The NFL is a family business.
For most, making the league is a pipedream, achieved by less than 2% of college athletes. A lucky few families get the privilege of enjoying that success multiple times. On rare occasions, those families find themselves in a house divided with players on opposite teams.
While the days of the Mannings and Harbaughs are a thing of the past, the NFL maintains a long-standing tradition of sibling matchups.
Some of the biggest last names are missing from this list, as neither the Kelce, Diggs nor Watt brothers are slated to meet this regular season. However, there’s still plenty of family feuds in line.
Here’s a look at some of the fraternal matchups this regular season:
Nick Martin vs. Zack Martin, Week 4 and Week 18
The Martin brothers shared a sideline together at Notre Dame but have gone their separate ways since Nick entered the league in 2016, two years after his older brother.
While Zack is undoubtedly the more decorated player at this point in his career, boasting seven Pro-Bowl nods and five All-Pro honors, the little brother has his number when it comes to head-to-head matchups. In Nick’s four seasons in Houston, the Texans only faced the Cowboys once, winning 19-16. Nick then spent one season with the Las Vegas Raiders last year and recorded a 36-33 overtime win at Jerry World. Zack’s Cowboys defeated Nick’s Commanders this season, 25-10, and they’ll play again in Week 18.
Tremaine Edmunds vs. Terrell Edmunds, Week 5
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds visited Buffalo on Oct. 9 to face his brother, Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.
They entered the league together in 2018, and Tremaine’s Bill now lead the brotherly series 3-1 after their blowout win in 2022. The Steelers’ defense was torched for 38 points, including 31 in the first half, while the Bills’ defense suffocated the Steelers and allowed just three points.
Dalvin Cook vs. James Cook, Week 10
Week 10 will feature three brotherly battles, beginning with the Minnesota Vikings’ Dalvin Cook facing the Buffalo Bills’ James Cook.
Older brother Dalvin is an established NFL star – he’s a three-time Pro Bowler as he plays his sixth season in Minnesota. Younger brother James, a rookie, is trying to make a name for himself after being drafted in the second round earlier this year.
Considering the four-year age gap between Dalvin and James, the Cook brothers have never faced off in an organized football game. They attended the same high school in Miami but Dalvin graduated in 2014, just before James began as a freshman. Dalvin played at Florida State from 2014 to 2016, while James suited up for Georgia from 2018 to 2021.
One of the premier family showdowns of the season is in jeopardy, as Joey Bosa hasn’t played since Week 3 with a “significant groin injury,”
He could potentially return for Week 10 – just in time to face younger brother Nick and the San Francisco 49ers. Joey is close to returning to practice, head coach Brandon Staley said, but it’s still unclear if he’ll suit up for Sunday Night Football.
The Bosa brothers haven’t shared a field together in nearly a decade, despite entering their fourth season together in the league and playing a mere 380 miles apart. Both brothers attended Ohio State, but they narrowly missed each other when Nick declared for the draft ahead of his senior season. Professionally, they’ve both settled in California, but their teams are yet to meet beyond the preseason.
Equanimeous St. Brown and Amon-Ra St. Brown, Week 10 and Week 17
Sibling rivalry is a familiar territory for Equanimeous and Amon-Ra St. Brown. The two brothers, just over three years apart, have spent much of their football careers cheering for different teams.
While Equanimeous enjoyed a standout career at Servite high school in Anaheim, Calif., Amon-Ra opted to blaze his own trail by joining forces with rival Mater Dei. Four years later, the younger St. Brown once again spurned his brother’s alma mater, committing to USC over Notre Dame.
They’ve continued this friendly rivalry into the NFL. In their one meeting last season, Equanimeous’ Packers came out victorious over Amon-Ra’s Lions, despite the younger brother securing three catches for 18 yards in the loss.
Equanimeous is no longer taking snaps alongside Aaron Rodgers, instead joining forces with the Chicago Bears. As if fated to be on opposing sidelines, these two are set for two NFC North showdowns in the second half of the season.