Patriots DT Vince Wilfork vs. Jets C Nick Mangold
This is perhaps one of the most anticipated one-on-one battles in the NFL on a yearly basis. Vince Wilfork has been called a "war daddy" by NFL writer Chris Brown, but Nick Mangold has gone to war with Wilfork 16 times over the past seven years (14 regular season games, two playoff games).
Wilfork has gone head-to-head with Mangold a bit less since the Patriots switched to a 4-3 look, and it was guard Brandon Moore whose rear end notoriously knocked into quarterback Mark Sanchez on the now-famous "Butt fumble."
It's nearly impossible to quantify who wins and loses this battle based on stats, but Wilfork is the lynchpin for the entire Patriots defense because of the matchup problems he creates on the offensive line. If Wilfork dominates this, the Patriots defense should be making life difficult for the Jets offense as a whole.