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NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:04 pm

Here are 10 match-ups I can't wait to see from Week Two of the NFL season:

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas vs. Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney

Freeney is one of the game's best pass rushers. He is explosive off the edge, but he can also bull rush a tackle. Thomas is one of the better tackles, but speed players can sometimes get the best of him. These two should be fun to watch all day long -- especially if it is loud, which will play to Freeney's speed.

Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo vs. Cardinals left tackle Levi Brown

Brown had a tough time last week against Carolina and still doesn't come close to resembling a top-10 pick, which he was. Orakpo now has help on the other side from rookie Ryan Kerrigan, which will mean fewer doubles. If the Cardinals single-block him, it could be trouble for Brown. Orakpo has been bothered by an ankle injury this week, but he expects to play.

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith vs. Green Bay corners

Smith had a huge game last week against the Cardinals secondary. The Packers are significantly better on the back end than Arizona. Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields form the best corner threesome in the league.  That will make for tough going for Smith. If the Packers single him, as good as they are, they will be playing with fire. Williams has a sore shoulder and hasn't practiced, but there is a chance he can play.

Eagles left tackle Jason Peters vs. Falcons right defensive end John Abraham

Abraham had a sack last week against J'Marcus Webb of the Bears and he's usually even better at home in front of loud crowd. Peters was solid last week against the Rams, but Abraham is a step up in competition. If the Falcons get a lead, and Abraham can pin his ears back and go, this could be a bad matchup for the Eagles.

Titans center C Eugene Amano vs. Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody

The Titans got little push inside last week against the Jaguars. Amano isn't over-powering at the point of attack, which could be a big problem against Cody. He was fantastic last week against Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey. He pushed him into the backfield a couple of time. If the Titans want to get Chris Johnson going, Amano has to do a good job on Cody.

Patriots tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski vs. Chargers safeties Bob Sanders and Eric Weddle

The Patriots tight ends destroyed Miami, catching 13 passes and two touchdowns Monday night. They did a lot of damage against the linebackers, but the Chargers have the cover safeties to handle them. I look for Sanders and Weddle to spend a lot of time on those two second-year tight ends. If they can take those two away from Tom Brady, force him to go to his receivers more, it should be a big help to the Chargers defense.

Bills offensive line vs. Raiders defensive front

The Bill front, which is a major concern this season, did a nice job against the Chiefs last week. They weren't dominant, but they held their own and gave Ryan Fitzpatrick time to throw. But this Raiders defensive line sacked Kyle Orton six times and dominated the Denver offensive line, which is a step above the Bills line.  This is the battle that will decide this game, not what happens outside.

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson vs. Dolphins corners 

Dolphins corners Sean Smith and Vontae Davis had a rough start to their season last Monday against the Patriots. They both got beat at times, and both had cramps. They had to live with Tom Brady throwing for 517 yards. Now they get the NFL's best receiver and another top-tier passing game. I would imagine Smith, who is bigger, might spend more time on Johnson than Davis. They can only hope to contain Johnson. They won't stop him.

Bears defensive end Julius Peppers vs. Saints LT Jermon Bushrod

Peppers is one of the top pass rushers in the game. But he also can hold up against the run. If the Saints are to get the run game going, Bushrod has to win against Peppers. But even more importantly, Bushrod has to handle him in pass protection. Drew Brees is good getting the ball out, which will help neutralize Peppers some, but I was there when DeMarcus Ware worked over Bushrod a couple of years ago. Peppers has that same type of ability.

49ers center Jonathan Goodwin vs. Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff

You know the 49ers want to run the football with Frank Gore. Goodwin is a good center the 49ers added in free agency. He will be matched against Ratliff, a smaller nose tackle who is quick at the point of attack. Goodwin has to handle Ratliff to allow the guards to get out on the Cowboys linebackers if Gore is going to run the football.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Week 1

Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: September 18, 2011 10:22 am

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

Freeny is out for week 2

Since: Jul 16, 2011
Posted on: September 18, 2011 9:30 am

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

Last week, i ranted about all the naysayers who said the colts were done w/o peyton.  This week my face is red because of the butt-whuppin' they took.  But now that the shock has worn off, Caldwell and the other "coaches" must do their jobs and focus this team.  the colts ain't that bad, 21 of Houston's points were caused by Collins' two fumbles and a punt return.  Collins will do better, all will play better.  The colts way, after nine consecutive playoff appearances, is to win and do their best.  They will not throw the season to draft some college quarterback.  They may not get into the playoffs and every team's history has cyclic periods of winning/losing, but they will PLAY!!!

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 4:45 am

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

Matty Dubz must be from Wisconson or just a frontrunner for the

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 4:44 am

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

Matty Dubz must be from Wisconson or just a frontrunner for the

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 4:42 am

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

Cavsfan,  let me point out that the colts are gonna try and give away this season because they want first crack at Andrew luck.  Peyton is done with that neck and even if he plays agsin they still want a replacement because he is old.  My prediction is:  Polian throws season here.....

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 4:28 am

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:54 am

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

 turn in your football fan card. The article is about matchups if you can't appreciate that aspect of the game you need to get a clue.   

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:42 am

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

That is what the reputation/level business is all about.  Do your job by scoring abusive, inappropriate posts accordingly.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:57 pm

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

left tackle vs. defensive end

  Really? Jonathan Fanene and Michael Johnson owned Joe Thomas last week. I hope he does better against Freeney.

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:40 pm

NFL Week Two Match-ups to watch

I'm a Browns fan, but I already have gven up on this season. They are gonna get their heads handed to them tomorrow by a Colts team that will probably win about 3 games all year without Peyton Manning. Who gives a crap about Joe Thomas vs. Dwight Freeney? If your best player is an offensive tackle, you suck balls. I'm looking at the Browns' schedule, and I don't see a win anywhere on it. 0-16 is a real possibility. But don't worry, Holmgren will trade out of that #1 pick spot to get a #25 and an additional 2nd rounder, because the Browns are just loaded with playmakers.

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