2015 Schedule Release: Key matchups in second half of season

Week 10 - November 16, 2015 (MONDAY)
@ Cincinnati - Paul Brown Stadium
Best matchup
RB Jeremy Hill v. Texans Defensive front - the former LSU Tiger is a star in the making and the Texans saw him up close and personal last season. Hill, as a rookie, ran for nearly five yards a carry in a Bengals 22-13 win over the Texans in 2014. He finished the regular season with three straight 22 carry/100 yard games.

Bengals Offensive Player to Watch
TE Tyler Eifert - the former Notre Dame Fightin' Irish TE was injured for most of the 2015 season, playing only one game. But, former Bengal TE Jermaine Gresham moved on in free agency, so Eifert should be QB Andy Dalton's one consistent outlet in the passing game.

Bengals Defensive Player to Watch
S George Iloka - not many people know the former greater Houston High School product, but his length, speed and physical nature have helped him become an underrated, but key, factor in the Cincinnati secondary.

Bengals Key Off-season Additions
WR Denarius Moore

Week 11 - November 22, 2015 (Sunday)
New York Jets - NRG Stadium
Best matchup
DE Muhammad Wilkerson/Sheldon Richardson v. Texans OL - these two Jets make up one of the best DE duos in the league. Containing these two is paramount to moving the football on the ground, but that's a little easier said than done.

Jets Offensive Player to Watch
WR Brandon Marshall - the mercurial Pro Bowl wide out begins his first year for his fourth NFL franchise. Which QB will get him the football and how effectively will he be if he's not getting consistent targets throughout the season?

Jets Defensive Player to Watch
CB Darrelle Revis - the man has an Island named after him, of course, he's going to the defensive player to watch. Not to mention, he'll probably follow Hopkins all over the field.

Jets Key Off-season Additions
HBC Todd Bowles
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
WR Brandon Marshall
G James Carpenter
CB/Slot CB Buster Skrine
RB Stevan Ridley

Week 12 - November 29, 2015 (Sunday)
New Orleans - NRG Stadium
Best matchup
RDE Cameron Jordan vs. LT Duane Brown - Best on best. That's all that truly needs to be said about this one-on-one matchup

Saints Offensive Player to Watch
WR Brandin Cooks - The dynamic Cooks didn't put up massive numbers due in large part to an injury he suffered that cost him the last six games of the season. But, he's got the quickness that is problematic for those covering him in the slot.

Saints Defensive Player to Watch
OLB Junior Galette - The former Stillman College product posted double digit sacks the past two seasons - 12 in 2013 and 10 in 2014. Anthony Spencer was signed in the off-season to help the pass rush, mainly to free up Galette a bit more from the edge.

Take a look at the top players who will visit NRG Stadium and the Houston Texans in 2015.

Saints Key Off-season Additions
OLB Anthony Spencer
ILB Dannell Ellerbe
RB C.J Spiller

Week 13 - December 6, 2015 (Sunday)
@ Buffalo - Ralph Wilson Stadium
Best matchup
RB LeSean McCoy v. Texans LB - Last year when he was with Philadelphia, 'Shady' ran for 117 yards on nearly five yards per carry v. the Texans defense. It was his fourth highest total of the year. New head coach Rex Ryan won't be shy about handing the rock to his backs so McCoy could run it 25, 30 times...whatever it takes, especially in the cold of December.

Bills Offensive Player to Watch
WR Percy Harvin - When Harvin has been utilized in a slash sort of role, he's as dynamic a weapon as any in the league. Alongside McCoy, the former Viking/Seahawk may not get as many touches but may concern teams more than McCoy.

Bills Defensive Player to Watch
LB Preston Brown - As a rookie last season, Brown registered 109 total tackles and filled in admirably for a depleted LB corps. Now that the Bills no longer have Kiko Alonso, Brown's move into the starting lineup should be permanent and long lasting.

Bills Key Off-season Additions
HBC Rex Ryan
RB LeSean McCoy
WR Percy Harvin
TE Charles Clay
G Richie Incognito
QB Matt Cassel
QB Tyrod Taylor

Week 14 - December 13, 2015 (Sunday)
New England - NRG Stadium
Best matchup
C Bryan Stork v. DT Vince Wilfork - Stork only got to see Wilfork in practice but now he'll be expected, for much of the game, to handle Wilfork in the middle of the line.

