16. Week 7-vs. Cleveland Browns (10/20)
This game might have been tougher if we were going to Cleveland, but it's tough to put them higher on this list. The last time they were a playoff team was in 2002, with Derek Anderson as their quarterback. Once again they are a team with a brand new coach, and are switching to a 3-4 defense this year after being in a 4-3 last year. Plus, Brandon Weeden is not a top quarterback. He never should have been drafted as a first round quarterback when he is 2 months older than Aaron Rodgers and not 100% ready to play in the NFL. Their best players are Trent Richardson and Joe Haden. And here are their 3 highest paid players courtesy of spotrac.com, which I will use for the rest of the contract information in the post.
- Joe Thomas OT (8 yr, 80.5M)
- Joe Haden CB (5 yr, 42.7M)
- D'Qwell Jackson LB (5 yr, 42.5M)
15. Week 5-vs. Detroit Lions (10/6)
Lions 21, Packers 17. December 15, 1991 is the last time that the Detroit Lions won a game in the state of Wisconsin. The Packers QB was Mike Tomczak. Green Bay has won 22 straight in the state of Wisconsin, and seems poised to make it 23, especially since this game is right after Green Bay's early bye in week 4. This will be the first game for Reggie Bush in the rivalry, but he probably isn't going to have a major impact, as I'm sure this could be a fun game to watch for all of the passing that is going on. But seeing how Detroit has struggled here recently, it just makes sense that the Packers will keep winning in this series. Just for fun, let's review the Lions highest paid players as well.
- Calvin Johnson WR (8 yr, 150.5M)
- Matthew Stafford QB (5 yr, 76.5M)
- Ndamukong Suh DT (5 yr, 65.3M)
14. Week 10-vs. Philadelphia Eagles (11/10)
Look, I'm not going to say that the Eagles are going to be a bad team this year. I'm just not certain that I know enough about how well they will play to put them higher on the list. Chip Kelly did a great job in a few years at Oregon, but the NFL is different and we will have to see exactly what he has up his sleeves in order to get the Eagles to win some games. Again, this game would be rated higher if the Eagles were at home, as Lincoln Financial Field is a boisterous stadium. Their top 3 contracts are:
- Jason Peters OT (6 yr, 60.6M)
- Trent Cole LB (6 yr, 59.3M)
- DeSean Jackson WR (5 yr, 47M)
13. Week 16-vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (12/22)
I'm very glad that this game is not at Heinz Field, as I know there would be many more terrible towels, and hopefully we don't see any in Lambeau field. The Steelers are still dealing with the consequences of getting too much on their books during the uncapped season, and have had trouble keeping players that they want, and instead keep losing them to other teams, and losing Mike Wallace this past year was rough, and I definitely think they miss Bruce Arians as well. Here are their top 3 contracts.
- Ben Roethlisberger QB (8 yr, 102M)
- LaMarr Woodley LB (6 yr, 61.5M)
- Troy Polamalu S (4yr, 36.5M)