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Week 9 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Peters

Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:09 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Bears defensive end Julius Peppers vs. Eagles left tackle Jason Peters -- The Bears use Peppers at both end spots, but he is better on the right side. He will be matched against Peters, who when healthy is a top-tier tackle. Peters played a solid game against the Cowboys this week and now has to show on Monday night he can handle Peppers.

Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin vs. Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor -- Taylor did a great job against New England's Wes Welker last week in man coverage. Boldin, meanwhile, had his best game of the season against Arizona. I expect to see a lot of Taylor on Boldin in a battle of two physical players.

Dolphins left tackle Jake Long vs. Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali -- Hali abused San Diego's Marcus McNeil Monday night. He now has to face another top-level tackle although Long hasn't been as good as in year's past. If he has a tough day here, it's going to be problems for the Miami passing game.

Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer vs. Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul -- Vollmer had problems with LaMarr Woodley last week and now gets to face one of the best young pass rushers in the league. Pierre-Paul is explosive and he has long reach that makes him even better at shedding tackles.  Vollmer has to be better than he was last week.

Rams defensive end Chris Long vs. Cardinals right tackle Brandon Keith -- Long dominated the Saints last week with three sacks. Keith struggled against the Ravens in pass protection. Long has to be licking his chops and might be ready for another double-digit sack game.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy vs. Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher -- McCoy is coming off an explosive game against the Cowboys, rushing for 185 yards and scoring two touchdowns. He keyed the Eagles victory. Urlacher has to be a big part of keeping him in check if the Bears are to put the Eagles in passing situations. He also has to be good against him in coverage.

Packers corners Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams vs. Chargers receivers Malcom Floyd and Vincent Jackson -- Floyd and Jackson are big receivers, but the Packers corners have good size. Floyd is iffy for the game with an injury. If he plays, the Chargers have to get Floyd and Jackson going against man coverage, something they didn't do against the Chiefs. If Woodson and Williams can hold up, the Packers will be able to throw a lot of looks up front at Philip Rivers.

Patriots receiver Wes Welker vs. Giants corners Corey Webster and Aaron Ross -- Webster is the Giants best corner, but he's had trouble with small, quick receivers in the past. That could put Ross on him more here -- or maybe even safety Antrel Rolle, a former corner. The Steelers did a good job on Welker.

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten vs. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor --Witten has to be a big part of the Cowboys offense if they are to get going after that horrible showing against the Eagles. But he will face a pair of young, up-and-coming safeties. Thomas runs like a corner. This will be a good battle to watch.

Titans running back Chris Johnson vs. Bengals defensive front -- Johnson is struggling big time this season, but he remains the team's starter. The Cincinnati defensive front is one of the best in the NFL. How they play will determine if Johnson can get out of his funk. 

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Week 9
 
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Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:44 am
 

Week 9 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Peters

Yep, those NFL refs (all whom were born and raised in Pittsburgh and have second jobs there, paid for by the Rooney family) are notorious for giving breaks to Pittsburgh defenders!!!

Now, if they just would watch how often Michael Oher beats the snap early to set up--seldom drawing a flag--that might be productive for them!



Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:44 am
 

Week 9 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Peters

Yep, those NFL refs (all whom were born and raised in Pittsburgh and have second jobs there, paid for by the Rooney family) are notorious for giving breaks to Pittsburgh defenders!!!

Now, if they just would watch how often Michael Oher beats the snap early to set up--seldom drawing a flag--that might be productive for them! 



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 7:24 am
 

Week 9 Matchups to watch: Peppers vs. Peters

It's a good thing for Ike Taylor the game is being played in Pittsburgh. This way he can hold onto Bolden's jerzey all day long and get away with it much easier, after all he's notorious for it.


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