league's best receivers in Brown. Brown ranks first in receptions (88), second in receiving yards (1,161) and is tied for fourth in the league with nine touchdown receptions. Lewis is the Saints' top corner and has recorded 28 tackles (23 solo), one interception and leads the team with 11 passes defensed. Brown played three seasons (2010-12) with Lewis and each player's familiarity with one another makes this one of the most intriguing matchups today.
DE Cameron Heyward vs. DE Cameron Jordan
Heyward and Jordan were each selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft and have established themselves as anchors across their respective defensive lines. Heyward has recorded 33 tackles (25 solo), four sacks and a team-high 14 quarterback pressures. Jordan has a similar stat line as the fourth-year pro has 43 tackles (28 solo) and ranks second on the team with five sacks. With two of the best offenses dueling today the defense that plays the best is more than likely going to win the game.