Patriots Offensive Player to Watch
WR Julian Edelman - Everyone knows Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are the Patriots' offensive stars, but the most underrated aspect for this offense is Edelman's ability to get open against zone & man coverage anywhere on the field out of the slot position.

Patriots Defensive Player to Watch
LB Jamie Collins - Collins was one of the 2012 Combine's best athletes and the only question was whether he could ever turn athleticism into NFL production. The answer is an emphatic yes. He's become one of, if not, the most versatile and most valuable defenders in the AFC.

Take a look at the places the Texans will visit during the 2015 season.

Patriots Key Off-season Additions
DT Jabaal Sheard
TE Scott Chandler
RB Travaris Cadet

Week 15 - December 20, 2015 (Sunday)
@ Indianapolis - Lucas Oil Stadium
Best matchup
CB Vontae Davis v. WR DeAndre 'Nuk' Hopkins - Davis will stay on his side of the field so when Hopkins lines up opposite him, it's the best CB-WR one-on-one in this division. Davis made his first Pro Bowl last season and Hopkins is looking to do the same in 2015. A great game against Davis will more than help that cause.

Colts Offensive Player to Watch
RB Frank Gore & Dan 'Boom' Herron - As a solo, lead running back, neither seems to fit the bill, but as complements to one another, this duo is a great fit for Pep Hamilton's offense. Long time 49er Gore has a ton of tread off the tire and Herron isn't quite a bell cow back, but they can help keep each other fresh throughout a long 16 game season.

Colts Defensive Player to Watch
DT/DE Arthur Jones - He wasn't healthy much of last season and it had an impact on the Colts run defense throughout 2014. Having him back in this defense will certainly bolster the interior of this defense in 2015.

Colts Key Off-season Additions
RB Frank Gore
OLB Trent Cole
G Todd Herremans
WR Andre Johnson
FS Dwight Lowery
LB Nate Irving

Week 16 - December 27, 2015 (Sunday)
@ Tennessee - LP Field
Best matchup
G Chance Warmack v. DT/DE JJ Watt - There's little question that Warmack doesn't think that Watt was, or is, as good as he is. The former Alabama product is a nasty run blocker but hasn't gotten the best of Watt or the rest of the Texans DL yet. However, Warmack will always be up for the challenge and, lucky for him, this is the first of two matchups this season (the other in December in Nashville).

Titans Offensive Player to Watch
LT Taylor Lewan - The former Michigan product now has the left tackle spot all to himself. He plays angry and nasty and likes to chirp but he's got the physical skills to back it up. He's not a fan of the Texans pass rushers and it'll make for interesting theater for the next decade or so.

Titans Defensive Player to Watch
DT Jurell Casey - Longtime defensive guru Dick LeBeau is now pulling the strings on the 3-4 defense so how will it impact Casey, who was clearly the Titans best interior defender last season? If LeBeau finds a way to highlight Casey within this defense, it could truly create problems for offenses in the AFC South.

Titans Key Off-season Additions
OLB Brian Orakpo
CB Perrish Cox
S Da'Norris Searcy

Week 17 - January 3, 2016 (Sunday)
Jacksonville - NRG Stadium
Best matchup
DT Sen'Derrick Marks v. G Brandon Brooks - The last time these two teams tangled, at NRG Stadium, Marks, one of the most underrated DL in the NFL, unfortunately tore his ACL. These are two of the best young interior players on both sides of the ball and it's a shame that more people aren't quite aware of that fact just yet.

Jaguars Offensive Player to Watch
WR Allen Robinson - He didn't play in either game against the Texans last year, but had a strong rookie campaign in 2014 before he was knocked out for the season with an injury.

Jaguars' Defensive Player to Watch
LB Telvin Smith - Although he's nearly safety size, he's the soul of this defense and will continue to be on into the future.

Jaguars Key Off-season Additions
OT Jeremy Parnell
TE Julius Thomas
DE/DT Jared Odrick
OLB Dan Skuta
FS Sergio Brown
CB/Slot CB Davon House

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